Stockholm's hottest restaurants right now
Updated 3 Jun 2019
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.
Béatrice Becher and Jonas Sandberg, the restaurateurs behind the acclaimed Folii, also run Voisine, right next door. Their aim is to be the city's best neighbourhood restaurant, serving authentic French-inspired cuisine made from the best ingredients and at decent prices.
Named after a Chinese fashion magazine
Inside Story Hotel near Stureplan, Ling Long serves Asian flavours and innovative cocktails among a backdrop of concrete and exotic plants. They serve an extremely popular completely vegan lunch menu. The restaurant, which takes its name from a Chinese fashion magazine from the Thirties, also has a tucked-away inner courtyard that shouldn't be missed...
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
Scandinavia meets France
The same team that brought us mega-hyped restaurants Ichi and Barobao is also behind this French/Nordic restaurant. Eat modern dishes in light, pared-back surroundings just a stone's throw from Nytorget in SoFo.
Skånegatan 80, Södermalm
Traditional and sociable
In 2019, Loén took over the premises of what used to be Duck & Crab. The same team are behind the venture, but it's an entirely new concept. Scandinavian and international medium-sized dishes are served in rustic, relaxed surroundings and sharing food and social eating are the name of the game.
Rådmansgatan 23, Östermalm/Vasastan
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
Japanese from Adam and Albin
The award-winning chef duo Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman created a huge buzz with their restaurant Adam/Albin. You can now visit their Tokyo-influenced concept Misshumasshu in the historic Birger Jarlspassagen shopping arcade too. Count on finding everything from noodles to whiskey and sake on the mishmash menu.
Smålandsgatan 10, Norrmalm/City
Meet up Madrid-style
Ever since Spanjorskan opened just a few steps away from its sister restaurant Nybrogatan 38, this part of Östermalm has felt a little more continental. Meet up with friends over a few plates of tapas and a glass of wine or order some pintxos in the bar after work - this place just oozes hot Madrid backstreet vibes.
Nybrogatan 42, Östermalm
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
New name, new concept
What used to be Le Nom on Roslagsgatan became Las Brasas in 2018, a modern restaurant influenced by South America and Spain. The owners are the same, but the concept is completely new. Eat grilled dishes and tapas in warm, stylish interiors including green-tiled walls, photographic art and humorous curios.
Roslagsgatan 6, Vasastan
Rooftop scene at design hotel
This stylish design hotel near Torsplan opened in 2019, boasting a restaurant, Boketto, on the ground floor, as well as a restaurant and roofbar called Arc at the top of the building. This is the place to drink cocktails and eat food with Asian and European influences, while enjoying the view from the al fresco bar and terrace.
Gävlegatan 18, Vasastan
In the heart of Stureplan
If you're in the mood for cocktails, bar snacks and a great atmosphere long into the night, get down to this bar and restaurant in the middle of Stureplan, right next door to Arnold's and Spy Bar. Coquetal Social is run by the team behind Calle P and the atmosphere is both lively and elegant.
Birger Jarlsgatan 20, City/Östermalm
French bistro of the best sort
The highly experienced team behind French-inspired Brasserie Balzac have created an unpretentious restaurant serving authentic, seasonal dishes from small-scale French producers. The drinks menu impresses, as does the eye- catching zinc cocktail bar.
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
Italian foodie mecca
Italian fan? An old cinema on Biblioteksgatan has been transformed into Eataly - a magnificant meeting place which has branches in cities including New York and Rome. You'll find Italian produce, a restaurant, café and bars all under the same splendid roof.
Biblioteksgatan 5, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
This Lebanese restaurant - popular with Stockholmers and international celebrities alike - has been renovated and upgraded. An oriental ambiance with a modern twist, with turquoise walls, heavy velvet curtains, gold chairs and a basement area in authentic A Thousand and One Nights style. You can even order an entirely vegan menu (by request).
Engelbrektsgatan 37, Östermalm
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
Sandwich success story
The humble sandwich has recently experienced something of a renaissance here in Stockholm. This hot sandwich joint (the name is a direct translation of "Sand witch") in Vasastan, serving a selection of different options including muffuletta, is one of the most talked-about recent happenings in the sandwich world.
Gästrikegatan 13, Vasastan
Elegant Stureplan newcomer
Arnold's, with its elegant, imaginative style, is reminiscent of the restaurants of Hollywood's glamorous heyday. Timeless continental dishes are served with an emphasis on fish and shellfish as well as spectacular desserts.
