Laid-back luxe foodie experiences
Updated 13 Jul 2019
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.
Beckholmsvägen 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.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
Luxe taste of Thailand
For a spectacular South-East Asian taste sensation: get yourself down to Tulegatan and the Thai concept restaurant Farang. Modern, luxurious fusion flavours await you in the spartan former industrial locale, with exciting cocktails and innovative dishes to share. The well-respected owners have experience from fine dining restaurants such as The Fat Duck.
Sturegatan 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.
Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm/City
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.
Lilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
Meaty organic luxury in the Old Town
Djuret serves up a whole animal at a time with dishes cooked from all its various parts. Organic, locally-produced and biodynamic are the name of the game, served stylishly in the convivial surroundings of Stockholm's Old Town. It doesn't get much more niche and gently luxurious than this.
Wallingatan 40, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
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.
Tulegatan 10, Vasastan
Adria creates modern and innovative flavour combinations based on traditional Italian dishes. This is the place to come to enjoy authentic flavours made from top-quality ingredients in a laid-back local restaurant setting. A great atmosphere and passion for Italian food are the watchwords.
Kungstensgatan 9, Östermalm/Vasastan
Ilse, which opened in 2016, is run by Jonas Wigert, previously of BonBon and Duck & Crab. Trends and concepts have been rejected here in favour of a modern classic restaurant with a great atmosphere and good food. Take a pew in the stylish bar or in the intimate dining room half a floor up.
Lilla 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.
Roslagsgatan 6, Vasastan
This stylish restaurant on Roslagsgatan oozes Spanish and South American influences. Tuck into tapas and grilled meat and fish dishes surrounded by dark green tiled walls, quirky paintings and muted tones. They've set the standards high but the atmosphere is still delightfully laid back.
Stora 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.
Sturegatan 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.
Frejgatan 3, Vasastan
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.
Västmannagatan 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.
Hornstulls strand 13, Hornstull/Södermalm
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 Ajo
Tegelviksgatan 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.
Jim & Jacob
Surbrunnsgatan 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.
Oxtorgsgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
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.
Kronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Prized dining experience in authentic industrial setting
This famous industrial address on Kungsholmen is as luxurious as it is rough and ready - and popular. AG has been named Sweden's best meat restaurant and is a wet - and expensive - dream for true meat lovers. A top notch dining experience, verging on the luxurious.
Artillerigatan 14, Östermalm
Successful little sister restaurant
The adjoining little sister restaurant to the fine dining restaurant Gastrologik has achieved great success with its formula of simple luxury at reasonable prices - an irresistible combo for the diehard restaurant goers of Stockholm. The professional cooking is both rustic and innovative and the atmosphere is guaranteed unpretentious. Perfect for lunch, an after-work drink or a relaxed dinner whenever the spirit takes you. There are no table reservations here.
Åsögatan 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.
Lux Dag för Dag
Primusgatan 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.
LM Ericssons Väg 27, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Ambitious and trendy in a Southern suburb
Landet has turned Telefonplan into a restaurant destination as hip as it is culinary. The interior was designed by students from the neighbouring Konstfack art college, and the food consists of great dishes with influences from both the Nordic countries and France. Conscious and laid-back.