Traditional restaurants in Stockholm
Food trends, like any trend, come and go but timeless classics never go out of style. You can't visit Stockholm and not try the local cuisine - rustic and homely "husmanskost". Revel in traditional Swedish home cooking such as herring and meatballs. But Stockholm's culinary landscape also includes taverns serving homemade French coq au vin, Danish smörrebröd sandwiches as well as Polish pirogues. In our guide to traditional restaurants in Stockholm you will find hearty Swedish classics and home-style international delicacies.
One of Stockholm's very best classic restaurants, Prinsen has been serving traditional Swedish dishes for more than 100 years - and their food is still just as popular today. Toast Skagen, salmon pudding and home-rolled meatballs are served in historic surroundings with a lively atmosphere, just a few steps from the smart boutiques of Biblioteksgatan.
Mäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
A genuine classic
This classic joint opened in 1867, which is reflected in both the decor and rustic cuisine. The traditional menu features classic dishes such as toast Skagen, herring in multiple guises and of course meatballs. Over the years Tennstopet has been the hangout of choice for locals, artists, writers and musicians alike.
Dalagatan 50, Vasastan
Get the meatballs
Tranan is synonymous with its red-and-white tablecloths and original 1929 detailing. Widely considered to serve the best meatballs in the city - although you'll find no trance of them on the menu, order them anyway. This homely institution also serves fried herring with mashed potatoes. A well-preserved classic bound to satisfy your husmans-cravings.
Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan
Classic Swedish cuisine with a modern twist
Whether you're a traditionalist or not, this is the place to come for old Swedish classics given a modern reworking. The menu consists of small dishes you can try everything from blood pancakes with lingonberry ice cream to serious desserts just like a proper Swedish granny would make. Served on flowery china, of course.
Folkungagatan 126, Södermalm
As traditional as it gets
Well-reputed Tradition boasts three venues sprinkled around the city and as the name implies focuses on homemade specialities. Rustic, dairy-free dishes are served without frills. Enjoy hearty meatballs, beef Roulades, black pudding - the offering also includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Österlånggatan 1, Old Town
Homemade food à la Norrland; the frozen North is home to the midnight sun and culinary delicacies that are hard to come by in urbane Stockholm. This rustic venue pays tribute to the mountainous region with wooden surfaces and fur throws. The menu features game, reindeer Carpaccio, Norrland-style flatbread pizza and artic char. Wash it down with a cranberry cocktail.
Meatballs and beer
First founded in 1660 in Gamla Stan, Pelikan has since relocated to Södermalm and is a must for fans of Swedish home cooking. This genuine beer hall serves golf ball-sized meatballs, pork and other rustic classics. Pelikan's eminent history is etched into its wall and is just as popular as in its heyday.
Blekingegatan 40, Södermalm
Since its opening in 1931, Konstnärsbaren has remained largely intact. Naturally the menu features traditional favourites such as herring, toast Skagen, isterband and French coq au vin. If you're in the mood for "husmanskost" the daily special is a must.
Smålandsgatan 7, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Ode to the Dark Ages
Hop on a time machine and head back to 15th century Gamla Stan. Sjätte Tunnan located on a cobblestone alleyway serves traditional, rustic food, the menu features grilled wild boar, homemade mead and schnapps. The restaurant offers entertainment in the form of fire-eaters, belly dancers and magicians and can also be booked for special occasions.
Stora Nygatan 43, Old Town
Charitable and traditional
Distinguished Operakällaren's slightly more casual sibling boasts an intimate space with only 28 seats. Their specialty is naturally "husmanskost" and the offering is updated daily with homemade dishes such as pork, meatballs and isterband. Additionally 5 SEK off the bill is donated to UNICEF's water project.
Karl XII:s Torg, Norrmalm/City
Home-style comfort food
With its idyllic location and checkered tablecloths, this quaint café-cum-bakery-cum-bistro exudes traditional charm. The menu features homely Swedish classics with an international twist. The food is homemade and the on-site bakery boasts a gluten-free section.
Kindstugatan 1, Old Town
Swedish classics all year round
The menu at this Djurgården institution is packed with traditional Swedish dishes all year round. Perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy homecooking crowd-pleasers such as meatballs, Toast Skagen and pickled herring around midsummer.
Rosendalsvägen 8, Djurgården
For Swedish tapas and home-spiced snaps, steer a course towards Norra Bantorget and this modern Scandinavian food bar. Pickled herring is always on the menu, along with larger dishes such as meatballs with traditional accompaniments.
Upplandsgatan 2 A, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Beautifully preserved station restaurant
Järnvägsrestaurangen opened in 1932 as the Östra Station railway station restaurant and both the original interiors and the focus on traditional Swedish cuisine have remained. Take a trip down memory lane as you eat dishes such as meatballs, moose steak and "raggmunk" potato pancakes surrounded by historic Thirties architecture.
Valhallavägen 77, Östermalm
A distinguished classic
Grodan opened in 1985 and has a decidedly French-Swedish air. This popular restaurant is famous for its fish stew; other showstoppers include potato pancakes and minute steak. With its generous opening hours and relaxed ambiance, Grodan has over the years obtained a steady fan-base.
Grev Turegatan 16, Östermalm
Despite its enviable harbour views, Bullandö Krog is also easily accessible by land. This popular restaurant boasts a traditional menu featuring impressive homemade dishes. Enjoy a city respite and the distinct nautical vibes. The outdoor terrace is unbeatable summertime.
Bullandö Marina , The Archipelago/Värmdö
Beer and homecooking in an award-winning combination
The historic Zum Franziskaner was named one of the best German restaurants in the world by CNN, and for anyone who loves beer and traditional, homely food this restaurant on Skeppsbron ticks all the boxes. The menu consists of both German and Swedish classic dishes, such as herring, Isterband sausage and schnitzel, washed down with beer from small, independent breweries.
Skeppsbron 44, Old Town
À la Parisienne
This classic distinctly French restaurant pays homage to the city of light with white tablecloths and a quaint chalkboard menu that is updated bi-weekly. Expect piquant favourites such as boeuf bourguignon, poached char and other delicacies without any unnecessary frills.
Storgatan 12, Östermalm
No need to head over to the continent. Två Små Svin exudes Copenhagen-chic vibes in sleek beer hall setting and serves classic Danish fare, particularly the classic open sandwiches filled with everything from herring and roast beef to tofu. Naturally schnapps and artisanal beers are part of the offering.
Årstavägen 49, Årsta
International homecooking for lunch
This well-loved regular's joint on Kungsholmen serves homemade homecooking-style dishes at lunchtime. Culinary influences come from near and far - you'll find everything from salmon pudding with dill butter to cinnamon and curry-fragranced cauliflower stew to on the menu.
Kronobergsgatan 41, Kungsholmen