The best restaurants in the Old Town
Updated 20 Aug 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Stockholm's Old Town (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. The Old Town 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 Stockholm's Old Town.
Mister FrenchTullhus 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.
KaggesLilla Nygatan 21, Old Town
Delivers on quality
Kagges serves ambitious dishes created according to whatever the kitchen feels like making on any particular day. The dishes come in different sizes, small and medium, and the aim is to create a laid-back atmosphere where guests feel welcome and relaxed. The restaurant is small and intimate so it's a good idea to book a table as Kagges is extremely popular.
Tweed & Bakfickan Djuret2 addresses
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.
The Flying ElkMälartorget 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'.
PastisBaggensgatan 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.
Den Gyldene FredenÖsterlånggatan 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.
VapianoMunkbrogatan 8, Old Town
If you're a fan of Italian food such as homemade pizza, pasta and risotto, get down to Vapiano for a complete Italian experience. Their concept means that you order your food at one of the stations, before watching it be prepared by a "Vapianista". Their restaurant in the Old Town is large and airy with plenty of room for large groups.
Cultur Bar & RestaurangÖsterlånggatan 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.
Sjätte TunnanStora 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 17Österlånggatan 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.
AgatonVästerlånggatan 72, Old Town
Agaton serves pizza, pasta and other Italian classics in cosy, welcoming surroundings. The historic premises oozes Italian vibes, with red and white checked tablecloths and candlelight. Round off your meal with a glass of grappa if you want to add to the Italian feel.
Fem Små HusNygränd 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 Ruby2 addresses
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.