The best restaurants in Gamla Stan
Updated 9 Oct 2018
Gamla Stan, commonly perceived as merely a tourist attraction, has received a culinary makeover, its crooked alleyways revealing an assortment of great restaurants and hidden gems. Gamla Stan hosts a great number of fantastic restaurants, ranging from historic taverns to chic international fusion concepts and quaint cubbyholes. To help you navigate through its maze, we've compiled a guide to the best restaurants in Gamla Stan.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
Glamorous Gatsby vibes
Mister French has transformed the historic customs house in Gamla Stan into a modern brasserie with style cues from 1920's Paris blended with glamorous Great Gatsby vibes. The menu offers a seasonal mix featuring seafood and char-grilled meat. The outdoor terrace with its shorefront location is a popular destination during summer months.
Tweed & Djuret
For the Connoisseur
These sibling restaurants offer a unique edge to Gamla Stan's culinary landscape. Pubologi fuses dining room, bar and pub and is firmly dedicated to local produce. Tweed, as indicated by its name has wholeheartedly embraced its theme, complete with comfortable chesterfields and checked wallpaper. Artisanal beer, classic cocktails and an extensive wine menu with a distinct twist, along with traditional pub fare are served. Djuret - Animal - specialises in meat, serving one particular kind at a time, depending on season. Guests are invited to select wine from Leijontornet's some 14 000 bottles - weekly wine themes are offered to acquaint guests with new sensations.
Stora Nygatan 19, Old Town
Award winning restaurant
With the ambition to serve food otherwise only found in the fine-dining segment, 19 Glas is one of Stockholm's best affordable dining options. Built upon the notion that guests should not be left to fend for themselves, the restaurant offers a set tasting menu with European influences. The menu is updated weekly blending both traditional and innovative flavours.
The Flying Elk
Mälartorget 15, Old Town
Revamped gastro pub
The Flying Elk is a contemporary alternative to the traditional English pub. Balancing rustic decor with modern sensibility, the extensive menu offers 'proper pub grub' with luxurious ingredients. The masterminds behind this concept are the folks over at Restaurant Frantzén. The Flying Elk also houses Gaston Vinbarand Corner Club, located round the corner, which specialises in 'Burgers & Drinks'.
Baggensgatan 12, Old Town
This quaint, highly ambitious cubbyhole is one of the best French restaurants in Stockholm. The classic, seasonal bistro menu and fine assortment of wine appeals to sommeliers from all over town. The atmosphere is intimate as only twenty seats are available.
Stortorget 7, Old Town
18th century meets the present day
If you've fallen for the cocktails at Pharmarium you shouldn't miss their slightly more classic sister restaurant Ebenist, housed in a former furniture factory next door. A snug restaurant with fine woodwork, Nordic/Southern European flavours and a wine cellar that first came into use some 500 years ago. Ebenist flirts with both the past and the present.
Den Gyldene Freden
Österlånggatan 51, Old Town
Den Gyldene Freden has been around since 1722 and has seen countless Swedish cultural icons including Bellman and Zorn pass through its doors. The old style has been retained through countless renovations and generations, as has the classic cooking.
Cultur Bar & Restaurang
Österlånggatan 34, Old Town
Authentic Spanish cuisine
This authentic Spanish restaurant serves a traditional fare, tapas-style. Moroccan floor tiles and marble tables accentuate the sleek, sophisticated decor. Continental with an unpretentious vibe, complete with exquisite food and well-stocked bar.
Stora Nygatan 43, Old Town
Back to the Middle Ages
Hop on a time machine and head back to the Dark Ages. Sjätte Tunnan serves traditional Swedish fare à la 1435 with rustic dishes and mead. The restaurant offers entertainment in the form of fire-eaters, belly dancers and magicians. The venue can also be booked for special occasions.
Österlånggatan 17, Old Town
Generous neighbourhood hangout
This contemporary concept boasts generous opening hours and relaxed atmosphere - just like its siblings Nytorget 6 and Nybrogatan 38. The à la Carte menu offers delectable moderately priced dishes, all under the 200 mark. The sophisticated decor and charming cobblestone alleyway outside enhances the ambiance.
Fem Små Hus
Nygränd 10, Old Town
In this historic 17th century building, dinner is served in an underground cellar with nine cellar vaults. The wine list is extensive and the menu consists of traditional dishes from both France and Sweden, spiced up with a modern touch.
Bistro Ruby & Grill Ruby
From Paris to Texas
Bistro Ruby has been a popular melting pot since the 80's. The menu is predominantly French with Swedish undertones, the slightly rustic decor adds to the relaxed atmosphere. The Grill, located just next door invites guests to partake on a culinary journey from the streets of Paris, across the Atlantic to Texas. Southern influences dominate the kitchen; they are famous for their burgers, scallops and Mexican flavours.