Where to go on a first date in Stockholm
Updated 14 Nov 2018
The first date can be really tricky. Where to go? What to do? How full-on, romantic or spontaneous should you be? The singles scene is as full of unwritten rules as Stockholm is full of date-friendly spots. To help you on your way we've rounded up some great ideas for things to do when you've taken the first step and asked that special person out on a date. You'll find restaurants, bars, cafés and activities perfectly suited to a first date in Stockholm.
Two floors of heaven
You don't just come here for the magnificent views over the city, but also for the great cocktails and romantic vibes. Go all out in the restaurant or choose something slightly more "simple" in the lounge - Himlen is divided into two different sections with separate menus and prices, which makes the whole experience even more date-friendly.
- Himlen, Götgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
Any couple looking for a true taste of France should get down to Roslagsgatan and Delphine & Edouard, which is run by two Parisians. A gorgeous little bistro with blue velvet sofas, mismatched wooden stools and a warm, intimate ambiance. Modern small dishes and French wines are the order of the day.
- Delphine & Edouard, Roslagsgatan 15, Vasastan
Share South American small dishes
For a really intimate, cosy feel, take your date to the neighbourhood rstaurant Timber by Mariatorget. All the interiors are made of wood and the menu consists of ambitious small and medium-sized dishes with South American influences - perfect for sharing.
- Kryp In Södermalm, Timmermansgatan 22, Södermalm
Just like an alpine chalet
For an authentic alpine feeling with candlelight, whitewashed walls and steaming fondue pots, book a table at Fondueboden in Vasastan. You cook your own fondue at the table, perfect if you want to make your date last a little bit longer...
- Fondueboden, Vanadisvägen 42, Vasastan
Food and a film
A movie and dinner date is a real classic. The neighbourhood restaurant Capitol has elegant cinema auditoria and its own Twenties-feel bistro, and you can even take a glass of wine and something to eat in to the cinema with you. Go for a classic old film or get tickets for the latest blockbuster.
- Bio & Bistro Capitol Stockholm, Sankt Eriksgatan 82, Vasastan
Add a touch of romance with a first date at Glashuset, a lovely, not-too-long stroll from the city centre with gorgeous views over the waters of Nybroviken. They serve globally-inspired medium-sized dishes, perfect for sharing. Combine with delicious cocktails and chilled music from a live DJ on certain days.
- Glashuset, Kajplats 18 Strandvägen, Östermalm
Duskily-lit, good value neighbourhood restaurant
A nice, relaxed atmosphere prevails at Aubergine no matter what day of the week it is. The menu has something for all tastes and wallets and standards are high, in terms of both the service and the food. Start or round off the date with a cocktail in the bar.
- Restaurant Aubergine, Linnégatan 38, Östermalm
Chicken and cocktails
Take your date to Stockholm's first dedicated chicken restaurants (they have vegetarian options) and eat dinner or have a drink at the cocktail bar. The concept is inspired by Costa Rica, Miami and New York and the vibe is laid-back, urban and innovative. If you don't want the date to end, Jakobsgatan is the perfect street for bar-hopping.
- Yellow, Jakobsbergsgatan 23a, Norrmalm/City
In the mood for pizza
Fine dining meets fast food in the middle of Moodgallerian shopping galleria. Gourmet pizza is served in luxurious but relaxed surroundings with velvet chairs, black marble and lavish graffiti art. Sure to impress!
- 1889 Fast Fine Pizza, Mäster Samuelsgatan 18, Norrmalm/City
Sociable à la Mexiko and Peru
Marcus Samuelsson's Latin American, and very social, concept within the Clarion Hotel Stockholm puts paid to any date-night nerves. Share a bunch of Mexican-Peruvian dishes and try out the cocktails if you really want to let your hair down.
- Eatery Social Skanstull, Ringvägen 98, Skanstull/Södermalm
French classics and nice Pacific vibes
Impress with French classics such as oysters and champagne, in a low-key way. If tiki cocktails and tropical vibes feel more right, head downstairs to the Tiki Room bar.
- Mellow Bar, Birkagatan 10, Vasastan
The city's best date restaurant
Forget red roses and candlelight. Vapiano is large, lively and serves modern Italian food. A laid-back date option spread out over several different locations in town. The food is ordered at various stations and you pay later. Bright and unpretentious and the most popular date restaurant in town (according to Match.com).
