Stockholm's hottest restaurants right now
Updated 10 Feb 2020
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.
Berns Asiatiska, Norrmalm/City
Award-winning star chef
In what used to be Berns Asiatiska in the historic Berns hotel, this Thai restaurant run by celebrated chef Sayan Isaksson opened in January. ISAAN', named after a region of Thailand, serves Thai food that fuses tradition and innovation. Cooking is based on a charcoal grill in the centre of the ornate dining room, with seats placed around it.
Grev Turegatan 20, Östermalm
Classic in new clothing
When Zink Grill closed their operation on Biblioteksgatan, there were plenty of punters who were happy to see it reopen, in a new guise, on Grev Turegatan. A modern neighbourhood restaurant open all day serving everything from breakfast to cocktails.
Biskopsvägen 9, Djurgården
Fine dining from Tommy Myllymäki
Although Aira doesn't actually open until March 20th, this new restaurant opening has been creating a huge buzz among Stockholm's foodies. Tommy Myllymäki, star chef and winner of countless culinary competitions, is behind the Djurgården resturant. Go all-in with a 12 course tasting menu for 2500 SEK or order good value dishes from the à la carte menu.
Smålandsgatan 10, 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.
Skånegatan 80, Södermalm
The Sparrow Wine Bar & Bistro
Birger Jarlsgatan 24, City/Östermalm
Parisian watering hole
This French bistro and winebar from star chef Mathias Dahlgren is part of the boutique hotel The Sparrow near Stureplan. A Parisian watering hole with stylish interiors and a continental menu. Come to soak up the atmosphere over a glass of wine and something to eat, or to start your day with a croissant and a coffee.
Norrmalmstorg 2-4, Norrmalm/City
Stylish gastronomy at the Nobis
In the basement of the Nobis Hotel, where Caina restaurant used to be, you'll find this elegant concept for gourmets and lovers of luxury. With Stefano Catenacci at the gastronomic helm, Noi serves up exclusive creations using the finest seasonal ingredients in surroundings that are guaranteed to impress.
Voisine & Folii
Next door to Folii
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.
Hornstulls Strand 4, Hornstull/Södermalm
Fusion in Hornstull
Mexican food the way it tastes in California is the order of the day at Calexico's, where Latin American flavours meet American food culture in industrial premises on the Hornstull waterfront. The atmosphere is unpretentious and the emphasis is on fun dining, with tacos, burritos, tequila and Mexican beer.
Rådmansgatan 23, Östermalm/Vasastan
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.
Västmannagatan 69, Vasastan
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...
Vasaplan 7, Norrmalm/City
LYKKE, within the Nordic Light Hotel, takes guests on an exciting taste trip combining innovative elements with a traditional Nordic flavour palette. You'll find everything from venison to baba ganoush on the menu.
Gävlegatan 18, 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.
Riddargatan 6, Östermalm
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...
Coco & Carmen
Banérgatan 7, Östermalm
From the Punk Royale team
The crew behind the decadent fine dining restaurant Punk Royale have opened their third Stockholm restaurant in Östermalm. In August 2019 they took over Coco & Carmen, one of the upmarket area's oldest restaurants and they'll continue to run it in a similar spirit before gradually evolving it into an international neighbourhood restaurant.
Roslagsgatan 21, Vasastan
Prospero on Roslagsgatan in Siberien serves a set dinner menu from Tuesday to Saturday. The emphasis is on seasonal ingredients, as well as a selection of natural wines. There's always a vegetarian alternative for those who prefer to eat green.
Brunkebergstorg 4, 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.
Folkungagatan 128, 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.
Gästrikegatan 2, Vasastan
Satisfy your ramen cravings on Gästrikegatan in Vasastan with authentic ramen made from Swedish ingredients and a big dose of love. Choose between four different bases, to which you add the toppings of your choice - for example, eggs, pork and wontons. Round off your meal with their matcha-flavoured tiramisu.
Nybrogatan 42, Östermalm
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.
Roslagsgatan 6, Vasastan
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.
Birger Jarlsgatan 20, City/Östermalm
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.
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
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.
Biblioteksgatan 5, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.
Gästrikegatan 13, 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.
Biblioteksgatan 21, City/Östermalm
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.
Liljeholmsvägen 14, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
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.
E & G
Birger Jarlsgatan 112, Vasastan
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....
Regeringsgatan 21, Norrmalm/City
Tegnérgatan 34, City/Vasastan
Right next to Tegnérlunden Park you'll find Nabo, a Nordic neighbourhood restaurant that has raised the area's gastronomic game. The menu includes both modern and slightly more traditional dishes made from sustainable ingredients, while the bar serves grown-up cocktails with unexpected flavourings.
Brunkebergstorg 9, 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.
Nybrogatan 21, Östermalm
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.
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.
Sankt Eriksgatan 70, Vasastan
Hole in the wall
Eat lunch consisting of homemade noodles and selected organic ingredients at Totemo Ramen in Vasastan. This specialist ramen bar serves a limited, traditional menu. There are very few seats, so we recommend buying your lunch to take away.
Arsenalgatan 6, Norrmalm/City
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.
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 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.
Frihamnsgatan 26, Gärdet
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.
Döbelnsgatan 45, Vasastan
It's hard to miss this playful restaurant in Vasastan which is covered in graffiti art both inside and out. Come by to eat international medium-sized dishes or hang out at the bar with a glass of bubbles or a cocktail in lively surroundings.
Klara Norra Kyrkogata 26, Norrmalm/City
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.
Kungsholmsgatan 31, Kungsholmen
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.
Lilla Nygatan 5, Old Town
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.
Åsögatan 176, 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.
Sveavägen 77, Vasastan
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.
Kitchen & Table
Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Norrmalm/City
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.
Mosebacke torg 9, 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.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
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.
Folkungagatan 140, Södermalm
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.