The guide to cosy restaurants in Uppsala
Updated 7 Oct 2020
When choosing a restaurant there are lots of different factors to take into account: how far you're willing to travel, what kind of food you feel like eating, how many people there are in your party and how much money you want to spend. But one of the most important factors is also the hardest to quantify - the cosiness factor. No matter how good the food is or how charming the company, dinner won't be as enjoyable if you don't feel welcome and relaxed. To guide you towards the town's most delightfully atmospheric spots, follow our guide to Uppsala's cosiest restaurants.
Situated just outside Uppsala, on the shores of Lake Mälaren, this historic manor house hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant. Treat yourself to a meal made from local ingredients, or stay on for night at the hotel. The historic setting makes for a romantic countryside experience.
Restaurang Black BrookAnundsgatan 25, Centrum
Charming neighbourhood restaurant
This cosy neighbourhood restaurant on Anundsgatan serves everything from Indian curries to sourdough pizzas and hamburgers. The high cosiness factor, enhanced by richly-patterned rugs and wallpaper, draws in families, groups of friends and couples on romantic dates.
Dryck & MatOlof Palmes Plats 2, Centrum/Fålhagen
With a constantly-changing menu, Dryck & Mat ("Drink & Food") serves food made from carefully-chosen ingredients with an exclusive edge. Rustic combinations of drink and food, along with a wine list that's specially selected to match the seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is slightly "secret" and has mainly drop-in spots for spontaneous guests. Their non-alcoholic drinks list is also extensive.
peppar pepparSuttungs Gränd 3, Centrum
Uppsala's four-time favourite restaurant
Peppar Peppar has been named Uppsala's favourite restaurant by the local newspaper four times and anyone who visits will understand why. The combination of elegant fish and meat dishes in light, airy premises feels smart yet welcoming, a restaurant for long dinners with good friends.
Hambergs FiskFyristorg 8, Centrum
Small and luxurious
Hambergs fisk describe themselves as a "gastronomic meeting place", but don't let that description scare you off. Views over the street and tightly-packed tables creates a charming, relaxed atmosphere and the refined fish and shellfish dishes prove that cosy doesn't have to mean unsophisticated.
AaltosSysslomansgatan 14, Centrum/Luthagen
This ambitious interpretation of Italian cuisine is housed in the impressive Alvar Aalto building on Sysslomansgatan. You'll find air-dried ham and Italian cheeses on the menu, along with authentic pasta dishes with meat, fish and vegetables direct from the grill. The dessert menu is the cherry on the cake of a visit here; round off your meal with their delicious tiramisu or something from the cocktail menu.
Kitchen & TableDragarbrunnsgatan 23, Centrum
New York vibes
Inspired by Manhattan, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has created a restaurant concept which combines global culinary and cultural influences. The dinner menu combines American classics with international meat and fish dishes. The central Dragarbrunnsgatan premises are warm and welcoming and booking in advance is recommended.
60 kvadratBredgränd 4, Centrum
60 kvadrat has transformed its Bredgränd block into a warm meeting place for quick lunch visits and chilled bar hangs. The menu combines several international cuisines, but the emphasis is on a small selection of medium-sized dishes, two of which are equivalent to one main course. The atmosphere sets a warm, welcoming tone which ensures regular return visits.
HodjaSysslomansgatan 13, Centrum/Luthagen
A sensory experience
This meze restaurant appeals to all the senses. With three different, richly-decorated rooms - The Bar Room, The Love Room and The Glass Room - guests can choose their surroundings according to their mood. Knowledgeable waiting staff can guide you through the extensive menu of Lebanese and Turkish dishes.
Villa RomanaGamla Torget 4, Centrum
Classic, welcoming Italian
Whether you sit inside in the candlelit dining room or outdoors with views over the cathedral, Villa Romana is a gem. This authentic Italian follows the holy trinity of great ingredients, simple dishes and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Perfect for romantic dinners next to the Fyris river.
Meza Grill & BarÖstra Ågatan 11, Centrum/Luthagen
Comfy sofas and Lebanese food
With a huge selection of hot and cold meze dishes, Meza is well worth a visit for anyone who likes Lebanese food. The location and decor make it ideal if you're looking for a snug, welcoming atmosphere. Richly decorated and colourful, with velvet sofas perfect for sinking into after a long day.
DomtrappkällarenS:t Eriks gränd 15, Centrum
Classic food under cellar vaults
Domtrapphuset, the historic 14th century building at the foot of steps leading up to Uppsala Cathedral has housed a restaurant since the 1930s. The romantic cellar vaults ooze history and make for a unique setting in which to enjoy traditional Swedish dishes such as bleak roe, moose meatballs and reindeer fillet.