Where to find Stockholm's best comfort food
Updated 7 May 2019
Time for a warming, enjoyable or just straight-up yummy meal which brings back old memories? When you're up against miserable weather, tough days or a touch of melancholy, comfort food is the culinary equivalent of a big hug. Comfort food is often associated with the classic dishes of the southern states of the US, but it can be so much more than that - most of the world's cuisines have their own version. Follow our guide to the Stockholm restaurants that serve rich stews, warming noodles, hearty pizzas, tempting waffles, Swedish homecooking and other delicious comfort food.
A taste of the southern states
Craving proper comfort food from the Deep South? Then you've come to the right place. At Austin Food Works, you can treat yourself to classic southern dishes at both lunch and dinner. In the evening they serve everything from sweet potato fries to ribs, beans and chicken and waffles. Why not round off your meal with a slice of Key Lime pie?
There can't be many foods that are as enjoyable to eat as waffles. At this Fifties-influenced Södermalm favourite they serve popular waffles and "wraffles" (wrapped waffles) with substantial toppings, as well as indulgent dessert waffles with flavours from brownies to berries. Satisfy your hunger and treat yourself to something delicious.
Södermannagatan 42, Södermalm
Innovative comfort food
Fried chicken, Buffalo hot wings, corn on the cob... Bird focuses on innovative comfort food with lots of chicken and other poultry dishes and influences from American streetfood. Forget healthy raw food, here it's all about indulgent sharing food to enjoy with friends. The chicken they use comes from selected Swedish farms, so you can treat yourself with a slightly clearer conscience.
Regeringsgatan 89, Norrmalm/City
All day brunch
Brunch is usually a weekend treat, but why wait all week? Greasy Spoon was one of the first restaurants in Stockholm to serve brunch dishes all day, every day. Tuck into dishes such as huevos rancheros, tuna melt and quesadillas, or a hearty full English breakfast with all the trimmings.
Worth queueing for...
Flippin' Burgers hardly needs an introduction - the long line of regulars queuing for a table is testament enough to their delicious burgers and milkshakes. Anyone who has visited a real American diner in the States can count on a serious nostalgia trip.
Observatoriegatan 8, Vasastan
A place to meet
Supper just oozes Latin American influences. Sink down into a comfy leather sofa in this cellar restaurant on Tegnérgatan near Drottninggatan and fill your table with tasty medium-sized dishes such as slow-cooked stews with chocolate and chili, or why not try their gambas, tacos, jerk chicken and dreamy desserts? There's no shortage of cocktails to choose from either.
Tegnérgatan 37, Norrmalm/City/Vasastan
Oodles of noodles
Slurping hot noodles warms both the tummy and the soul. In Stockholm, the Japanese noodle soup ramen has become a firm favourite, resulting in packed noodle bars and advanced techniques. If you're not afraid of queuing for a little while, the lunch noodles at the tiny, mega-hyped, Totemo Ramen are a smoking hot tip.
Sankt Eriksgatan 70, Vasastan
Comfort food, Vietnamese-style
Vietnam is famous for its fresh, vibrant cuisine, which includes plenty of comfort food dishes - not least warming noodle soups, delicious baguettes, fried spring rolls and tasty streetfood dishes. The owners of Eatnam have taken their inspiration from their grandmother's recipes from Saigon, and they serve a selection of typical dishes at both lunch and dinner.
Winning crêpe concept
After winning over both Visby and Åre, Crêperie & Logi has made its debut on Surbrunnsgatan in Stockholm. Make yourself at home among cosy sheepskins and tuck into their buckwheat galettes and sweet crêpes with tempting toppings. Whether you need to fill your belly or cheer yourself up a little, you'll find what you're looking for here.
Surbrunnsgatan 39, Vasastan
Chinese slap-up meal
The award-winning yet relaxed Ho's in Hornstull is the place to go for anyone craving a real Chinese feast to share. The restaurant is famous for its authentic cooking, which includes noodles, stir-fries and crispy duck with pancakes. Don't expect any frills or flounces or fussy portions - Ho's is all about getting stuck into good food together.
Hornsgatan 151, Hornstull/Södermalm
One of the city's best-known pizzerias, Dell'Attore is on Östermalmstorg and it's a family-owned restaurant with a classic film theme. Regulars and other Stockholmers alike flock here to feast on traditional Roman pizzas (or perhaps a pasta dish) in laid-back surroundings. Round off your meal with an Italian dessert like tiramisu.
Skeppargatan 60, Östermalm
Schnitzel, sausage and sauerkraut
Fancy a hearty portion of proper homecooking? At Bar Central you can tuck into central European classics such as schnitzel, sausage, sauerkraut and apple strudel, washed down with beer and wine from the same area.
Birger Jarlsgatan 41, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Feast on traditional Swedish homecooking
Potato dumplings, isterband sausage, meatballs and cheesecake with wild berries - traditional Swedish dishes can overcome almost any problem. This Södermalm restaurant is inspired by nostalgic childhood memories and you can tuck into the kind of homecooking your Swedish granny (should you have one) used to make, though with slightly more up-to-date presentation. The menu consists of slightly smaller dishes perfect for sharing around the table.
Folkungagatan 126, Södermalm
Sandwiches worth making a special journey for
What could be better than getting stuck into a seriously good sandwich with tasty toppings? Scandwich in Midsommarkransen has elevated the humble sandwich to an art form and people head out of the city centre from all over town for a taste. The substantial sandwiches are served at both lunch and dinner and can be accompanied by fries and craft beers.
Vattenledningsvägen 44, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
For kebab fans
The word kebab is pretty much synonymous with really tasty, enjoyable food, and it doesn't need to mean dodgy fastfood. Meat on a Stick is run by a serious kebab fanatic who has made it his mission to serve kebab that tastes just as it should and here it's both great quality and sinfully delicious.
Roslagsgatan 6, Vasastan