Glöm röda rosor och stearinljus. Vapiano är stort, stimmigt och modernt italienskt. Ett avslappnat dejtalternativ utspritt på flera ställen i stan. Maten beställs i olika stationer och betalas i efterhand. Fräscht och anspråkslöst, och dessutom mest populära dejt-restaurangen bland singlarna (enligt Match.com).
Bona fide jazz by candlelight
The city's best jazz joint suits serious jazz aficonados as well as romantic couples. Dinner is accompanied by live jazz all week, and the atmosphere is as intimate as it is relaxed. Although its well known to true connoisseurs, Glenn Miller is still something of a hidden gem on Brunnsgatan.
- Glenn Miller Café, Brunnsgatan 21 A, Norrmalm/City
Spend date night in Spain and accompany typical tapas dishes with a glass of sangria. La Tonteria serves authentic Spanish small dishes from cheese and charcuterie to squid and meat. The restaurant is simple and unpretentious, with modern decor and colourful details, and if you're not hungry you can just have a drink at the tile-clad bar.
- La Tonteria, Rådmansgatan 73, Vasastan
An easy-going tapas spot on Kungsholmen which will transport your date straight to Barcelona, Madrid or perhaps Milan. Share a steady stream of tasty small dishes and combine with a good wine or microbrew beer.
- Xarcuteria, Hantverkargatan 40, Kungsholmen
Charmig dejt med franska lantvibbar
Glöm fine dining. Här serveras crepes, franska lantvibbar och personlig atmosfär. Och det finns även galetter (matiga crepes) för alla smaker - från biff till haloumi. Avsluta med en söt och maffig efterrättscrepe och missa inte cidern.
- À la Crêpe, Katarina Bangatan 42, Södermalm
Come as you are - the city's most popular taqueria is just the place for a laid-back, budget date. Just order a few tacos and other Tex-Mex bits and bobs at the counter and pick it up when your food's ready. Wash it all down with a cold beer.
Brunch date? Weekend breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Spontaneous after-work drink? You can just turn up at Le Bistro in Västmannagallerian shopping centre at any time of the day or night. The à la carte menu includes classic bistro dishes with options for all kinds of special diets, and the bar serves beer, wine and cocktails.
- Le Bistro, Sankt Eriksgatan 45, Kungsholmen
Champagne and oysters
Stop by this Parisian brasserie for something to eat or just to sit at the bar and have a glass of fizz and a few oysters. Take in the atmosphere and get to know each other among the buzz - Balzac feels a little like Paris and New York at the same time.
- Brasserie Balzac, Odengatan 26, Vasastan
A cocktail bar...
With an enchanting view
This is the place to come if you really want to impress your date with a breathtaking view - and great cocktails too, of course - without coming across as too clichéd or over the top. Gondolen is always a fabulous place to meet for a drink, whatever the occasion.
- Eriks Gondolen, Stadsgården 6, Södermalm
Tried and tested
Summer date? Mälarpaviljongen is one of the city's most popular summer hangouts and it's extremely gay-friendly. You'll find a large, mixed crowd here and everything from lunch and dinner, to clubs and DJs. The atmoshere is always fun and flirty.
- Mälarpaviljongen, Norr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen
Boules, bar and nosh
Challenge each other to a game of boules while you get to know each other over a beer. Boulebar is a mixture of popular boules pitches, a bar and French-inspired restaurant and you'll find a happy mixture of families, groups of friends and workmates here. Laid-back, friendly and slightly, but not too, competitive!
Crazy golf charm offensive
What could be more charming than inviting your date to join you for a round of Thirties-style mini golf and a cocktail? Swing by Golfbaren in Vasastan has ambitious courses and a restaurant where they serve everything from lobster rolls to hot dogs. The outdoor courses in Kristineberg and Aspudden are perfect for a summer date.
A coffee date...
Singles' favourite café
The classic konditori Vete-katten is Stockholm's most date-friendly café (according to singles on Match.com). Could it be the distinctly un-hip but cosy atmosphere? You're likely to spot several slightly nervous looking couples on sofas sipping a cup of tea or coffee and eating pastries.
- Vete-katten, Kungsgatan 55, Norrmalm/City