Stockholm's hottest restaurants right now
It's no secret that Stockholm is overflowing with happening restaurants and new food trends. But how to keep track of them all? To point you in the right direction, follow our guide to the hottest restaurants the city has to offer right now; from trendy foodie joints and hyped flavour concepts to innovative Michelin-starred restaurants. Or simply the really popular places everyone's talking about. The list is regularly updated to keep you in the know about the current gems that ought not to be missed.
In a class of its own
The famous fine-dining restaurant Frantzén has moved from the Old Town to a completely renovated 19th century house in the heart of the city, and the result is something completely extraordinary. The restaurant has three floors, with a dining room, terrace and a lounge in the old loft apartment - but only 23 covers. Take the restaurant lift going up and prepare yourself for a gastronomic journey.
Klara Norra Kyrkogata 26, Norrmalm/City
The new city district Urban Escape on Brunkebergstorg is home to the lifestyle hotel Hotel At Six and its rooftop restaurant Tak, which was designed by Wingårdhs Arkitekter. There's a restaurant, bar, raw bar and terrace with a magical view over Stockholm. Star chef Frida Ronge is in charge of the kitchen and Nordic-Japanese flavours are on the menu.
Brunkebergstorg 4, Norrmalm/City
Farming for foodies
Locally-grown and seasonal produce is particularly high on the agenda at Agrikultur, the much-lauded little restaurant on Roslagsgatan. "Nordic comfort food" is painstakingly prepared here, and the menu changes every day. For those who can't handle the long waiting list, there are four seats reserved for drop-ins.
Roslagsgatan 43, Vasastan
Fully booked from day one
From the moment it opened, Saori Ichihara's new neighbourhood restaurant on Mariatorget has been packed. Saori has worked with star chef Sayan Isaksson, among others, and anyone who wants to try her tasting menu should get in line for a table reservation. You can also take a chance on one of a few unbookable spaces by the bar.
Timmermansgatan 38 B, Södermalm
After a controversial guest appearnce at Kåken, the chef duo Jocke Almvist and Kalle Nilsson opened this rather cheeky luxury restaurant on Södermalm. The flavours are as much of a talking-point as the wildly creative presentations and the prices are relatively benevolent. Very popular.
Folkungagatan 128, Södermalm
Laid back yet aiming high at the former Frantzén
On the former site of fine-dining restaurant Frantzén you'll now find two friends creating taste sensations that are the talk of the town. Between them, the two chefs have masses of experience from well-known Stockholm and international restaurants, and here they serve ambitious, Scandinavian small dishes in a laid-back atmosphere. Some spots are left open for walk-ins.
Lilla Nygatan 21, Old Town
Gastronomy on Götgatsbacken
Ever since the team behind Tranan opened La Colline in the middle of Götgatsbacken the street has become a touch more French - and more gastronomic. The locale (formerly an Irish pub) has interiors by Jonas Bohlin and the menu pairs French dishes with selected natural wines.
Götgatan 29, Södermalm
Daniel Crespi has closed his restaurant Omakase Köttslöjd and opened Flickan in the same premises in the Old Town. Omakase is the order of the day, with 13 courses, completely free from conservatism and gastronomic conventions. The restaurant is only open Thursdays to Saturdays and has just 16 covers.
Yxsmedsgränd 12, Old Town
There's a happy Spanish atmosphere at Spanjorskan, the newest restaurant in the Bockholmen group stable, which recently opened just a few doors down from its popular sister restaurant Nybrogatan 38. Soak up the Madrid backstreet vibes, dig into the medium-sized Spanish dishes and have a cockatil after work.
Nybrogatan 42, Östermalm
First out with an American drinks trend
The Tap Room, alongside the Clarion Hotel Amaranten, is also part of the Marcus Samuelsson empire. But here it's the American trend for cocktails on tap which takes centre stage, a trend which the Tap Room is the first bar in town to embrace. You can also combine the cocktails with creative small dishes and feel sophisticated in the Sixties-influenced Mad Men milieu.
Kungsholmsgatan 31, Kungsholmen
The team behind Vassa Eggen have transformed the former nightclub right next door into an underground fusion restaurant with Japanese and Korean influences. There's a sushi kitchen, grill and a large cocktail bar for anyone in a party mood - which is just about everyone here. Count on elegant medium-sized dishes and sophisticated water features.
Birger Jarlsgatan 29, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Boules, bar and food
A former printing works in Liljeholmen has been transformed into a southern French Mediterranean park, complete with boules, a bar and food. It's the largest addition to the Boulebar chain so far and hot new neighbourhood destination.
Liljeholmsvägen 14, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Flavour odyssey beyond the city limits
Forget the city centre - one of Stockholm's most lauded restaurants can be found in a residential area in Älvsjö. Aloë serves a good-value tasting menu with simple but refined seasonal flavours. The two chefs behind the venture have previously worked at top restaurants such as Esperanto and Lux.
Sustainability à la Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson's latest venture in the Clarion Hotel Sign is a celebration of all that is green, organic and sustainable. The interiors are designed by the architect firm Wingårdhs, and even the bar is sustainable and innovative. A lively meeting place for Stockholmers and visitors alike.
Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Norrmalm/City
Caribbean vibes on Kungsholmen
What used to be the bar at 39 Wäst has been repainted in the spirit of Havana, become a separate restaurant and been updated with a menu filled with exciting street food and fabulous rum cocktails. Just lean back and soak up the warm, Caribbean vibes.
Fleminggatan 39, Kungsholmen
East Södermalm is hot at the moment - and since early 2017 it's been home to the popular winebar Folii, among other places. The owners are two experienced sommeliers who serve cocktails and light dishes as well as wine.
