The guide to hidden gems in Stockholm
Updated 13 Nov 2018
Stockholm's ever expanding restaurant scene is hotter than ever and the city is full of hidden gems, un-explored nooks and out-of-the-way surprises that should not be missed. Often cubbyhole-sized and off the beaten track, frequented by in-the-know regulars, the offering includes foodie-havens, small homely bistros and speakeasy-style joints. Fuelled by the modern-day desire for exclusivity our guide to hidden gems in Stockholm features some of the best-kept secrets in the city.
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A no-trend zone
Just around the block from their sister restaurant Duck & Crab, Ilse has rejected short-lived fads and concepts in favour of focusing wholeheartedly on the classic, elegant and delicious - and this goes for both the bar and the intimate restaurant a couple of steps up.
Kungstensgatan 9, Östermalm/Vasastan
A trip to the city of light
This locals' favourite is a classic French bistro serving frogs' legs, escargot and other genuine dishes, not for the faint of heart. Paname (slang for Paris) is a true hidden gem, but don't let that stop you from partaking in the authentic Tricolour-vibes.
Hagagatan 5, Vasastan
Intimate and affordable
Qualitative food at a facile pricing point - that is this charming French bistro's motto. The intimate atmosphere and relaxed ambiance appeals to a wide audience. The menu's classic French-inspired dishes offers continental gustatory delights.
Luntmakargatan 99, Vasastan
Head to Kungsholmen
You needn't look further than Kungsholmen to get a dose of continental air. Styrelsen is run by the people behind Pastis and serves rustic Southern European home-style food along with artisanal cocktails in a relaxed bistro setting. Add this to your to-do list if you haven't already.
Hantverkargatan 31, Kungsholmen
Next door to the College of Arts this ambitious hidden gem appeals to a conscious crowd of urbanites with great seasonal fare, cool concrete bar and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant also hosts live gigs and boasts ample sidewalk seating.
LM Ericssons Väg 27, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Unexpected gourmet gem
In a tucked-away part of Wallingatan, a few steps from Norra Bantorget, you'll find this ambitious neighbourhood restaurant run by a trio with restaurants including Lux, deVille and Oaxen on their cvs. Imaginative small dishes with Nordic and continental influences are served, and half of their seats are reserved for drop-ins.
Wallingatan 40, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Chargrilled fish and shellfish
Unusually for Stockholm, Stim combines being a neighbourhood restaurant with a menu consisting almost exclusively of seafood. Piscine delicacies are cooked on a charcoal grill, then served in elegant but relaxed surroundings.
Narvavägen 32, Östermalm
The foodie-hangout of choice
Babette quickly made a name for itself within foodie circles. The French-inspired bistro serves a selective á la Carte menu and is particularly famous for its innovative pizzas made in the open kitchen. The venue is small and fills up quickly, so make sure to get there early - or if you don't mind the wait grab a glass of wine and soak up the ambiance.
Roslagsgatan 6, Vasastan
For the Francophile
Pastis is minute to say the least, yet hidden among Gamla Stans winding alleyways Pastis is a major powerhouse when it comes to authentic French cuisine. No wonder secretive regulars choose to keep this quaint brasserie to themselves. Rustic homemade dishes are served with an elegant twist. Bon appétit!
Baggensgatan 12, Old Town
Can't get enough of classic French cuisine - neither can we. Brasserie Bobonne offers a culinay trip to the continent without having to leave the comfort of Östermalm. The selective chalkboard menu is updated bi-weekly and features rustic, homely dishes such as boeuf bourguignon without any unnecessary frills.
Storgatan 12, Östermalm
Ever since this critically-acclaimed neighbourhood restaurant opened in Bagarmossen in 2017, in-the-know foodies have started taking the green metro line heading south. Ambitious cooking, a great atmosphere and interiors designed by a local. Forget about booking a table - Centan only does drop-ins.
A quaint neighbourhood hangout
Marco's pays homage to classic Italian home cooking with ambitious dishes, abundance of wine and relaxed ambiance. The bistro-style decor features impressive arched windows, rustic furniture and whitewashed walls. Perfect for the whole family, Marco's also has a special kiddies menu.
Torbjörn Klockares gata 1-3, Vasastan
Swedish classics with a modern twist
A true gem - hidden way up on Folkungagatan - for anyone with a taste for modern versions of classic Swedish dishes. Tabberaset opened in 2018 and they serve traditional Swedish small dishes with creative twists.
Folkungagatan 126, Södermalm
One of the best Italian restaurants in town?
La Vecchia Signora, which translates to the old lady, exudes authentic charm. Exquisite Italian food influenced by the Piedmont region is served along with complimenting wine. Candlelight enhances the intimate ambiance.
Åsögatan 163, Södermalm
Paris just around the corner
This romantic bistro is charmingly located in an old fire station and boasts vaulted ceilings and boho-chic vibes. The interior is characterised by white tablecloths, tiled floors and mismatched chairs. The kitchen serves modern French classics along with a variety of French wines. Be sure to drop by the adjacent Bar Hommage.
