Laid-back luxe foodie experiences
Updated 16 Nov 2020
Really great restaurant experiences don't always have to mean gourmet deluxe. More and more restaurants in Stockholm provide ambitious, out of the ordinary gastronomy, without ascending to the luxury stratosphere. Forget classic fine dining restaurants with tasting menus, wine packages and ten minute presentations of the food for a minute (not that we have anything against those, on the contrary!). Above all, these are restaurants you don't have to save for once-in-a-lifetime occasions. Relaxed luxury with major gustatory experiences is the name of the game here.
Oaxen SlipBeckholmsvägen 26, Djurgården
Good value bistro section at lauded fine dining restaurant
If you're after a buzzy bistro feel, a mixed crowd and a faultless sense of style, get yourself over to Djurgården and Oaxen Krog's bistro section, Slipen. Innovative interpretations of Swedish classics are served for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, with views over the water. The good-looking and good value little sister restaurant to the adjacent Oaxen fine dining restaurant.
HasselboTegnérgatan 9, City/Vasastan/Norrmalm
Hasselbo has quickly become a popular little neighbourhood restaurant in Vasastan. The team have previously worked with star chef Mathias Dahlgren and at Hasselbo they've created a laid-back bistro and wine bar with high gastronomic ambitions. The emphasis is on seasonal medium-sized dishes and a wide range of French wines.
Miss VoonSturegatan 22, Östermalm
Top notch Asian fusion
Miss Voon, part of the F12 group of restaurants, combines Asian flavours with European ones to create an aromatic and modern mix. Fifteen dishes are served in half portions for sharing. Otherwise you can select your own sashimi platter in the sashimi bar and pay by weight. Round off your meal with an Asian-inspired dessert or cocktail.
MatbarenSödra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, City/Norrmalm
By Mathias Dahlgren
Swedish super chef Mathias Dahlgren is behind the reins here, combining seasonal medium-sized dishes for lunch or dinner. And it's both a serious flavour experience and hit to the wallet.
Bakfickan DjuretLilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
Sustainable experience in the Old Town
Djuret in the Old Town used to be very much a restaurant for meat lovers, but these days it's an equally good choice for vegetarians. They serve up a sustainable dining experience using the very best produce in season. Tuck into a whole tasting menu or take a seat at the bar and order a few dishes to share.
SensumWallingatan 40, City/Vasastan/Norrmalm
Imaginative fine dining
With an experienced trio of chefs behind the reins this ambitious neighbourhood restaurant serves imaginative, slightly luxurious small dishes with mainly Nordic and continental flavours. But Sensum is no stiff and starched fine dining restaurant - relaxed spontaneity with half the seats reserved for drop-in diners is the name of the game here.
19 GlasStora Nygatan 19, Old Town
Wine bar, soup kitchen and café
This celebrated spot in the Old Town is a real mecca for oenophiles and foodies alike. These days the restaurant consists of a wine bar, soup kitchen and café, which means that fantastic wines are served alongside small dishes, soups and quality coffee most of the day.
KaggesLilla Nygatan 21, Old Town
Relaxed and ambitious
In the former Old Town premises of world famous fine dining restaurant Frantzén, you'll now find this laid back yet ambitious restaurant run by two friends with plenty of experience in the restaurant world. Choose from regularly updated Nordic small and medium-sized dishes served with carefully selected drinks.
MatateljénStora Gungans väg 7, Enskede
Worth a detour
Get yourself along to Gamla Enskede if you want to experience a much-lauded gustatory experience that won't break the bank. People come from all over town to enjoy both the food and the atmosphere. The team behind it are from the celebrated archipelago restaurant Svartsö Krog.
HantverketSturegatan 15, Östermalm
Whether you're interested in design or not, let yourself be entranced by both the interiors and the food at this Östermalm restaurant. As the name suggests, craftsmanship is at the heart of the entire concept. Cocktails are also blended artisanally and perfectly complement the flavours of the food.
