Blasieholmsgatan 4A, Norrmalm
This is Stockholm's third restaurant from Henrik Norström, Peter Johansson, and Daniel Frick—three decorated chefs who've been an important part of the past decade's Nordic food renaissance. B.A.R. is seafood-focused, with a market at the front of the restaurant where fresh fish (delivered daily) is displayed for visitors as they make their way through. The chefs curate the menu based on what you see out front, but guests can also buy fish to take home, or pick something out and have it prepared to-order. P.S. There's a solid selection of digestifs and Swedish-made schnapps on the menu for those who prefer a stiff drink over a sweet dessert.
Karlavägen 76, Östermalm
Occupying a sunny corner space with windows on two sides, Broms is part restaurant, part deli, with a full sit-down experience available three meals a day, plus a fully stocked pantry and counter of takeaway options. The menu offers a mix of Swedish dishes and influences from abroad. For breakfast, try one of their acai bowls, or go for it with a sandwich made with Kalles Kaviar—a fishy Swedish spread that's purchased in graphically appealing toothpaste-style tubes. For dinner, regulars recommended the Swedish meatballs and the salmon sashimi with mango and avocado.
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.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, Norrmalm
Chef Matthias Dahlgren has been one of Stockholm’s culinary forces for over twenty years. Matbaren, situated in the Grand Hôtel, is self-described as "casual fine dining," which doesn’t do justice to the Ilse Crawford-designed, wood-paneled, red-accented dining room. While the food is Nordic bistro-style fare, inventive vegetable dishes often take center stage. Dahlgren grows much of the restaurant's produce himself on his plot at the beautiful Rosendals Garden.
Nosh and Chow
Norrlandsgatan 24, Norrmalm
A partner property to the Berns Hotel, which is only a short walk away, Nosh and Chow occupies a four-story townhouse that includes a restaurant and a speakeasy-style bar called Bernie's. The interiors were famously handled by Catalán designer Lázaro Rosa Violán, who decked the place out in velvet banquettes, leather stools, and deep-blue tiles that contrast with white walls and wide windows in a way a friend described as "industrial meets colonial." While it's a lively place for lunch or dinner, it really comes alive at night, when you'll find locals drinking cocktails by the bar well into the late hours.
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.
Beckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
The ever-creative Magnus Ek doesn’t play it safe. Case in point: At Oaxen Krog, there are only two menu options—a six- or ten-course tasting, no substitutions. The industrial space is a former boat shed, and the restrained but warm, dark-wood décor is a refreshingly understated setting for what is fundamentally a fine dining experience. Wines are selected from small European vineyards and most of the vegetables come from Oaxen's own farm on Djurgården. Expect fresh riffs on Nordic-style dishes like roasted cabbage in potato miso with soured Jerusalem artichoke cream and rhubarb with celery and fresh herb sorbet.
Beckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
The more laid-back sister to Magnus Ek’s Oaxen Krog, Oaxen Slip brings the drama with triple-height ceilings that have old fishing boats suspended from the rafters—an ode to the building’s origins as a boathouse. The food is a type of new Nordic gastropub fare with plenty of inventive vegetarian options like Swedish beans with roasted flax seeds and Jerusalem artichoke, or a grilled then baked whole celeriac. It's open all week, but the weekend brunch is especially good, featuring cold cuts like cured ham, smoked salmon, and the potato-heavy dishes traditional to Sweden. Bring credit cards; no cash accepted.
Riddargatan 8, Östermalm
In a city of ever-evolving New Nordic cuisine, PA&Co is refreshingly old school and has obstinately served essentially the same dishes for three decades. While the food may not be cutting the culinary edge, this bistro still attracts Stockholm's perennially trendy fashion and media crowd night after night. Serving up classics like meatballs and beef Rydberg (beef tenderloin, crispy potatoes, and rich onion marmalade) in a cozy space with leather sofas, chandeliers, and marble-topped tables, PA&Co definitely requires a reservation (unless you're a regular, in which case you get to walk in).
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