Discover the places you must visit to taste traditional Swedish cuisine. We present a guide for every budget! Although very simple, Swedish cuisine is refined. Probably because the tables are dominated mainly by fish and seafood. Swedes know dozens of ways to prepare crayfish, prawns, salmon and herring. There are also warming dishes – fish soups or the iconic meatballs, dishes made of reindeer meat or fried potatoes with bacon and onion.
The capital of Sweden is famous for its fine dining restaurants, but there are also many more affordable places with an equally tasty offer. Stockholm is rich in numerous gastronomic and market halls, street food and atmospheric pubs and cafés.
Kvarnen restaurant in Södermalm
“Kvarnen”, or “mill” in Swedish, is a traditional restaurant and pub established in the 19th century. It is located in a fairly pleasant location – Södermalm, a former working-class district, now mainly inhabited by artists and people associated with the creative industry. The restaurant is always buzzing, not only because it offers tasty Swedish cuisine at affordable prices. Many guests are fans of the writer Stieg Larsson and the “Millennium” saga. They come there to feel the atmosphere of the places described in the book, as it was Kvarnen restaurant that Evil Fingers visited in the evenings. Blomkvist himself was also a frequent visitor there.
Hötorgshallen market hall
It is a true culinary paradise located in the underground hall at Hötorget – a market square in the centre of Stockholm. Visitors experience here a culinary journey around the world, easily finding flavours from all continents. Gourmets can also enjoy the delicacies of Swedish cuisine. You must try a shrimp sandwich and a glass of white wine or a warming fish soup – Fisksoppa. It is a light broth with pieces of fish, clams and shrimps, with the addition of garlic mayonnaise and crisp bread. A place famous for this soup is the Kajsas Fisk fish restaurant, which you can easily find in Hötorgshallen.
A market hall for a more luxurious gourmet. Here you will find the best selection of fish, seafood, cheese, cold cuts and other delicacies. The extensive wine list also deserves attention. There are only 17 stands in the hall, and many of them are family bars with long traditions. Food is brought to the tables by waiters, and the vendors are very happy to chat about the delicacies served.
This inconspicuous food truck near the Slussen metro station is one of the most important points on the culinary map of Stockholm. A street booth that serves delicacies, on a paper tray, with fired herring in the lead role – hot or cold in vinegar. All of that topped with a roll and salad. The real quintessence of street food!
Also known as the King’s Garden. It is one of the oldest and most popular parks in Stockholm, surrounded by numerous cafés and restaurants. Its most elegant part is undoubtedly Operakällaren, a restaurant awarded with the Michelin star. In spring, the park hosts one of the largest food festivals in the world – A Taste of Stockholm – which is available to the less affluent food lovers. In winter, an ice rink with free admission is opened there. You will certainly find stands with warming food and drinks nearby.
Stockholm is certainly a multicultural city, a fact also reflected in the city’s culinary map. An example of a place famous for its cuisine is K25 at Kungsgatan – a food court hidden in a pillar of a viaduct. In addition to typical Swedish puree meatballs, you will find here restaurants of sushi, ramen and pho, as well as dishes typical for Mexican or Middle Eastern cuisine. K25 is especially crowded at lunchtime.
Stockholm for vegans and vegetarians
Each year there are more and more restaurants in the capital of Sweden designed for lovers of plant-based and meatless cuisine. You should easily find places where vegan and vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served. The most interesting is Mahalo restaurant, which offers salads, smoothie bowls or Legumes, where you can eat dinner.