Biblioteksgatan 21, 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
Hot in Siberia
In the Siberien area of Vasastan, E & G, or Egon & Gösen, specialises in modern share-food and carefully curated wines. A proper watering hole with exposed brick walls and huge shelves stacked with wines, get down here fast before everyone hears about it....
Birger Jarlsgatan 112, Vasastan
European and Asian flavours
The Turesgruppen stable of restaurants (which includes Tures, Vete-katten and others) expanded in 2019 with Regeringsgatan 21, which is at the same city centre address as its name. European and Asian flavours mingle with cocktails and a lively bar scene.
Regeringsgatan 21, Norrmalm/City
Gather around the campfire
Brunkebergs torg has recently been given a real boost with several hot new hotels and restaurants, including Scandic's signature hotel Downtown Camper with its restaurant and bar Campfire on the ground floor. Diners gather around the "campfire", symbolised by a real open fire in the centre of the restaurant. Just hunker down and tuck into the comfort food and innovative cocktails from the bar.
Brunkebergstorg 9, Norrmalm/City
Little Italy in Östermalm
This Östermalm restaurant is inspired by Little Italy in New York, serving American/Italian cuisine and with a passion for food, drink and good company. Forget trendy concept restaurants, think timeless meeting place for pleasure seekers who enjoy the good things in life.
Nybrogatan 21, Östermalm
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.
Popular meeting place
At the heart of the Bank Hotel you'll find Bonnie's. You're welcome to eat here whether you're a hotel guest or not, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cuisine is international, with an emphasis on European food from the sea and on the dessert list you'll find their chocolate "Smash the piggy bank" dessert for two, which has quickly become a favourite. Just like the hotel, the restaurant has thoroughly luxurious interiors, with lots of details that recall the building's heritage as an historic bank.
Arsenalgatan 6, Norrmalm/City
Mexican flavours on Skeppsholmen
Eat Mexican streetfood made from Swedish ingredients in a former factory building on the island of Skeppsholmen. Torpedverkstan ("The Torpedo Factory") is beautifully situated right next to the water and it's a real oasis close to the city centre, with al fresco dining next to the boats. A top tip for both Stockholmers and tourists.
Norra Brobänken, City
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
Farm life in Frihamnen
The Frihamnen docks area has recently become something of a hip foodie destination. Organic craft brewers Stockholm Brewing Co moved there in 2018 and they've been joined by a sister restaurant, Farm, which is run by a team with experience from top restaurants such as Esperanto and Oaxen. They serve organic, green and sustainable food (vegetables are grown on a farm just south of Stockholm) - combined, naturally, with beer from the brewery.
Magasin 3 Frihamnen, Gärdet
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
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
Al fresco in the Old Town
During the summer months, Djuret open up their inner courtyard for "pavement cooking under the stars". Their menu is based on pork (Svinet means "the pig") and if you're longing for continental outdoor dining vibes, you won't be disappointed.
Lilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
Seoul meets Södermalm
Stockholm's most talked-about Korean restaurant is just a stone's throw from Björns trädgård park in Södermalm and it's run by chef Gustav Kyhlberg, who used to live in Seoul. Inspired by the Korean capital, Madam serves typical dishes alongside Korean drinks and microbrewed beer in pared-back surroundings.
Tjärhovsgatan 5, Södermalm
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
Round trip to Italy
In spectacular premises that used to house a cinema/theatre - complete with six-metre high ceilings, beautiful hand-painted wall murals and red velvet sofas that transport you to Italy - this Italian restaurant is truly unique. There are two bars and a restaurant with an open kitchen from which Italian dishes magically appear. If you're dreaming of a short break to Rome, this is the place to come.
Sveavägen 77, Vasastan
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
Hot health concept
Health nut or not, if you feel like something nutritious and delicious, BodyBuddy next to Yogayama is a top tip. You'll find everything from healthy breakfast creations to filling salads and bowls on the menu. Run by former lawyer Linn Thulin who changed careers to become a healthfood restaurateur.
Jungfrugatan 8, Östermalm
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
French favourite in new packaging
This Gatsby-influenced brasserie on the waterfront doesn't just boast one of the city's most glamorous outdoor seating areas during the summer months. They also serve French-inspired crossover cuisine and delightful cocktails all year round. The restaurant was given a facelift in 2018 with a new layout and "dinner club" concept.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
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
Cool Thai food culture
Pat's Place, on Folkungagatan in Södermalm, serves Thai tapas - a cool, modern version of Thai food culture in which Pad Thai and sweet cocktails are notably absent. The tapas dishes, all reasonably priced, are named after well-known films and artists.
Folkungagatan 140, Södermalm