Unusual dining experiences in Stockholm
Updated 30 Mar 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Varied as the Stockholm restaurant scene may be, it can sometimes feel slightly flat and one-dimensional. Don't get us wrong, we love a New York-inspired neighbourhood restaurant as much as the next diner but if you're tired of the usual restaurants and are looking for something really unique and different, then check out our guide. We've rounded up everything from special concepts and innovative tasting menus to dinner with a show and theme restaurants in this guide to out of the ordinary dining experiences in Stockholm.
Norra BrunnSurbrunnsgatan 33, Vasastan
A night in the name of comedy
When was the last time you laughed so much that your stomach muscles ached? Norra Brunn promises an evening full of humour and laughter, accompanied by a à la carte or set menu. Some of Sweden's best stand-up comedians grace the stage and it's a great night out for groups of friends or work colleagues alike. (Nb acts generally perform in Swedish but they occasionally have English-speaking comedians - check with the club)
Sjätte TunnanStora Nygatan 43, Old Town
A journey back in time
Have you ever wondered whether things really were better in the olden days? Sjätte Tunnan in the Old Town takes you back to the Middle Ages, to the year 1435. Rustic homecooked food is served and washed down with lashings of mead. You can also book large banquettes à la "the Dark Ages", with entertainment in the form of fire-eaters, belly dancers and magicians.
Punk Royale & Coco & Carmen2 addresses
Controversial chef duo Jocke Almqvist and Kalle Nilsson create innovative dishes with an unexpected, decadent twist. They serve a luxurious yet good value fifteen course menu which changes every day and can be paired with a drinks menu.
Lasse i GatanVästerlånggatan 60, Old Town
Eat like a pirate
Journey back in time to the 18th century when pirates ruled the waves and drank barrels of rum. Everything at Lasse i Gatan in the Old Town, from the decor to the food and staff, is pirate themed. Sit among the historic stone vaults and share food served on large platters.
RutabagaSödra Blasieholmshamnen 6, Norrmalm/City
Vegetarian fine dining
Top chef Mathias Dahlgren became something of a pioneer when he announced that his new restaurant concept was going to be completely vegetarian, in fine dining style. Rutabaga has replaced Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren and is housed in the premises right next door to the Grand Hôtel. If you want to make your experience extra special, book the chef's table.
AGKronobergsgatan 37, Kungsholmen
Meaty chef's table
Take a pew right in the kitchen and watch the chefs in action. Eat a special set tasting menu including everything from classic favourites to innovative dishes such as a Flintstones-sized bone marrow with bleak roe. They only have one sitting per evening, for 6-8 people, and guests' own music and maybe even a little dancing is welcome. But watch out for the huge antler hanging over the table - "you break it, you buy it (12 000 SEK)", as they put it.
Icebar By Icehotel StockholmVasaplan 4, Norrmalm/City
Jukkasjärvi in Stockholm
Do you long for ice and the Northern Lights? Well Icebar, within the Nordic C Hotel, can at least provide the former. Naturally the interiors are completely made of ice - as are the drinking glasses. Bundle up in warm clothes and enjoy a cocktail à la the original Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. Book your visit in advance. Perfect for groups of friends or corporate events.
SvartklubbenSödermannagatan 27, Södermalm
Pitch black enjoyment
Svartklubben is a dining experience in complete darkness. Eat and enjoy the entertainment provided by the singing, visually impaired waiting staff. How does food taste and how do you communicate without eye contact? Challenge your senses and discover new dimensions.
Pings SakuraLuntmakargatan 59, City/Vasastan
Hot-pot and karaoke
Turn your meal into an activity and try something new. The concept at Ping Sakura is all about creating a sociable dining experience where you can choose to cook hot-pot at your table, Taiwanese-style. If you want to choose something else from the menu you'll find dishes such as yakiniku, wok and curry, and if you feel like hitting the high notes you can carry on the evening's activities by booking their karaoke room.
The Flying ElkMälartorget 15, Old Town
Scandinavian pub grub
Elegant and modern, yet classic and timeless. The Flying Elk in the Old Town serves pub grub with a modern twist, made from Swedish ingredients in Scandinavian surroundings. Try the tasting menu for a complete experience.
HimlenGötgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
Among the stars
Eat right at the top of Stockholm's best known skyscrapers (there aren't very many) - Skrapan. The restaurant and bar has a unique 360 degree panoramic view over Södermalm and the rest of the city. Good food and drinks complete the experience.
KasaiLinnégatan 18, Östermalm
Asian supper club
Kasai is Stockholm's only Japanese dinner club. Enjoy an Asian taste experience while you're entertained by dancers, snake charmers, fire breathers and singing. Ideal for large groups who want a big evening out.
Nana OmakaseVästmannagatan 17C, City/Vasastan
Japanese and Nordic luxury
Nana Omakase serves up a Nordic dining experience with Japanese influences. Dive into a seven course tasting menu served at the chef's table. The food is seasonal and they use locally and own-grown produce wherever possible.
ScandwichVattenledningsvägen 44, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
Sandwiches for supper
Scandwich took Stockholmers by storm when they landed in Midsommarkransen in 2018, and despite the fact that they're slightly outside the city centre, the restaurant is often packed. They make ambitious, substantial open sandwiches with unexpected taste combinations. The place to come if you're after no-frills, straight-up good food.
Mera RichardTallspinnarvägen 16
At the chef's house
Chef Richard Söderberg has opened a food studio in a shed in his garden in Älvsjö. The restaurant, just 25 square metres, has space for eight diners at a time to experience an intimate dinner in homely (literally) surroundings.
WallmansTeatergatan 3, Norrmalm/City
Dinner and a show
Enjoy an entertaining, unique show while you eat dinner at Wallmans. International live performances and lively music make this a really special dinner experience. Perfect for an evening out with colleagues or a group of friends.
AifurVästerlånggtan 68, Old Town
Travel through time back to the middle ages and the age of Vikings at Aifur. The decor, live music and food are all Viking themed. Try a Viking-inspired dish washed down with a glass of mead in true Viking spirit.
FrantzénKlara Norra Kyrkogata 26, Norrmalm/City
Fine dining deluxe
You'll find this fine dining restaurant in a recently renovated 19th century three floor townhouse in the heart of the city. 23 guests each evening are treated to an exclusive and extraordinary experience. Frantzén is Sweden's first restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars.
Koh Phangan2 addresses
Exotic dining experience
Feel the Thai vibes at Koh Phangan as you eat in a tuk-tuk, listen to the sounds of tropical thunder and lightening surrounded by bamboo, palm trees and Buddha statues. The menu consists of classic Thai dishes cooked traditional style.
Eat your way through town
There are several companies in Stockholm that organise food tours. Join one of the tours and you'll spend a few hours visiting various different restaurants and/or food halls and tasting their food. You'll also get to hear stories about the menus and the history of the restaurant and the surrounding area.