The guide to cosy restaurants in Stockholm
Updated 4 Nov 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
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.
AubergineLinnégatan 38, Östermalm
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.
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.
Kung Carls BakfickaNorrlandsgatan 28, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.
Ulriksdals VärdshusUlriksdals Slottspark, Solna
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.
NapolyonGrev Turegatan 15, Östermalm
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.
SQSaltsjöqvarns Kaj 25, Nacka
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.
The StrandNybrokajen 9, Norrmalm/City
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.
Kryp InTimmermansgatan 22, Södermalm
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.
Restaurant JAugustendalsvägen 52, Nacka
Newport comes to Nacka strand
This Newport-inspired brasserie in Nacka strand is open all year round for anyone who wants to eat and drink and enjoy the views over the entrance to Stockholm harbour. During the summer months you can eat al fresco and in the winter you can cosy up by the log fire in the dining room. Take the ferry across from Nybrokajen for the full nautical experience.
O'PizzicatoSwedenborgsgatan 23, Södermalm
Italian dinner date
This family-run restaurant next to Södra station oozes Italian influences. Have dinner with your family or date, or just enjoy a glass of wine at the bar. The menu includes Italian classics such as fresh pasta, various meat dishes and thinly-sliced charcuterie to share and the atmosphere is both intimate and stylish.
Österlånggatan 17Österlånggatan 17, Old Town
Great atmosphere in the Old Town
The Old Town is so much more that a busy tourist trap. This modern neighbourhood restaurant on Österlånggatan draws in both Stockholmers and tourists who want to eat and drink in stylish yet relaxed surroundings. Don't miss the picturesque outdoor dining area in the summer months.
StyrelsenHantverkargatan 31, Kungsholmen
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.
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 26, Vasastan
New York and Paris vibes
Mosaic floors, red leather sofas, elegant stucco ceilings and mirrors. In addition to the interiors, the restaurant boasts a menu full of authentic, seasonal dishes from small-scale French suppliers. Have a glass of wine, or a cocktail, at the zinc cocktail bar.
Trattoria Villa RomanaKungsbroplan 1, Kungsholmen
You'll find this charming restaurant in the middle of Kungsbron, serving Italian food in cosy, rustic surroundings. Treat yourself to homemade pasta, pizza or authentic fish and meat dishes among candlelight and exposed-brick walls.
FotografiskaStora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
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.
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.
SjöpaviljongenTranebergs Strand 4, Bromma
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.
BrasserietStrömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
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.
Kryp InPrästgatan 17, 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.
Le RougeBrunnsgränd 2-4, 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.
PaganiniVästerlånggatan 75, Old Town
Italian in the Old Town
With its red and white checked tablecloths, candelabras and a menu filled with Italy's best-loved classic dishes, this historic restaurant guarantees cosy Lady and the Tramp vibes. Personal service is a top priority and staff are more than happy to provide food and drinks recommendations.