The guide to cosy restaurants in Stockholm
Updated 3 Dec 2018
When all you want is a moment's respite a quaint, cosy setting is better than the flash and buzz of big-city life. There are an abundance of cosy restaurants in Stockholm, ranging from traditional taverns, welcoming neighbourhood restaurants and chic concepts. Here are some of the cosiest restaurants in Stockholm, whether it's for the comfy nooks, roaring fireplaces, piquant food or out-of-the-way locales.
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Reasonably priced neighbourhood charm
These cosy neighbourhood restaurants on either side of town are popular haunts due to their relaxed atmosphere, ambiance and living room-style interior. Aubergine offers seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, while 39 Wäst focuses on traditional Swedish fare served on large platters, family-style.
Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
Exotic Lebanese meze
Beirut Café pays homage to its colourful Lebanese heritage - opulent oriental decor and bold, flavoursome meze and other traditional dishes. It has a wide appeal and attracts a broad audience, families, groups of friends as well as the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake to name a few.
Engelbrektsgatan 37, Östermalm
Culinary trip to the North of Sweden
Knut pays tribute to the land of the midnight sun. The northern Swedish influences are apparent in the decor - rustic wooden surfaces and furs. The menu does not only feature game, it also includes Norrland-style flatbread pizza and herring, the bar menu offers crowberry and cranberry cocktails.
19th century charm
This hotel restaurant is a combination of a kitchen and living room. The turn-of-the-century inspiration is reflected in the quaint decor complete with a lounge, orangery and library. The menu features traditional classics with a contemporary twist.
Norrlandsgatan 28, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Rural idyll all year round
Being able to escape to rural surroundings just a stone's throw from the city centre is one of Stockholm's particular charms. Close to the waterfront at Edsviken in Solna you'll find this historic inn with maginificent dining rooms and a picturesque garden. The restaurant is open all year round - perfect whether you want to escape from the winter chill or enjoy the sun in leafy surroundings.
Ulriksdals Slottspark, Solna
France meets Sweden in Östermalm
Whether you're peckish or thirsty, stepping into Napolyon Bistro & Bar feels like coming home to a charming mish-mash of a typical French bistro and a favourite Swedish neighbourhood restaurant. You'll find classic dishes such as moules moules marinière and steak tartare on the menu and a wide range of wines behind the bar.
Grev Turegatan 15, Östermalm
Tradition and charm
You'll find this historic former merchant's home out on Djurgården. They're passionate about classic Swedish cuisine and their watchwords are satisfaction and tradition. Don't miss eating outside in the leafy garden café when summer comes.
Rosendalsvägen 9, Djurgården
16th century charm
Among the crooked alleyways paved with cobblestones lies this hidden gem. Fem Små Hus offers a slice of history and traditional charm complete with vaulted ceilings and stonewalls. The menu reflects its distinguished past with classic Swedish fare with a French touch.
Nygränd 10, Old Town
Homely hotel restaurant
This hotel restaurant is a popular melting pot that is particularly famous for its brunch. Library-style bookshelves, leather sofas and brass light pendants characterise this sophisticated restaurant that appeals to a crowd of hotel guests and locals alike. Dine al fresco in the courtyard during summer months.
Nybrogatan 53, Östermalm
Firehouse turned French bistro
Delikatessen is a charming Parisian-style bistro situated in a refurbished firehouse, complete with vaulted windows and high ceilings. Rustic French dishes are served to compliment the extensive wine list. Bar Hommage next door is perfect for post-dinner drinks.
Krukmakargatan 22, Södermalm
Add a delightful extra element to your meal by taking the ferry over to your restaurant. You'll find SQ Bar & Restaurang at the Elite Hotel in Nacka and you can get there by boat from Nybrokajen or Frihamnen. Nordic food and drinks are served in a former mill building with exposed brick walls and elegant interiors.
Saltsjöqvarns Kaj 25, Nacka
Updated Twenties elegance
Inside the Radisson Collection Strand Hotel Stockholm, where film stars such as Greta Garbo used to stay, you'll find this atmospheric hotel restaurant designed by Wingårdhs architects. Take a seat with a view over the waters of Nybroviken and enjoy seasonal dishes, or just have a cocktail at the bar.
