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.
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
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
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
A modern classic
Storstad has catered to a wide audience since the 90's. After a design overhaul the restaurant is twice the size it once was. The menu is characterised by French and Swedish influences, including Toast Skagen, grilled halibut, meatballs and other classics. The bar is also a popular joint.
Odengatan 41, Vasastan
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
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