Erstagatan 21, Södermalm
The classic Radisson Blue Strand Hotel has been given a new lease of life with an updated Scandinavian concept. The hotel restaurant has been designed by Wingårdhs architects, and serves classic dishes and drinks in a relaxed but stylish setting. They grow their own vegetables on the roof and the restaurant has a stunning view over Nybroviken harbour.
Nybrokajen 9, Norrmalm/City
Trendy addition to Södermalm
Yet another hip little gem has opened its doors in the eastern parts of Södermalm. Guests who book a table are served a pre-set tasting menu, otherwise you can just mosey into the bar for a glass of wine and something light to eat. The flavours are modern, with continental influences.
Åsögatan 171, Södermalm
A must for all foodies
Few restaurants in Stockholm have been so talked-about, and fully booked, in recent years as Shibumi, star chef Sayan Isaksson's playful version of a Japanese izakaya. It's a sister restaurant to the world-class Esperanto and sushi restaurant Råkultur and faultless medium-sized dishes are served here in a lively setting where you can also find sake and other drinks with Asian overtones in the bar.
Kungstensgatan 2, Östermalm/Vasastan
A classic in the making?
Since Ilse opened up in the former BonBon premises, a concept-free and classic approach has taken over; white tablecloths, an open kitchen and food for all tastes. The owner is still the same, but the thinking is broader. Forget all about niche trends - this is somewhere to revisit year after year without it ever feeling outdated.
Kungstensgatan 9, Östermalm/Vasastan
High-class fast food
There's no doubt about the fact that the food scene inside Ringen shopping centre has transformed Skanstull to a culinary mecca. Some of the country's most awesome restaurateurs can be found here serving the city's possibly best value (and best?) fast food under one roof. You'll find the noodle bar Raamen and Magnus Nilsson's (Fäviken) popular Korvkiosk, among others.
Götgatan 132, Skanstull/Södermalm
Prize-winning, vegetarian food at popular museum
Right at the top of this popular museum, the prize-winning restaurant has become a story unto itself. The star chef Paul Svensson is in the kitchen, the focus is on the green and organic - and it's food you really don't want to miss. The view over Stockholm harbour can also be admired through the restaurant's panorama windows.
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
Top quality on Kungsholmen
With the people behind restaurants such as Tranan, Boqueria and La Vecchia Signora at the helm it's perhaps little wonder that Agnes is one of Kungsholmen's most ambitious local restaurants right now. Primarily Southern European influences mark the menu: dishes such as pulpo and seabass, among others, are served.
Norra Agnegatan 43, Kungsholmen
Stockholm's first Japanese dinner club
Paulo Fagundez, Felix Granander and Jerry Forsberg, along with award-winning chef Danny Elmaleh, are the guys behind the dinner club Kasai on Linnégatan. With a restaurant, cocktail lounge, dinner club, private dining room and a Japanese garden all under the same roof, this place is really rather special.
Linnégatan 18, Östermalm
Super-luxe sushi bar
If you're a sushi-lover with money to burn, this is the place to go at the moment. Little sister restaurant to the famous Esperanto comprises a chef's table for nine people where Sayan Isaksson serves some of the most unique (and luxurious) sushi the city has to offer right now. The waiting list is two months.
Kungstensgatan 2, Östermalm/Vasastan
Celebrity chef's latest spot
The city's oldest Japanese restaurant, Seikoen, has closed and made room for star chef Markus Aujalay's third establishment. A warm atmosphere and European medium-sized dishes are at the heart of the experience. You'll also find a lounge with drop-in seats, as well as a chambre separée on the upper floor with a beautiful view over the Strömmen waterway.
Tegelbacken 2, Norrmalm/City
Like a lovely private party
The Bockholmen group (Nybrogatan 38, Nytorget 6, among others) know their stuff when it comes to creating restaurants you really want to hang out in, and with Vinköket the atmosphere's even lovelier than usual. Among warm brick vaults and stylish interiors, right next door to their sister restaurant Le Rouge, they combine excellent wines with tasty small and medium-sized dishes. Have a glass on the run or stay put the whole evening.
Brunnsgränd 2-4, Old Town
Flippin' sister restaurant
This "beer hall" with 150 covers and nice vibes is from the same guy who founded the popular burger joint Flippin' Burgers. With that pedigree, and tasty street food and microbrews on the menu, what's not to like?
Luntmakargatan 63, City/Vasastan
Budget-friendly gastronomy that's hard to get enough of
Street food and fine dining meet at this heavily-hyped Södermalm restaurant which also has a bar in mini-Korea style. The food is inspired by both Asia and Scandinavia and can also be experienced as two wallet-friendly three course menus. Innovative, casual and very popular.
Åsögatan 176, Södermalm
Far from Woodstock
Woodstockholm on Mosebacke Torg ticks all the hot boxes right now. The owners previously ran a pop-up restaurant in a garage in Svedmyra and they now serve a sustainable mix of gastronomic dishes, natural wines and micro-brewed beer surrounded by blonde wood interiors designed by Lars Stensö. Yep, they also run a design agency/furniture manufacturers. Madly stylish, according to a unanimous group of restaurant goers.
Mosebacke torg 9, Södermalm
Much-lauded dining experience that's worth waiting for
Swedish Chef of the Year winners Tom Sjöstedt's and Daniel Räms' unpretentious restaurant is universally adored by both the press and guests. Roughly framed by exposed brick, simple chairs and industrial lamps, the menu consisting of pure, Swedish flavours is scribbled up on the walls. Getting a table here is an achievement in itself, but all good things come to those who wait...
Västmannagatan 69, Vasastan