The guide to classic restaurants in Stockholm
Updated 19 Mar 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Stockholm's restaurant scene is fit to burst with hip and trendy concepts. Therefore, it is particularly exciting to return to the classics - the most prestigious restaurants in Stockholm, that exude timeless elegance and tradition. We have sought out the absolute gems in an attempt to guide you to the best classic restaurants in Stockholm - with at least 25 years under their belt. Expect vaulted cellars dating back to the 1600s, bistros that have attracted the cultural elite for over a 100 years and retro-chic diners to name a few.
Smålandsgatan 7, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Konstnärsbaren looks pretty much the same as it did when it first opened in 1931. Since then it has become the watering hole of choice for famous artists and actors - hence the name. The menu consists of well-prepared, traditional Swedish dishes.
Grev Turegatan 16, Östermalm
A popular hangout
Grodan (which means 'frog' in Swedish) opened in 1985 and has a decidedly French air. The original name - La Grenouille was quickly shorted, and the vernacular adopted. The same restaurateurs run the place today; a true accomplishment after 30 years. The premises are divided into different sections, each with a remastered interior, including the distinctive stucco and black leather sofas. The restaurant's outdoor bar and seating area is often frequented by locals.
Rosendalsvägen 9, Djurgården
Picturesque charm from the 1800's
The villa was build in 1897 and its former glory is well preserved with meticulous attention to detail. The beautiful garden with views over the canal perfectly captures the essence of the place. Since the 1950's a traditional Swedish menu, with a contemporary twist has been served - such as meatballs and Wallenbergare.
Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
The red-checked tablecloths are synonymous with this crowded, bustling restaurant. Much of the original decor has remained intact since its conception in 1929. Traditional dishes such as butter-fried herring with mashed potatoes are served - just like in the good ol' days.
Mäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
A distinguished classic
Prinsen has preserved its distinct turn-of-the-century air. This distinguished haunt has catered to Stockholm’s cultural elite since 1897. The menu features classic French and Swedish cuisine.
Stureplan 2, City/Östermalm
Sturehof has served seafood for over a century and is still a popular destination among tourists and locals alike. Despite a facelift, the heavily influenced Scandinavian decor perfectly compliments the original detailing. The bar and large outdoor seating area is the ultimate spot for people-watching.
Birger Jarlsgatan 4, City/Östermalm
The distinctly Parisian setting is hardly news - this veteran has been around for over 100 years. Riche has established somewhat of a cult following and preserves its legacy by offering signature dishes such as Toast Skagan and Biff Rydberg. Providing a classic fusion between French and Swedish cuisines.
Narvavägen 30, Östermalm
Forget turn of the century opulence - this popular retro-style neighbourhood hangout sticks to its guns with self-service and plastic trays. Hop on a time machine to the groovy 70's when orange-carpeted floors and pea-green wallpaper were all the range. The steak minute with béarnaise and French fries is a real showstopper.
Dalagatan 50, Vasastan
Steeped in history
Tennstopet's longstanding relationship with the city - it opened in 1867 - is reflected in both the decor and the traditional homemade cuisine. It is an obvious meeting point for locals, as well as artists, writers and musicians who frequent the place to socialise, eat and drink.
Blekingegatan 40, Södermalm
A piece of history
This famous beer hall is one of the oldest in the city, founded in 1660 was originally located in Gamla Stan. Pelikan is still a popular watering hole serving traditional homemade Swedish dishes and an abundance of beer.
Hantverkargatan 1, City/Kungsholmen
Historic Nobel restaurant
With a pedigree stretching all the way back to 1922, restaurants don't get much more classic than this one. Stadhuskällaren's kitchen produces the Nobel banquets served in the City Hall's Blå Hallen each year - something you can also experience by pre-ordering a Nobel dinner from the year of your choice to enjoy in the restaurant's magnificent surroundings.
Skeppsbron 44, Old Town
One of the world's oldest restaurants
Founded in the 15th century, Zum Franziskaner on Skeppsbron is one of the oldest restaurants in the world. Sate your hunger with classic homecooking and drink beer from small, independent breweries in Sweden and Germany. A real institution - and, according to CNN, one of the best German restaurants in the world.
