Design restaurants with cool concepts in Stockholm
Updated 18 Mar 2020
A restaurant experience is so much more than just excellent food, great drinks and good service - the atmosphere and decor of a restaurant are also important factors. Stockholm boasts a number of really gorgeous conceptual restaurants with a strong focus on design. Everything from impressive institutions and kitschy glamour to retro-chic diner vibes. With our guide to well-designed restaurants in Stockholm you can take your pick of the city's best-looking dining rooms and coolest concepts.
AGKronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
A meaty favourite
AG is often named as one of the best meat restaurants in the city, but as well as ambitious cooking and juicy steaks, it also has a totally unique locale. The building once housed a silversmith's workshop and the industrial feel has been preserved with concrete floors, bistro tiling and leather details. If you really want to luxe it up a notch, book the "chef's table", where you sit quite literally in the kitchen.
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 26, Vasastan
Brasserie Balzac takes its inspiration from the classic restaurants of New York and Paris. Authentic bistro vibes ooze from the elegant stucco ceilings, leather sofas and brass details as well as an old-school bar which stretches the entire length of the wall. The ambitious kitchen embraces French cuisine with both classic and more contemporary dishes. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious - the idea is that you should be able to just drop in on a whim, in the French manner.
Miss Voon & Smak2 addresses
The F12 group of restaurants includes a handful of really gorgeous design restaurants. Miss Voon takes guests on an uber-chic culinary journey to Asia, with medium-sized fusion dishes for sharing. At Smak you compose your own tasting menu based around different flavours. Despite the luxury bent and stylish setting, the atmosphere is delightfully relaxed.
NoiNorrmalmstorg 2-4, Norrmalm/City
After a total renovation of the hotel, the Nobis created space for Noi in the basement. Lovers of luxury and elegance will appreciate both the interiors and the gastronomy. The restaurant was specially designed by Wingårdhs architects and created from natural materials such as leather from Tärnsjö, walnut wood, mosaics and marble. Cognac, saffron yellow and dark green tones create an intimate atmosphere.
BrasserietStrömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
Tradition at the Opera
The magnificient Brasseriet is housed in historic rooms, complete with Roman columns, stunning stucco and gold leaf. In addition to possibly the swankiest interiors in town, the restaurant proudly boasts a unique view over the Strömmen waterway and the royal palace. The restaurant is divided into several sections with both outdoor seating areas and a fabulous cocktail bar.
Oaxen SlipBeckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
Oaxen Krog's rather more relaxed bistro section serves ambitious cuisine in a cool setting right next to the water. Nautical details meet rustic industrial chic and rowing boats hang from the high ceiling. The style is a combination of relaxed charm and luxurious, conceptual design.
ArtDöbelnsgatan 45, Vasastan
Like an art gallery
Walking into Art in Vasastan is a little like visiting an art gallery. The walls are covered in graffiti art by the artist duo Graffitisthlm and the decor is similarly modern and creative. Order a few medium-sized dishes or have a cocktail in the bar.
Pas d'ArtBiblioteksgatan 6-8, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Grand art deco
As soon as you step into Pas d'Art you're met by a cosmopolitan atmosphere of artworks, patterned floors and ceilings and large Art Deco-style wall murals. Take a pew in the swanky bar and watch the scene, or get snug in one of the velvet banquettes as you enjoy the French bistro food.
AllegrineKammakargatan 22, Norrmalm/City
Danyel Couet, who used to run the F12 group of restaurants, was inspired by his French grandmother when he opened Allegrine. The restaurant is both classic and modern at the same time - pared-back, stylish and chic are the watchwords here. French elegance, quite simply.
Mister FrenchTullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
The glamorous Twenties
Mister French occupies one of the most beautiful spots in town, bang in the middle of Skeppsbrokajen with views over the water. French Twenties vibes flow in the lively brasserie, with design inspiration from The Great Gatsby. An impressive bar and open kitchen dominate the room. During the summer months it's all about the lounge-style outdoor serving area.
HantverketSturegatan 15, Östermalm
It's not surprising Hantverket is one of the city's best designed restaurants. The owner used to run the interiors company Svensk Inredning, and handcrafts are a key element of the restaurant concept. This is the place to hang out and dine in an elegant but relaxed setting - and perhaps pick up a little interior design inspiration into the bargain.