Nybrokajen 9, Norrmalm/City
Cosy on Mariatorget
A congenial little nighbourhood restaurant by Mariatorget which takes its lead from its address, Timmermansgatan ("Carpenter Street) - the premises are decorated with wooden walls and timber. Order in a few small or medium-sized dishes or a substantial main course inspired by southern latitudes, or just have a glass of wine at the wooden bar.
Timmermansgatan 22, Södermalm
These sibling restaurants are located next door to each other on one of the city's finest addresses. Strandvägen 1 exudes polished elegance while Milles' casual ambiance is enhanced by artwork and experimental cuisine. Boasting of impressive views, their outdoor terraces are popular additions.
A French tribute
Styrelsen is an unpretentious bistro with a quaint French-air, accentuated by its white tablecloths, gilded mirrors and chandeliers. Continental influences set the tone for both the menu and bar.
Hantverkargatan 31, Kungsholmen
Round trip to Italy
In magnificent former cinema premises on Biblioteksgatan, Eataly combines restaurants, bars, a café and food hall all under one roof. An atmospheric meeting place for anyone looking to get together for an Italian meal - or just buy some Italian delicacies to take home.
Biblioteksgatan 5, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Unique dining experience
Having something to eat or drink in the restaurant at Fotografiska isn't just a nice way to round off a visit to one of the museum's photographic exhibitions. The setting, views over Stockholm harbour and the innovative, green food - by chef Paul Svensson - create a unique dining experience.
Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
A quaint respite
Bockholmen is located a mere 5 minutes from the city but it is an island of tranquillity. The 1800's villa is the only building on the island; during the summer months its veranda is a popular respite. The winter months offers crackling fires and homemade food.
Idyllic archipelago vibes
Right by the water's edge in Alvik you'll find this oasis of a restaurant - housed in a pavilion-style building with its own jetty and magnificent views over the water. Sjöpaviljongen is open all year round and serves seasonal Swedish classic dishes. In the summer you can even cruise in on your own boat.
Tranebergs Strand 4, Bromma
Rustic Spanish tapas bar
This tapas bar combines Spanish cerveceria vibes with rich red hues and rustic furniture. With emphasis on local produce this intimate candlelit restaurant appeals to hungry diners as well as thirsty regulars.
Odengatan 36, Vasastan
This classic restaurant has maintained its style since the turn of the last century; all art-bedecked walls and white tablecloths just a few steps from Biblioteksgatan. The restaurant has long been a favourite of the cultural elite and business people, and these days it's still always packed with punters socialising, eating and having a drink.
Mäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Magnificent Brasseriet inside the Opera house has carefully restored its historic premises - diners are surrounded by golden pillars, stunning stucco work, velvet chairs and richly patterned carpeting. The spectacular views of the Royal Castle and Strömmen waterway aren't bad either.
Strömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
Opulent 1920's glamour
This French brasserie prides itself with some of the best views in the city and glamorous Great Gatsby-air. The extensive menu offers classic dishes specialising in seafood and grilled meat. The cocktail bar is heavily frequented, their brunch notorious and the outdoor terrace is a popular respite during summer months.
Tullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
Among ancient alleyways
A homely little hole in the wall on Prästgatan in the Old Town where they serve classic fish and meat dishes made from scratch. Perfect for couples and other groups who want to explore the historic alleyways of the Old Town beyond Västerlånggatan, in peaceful surroundings.
Prästgatan 17, Old Town
A la Moulin Rouge
Fabric-covered walls, red velvet and "sinful" tassels frame this historic brasserie in old cellar vaults in the Old Town. Perfect for anyone who feels like escaping the big city hustle and bustle and disappearing into a 19th century French burlesque dream.
Brunnsgränd 2-4, Old Town
West Coast feeling
For many Swedes, the epitome of cosiness is seaswept days on the west coast, messing about on boats and eating spankingly-fresh shellfish. If you want a taste of that without travelling to Gothenburg and beyond, make tracks for Vasagatan and Räkan ("the prawn"). Fish and shellfish comes served in small fishing boats which float on a little waterway running the length of the restaurant.
Vasagatan 23, Norrmalm/City