Rosenlundsgatan 28, Södermalm
You'll find several outposts of Swedish wood-fired bakery Fabrique across the capital, but the Söder location is our favorite. With Moroccan-style tiles on the floor contrasting with all-white tile walls, you'll struggle to find a prettier bakery spot to enjoy a kardemummabullar, the more modern, cardamom-spiced, buttery sister to the better-known cinnamon bun.
Hornsgatan 39, Södermalm
Stockholm has in recent years experienced a wave of new cultural diversity, benefitting the food scene enormously. Falafelbaren is one of those under-the-radar spots the locals are desperate to keep secret. The menu is mostly vegan, the kombucha is great, and the falafel is the best in the city. All the pita used is sourdough-based and baked in a traditional stone oven. Don’t order anything without getting one or both of Falafelbaren’s ridiculously good sauces on top—the skhug is chili, garlic, and spices, and the amba (our favorite) is pickled mango and fenugreek.
Nytorget 6, Södermalm
Södermalm is essentially Stockholm’s Williamsburg or Silver Lake equivalent, and similarly, the food offering does not disappoint. Nytorget 6 is an urban deli that’s open all day, but it’s their breakfast that’s really worth going for. The menu is long and has everything from an assortment of toasts and croissants (try one with Nutella), to the creamiest oatmeal with apple compote. The walls are dark wood-paneled, the sofas are red leather, the tables are marble-topped, and the food is good—really good.
Blekingegatan 40, Södermalm
Famous for traditional Swedish cuisine (including Swedish meatballs), Pelikan has existed in one form or another in the city since the 1600's. The wood-paneled interior, with tall ceilings and long tables, has the feel of a dressed-up beer hall, and the newly renovated bar is known to stay lively into the late hours.
Ringvägen 145, Södermalm
As the name suggests, this hole-in-the-wall Lebanese spot specializes in varieties of hummus, which can be ordered from the chalkboard menus that hang behind the counter. It's a great option for a light lunch or dinner, and an indispensable resource for vegetarians in this meat-centric city.