The guide to the best meatballs in Stockholm
Updated 23 Nov 2019
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
The mighty meatball is probably Sweden's most famous foodstuff. Few homecooking classics are as popular and in Stockholm you never need to go too far to find your next fix. The city is full of restaurants where meatballs retain a permanent place on the menu, year in and year out. But where to find the very best examples of these spherical delicacies and their accompaniments? To guide you to Stockholm's tastiest meatballs, we've listed a range of restaurants guaranteed to deliver.
Meatballs - For the PeopleNytorgsgatan 30, Södermalm
This SoFo (South of Folkungagatan) concept store and café specialises in organic meatballs in various forms. Eat in, buy some balls to take home with you or order takeway.
TrananKarlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
Don't worry about the fact you can't see them listed - you can always order Tranan's famous meatballs off-menu.
Operakällaren BakfickanKarl XII:s Torg, Norrmalm/City
The obligatory homecooking classic remains on the menu, served with cream sauce, pureed potato, lingonberries and pickled cucumber.
RicheBirger Jarlsgatan 4, City/Östermalm
Meatballs at Riche are a long-standing classic, served with all the traditional accompaniments.
PrinsenMäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Renowned "home-rolled" meatballs, served with a sauce made from rich meat stock, cream and port. Historic Prinsen is as classic as it comes.
Ulla WinbladhRosendalsvägen 8, Djurgården
Uber-classic restaurant on Djurgården passionate about preserving Sweden's culinary heritage. Their traditional meatballs are served with cream sauce, pickled cucumber, lingonberries and pureed potato.
TeaterbarenNybrogatan 3, City/Östermalm
Meatballs here are served in the same classic style as at their sister restaurant Riche – with cream sauce, sweetened lingonberries and pressed cucumbers.
Nybrogatan 38Nybrogatan 38, Östermalm
This popular neighbourhood restaurant in Östermalm has a continental evening menu, which also includes veal meatballs with cream sauce, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers and lingon.
PelikanBlekingegatan 40, Södermalm
The XL meatballs at Pelikan – one of the oldest restaurants in Sweden - draw in Stockholmers and tourists alike. Served, naturally, with cream sauce, salted cucumbers, sweetened lingonberries and pureed potato.
NalenRegeringsgatan 74, Norrmalm/City
Nalen has KRAV organic certification and they select all their ingredients with great care. The meatballs are made from Swedish meat and come served pureed potato, cream sauce, pressed cucumber and lingonberries.
Villa GodthemRosendalsvägen 9, Djurgården
Take a trip out to Djurgården and enjoy hand-rolled meatballs in this imposing former merchant's home. Accompaniments? Cream sauce, lingonberries, pickled cucumber and pureed potato, of course.