The guide to budget-friendly lunch in Stockholm
Updated 13 Sep 2021
Eating lunch out can turn into an expensive habit, but luckily there are plenty of places in Stockholm serving delicious and relatively cheap lunches for anyone who "forgot" to bring last night's leftovers in to work. Follow our guide to Stockholm's best budget-friendly lunch, from healthy fastfood options to vegetarian buffets and Swedish homecooking dishes. You'll also find a selection of charming cafés and good-value restaurants for when you're out and about and your tummy starts rumbling.
Quick and simple
Babel Deli & Babel Bazaar2 addresses
Masses of meze
There's no doubt that Babel Deli is a popular lunch spot. Hungry lunch guests queue up every day for meze, salads and wraps all made to order, to eat in or take away. The restaurant has a cheery Mediterranean-influenced atmosphere and the food is both popular and good value.
- Price guide: Pita wraps around 85-90 SEK
TeaternGötgatan 132, Södermalm/Skanstull
With food from some of the country's best chefs, Teatern food court in Skanstull has proved a huge hit. Top quality streetfood made from great ingredients and, best of all, plenty of bang for your buck.
- Price: Around 100-140 SEK
Koja BarRegeringsgatan 95, City/Norrmalm
Koja Bar serves colourful bowls and homemade gyoza dumplings, as well as noodle soups and kimchi. Around a hundred crowns will buy you a healthy lunch, with Japanese and Korean flavours. Dishes can be bought to take away or eat in.
- Price guide: Main course from around 100 SEK
K25Kungsgatan 25, City/Norrmalm
Modern food court
K25 food court has offshoots of several popular Stockholm restaurants serving food from all over the world. If everyone in your party fancies different kinds of food, you can just choose and buy from separate outlets and then eat together in the communal food court. You can also order your food to take away. T
- Price: Varies, lots of dishes around 100 SEK
Zoey's FreshfoodHamngatan 10, City/Norrmalm
Healthy fast food
If you're after something fast, healthy and budget-friendly, head to Zoey's Freshfood. They serve healthy fast food in the form of salads, burritos, wraps and bowls with a wide choice of ingredients. Grab something to go, or sit and eat in.
- Price: Wrap around 99 SEK
Saigon StoriesHamngatan 10, City/Norrmalm
From the streets of Vietnam
Both the food and decor at Saigon Stories are inspired by Vietnamäs colourful street life. At lunchtime you can choose between a bowl or a classic phở, selecting the accompaniments you want from the menu - from chicken with rice to glass noodles with tofu.
- Price: Bowls around 129 SEK
La Neta2 addresses
Popular taco joint
This popular taqueria draws in diners looking for a simple and cheap, but still tasty, lunch. Food is ordered and collected at the counter and the menu consists of a selection of tacos and quesadillas in various sizes, with generous amounts of melted cheese. Count on a queue during the lunchtime rush.
- Price guide: 5 tacos around 110 SEK
Fast food from F12
F12's fastfood concept is all about quality and simplicity. The menu includes budget-friendly posh burgers, vegetarian dishes and salads. Order at the counter and eat in or on the go.
- Price guide: Original burger around 94 SEK
Vigårda Vasagatan 44
Vigårda Vasagatan 14
FalafelbarenHornsgatan 39, Södermalm
Falafelbaren have made a name for themselves with their organic falafel and stone-oven baked sourdough pita bread and delicious accompaniments. Choose from a range of different falafels or tuck into a falafel salad, and be prepared to wait a while - it gets pretty busy.
- Price guide: Falafel around 80-100 SEK
The Fishery & The Farm FamilyBrunkebergstorg 14, City/Norrmalm
Creative salads and ambitious fish dishes
For a fast, good-value lunch get down to Brunkebergstorg, where you'll find sister restaurants The Fishery and The Farm Family. They serve, respectively, excellent fish dishes such as fish burgers and fish tacos, and hearty salads with fresh, tasty ingredients.
- Price guide: Fish stew around 115 SEK
LégumesHornsgatan 80, Södermalm
Green budget buffet
The buffet at Légumes on Bysistorget in Södermalm is completely vegetarian and it's easy on the wallet. Mediterranean-inspired food is served over the counter and eaten, ideally, al fresco on the outdoor dining area.
- Price: Buffet around 95 SEK
Eggs Inc.Regeringsgatan 29, City/Norrmalm
Skip the carbs
Fastfood joint Eggs Inc in Gallerian shopping arcade has created a gluten-free based around organic eggs, including egg pizzas and omelettes. Eat in or take away.
- Price guide: Egg pizza around 100 SEK
TamarindoRepslagargatan 8, Södermalm
Thailand meets Mexico
Tamarindo is a little lunch restaurant in the heart of Södermalm which has Mexican and Thai dishes on the menu. You can also find salads and health plates at great prices and it's handily situated for both Slussen and Mariatorget.
