The guide to Stockholm's best museum restaurants
Updated 16 Jan 2019
Not everyone wants to spend an entire day or evening at a museum looking at art or antiquities. But in case it has escaped your attention, there's another very good reason to visit many of Stockholm's museums: world-class restaurants. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Take along a friend, your date or your family for a cultural and culinary experience in one. Thatsup leads the way to Stockholm's best museum restaurants.
Climate smart at Fotografiska
Chef Paul Svensson is the creative force behind the restaurant at Fotografiska (the Museum of Photography) and he makes all dishes using organic, plant-based ingredients with as little food waste as possible. Dishes are seasonal, making each dining experience unique, and the view from the top floor of the museum is hard to beat - the whole of Stockholm's harbour stretches out beyond the panoramic windows.
- Fotografiska Restaurang, Stora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
One of the world's best museum restaurants
This restaurant, regarded as one of the world's best museum restaurants, is run by Petter Nilsson, a well-known figure on the international food scene. Get out to Djurgården and Spritmuseum (the Museum of Spirits) if you want to see unforgettable exhibitions combined with a top-notch gastronomic experience. The kitchen uses organic and biodynamically-grown vegetables and meat from Swedish farms and forests.
- Spritmuseum Restaurang, Djurgårdsvägen 38, Djurgården
The cherry on the cake
Some of Sweden's top designers have been involved in the re-design and decoration of the restaurant at the National Museum. Visitors can enjoy a dinner with classic dishes with beautiful views over the Strömmen waterway and the Royal Palace. The menu, with its small dishes, freshly baked bread and an extensive drinks menu, makes for an extremely enjoyable museum visit.
- Restaurang Nationalmuseum, Södra Blasieholmshamnen, Norrmalm/City
Art meets the archipelago
The restaurant at Artipelag is right at the top of the building, providing stunning views over the glittering waters of Baggensfjärden while the chefs prepare food in the open kitchen. The buffet always includes fish, meat and vegetarian options, as well as seasonal vegetables. There's also a tempting dessert table for anyone with a sweet tooth.
- Artipelag, Artipelagstigen 1, The Archipelago/Värmdö
Excellent Swedish homecooking
As well as fascinating exhibitions, this hundred-year-old museum in Djurgården serves classic Swedish homecooking. The restaurant offers a choice of hot dishes every day - always including a vegetarian option - and the menu changes frequently. If you're not hungry, you can always take a culture break with a glass of wine or beer.
- Nordiska museet, Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, Djurgården
Buffet and extensive menu
There are plenty of ways to sate your hunger at Moderna Museet. On weekdays they lay out a large buffet and at weekends you can enjoy their popular brunch. There are always hot and cold dishes, as well as salads, soups, sandwiches and homemade cakes, on the menu. You can also order a glass of the restaurant's organic house wine, or perhaps a juice, beer or cider?
- Restaurangen Moderna Museet, Exercisplan 4, City
You'll find MatMekka at Etnografiska museet (the Museum of Ethnography) - an Asian restaurant with a menu full of dishes made from fresh, pure, organic ingredients. Every day visitors can tuck into a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes served with freshly-baked, slow-fermented organic sourdough bread, salad made from seasonal vegetables and homemade hummus and condiments. There are also plenty of tasty cakes and pastries to satisfy any sugar cravings.
- MatMekka, Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, Djurgården/Gärdet