MELTMalmskillnadsgatan 45, Norrmalm/City
Speakeasy bar with entertainment
Step into a world of burlesque dancers, Twenties-style cocktails and Prohibition-era New York. Eat NY-inspired food in the restaurant on the ground floor or have a drink in the "secret" club downstairs. When the velvet curtains go up, it's time for the Roaring Twenties-inspired entertainment to begin.
TweedLilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
Tweed has wholeheartedly embraced its tweed theme; there are Chesterfield sofas and checked wallpaper galore. This charming spot also serves up everything the alcohol connoisseur could desire with a distinctly tweedy twist, and the bar menu is extremely impressive. Its sister joints, wine bar The Burgundy, meat restaurant Djuret and the pub-dining room-bar-hybrid Pubologi all share a similarly personal and unique approach to conceptual design.
Delphine & EdouardRoslagsgatan 15, Vasastan
With two Parisians at the helm, this restaurant is a hot tip for anyone who appreciates French finesse. Delphine & Edouard, located on restaurant-packed Roslagsgatan, is lined with dove blue velvet sofas, mismatched wooden chairs and flattering lighting. You can even buy small interiors objects to take home with you.
Ling LongRiddargatan 6, Östermalm
From Chinese fashion magazine to restaurant
The name Ling Long is taken from a Chinese fashion magazine from the Thirties - so it's no coincidence that the restaurant, within Story Hotel, is seriously gorgeous. All raw concrete walls, velvet touches and rough pared-back tables. Modern fusion dishes with inspiration from China's Sichuan province, as well as Bali and Singapore, are served. Their prizewinning bartenders are an added bonus.
MakalösVästra Trädgårdsgatan 11B, Norrmalm/City
With its burgundy velvet banquettes and leafy houseplants, Brasserie Makalös feels like a little slice of Paris in Stockholm. The restaurant is tucked away in a backstreet next to Kungsträdgården and the impressive high ceilings and elegant bar serving cocktails and champagne are an impressive surprise.
TakoBirger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
The group behind Vassa Eggen have transformed an old nightclub locale into an underground fusion restaurant with muted lighting and elegant water features. Take a seat for a sophisticated dinner or have a cocktail at the bar.
HimlenGötgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
This modern fine dining restaurant with its sky bar and panorama windows takes you quite literally one step closer to heaven. Magnificent views over the whole of Södermalm combine with gourmet food and well-mixed cocktails.
BardotIngmar Bergmans gata 2, Östermalm
In 2016 the nightclub Collage was turned into Bardot - an elegant restaurant in classic French style, with fishbone parquet floors, brown velvet sofas, mahogany walls, white tablecloths and an intimate little bar. Influences from both the Mediterranean and New York make themselves felt here.
Griffins' SteakhouseKlarabergsviadukten 67, Norrmalm/City
An eccentric experience
Griffins' Steakhouse is the perfect choice for anyone who's after more than just a taste experience. The restaurant weaves together design, art, culture and, of course, food, with a particular emphasis on juicy meat. Eccentric design and global influences combine with mismatched furniture and beautiful stucco details.
Flippin' BurgersObservatoriegatan 8, Vasastan
Critically acclaimed diner
The mega-hyped burger joint Flippin' Burgers takes diners on an authentic flavour journey to the "U S of A". They've embraced their concept wholeheartedly and the retro feel is complete, with a bistro bar, leather chairs and knick-knacks on the walls. Milkshakes are served in the obligatory metal cups and burgers come in plastic baskets lined with greaseproof paper. The food's so good folks will happily wait more than an hour for a table.
Duvel CaféVasagatan 50, Norrmalm/City
A secret star
This French-Swedish gem is rather anonymously situated on Vasagatan, but inside you'll find seriously beautiful interiors. Blue wall panels, leather chairs and brass accents make this bistro a design delight. It doesn't hurt that their wide range of drinks and beers - how about a beer cocktail? - as well as mussels and other shellfish dishes are famously good too.
Fem Små HusNygränd 10, Old Town
17th century tradition
Fem Små Hus serves up a slice of Swedish history among the cobblestones of the city's Old Town. With 17th century details, beautiful cellar vaults and rustic Swedish dishes with the odd French twist, theirs is a truly unique concept. The menu also boasts a dish that celebrates their predecessor Anna Lindberg, who ran the restaurant 400 years ago.