Unusual dining experiences in Stockholm
Updated 21 Mar 2019
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.
Ringvägen 98, Skanstull/Södermalm
As if getting your Zen on and enjoying relaxing treatments and spa experiences weren't enough; you can also luxe it up with a poolside dinner in the spa's peaceful surroundings. Think candlelight, additive-free food and raw food ice cream after a blissful yoga class or steam bath.
Surbrunnsgatan 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)
Stora 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.
Folkungagatan 128, Södermalm
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.
Södra 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.
Kronobergsgatan 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.
Lindhagensgatan 120, Kungsholmen
Different sides of Asia
The Pong group's largest restaurant is on Kungsholmen, with 400 covers and various Asian-inspired settings. There's a buffet, à la carte and a Korean BBQ where the food is grilled right at your table on a specially imported Japanese grill. Choose a cosy dark corner or the section with an airy outdoor-feel.
Östgötagatan 41, Södermalm
Just as it sounds
Entering Vampire Lounge is like stepping into Dracula's lair. The decor is all crucifixes and grotto-like walls and the vampire theme pervades the whole place - including the toilets. Vampire Lounge is famous for its cocktails, which naturally come with with a terrifying twist.
Icebar By Icehotel Stockholm
Vasaplan 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.
Södermannagatan 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.
Luntmakargatan 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.
Hornstulls strand 13, Hornstull/Södermalm
Pizza from the Middle East
Try Neapolitan pizzas with innovative flavours from Palestine and Lebanon. As well pizza they also serve tasty dips and sauces, salads, coffee and light beer. The restaurant is fresh, modern and has a perfect sunny position in the summer.
Götgatan 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.
Linnégatan 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.
Vattenledningsvägen 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.