Krukmakargatan 22, Södermalm
Ode to the North
Land of perpetual cold and the midnight sun, Norrland is under-represented when it comes to Stockholms restaurant scene. Knut however, makes up for this lapse. The northern influences are apparent in both the interior and menu. Rustic wooden surfaces and furs punctuate the interior and the kitchen serves game and Norrland-style flatbread pizza with emphasis on local produce. Thematic cranberry cocktails complete the vision.
Critically acclaimed winebar
This critically acclaimed, ambitious restaurant and wine bar is charmingly located in Gamla Stan. Famous among conneisseurs, 19 Glas serves fine-dining style tasting menus without breaking the bank. The wine list is equally impressive. The restaurant also serves an affordable lunch.
Stora Nygatan 19, Old Town
Despite its central location, Itamae Izakaya is easily overlooked due to its unassuming size. This sushi joint quite literally personifies the concept of hole-in-the-wall but the sushi conjured out of the kitchen is extraordinary. Apart from classic options, the menu features fish tacos and ceviche as well as artisanal beer.
Odengatan 106, Vasastan
The perfect end to your day
Although a popular joint, chances are that you have yet to set your foot here - which is why we mention it. The Spanish-Nordic influences are apparent in both the decor and the menu. The venue is relatively small and fills up rather quickly with hungry diners. The cocktail bar is manned by well-reputed bartenders and is many a locals’ destination of choice.
Odengatan 36, Vasastan
This historic arthouse cinema on Sankt Eriksplan was brought back to life in 2018 and now includes an intimate little bistro in true Art Deco style. If you want to combine a movie with something to eat, you can even take your food or a glass of wine into the elegant cinema auditoria with you.
Sankt Eriksgatan 82, Vasastan
In the slightly forgotten environs of Skanstull you'll find Checa, a small Peruvian restaurant with charming decor and authentic dishes inspired by the owner's childhood. Combine ceviche and other Latin American dishes with a pisco sour, Peruvian beer or glass of cava and soak up the atmosphere.
Ringvägen 145, Skanstull/Södermalm
These two popular siblings serve qualitative Italian food. Den gamle och havet specialises in seafood, the other in meat. These classic restaurants are of renowned repute, so go ahead and add them to your restaurant to-do list.
Homely and intimate
You'll find this neighbourhood restaurant on the island of Lilla Essingen, serving classic, medium-sized dishes. Homely is the name of the game, and restaurateurs Richard and Anna want their guests to feel at home. Cooking is ambitious dishes, with vegetarian, fish, fowl and meat dishes on the menu.
Essinge Brogata 5, Lilla/Stora Essingen
This charming French wine bar, located just off Karlaplan is synonymous with its red-and-white tablecloths. Enjoy seasonal fare with French overtones along with rich wines from select organic vineyards. Bar à Vins offers both champagne and wine tastings for those who wish to acquaint themselves further.
Narvavägen 32, Östermalm
A cosy nook
Wander along Gamla Stan's quaint cobblestone alleyways to soak up the ambiance. Kryp In has only room for twelve table - a more intimate restaurant experience is hard to come by. Hearty European dishes with Swedish ingredients are served and the wine list features organic and biodynamic wine. The ideal setting for date-night.
Prästgatan 17, Old Town
Since it opened in 1978, Coco & Carmen has attracted a regular crowd of Östermalm locals, as well as members of the royal family, but it's always managed to keep a fairly low profile. The interiors are well preserved and you'll find classic Swedish cuisine with a modern twist on the menu.
Banérgatan 7, Östermalm
Austin Food Works exudes authentic Americana vibes à la the Deep South intermingled with hickory smoke and Mexican flavours. Comfort food with a modern twist is served and the menu features everything from mac 'n' cheese, fried chicken and the obvious Rueben sandwich. The bar serves innovative moonshine concoctions.
Norrtullsgatan 24, Vasastan
Modern tapas restaurant
Make your way to the quieter quarters of Norrmalm and visit the tapas restaurant La Tonteria. This modern taverna serves Spanish food with everything from cheese to charcuterie and seafood, and you'll find Spanish wines alongside sangria and beer in the bar. The perfect place for a spontaneous dinner or a family dinner.
Rådmansgatan 73, Vasastan
Next door to the Opera
This wine bar and restaurant in historic premises right next door to the Royal Opera House is a real centrally-located hidden gem that feels like being in someone's home. The menu consists of Mediterranean dishes and wine buffs will find a large selection of excellent wines to choose from.
Gustav Adolfs torg, Norrmalm/City
This homely little Italian joint boasts a wine bar and organic deli. Indulge in genuine Tuscan delicacies; drop by for an aperitivo after work or stock up on homemade pasta to take with you home. The interior personifies shabby-chic with mismatched furniture and industrial-style lamps punctuated by vibrant red-and-white tablecloths.
Västmannagatan 54, Vasastan