The best restaurants in Vasastan
Updated 13 Nov 2018
The Vasastan culinary scene has a lot to offer and is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Hidden gems, venerable institutions and chic industrial-style venues as well as exciting fusion concepts are all part of Vasastan's restaurant repertoire. We have created this guide to the best restaurants in Vasastan to help you decide exactly where to go for dinner.
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Modern culinary fusion
Farang is considered to be one of Stockholm's best Asian fusion restaurants and offers unique flavoury sensations. Exotic aromatic food is served and the menu is adapted to suit allergies and vegetarians. The sleek industrial interior has a distinct metropolitan feel and the bar is famous for its artisanal cocktails.
Tulegatan 7, Vasastan
A non-concept, is the way Ilse describes itself. Passing trends and fashionable fads are out and classic and delicious food is in. The dining room and bar are both made for relaxed socialising, with muted tones and an open kitchen.
Kungstensgatan 9, Östermalm/Vasastan
Progressive Spanish cuisine
This bustling Spanish restaurant steers away from the usual tapas bar concept and serves modern flavours made from the finest local ingredients. The combination of industrial decor and rustic furniture adds to the relaxed atmosphere.
Odengatan 36, Vasastan
Grill is probably one of the most intricately and elaborately decorated restaurants in the city fusing influences from Paris to the Far East. These worldly inspirations are reflected in the menu, Grill has perfected various barbequing methods from the whole world. Köttbaren around the corner also specialises in meat and combines deli and restaurant.
This ambitious and spontaneous neighbourhood restaurant near Norra Bantorget creates innovative small dishes from everything from 'ndjua (spicy, spreadable salami) to soured cream and pine shoots. The style is pared-down and Scandinavian, but if you're feeling un-Scandinavian and extrovert you can get chatting to your neighbours at the long communal table in the centre of the restaurant. Half the tables are reserved for drop-in diners.
Wallingatan 40, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Ambitious neighbourhood restaurant
After their food truck burned down, the well-respected chef duo Jim Hammargren and Jacob Nermark Hjelm decided to open up a restaurant in Vasastan. The result is this warm and welcoming hole in the wall restaurant with exciting small dishes, the likes of which you've probably never tried before. Book a table or take a chance on a drop-in spot at the bar.
Surbrunnsgatan 38, Vasastan
Uncomplicated cuisine from award-winning chef
With the Swedish Chef of the Year 2012 at the helm, Portal quickly became a talking point when it opened in the middle of Sankt Eriksplan in 2016. The restaurant has 75 covers and the focus is on uncomplicated but well cooked modern European food. Go for a casual dinner with friends or an elegant business lunch.
Sankt Eriksplan 1, Vasastan
Lilla Ego is the fruit of chefs Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms' rebellion against the strict bistro-style trend. The bare brick-walled restaurant features homemade tables, flea market finds and industrial lamps, creating a spontaneous and informal feel. The seasonal menu is updated frequently depending on supply.
Västmannagatan 69, Vasastan
Tradition meets innovation
At the crossroads of Tulegatan/Kungstensgatan you'll find Adria, an Italian neighbourhood restaurant with a passion for food and socialising. The Italian menu consists of traditional antipasti, pasta, secondi and dolci with a modern twist. If you're not hungry, you're welcome to hang out in the bar and have a glass of wine or beer.
Tulegatan 10, Vasastan
American and international
The tiny Duck & Crab on Rådmansgatan is run by two passionate chefs. As the name suggests, duck and crab are the stars of the show, but you'll also find other international flavours and ingredients on the menu. This is the place to come for a dynamic but unpretentious dinner in intimate, pared-down surroundings..
Rådmansgatan 23, Östermalm/Vasastan
Best meatballs in the city?
Tranan is synonymous with its red-checked tablecloths and old-school interior. Guests are presented with traditional Swedish classics such as fried herring with mashed potatoes. Off the menu, Tranan supposedly serves the best meatballs in the city.
Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
The historic Capitol cinema on Sankt Eriksplan now has its own bistro which opened in 2018. Eat innovative, creative small and medium-sized dishes in revamped Art Deco surroundings. Grab a glass of wine and something to eat at one of the drop-in spots in the foyer, or why not eat in front of the film, inside the cinema?
