Feel like eating mussels? Where to find the best moules in Stockholm
Updated 6 Jun 2018
Stockholmers love moule marinières (mussels steamed in white wine) and it's a favourite dish on countless brasserie menus all over Europe. Whether you prefer your mussels served with fresh baguette to soak up the juices or with chips and aioli, this classic French dish can get addictive. We've scouted out the Stockholm restaurants that are known for their great mussels. From small French bistros to Belgian beer bars and busy food halls - here's where to find the best mussels in Stockholm.
Mussels with flavours from all over the world
Next to the venerable Rigoletto cinema you'll find this elegant bistro which has created their own mussels concept. On their "La Moulerie" menu there are eight different kinds of mussels with flavours from all over the world. Moules Thai, for example, with red curry and coconut cream, Normandie with cream and dry cider, as well as Moules Cádiz with chorizo and crème fraiche.
- Price guide: 1 kg moules crème with garlic bread around 225 SEK
- Bistro Rigoletto, Kungsgatan 16, Norrmalm/City
Moules and Belgian beer
Sister restaurants Duvel and Pressklubben on Vasagatan are famous both for their mussels and their Belgian draught beer. The mussels have their own section on the menu and can be ordered either as a starter or main course. The latter option includes pommes frites and mayo.
- Price guide: As a starter around 150 SEK, as a main course around 250 SEK
Popular since the Nineties
A stone's throw from Slussen, Akkurat has been popular for its extensive beer and whisky selection and great mussels since the Nineties. These days the menu includes eight variations from classics such as moules frites to more experimental flavour combos such as coriander, malt whisky and Roquefort.
- Price guide: 1 kg moules marinières with frites around 240 SEK
- Akkurat Restaurang & Bar, Hornsgatan 18, Södermalm
An obvious choice
Musslan has been a bar and seafood restaurant to reckon with since 1996. They serve several mussel dishes - as well as the classics such as marinières and à la crème there are also flavour combinations such as lime, lemongrass and chili or mussels with chèvre. Mussels are also served at their sister restaurant Wasahof right next door.
- Price guide: Moules marinières with pommes frites and aioli around 190 SEK
- Musslan, Dalagatan 46, Vasastan
It's all about Belgian style at Belgobaren, from the interiors to the food and drinks. Despite the theme, organic Swedish mussels from the west coast are served, but the flavours and composition are still Flemish. Provençale, Trappist, Pepparrot, Morney... the mussels here come in masses of flavour variations, but they're all cooked with white wine, celery, onions, garlic, leeks, carrots and thyme and served with pommes frites.
- Price guide: Moules marinières with pommes frites around 230 SEK
- Belgobaren, Bryggargatan 12, Norrmalm/City
Beer and moules pros
This highly regarded gastropub is best known for its extensive range of beers, but they know their moules here too. Choose between "Marinières" with cream, "Asian" with coconut milk, and "Spicy" with beer and bacon. Mussels are served per half or full kilo, and the latter option comes with frites and mayo.
- Price guide: 1/2 kg around 150 SEK, 1 kg around 250 SEK
- Man in the Moon, Tegnérgatan 2C, City/Vasastan
Mussels in French
If you want to eat mussels in authentic French style, this little gem tucked away among the cobblestones of the Old Town serves a classic moules frites. The restaurant is small and cramped, but renowned for its French cuisine and well-stocked wine cellar. If you're not afraid of a little garlic in your food, it's the perfect place for a date over the mussel pots.
- Price guide: Moules frites around 245 SEK
- Pastis, Baggensgatan 12, Old Town
Supplier to the Swedish court
Cooking moules marinières doesn't demand advanced cooking skills, it's actually quite a simple dish to make yourself. But for a good result, you need the very best ingredients. Lisa Elmqvist is a supplier to the royal court of Sweden and you'll you can buy top quality wild blue mussels to take home with you in their shop in Östermalms Saluhall.
- Lisa Elmqvist/Gerdas Fisk, Nybrogatan 31 (Östermalmshallen), Östermalm
Eat in or take home
Melanders Fisk has been supplying Stockholmers with fresh fish and fine shellfish since the Sixties. At their branch in Söderhallarna you can grab a stool and have something to eat in the restaurant or buy the delicacies to cook at home. You'll find mussels both on the restaurant menu and the fish counter.
- Melanders Söderhallarna, Medborgarplatsen 1-3, Södermalm
Traditional and innovative
On the ground floor of Hötorgshallen you'll find these third generation fishmongers. As well as ready-prepared food and catering they're well known for their fantastic food counter and fresh fish to take home. If you're eating in, try Fiskelägets Moules, a speciality with both traditional and innovative flavours.
- Fiskeläget, Hötorgshallen, Norrmalm/City