Stockholm restaurants with a focus on sustainability
Updated 25 Apr 2019
Environmentally-aware Stockholmers and tourists are increasingly choosing restaurants that focus on sustainability when they go out to eat. Menus based around organic and seasonal ingredients and attempts to reduce food waste are important factors for many restaurant goers and many restaurants are gaining official organic certification. Are you looking for a more sustainable dining experience in Stockholm? We've rounded up restaurants that are actively focusing on sustainability and serving climate-smart food.
Green is good
With beautiful views over the entrance to Stockholm harbour, Djurgården and Skeppsholmen, the restaurant at the Museum of Photography serves a green, seasonal menu made from organic ingredients. Healthy and sustainable cooking are the watchwords and vegetables take centre stage. The kitchen's aim is to make respectful use of what nature provides.
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
Calexico's serves Mexican classics in the kitchen as well as at the bar. An environmental and sustainable philosophy pervades everything they do and the restaurant currently has a one star KRAV certification and is working towards a second. One star means that at least 25 percent of the ingredients they use fulfill KRAV's criteria, while two stars means at least half of their ingredients do.
Hornstulls Strand 4, Hornstull/Södermalm
Making sustainable simple
Urban Deli's concept is all about serving tasty food produced in a way that's beneficial for people, animals, the environment and the climate - and without any unnecessary resource wastage. Their shop/foodhall/restaurant combination makes it easy to consume in a climate-smart way as their produce can easily be rescued and re-used, rather than thrown away.
Sweden's first gastro bistro
Volt has been awarded two KRAV certification stars, which means that at least 50 per cent of their ingredients fulfill KRAV's criteria. The menu is inspired by classic Swedish cuisine and given a creative twist, and produce is mainly natural, small-scale and locally-produced.
Kommendörsgatan 16, Östermalm
Music and food lovers alike come to the restaurant at this legendary cultural venue to eat Swedish classics with a modern twist. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a strong thread of sustainable thinking running through everything. All food is made from scratch using seasonal ingredients and they have organic certification from the two major Nordic organic associations - KRAV and Swan.
Regeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
Bar Brooklyn, in hip Hornstull, serves several different kinds of hamburger. You'll find vegetarian and vegan burgers on the menu, as well meat burgers made from Swedish KRAV-certified minced beef. The restaurant currently has one KRAV star, but is working on its second. One star means that 25 percent of ingredients fulfill KRAV's criteria. The house wine and beer are both organic.
Hornstulls Strand 4, Hornstull/Södermalm
What nature provides
Stadshuskällaren's food philosophy is to take care of what nature provides. The menu follows the seasons and uses seasonal ingredients as its starting point and their ambition is to leave the smallest possible footprint on the environment. Swedish fish and game dishes play a major role, along with regionally produced accompaniments such as vegetables, mushrooms and berries.
Hantverkargatan 1, City/Kungsholmen
Växthuset (which means "the greenhouse") neighbours the nightclubs Trädgården and Under Bron and is completely vegetarian. Choose from numerous delicious and creative dishes to share around the table. The food is seasonal and, appropriately enough, can be paired with craft wines and organic spirits. Their ambition is to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Hammarby Slussväg 2, Skanstull/Södermalm
At this combined coffee and natural-wine bar, sustainability and small-scale production take centre stage. A great place to drink espresso and wine from selected producers, but also to eat ambitious bar food inspired by cuisine from southern climes.
Tegnérgatan 4, City/Vasastan
Organically certified restaurant
This restaurant from renowned restaurateur Pontus Frithiof within the Museum of Technology was certified one star by the Swedish organic association KRAV, meaning that 25 per cent of their ingredients fulfill KRAV's criteria. The emphasis is on innovation, playfulness, technology and sustainability.
Museivägen 7, Djurgården/Gärdet
KRAV certified in 2019
Star chef Frida Ronge is behind the Swedish/Japanese culinary concept at Tak ("roof") at the top of Hotel At Six. It includes a restaurant, bar, raw bar and terrace with 360 degree views. The aim is that the food should be as spectacular as the view and create a memorable experience for Stockholmers and international guests alike. In 2019 the restaurant became the first within the Nordic Choice chain to receive a one star KRAV certification.
Brunkebergstorg 4, Norrmalm/City
Made from scratch
Lilla Grisen was named one of the Swedish restaurants with the least food waste in 2018. This neighbourhood restaurant on Kungsholmen serves traditional Swedish homecooking, made from scratch and at wallet-friendly prices. Personal and welcoming service is also extremely important to them.
Hantverkargatan 53, Kungsholmen