Stockholm glories in a wonderfully rich range of cuisine. In recent years, its chefs have revolutionised eating options and turned the Swedish capital into a gourmet destination renowned for its innovative approach to food. Traditionally Sweden is known for its cured fish dishes, hearty meatballs and culinary comforts such as Jansson’s temptation, a spicy creation made with sautéed potatoes, sprats and cream.
Yet Stockholm’s restaurants have also become pioneers, experimenting with exotic flavours and quirky concepts. Visitors can expect to feast on aromatic North African dishes, enjoy impeccably made New York-style hamburgers and feel transported to art deco Paris in a glamorous French brasserie, all without leaving the city limits. The emphasis on and provenance is paramount, and Stockholm’s restaurants are rightly proud of the region’s produce. We’ve selected our favourites for faultless service and appealing flavours.
A dream destination for carnivores, AG is served by the same meat supplier as the Swedish royal family, and its succulent porterhouse and entrecôte steaks are considered the best in town. It is housed in the former workshop of Hallbergs silversmith, and this is reflected in its name, AG being the chemical term for silver. There’s a pleasingly hands-on approach here, with meat tenderised in-house. Displayed in a large fridge at the entrance, the cuts and carcasses are a feature of the Jonas Bohlin-designed interior.
The menu highlights seasonal ingredients so, depending on the time of year, you could start with Borgholm cheese from Ӧland island or soft-shell crab fried in garlic. Then tuck into the main event: porterhouse steak served with hash browns and creamed spinach, club steak with potato gratin and sugar snaps, or entrecôte on the bone with béarnaise sauce. Round your meal off with a sweet hit in the form of raspberry parfait with Italian meringue and yuzu, or white chocolate cheesecake with sea buckthorn and roasted coconut.
Restaurant AG, Kronobergsgatan 37, 112 33 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 4106 8100
Mister French combines Scandinavian quirkiness and style with the traditions of a French brasserie. Set in Stockholm’s Old Town, it has a glamorous, art deco-inspired interior. The menu centres on grilled meat and exquisite seafood. Browse it as you sip one of Mister French’s cocktails, such as Mister Swizzle, a blend of Cointreau, lime, mint and bitters.
The restaurant’s seafood counter offers everything from oysters served with shallot vinegar to lobster and langoustine. To start, try the lavish seafood platter of lobster, crab, shrimps and more. Mains include the Mister French burger, made with a mix of chuck steak and brisket and served with smoked brisket, Cheddar cheese, avocado and truffle mayonnaise. Excellent French desserts such as crème brûlée and chocolate mousse are proof that some things are classic for a reason.
Mister French, Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, 111 30 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 202095
Burger & Lobster
A hit with diners in London and New York, Burger & Lobster has taken its winning concept to Stockholm. Instead of a menu, the restaurant offers three dishes, all priced the same. Choose between a lobster roll which comes in a buttery brioche bun with wasabi mayonnaise, a succulent 700g lobster either boiled or grilled, or a beef burger. All the dishes are served with fries, salad and condiments.
Burger & Lobster is serious about the quality of its ingredients: the sweet and juicy taste of the Atlantic lobster is evidence of its excellent quality, while the burgers are made with meat from corn-fed cattle and contain three cuts of steak for natural marbling. Located in Pontus, the multistorey gastronomic hotspot near Stureplan, this is an exciting addition to Stockholm’s thriving restaurant scene.
Burger & Lobster, Norrlandsgatan 33, 111 43 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 232120
Primo Ciao Ciao
Located in Kungsholmen, Primo specialises in Italian dishes. Begin your meal with antipasti such as creamy burrata cheese with basil and tomatoes, beef carpaccio or a sharing plate of sliced meat, olives and bruschetta. Main dishes are focused on pasta, risotto, fish and meat, with classics such as spaghetti with clams, and truffle risotto, all confidently executed. Fresh pizzas are made according to traditional recipes and baked in a wood-fired oven: try the fiery Diavolo, made with 'nduja, a spicy, spreadable sausage from Calabria. End your meal with a typical Italian dessert such as tiramisù, homemade ice creams and sorbets, or panna cotta.
Primo Ciao Ciao, Hantverkargatan 76, 112 38 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 653 9023