Sankt Eriksgatan 82, Vasastan
Paris meets NYC
Eat popular classic brasserie dishes or meet up with friends over a glass of bubbles and soak up the atmosphere. Brasserie Balzac is a Parisian restaurant on Odengatan with the feel of a big city brasserie in New York.
Odengatan 26, Vasastan
A charming Frenchie
Café Facile, as the name implies, is a distinctly French bisto. The chalkboard menu features steak frites, boeuf bourguignon and lobster bisque. High-quality food at a low pricing point and the environment is becoming - intimate and vibrant.
Luntmakargatan 99, Vasastan
Organic and local
Svartengrens has embraced the meat trend and specialises in local and organic produce. The minimalist decor and sleek bar, famous for its artisanal cocktails adds to the overall experience.
Tulegatan 24, Vasastan
A culinary trip to the North
Knut is a tribute to the North of Sweden - land of the midnight sun. The rustic menu, features game, Norrland-style flatbread pizza and cranberry cocktails, with emphasis on local produce and ingredients.
Upplandsgatan 17, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Subdued style in the heart of restaurant district
A stylish and romantic restaurant on Rörstrandsgatan where you can fraternise over authentic Italian dishes - from the chef's grandma's original recipes - or take a pew in the intimate little bar for a drink. Nove opened in spring 2018 and serves both lunch and dinner.
Rörstrandsgatan 9A, Vasastan
A former garage on Roslagsgatan has been transformed into this huge urban restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes. A mixed crowd gather here to enjoy excellent food at reasonable pricres, or to hang out in the bar and have a drink.
Roslagsgatan 4, Vasastan
A taste of the Alps
Fondueboden has been spreading cosy alpine vibes around Vanadisplan since the Nineties. It's a popular spot for socialising over steaming fondue pots and cooking your own food at the table. During the summer months you can eat or have a drink in their sunny little outdoor area.
Vanadisvägen 42, Vasastan
La Tonteria serves typical Spanish tapas in laid-back surroundings. You'll find this modern taverna on Rådmansgatan in a peaceful area around Norrmalm. Interiors are simple and laid-back with touches of colour and on the menu you'll find everything from meat to fish and seafood, accompanied by sangria, beer and Spanish wines.
Rådmansgatan 73, Vasastan
Gastropub with good food
This gastropub combines an extensive range of beers and whiskeys with classic dishes from Sweden and the continent. Enjoy the traditional pub atmosphere with green leather sofas and homely details - a world away from shabby old men's pubs.
Tegnérgatan 2C, City/Vasastan
Thai food and cocktails
If you're looking for authentic Thai flavours, plenty of Vasastan locals will point you in the direction of Waan Thai on Sankt Eriksgatan. It's packed with punters craving Thai food at both lunch and dinnertime and come 5pm you'll find it full of after-workers enjoying a beer or exotic cocktail.
Sankt Eriksgatan 92, Vasastan
Traditional Asian dinner experience
If you choose to order one of their hot pots, Pings Sakura offers a unique dining experience. Inspired by Taiwanese and Japanese traditions, it's a sociable and interactive way to eat in which guests get involved in the cooking at the table. As well as hot pots you can also choose from a whole range of other Asian dishes, and why not round off your evening with a little song and dance in their karaoke room?
Luntmakargatan 59, City/Vasastan
Bistro in Birkastan
In the heart of Birkastan, Mellow Bar serves classic French dishes such as snails, entrecote and moules. A bistro for the true francophile but also for the thirsty after-work crowd. Polynesian vibes flow in the Tiki Room bar in the basement.
Birkagatan 10, Vasastan
Eat under a sea of rice paper lanterns
If you're looking for a full-on Asian experience, Wäng Izakaya delivers when it comes to both the food and setting. Sit and eat among vibrant reds, oriental prints and under a ceiling covered in rice paper lanterns. The menu is extensive and the bar specialises in exotic cocktails.
Sveavägen 88, Vasastan