The best French restaurants in Stockholm
Updated 13 Jan 2022
If you're in the mood for French food, you don't have to travel to Paris for an outstanding meal. Elegant, rustic and exquisite — French cuisine both intimidates and inspires diners around the world. Stockholm boasts an abundance of excellent French restaurants ranging from quaint cubbyholes to impressive bistros. Choose between traditional cuisine and fine dining with a bit of ooh la la - our guide to the best French restaurants in Stockholm should do the trick. Bon Appétit!
Brasserie BobonneStorgatan 12, Östermalm
A distinct Parisian air
Brasserie Bobonne pays tribute to its charming French heritage. This classic brasserie presents seasonal fare on a chalkboard menu that is updated bi-weekly. The open kitchen and sophisticated decor enhances the intimate ambiance.
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 26, Vasastan
Large brasserie with an international feel
Brasserie Balzac - named after the French writer and food connoisseur of the same name - takes its influences from Paris and New York. Hors d'oeuvres, classic brasserie dishes and cocktails are served among red leather sofas and stunning stucco work.
Bistro RigolettoKungsgatan 16, City/Norrmalm
Parisian feel in cinema setting
Right next to the historic Rigoletto cinema you'll find this French bistro with the same name. Have something to eat or drink before or after seeing a film - or spend a whole evening here. The menu includes classics such as moules and steak frites.
PastisBaggensgatan 12, Old Town
A genuine Frenchie
This quaint, highly ambitious cubbyhole is hidden amongst the cobblestone alleyways in Gamla Stan. Considered to be one of the best French restaurants in the city. The classic, seasonal bistro menu and fine assortment of wine appeals to sommeliers from all over town. Candlelight sets the tone for romantic intimacy.
AllegrineKammakargatan 22, City/Norrmalm
An homage to French culinary tradition
Danyel Couet, who previously ran the F12 group of restaurants, is owner and head chef at this French restaurant on Kammakargatan. Inspired by his French heritage (the restaurant is named after Couet's French grandmother), the menu consists is unfussy dishes with a modern twist - served in elegant surroundings with a muted palette.
Mellow BarBirkagatan 10, Vasastan
Bistro in Birkastan
Snails, moules, entrecote and oysters - Mellow Bar in Birkastan serves all the classic crowd-pleasers for die-hard Francophiles, but this French bistro works just as well for a thirsty after-work crowd as for hungry spontaneous diners who find themselves in the neighbourhood.
HäktetHornsgatan 82, Södermalm
Captivating - quite literally
This refurnished 18th century prison houses a French-style restaurant and three different bars. The menu features rustic dishes with a modern twist as well as oysters and charcuteries. Make a night out of it - enlist the help of the talented bartenders and acquaint yourself with Häket's experimental cocktail menu.
Pas d'ArtBiblioteksgatan 6-8, City/Östermalm/Norrmalm
French bistro food, with no frills or flounces, is the order of the day at Pas d'Art, which means "no art". Dine in Art Deco-style surroundings filled with artworks, colourful interiors and exclusive materials, creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
À la CrêpeKatarina Bangata 42, Södermalm
Sweet or savoury
This romantic little creperie personifies French charm. Quaint À la Crêpe offers a reasonably priced menu featuring savoury buckwheat pancakes and saccharine crepes. The unpretentious ambiance makes it ideal for date-night.
Mister FrenchTullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
Mister French has transformed the historic customs house in Gamla Stan into a modern brasserie blending 1920's Parisian vibes with Great Gatsby glamour. The menu offers a seasonal mix of seafood and char-grilled meat. The outdoor terrace is a popular watering hole during summer months.
La Belle EpoqueBirger Jarlsgatan 21, City/Östermalm/Norrmalm
The good life
Hotel Kung Carl's northern French bistro Stureplan gets its style influences from 19th century France. Their signature dish, moules is served in several different ways, created by head chef Jan Andersson. Don't miss their weekend brunch or regular jazz evenings.
Café NizzaÅsögatan 171, Södermalm
Flavours from Nice
Just like in Nice, Café Nizza combines French and Italian flavours. They're famous for their pasta dishes, particularly their cacio e pepe, but there are plenty of French elements such as foie gras and pithiviers. Dishes are served medium-sized so you can enjoy both a smaller pasta dish and a meat, fish or vegetarian main course.
Café FacileLuntmakargatan 99, Vasastan
French in Vasastan
This French neighbourhood bistro serves high quality food at reasonable prices. The menu inclludes classic dishes such as moules frites, bouillabaisse, snails and steak frites. The drinks list has champagne in all price ranges, wine and non-alcoholic alternatives. The atmosphere is warm and intimate.
Duvel CaféVasagatan 50, City/Norrmalm
Seafood and mussels
Despite its rather dreary exterior, charming Duvel Café is a real hidden gem. Famous for its immaculately stylish interior with blue wood-panelled walls, leather chairs and brass fittings and fragrant French cuisine. The menu specialises in seafood, particularly mussels. Why not grab a drink next door at Pressklubben whilst you're at it.
SardinSolnavägen 55, Solna
This ambitious neighbourhood restaurant in Gamla Råsunda takes its culinary inspiration from Mediterranean countries, including France. As well as snacks and continental dishes in various sizes they also serve fantastic wines. During the summer months, the restaurant moves outdoors onto the square and becomes Sardinlådan.
ParadisoTimmermansgatan 24, Södermalm
French and international
This friendly and ambitious neighbourhood restaurant by Mariatorget serves a menu full of French and international influences - from steak tartare to tortellini in brodo. Combine your meal with something from the generous wine list and round off your evening with a rum cocktail from the bar.
Bistro RubyÖsterlånggatan 14, Old Town
Bistro Ruby is evidence that Gamla Stan is not merely a tourist attraction. Red walls and dimmed lighting sets the tone at Bistro Ruby, which has been a popular melting pot since the 80's. The tavern offers classic plat du jours to compliment the extensive wine menu.
Brasserie GodotGrev Turegatan 36, Östermalm
Classic with a contemporary twist
This sophisticated French brasserie fuses modern sensibilities with a classic French ambiance. The chic interior is punctuated by leather detailing. Well-prepared food, knowledgeable sommeliers and extensive wine menu enhance the experience.
NapolyonGrev Turegatan 15, Östermalm
Modern bistro with a French air
This charming neighbourhood restaurant is a modern take on a classic French bistro. Hearty homemade food is made from the finest ingredients, the menu features garlicky moules frites and plats du jours. The relaxed ambiance appeals to a wide audience.
Daphne'sArtillerigatan 56, Östermalm
Cosy and charming
With a menu that includes favourite dishes such as moules frites, chèvre chaud and steak tartare, you can treat yourself to a proper French meal at Daphne's. The decor also feels classically French and intimate, with white tablecloths, candlelight and dark wooden panels.