Where to find Stockholm's best comfort food
Updated 15 Dec 2020
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.
Austin Food WorksNorrtullsgatan 24, Vasastan
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?
Älskade TraditionerSödermannagatan 42, Södermalm
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.
BirdRegeringsgatan 89, City/Norrmalm
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.
M.O.A.S - Meat on a Stick2 addresses
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.
BirdRenstiernas Gata 30, Södermalm
Influences from the USA and Asia
Bird serves proper comfort food in the form of variations on fried chicken. The menu includes Szechuan wings, buttermilk fried chicken and Korean chicken sliders. Dishes are served as sharing plates enabling the whole table to experience and taste new flavours.
Flippin' BurgersObservatoriegatan 8, Vasastan
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.
Greasy Spoon2 addresses
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.
Totemo RamenSankt Eriksgatan 70, 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.
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.
Dell'AttoreSkeppargatan 60, Östermalm
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.
Bar CentralBirger Jarlsgatan 41, City/Östermalm/Norrmalm
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.
ScandwichVattenledningsvägen 44, Hägersten-Liljeholmen
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.