SoyokazeDöbelnsgatan 8, City/Norrmalm
One for discerning sushi fans
In the mood for some primo sushi? Book a highly desirable spot at this celebrated sushi bar in Vasastan run by the former head chef of Råkultur and Imouto. There's only space for twelve diners and guests are served whatever the chef feels like cooking. The emphasis is on top quality ingredients and the dining experience.
Lilla EgoVästmannagatan 69, Vasastan
Spontaneous and unique
Forget the trend for French bistro style. The uber-popular Lilla Ego is all about fleamarket finds, homemade tables and an open kitchen and spontaneity is more important here than reservations. The menu includes original and innovative variations on Swedish flavours, like a Matjes herring sandwich and seaweed-cured cod. Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms (Swedish Chef of the Year 2013) are the award-winning chefs behind the concept.
Lykke KaffegårdarNytorgsgatan 38, Södermalm
Coffee to small dishes
Lykke Kaffegårdar is about much more than just coffee. Their corner café on Nytorget serves excellent small dishes, cocktails, craft beers and natural wines. The atmosphere is relaxed and DJs spin vinyl here every week.
BarbroHornstulls strand 13, Södermalm/Hornstull
Since day one, this popular fusion restaurant in Hornstull has been one of Stockholm's most beloved haunts. Their flavour-packed Japanese/Scandinavian medium-sized dishes are high on Stockholmers' lists of favourite restaurant dishes and the atmosphere is always fun and lively - not surprisingly when the place is packed with satisfied dinner guests.
Aji y AjoTegelviksgatan 85, Södermalm
Award-winning Aji y Ajo, which used to be in Hökarängen, may just be Scandinavia's first true cevicheria. As you would expect the Peruvian national dish, ceviche, citrus-cured raw fish, takes centre stage. And despite the hype, the restaurant's unpretentious and low key, with very reasonable prices.
NookÅsögatan 176, Södermalm
Fest for foodies
Fine dining meets street food at the much-hyped foodie haunt Nook on Södermalm. Ambitious and wallet-friendly three course menus in different price brackets are served here; one slightly simpler and a rather more luxurious one. Innovative flavours with Korean and French influences for adventurous foodlovers.
Jim & JacobSurbrunnsgatan 38, Vasastan
Exciting hole in the wall
When well-respected chefs Jim Hammargren and Jacob Nermark Hjelm lost their food truck to a fire they decided to open this ambitious neighbourhood restaurant in Vasastan. Take a pew on one of the carver chairs and tuck into innovative and constantly changing small dishes from all over the world.
SmakOxtorgsgatan 14, City/Norrmalm
Unusual flavour concept
If you want to try out one of the city's most unusual flavour concepts you should make your way down the secret backstreet by Hötorget where the restaurant Smak lies hidden away. International small dishes await, as innovative as they are luxurious and served one after the other in a well-designed and cosily romantic setting. Laid-back luxe in a happily chaotic way.
Vill du testa ett av stans mest överraskande smakkoncept ska du leta upp den dolda bakgata vid Hötorget där F12-restaurangen Smak gömmer sig. Här väntar internationella smårätter med lika delar originalitet och lyxkänsla, serverade en efter en i väldesignad och mysromantisk restaurangmiljö. Avslappnad lyx på gladstimmigt vis.
Lux Dag för DagPrimusgatan 116, Lilla/Stora Essingen
Luxury each and every day
Since the former gourmet restaurant Lux changed direction and became Dag för Dag, luxury has definitely become more of an everyday thing on Lilla Essingen. The seasonal menu changes every day according to what ingredients are available and the prices are reasonable, particularly if you choose the takeaway option through the hole through to the kitchen around the back of the restaurant.
WoodstockholmMosebacke torg 9, Södermalm
Local and sustainable
This incredibly popular spot on Mosebacke torg is well known for their exciting flavours and buzzy atmosphere. Their tasting menus are composed around different themes each season, with locally-produced, sustainable produce always at the forefront. Quality wines from small producers are among the drinks served with food.