The best Swedish restaurants in Stockholm

Meatballs, potato dumplings, herring and of course lingonberry jam - are all pillars of Swedish cuisine and popular additions to Stockholm's culinary offering. Both distinguished establishments and modern eateries pay homage to traditional Swedish delicacies, serving Isterband sausages, northern arctic char and smoked reindeer meat to name a few. This guide to the best Swedish restaurants in Stockholm was created to help you peruse the offerings and choose a restaurant to suit your fancy.

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Tranan: Best meatballs in town?
This classic establishment opened in 1929 and is widely considered to serve the best meatballs in the city - despite the face that they are not even featured on the menu. What could be more quintessentially Swedish than meatballs, butter fried herring and mashed potatoes?
More information: Tranan, Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan

Knut: A culinary trip to the north
Knut pays tribute to the land of the midnight sun. The northern Swedish influences are apparent in the decor - wooden surfaces and furs. The rustic menu, features game, Norrland-style flatbread pizza and cranberry cocktails, with emphasis on local produce and ingredients.
More information: Restaurang Knut, Upplandsgatan 17, Vasastan


Den Gyldene Freden: Since 1722
Den Gyldene Freden is a distinguished establishment and since opening in 1722 has been frequented by the likes of Bellman, Zorn and Taube - famous troubadours of their day. The traditional menu features classic Swedish delicacies such as meatballs, reindeer and pickled herring with a modern twist.
More information: Den Gyldene Freden, Österlånggatan 51, Gamla Stan

Den Gyldene Freden

Kvarnen: Beer and homemade food
Kvarnen is one of the city's oldest and most famous beer halls. The quaint neighbourhood feel has been preserved and the menu features traditional homemade food such as meatballs, fried herring, black pudding and smoked sausage. Grab a pint whilst you are at it.
More information: Kvarnen, Tjärhovsgatan 4, Södermalm


Fjäderholmarnas Krog: Idyllic archipelago location
This idyllic retreat is only 25 minutes from the bustling city centre. Fjärderholmarna is an award-winning restaurant with beautiful archipelago views and impressive cuisine. The menu features classic Swedish fare and the nautical influences are apparent.
More information: Fjäderholmarnas Krog, Stora Fjäderholmen, Skärgården

Fjäderholmarnas Krog

Ulriksdals Wärdshus: Rustic charm
This charming inn with its picturesque location is a real classic. Rustic homemade Swedish food is served such as meatballs and salted salmon. The offering also includes vegetarian dishes as well as tasting menus.
More information: Ulriksdals Wärdshus, Ulriksdals Slottspark, Solna

Lisa Elmqvist/Gerdas Fisk: A seafood classic
Since the 1920's Lisa Elmqvist has enabled customers to get their seafood-fix at this charming food court-cum-restaurant location. The restaurant is only open for lunch guests dine on-site or purchase ingredients and ready-made dishes to take home.
More information: Lisa Elmqvist/Gerdas Fisk, Nybrogatan 31, Östermalmshallen

Eriks Gondolen: At a high altitude
Prestigious Eriks Gondolen is located 33 meters above the ground with breath-taking views over the city. The menu fuses classic Swedish flavours with modern undertones. Their home cooked lunch is a popular option at an affordable pricing point.
More information: Eriks Gondolen, Stadsgården 6, Södermalm

Eriks Gondolen

Ekstedt: Rustic luxury
Celebrity chef Niklas Ekstedt combines seasonal Swedish flavours, employing ancient techniques to create a rustic, fine-dining experience. Food is prepared over a fire pit or in a wood fired oven - no cookers or burners - old-school style. The decor pays homage to the forests of Jämtland and Skåne.
More information: Ekstedt, Humlegårdsgatan 17, Östermalm

Meatballs - For the People: For the love of meatballs
Fancy some homemade delicacies? This restaurant, as implied by its name, specialises in meatballs, at least 14 different kinds are offered, including rooster and vegetarian versions. Dine on-site, purchase by the pound or choose from a selection of ready-made dishes for takeaway.
More information: Meatballs - For the People, Nytorgsgatan 30, Södermalm

Pelikan: Genuine beer hall
Pelikan was first founded in 1660 in Gamla Stan and has since relocated to Södermalm. This genuine beer hall serves hearty Swedish food such as herring, potato dumplings, pork and golfball-sized meatballs. The rustic influences translate perfectly from the menu to the decor.
More information: Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40, Södermalm

Tradition: Traditional since 2012
Jonas Petersson from Aquavit in New York is the mastermind behind Tradition. The ambition is to serve authentic Swedish fare. The seasonal menu boasts of a selection of lactose-free dishes with emphasis on quality produce.
More information: Restaurang Tradition Tulegatan, Tulegatan 10, Vasastan
More information: Restaurang Tradition Gamla Stan, Österlånggatan 1, Gamla Stan

Långa Raden: Quintessentially Swedish
Beautifully located on leafy Skeppsholmen, Långa Raden is a popular restaurant specialising in authentic Swedish cuisine. Chanterelles, meatballs and of course Swedish 'fika' are all part of this hotel restaurant's repertoire.
More information: Långa Raden, Gröna Gången 1, City

Nalle & Kroppkakan: Hearty authenticity
Nalle & Kroppkakan focuses on Swedish potato dumplings - both innovative and traditional - with a variety of flavours such as pork and salmon as well as vegetarian options. With emphasis on quality produce and ingredients, retro chic interior and a hefty helping of lingonberry jam this eatery is a popular hangout.
More information: Nalle & Kroppkakan, Svandammsvägen 41, Midsommarkransen

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Husmor Lisa: Farm-to-table
Husmor Lisa is located in a turn-of-the-century villa in the archipelago. This quaint restaurant's dedication to organic and local produce is apparent in the seasonal menu. Guests dine on the veranda overlooking the sea or in the charmingly decorated dining room, waited upon by Lisa herself.
More information: Husmor Lisa Rök & Kök, Ytterbyuddsvägen 29, Vaxholm

Husmor Lisa

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