Odengatan 41, Vasastan
Classic bistro hangout
This classic restaurant on Odengatan has been drawing in punters from all over town since the Nineties. After a complete facelift, the updated and expanded dining room serves bistro food inspired by classic French cuisine.
Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
This intimate neighbourhood restaurant on Linnégatan has been drawing in crowds of friends, family and work colleagues since the Nineties. The lunch and dinner menus consist of timeless classic dishes made from top-notch seasonal ingredients. A real regular haunt with a laid-back atmosphere.
Den Gyldene Freden
Österlånggatan 51, Old Town
A local favourite since 1722
This is possibly one of the most historic taverns in the city with regulars such as Bellman, Taube and Zorn - their legacy etched into the walls. The kitchen serves traditional Swedish fare with a modern twist.
Ulriksdals Slottspark, Solna
Rural gem close to town
Historic inn with a stunning location by the waters of Edsviken in Solna. Enjoy good food and a rural setting all year round, either inside in one of the inn's beautiful dining rooms or outside in the leafy castle park in the summer months. Perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city without straying too far from town.
Stadsgården 6, Södermalm
With breathtaking views over Stockholm and its waterfront, Eriks Gondolen is perhaps one of the city’s most iconic restaurants serving classic dishes with an elegant touch. The restaurant is located 33 meters above ground and was inaugurated by the then king in 1935.
Tjärhovsgatan 4, Södermalm
A genuine beer hall
Kvarnen, from 1908 is one of Stockholm's oldest beer halls, complete with checkered floors, intimate booths and brass lamps. Traditional Swedish fare such as meatballs, herring and black pudding is served along with bountiful amounts of beer.
Regeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
Food & music
Built in 1888, Nalen was an integral part of Stockholm's nightlife between the 30's and 70's and its legacy remains to this day. Nalen combines organic, locally sourced produce with music concerts creating an exciting cultural experience.
Tegnérgatan 41, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Regulars have been pouring into this modern classic since the late 80's. Rolfs Kök, now run by the same restaurateurs as Restaurang AG, blends contemporary functionality with timeless elegance - apparent in everything, from the decor to the menu.
Hazeliusbacken 20, Djurgården
In leafy Djurgården
This historic restaurant in Djurgården has burned to the ground more than once since it was first built. These days it's run by Pop House Sweden, which also owns nearby Pop House Hotel and ABBA The Museum. The magnificent building with its terrace and gardens serves Nordic cuisine, including the famous Hasselback potato, which was created here.
Rosendalsvägen 8, Djurgården
In scenic Djurgården
This institution, located in picturesque Djurgården Park, is named after the troubadour Bellman's muse. Not much has changed since then - the kitchen serves traditional homemade fare and the outdoor terrace is the ultimate people-watching spot.
Karl XII:S torg, Norrmalm/City
The epitome of glamour
The Royal Opera House is a listed property and its famous restaurant is adorned with original murals, golden panelling and impressive chandeliers juxtaposing the modern furniture. The balance between the old and new creates a truly unique dining experience.
Fem Små Hus
Nygränd 10, Old Town
Over 400 years of history
The historic vaults of Fem Små Hus in Gamla Stan appear to have been frozen in time. The arched brick walls, heavy drapes and flickering candles set the scene perfectly. A traditional cuisine is served and one of the dishes is named after a woman who ran the restaurant during the 1600's.
Dalagatan 46, Vasastan
Music and seafood
Around the turn of the century, before Vasastan existed this tavern was in the outskirts of the city where the rich sought refuge. Today oysters, seafood plateaus and other French-inspired bistro dishes are served to a wide and devoted audience. Wasahof regularly hosts opera and jazz nights.
Nybrokajen 17, Norrmalm/City
Award-winning seafood restaurant
Bengt Wedholm opened this classic fish restaurant in 1985. Apart from acclaimed seafood dishes the restaurant’s dedication to the arts is apparent – paintings by famous Swedish artists adorn the walls.
Västerlånggatan 79, Old Town
For festive occasions
This luxury restaurant, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is complete with brick walls and vaulted ceilings – elegant, yet rustic. The menu exudes tradition, combining Swedish and international flavours.