- Price: around 100 SEK
MeshÖstermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg, Östermalm
Healthy in Östermalmshallen
Mesh, which used to be called Planet Food, can be found with the historic Östermalmshallen covered food market and they serve a popular healthfood plate with your choice of ingredients. They also serve wraps, juices and smoothies. Fast, nutritious and tasty.
- Price guide: Wraps around 95-105 SEK
Indian Street Food & Co3 addresses
Modern Indian streetfood
This award-winning Indian streetfood chain serves popular lunch dishes. Sustainability is their watchword and they serve traditional Indian flavours in a modern way. Fill your belly with curries and kathi rolls - Indian flatbread wraps, with various fillings.
- Price guide: Kathi roll around 100 SEK
Indian Street Food & Co Drottninggatan
Indian Street Food & Co Karlbergsvägen
Food hall for all tastes
Take a deep dive into the global culinary offerings at this indoor food market. You'll find something for all tastes, whether you want to take your food with you, eat in, or just buy ingredients to make your own lunch. The restaurants' prices vary, but there are plenty of great, popular budget options among the stands.
- Price: Varies, plenty of budget options
Good value restaurants
DalanisseVikingagatan 7, Vasastan
Traditional Swedish homecooking
This family-owned neighbourhood restaurant in Birkastan serves hearty homecooking at reasonable prices. The menu varies from day to day, and includes dishes such as schnitzel, pea soup and fish stew. They also have a regular lunch menu with hamburgers and steak and chips, as well as vegetarian options.
- Price: Daily lunch special around 105-115 SEK
CarotteSveavägen 19, City/Norrmalm
Homemade from scratch
Carotte, within Stockholm Concert Hall, serves homemade lunch made from scratch. The menu varies and includes everything from pasta dishes to Indian curries. Choose between the daily lunch special or vegetarian dish, or try the healthy salad of the week.
OmniHagaesplanaden 50, Vasastan
Something for everyone
Whether you prefer Swedish homecooking or Italian pizza and pasta you'll find it all at Omni on Torsplan. They serve a wide range pf foods, all served fast and made from quality ingredients. The price includes a salad buffet, bread and a drink.
- Price: Daily lunch special around 120 SEK including salad buffet, bread, drink and coffee
StationGävlegatan 22, Vasastan
Southern and Swedish
This neighbourhood restaurant on Torsplan serves Swedish homecooking as well as southern European flavours at very reasonable prices. The emphasis is on using the best produce available in season and the lunch price includes homemade bread, a salad buffet, drink, coffee and a little sweet treat.
- Price: Daily lunch special around 120 SEK
KnutUpplandsgatan 17, City/Vasastan/Norrmalm
A taste of northern Sweden
Knut gets its culinary inspiration from the wide open spaces of Norrland in northern Sweden and they serve meat, fish and vegetarian dishes for lunch. One of their specialities is flatbread pizza with various toppings. The decor is rustic and cosy, perfect for when you're craving the wilderness in the middle of the city.
- Price guide: Flatbread pizza around 170 SEK
SpanjorskanNybrogatan 42, Östermalm
Spanjorskan, Nybrogatan 38's Spanish sister restaurant close to Östermalmstorg, oozes backstreet Madrid vibes. The restaurant serves good-value lunch dishes almost all day, along with slightly more luxurious options such as a proper long Spanish-style sharing lunch.
- Price guide: Daily lunch special around 120 SEK
Bistro Rolf de MaréDrottninggatan 15, City/Norrmalm
Lunch like in Paris
Next door to the Dansmuseet, this bistro serves up French-Swedish fusion dishes. Swedish homecooking favourites sit side by side continental classics on the menu. Centrally located on Drottninggatan and plenty of atmospheric bistro vibes.
- Price guide: Daily lunch special around 115 SEK
Gildas RumSkånegatan 79, Södermalm
Close to Nytorget
Cosy café right on Nytorget where you can drop by for a coffee or eat a proper lunch with views over the park. Sink into a comfy armchair or grab a spot outside, if the weather allows. They serve lunch sandwiches, soups and hearty salads, not to mention all the homemade cakes and pastries. p
- Price guide: Soup and bread around 100 SEK
As the name suggests, Kaferang is something of a cross between a café and a restaurant. They're open from breakfast until post-work and as well as brunch, which is served every day, you can choose from soups, salads and grilled sandwiches for lunch.
- Price guide: Grilled sandwich around 115 SEK
Café Pascal2 addresses
Café Pascal isn't just incredibly popular for its selection of cakes and pastries (and its French-inspired locale), but also for their delicious lunches. Every day it's packed with lunch guests tucking into soups and hearty salads with everything from grilled root veg to salmon, rounded off with a creamy coffee.
- Price guide: Unknown
Family-owned Wilmer is a popular café where you can take a seat and enjoy lunch in warm, welcoming surroundings. The menu includes substantial sourdough sandwiches, hearty salads and hot main courses which vary from day to day. If you fancy something sweet to go with your coffee there are plenty of homemade cakes and pastries to choose from.
- Price guide: Salads around 120-130 SEK