Design restaurants with cool concepts in Stockholm
Updated 5 Sep 2018
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.
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.
Kronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Prizewinning station restaurant
It's not surprising Luzette won a prestigious interior design prize - the historic locale in Stockholm's central station sets the scene for a real restaurant experience. Apart from the floor and walls, which have been kept intact, star designer Jonas Bohlin has created interiors in granite, marble, tile and brass, inspired by classic old train station restaurants.
Centralplan 25, Norrmalm/City
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.
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
A night at the Moulin Rouge
Le Rouge showcases high glamour factor in the classic spirit of Moulin Rouge. But this conceptual restaurant isn't just about the aesthetics - the menu is equally as special and focuses primarily on two ingredients, salmon and entrecote with masses of side dishes. In keeping with the times, the food is sustainably sourced.
Brunnsgränd 2-4, Old Town
Let your imagination run riot
The interiors at Grill encompass various different styles. The restaurant is divided up into eight sections with different imaginative themes such as Orient Express, tropical tiki bar and French bordello luxury. As the name suggests, the food is grilled using different techniques from all over the world.
Drottninggatan 89, City/Vasastan
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.
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.
Norrmalmstorg 2-4, Norrmalm/City
Housed in a former industrial building, Farang takes us on a modern flavour journey to Southeast Asia. The decor is in muted, industrial chic style. Decadent flavour fusions with a focus on organic, locally-produced ingredients are the order of the day, and there's a large selection for vegetarians and guests with food allergies. The cocktail bar is equally as popular for their creative cocktails.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
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.
Strömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
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.
Beckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
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.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
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.
Sturegatan 15, 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.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.
Lilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
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.
Roslagsgatan 15, Vasastan
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.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
Unique Södermalm-hip concept
The popular Södermalm concept Tjoget includes Linje Tio, which serves smart continental food in a casual setting, as well as a prizewinning cocktail bar. You'll also find Hornstulls Bodega here, the area's first winebar, and the classic barbershop Roy & Son, known for their attention to detail and craftsmanship. A retro feel and NYC-chic style create a hip whole.
Hornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/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.
Götgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
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.
Ingmar Bergmans gata 2, Östermalm
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.
Klarabergsviadukten 67, Norrmalm/City
Popular sitting room vibes
There can't be many Stockholmers who've never visited this popular hotel restsurant on Blasieholmen with its distinctive sitting room feel. Sink into one of their comfy armchairs, surrounded by well-filled bookshelves. Stylish yet cosy and welcoming, with a view over the waters of Strömmen.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Norrmalm/City
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.
Observatoriegatan 8, Vasastan
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.
Vasagatan 50, Norrmalm/City
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.
Nygränd 10, Old Town
Spanish and South American
This authentic tapas bar has well-designed, sophisticated interiors which create a cosy, intimate feel, just as it should be at a traditional Spanish restaurant. Exposed brick walls and leafy plants mix with colourful furniture and dark wood, with clear influences from both Spain and South America. The restaurant is perfect for a lively meal or just a relaxed drink at the bar.
Hornsgatan 64B, Södermalm