Swedish traditional food
Swedish traditional food, known in Sweden as husmanskost, literally translates to “house owner’s food”. It used to be the middle-class worker’s food. Swedish traditional cuisine mostly consists of potatoes, root vegetables, meat from wild and farm animals, fish from the Baltic and North seas such as herring and salmon.Lingonberry sauce is also a Swedish favourite! Only in the early 1900s did this type of food become more popular, finding its way into taverns and restaurants.Nowadays perhaps, the most iconic Swedish dish is meatballs with lingonberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
There are plenty of restaurants in Stockholm that offer traditional Swedish dishes, and some of those restaurants focus solely on Swedish cuisine. If you want to try real Swedish food, there are some brilliant places to visit in Stockholm.
Restaurant Tradition ($$) is located in the Old Town of Stockholm by the Royal Palace. They say that they serve Swedish cuisine exactly as it was originally intended. The restaurant has a very modern and sophisticated design, as well as reasonable prices.
Another traditional Swedish restaurant is Pelikan ($$$). This is a restaurant with a rich history and the authentic interior makes you feel like you’re back in early 1900’s.
Prinsen ($$$) is an authentic restaurant, founded in 1897, that serves traditional food with a contemporary twist.
BlaDorren ($$) is a cosy restaurant that offers a mix of Swedish traditional and modern dishes. They also serve beer from their own brewery.
Food for every taste
Stockholm is a place where everyone is welcome, and everyone who comes here can find the perfect dining place for their taste and budget. Stockholm offers everything from Michelin Guide three star restaurants to low budget (but high quality!) hot dog stands.
Lunch menus (Dagensmeny) are a very big thing in Stockholm, and most restaurants offer special lunch prices on weekdays. The prices in the same restaurant during the evenings or on the weekend are sometimes twice as high, making the lunch menu excellent value.
Some of the restaurants that are worth visiting on your trip to Stockholm include Frantzen ($$$$$) which is the only restaurant is Stockholm that has been awarded with three Michelin stars. This restaurant focuses on exquisite taste experiences and unexpected ingredients and flavours. They only offer a tasting menu and bookings have to be made in advance on their website.
Another great restaurant is OaxenKrog ($$$$$). Located in a rebuilt boat shed, this two star Michelin restaurant brings a traditional yet sophisticated dining experience. The chefs focus on sustainability and on using organic ingredients from nearby farms. OaxenKrog offers a tasting menu with bookings made in advance, but the same building also houses a bistro called Oaxen Slip which offers lunch, brunch and dinner for very reasonable prices, and drop-ins are welcome anytime.
Aubergine ($$$) is a cosy restaurant that offers a seasonal menu and uses only top quality ingredients. Once a year in November, Aubergine hosts “Truffle week” and their menu becomes filled with dishes made with truffles. Aubergine also hosts exhibitions of different artists from around the world. In the same neighbourhood there is a restaurant called NyKo ($$). It is a vibrant place where locals go to get fine quality food and enjoy the typically Scandinavian interior. NyKo offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus.
Lilla Capri ($$) is a cosy restaurant that serves Italian and European cuisine for reasonable prices. Beside the main menu they also offer a different lunch menu every day. Similarly, at Mom’s Kitchen ($) they serve traditional European food using only organic and fresh ingredients, and they offer a different lunch menu every day.
The hot dog stand OstermalmsKorvspecialist ($) has been on Nybrogatan 57 since 1992 and it is the most popular hot dog spot in Stockholm. They offer a wide variety of sausages with special sauces and other interesting ingredients that make the hot dogs truly extraordinary.
For those who enjoy more exotic cuisines Sushi Sho ($$$$) is an excellent choice. This is an extraordinary sushi restaurant that has been awarded with a Michelin star and is a must-see in Stockholm for all sushi lovers. The chef changes the menu daily and provides his diners with exquisite flavours and exciting dining experiences.
Stockholm also has many great burger joints, and one of the best in the city is Flippin Burgers ($$). This charming restaurant offers a variety of burgers and milkshakes. Their burger recipes are said to be carefully created to maintain the perfect bread-to-meat ratio. The bread they use is organic and freshly baked every day.
Another great burger place is Bun Meat Bun ($). The burgers served in Bun Meat Bun are considered by many to be the bestin Stockholm. The restaurant is located inside a shopping mall in Medborgarplatsen and is rather difficult to find, but it is worth it once you get there!
If you can’t choose which of the amazing restaurants in Stockholm to visit, there’s a great option for you! Hotorgshallen ($-$$$) is an indoor market and food hall in the heart of Stockholm that houses over 40 different cafes, restaurants and stores from every corner of the world. Here you can find something for every taste.
Vegan and vegetarian food
Lately more and more people in Stockholm are going vegetarian and vegan, hence the vegan food industry is growing fast. There are a lot of restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and raw food all over the city. Taku - Taku ($) is a lovely all-vegan restaurant that is located in an old tram depot from 1905. Their dishes have been inspired by different foods from all over the world. Another delicious vegan restaurant is called Matapoteket ($). It is a very cosy restaurant and its name translates as “Food pharmacy”. They only use fresh vegan ingredients.
Holy Greens ($) offers both traditional and vegan meals. They serve mostly flavoursome salads made of organic and local ingredients. Their menu changes four times a year to be in line with the seasons.
The food trucks in Stockholm serve different cuisines and mostly focus on organic, fresh ingredients and healthier fast food experiences. There are a lot of food trucks in Stockholm that serve high quality food. The problem is that most of them are not in the same spot, instead they drive around and park in different places in the city. The Food Truck movement is growing very quickly in Stockholm, so the food truck owners have built a community and have made a platform called Stockholm Food Trucks where you can find a list of all the food trucks, their menus, descriptions, contact information, location schedules and any other information and updates that the food truck owners want to share with the public.
Every weekend from April to September there is a pop-up flea market in Hornstull, and that is a popular meeting point for a lot of food trucks.
Fika in Stockholm
Fika is an everyday tradition in Sweden that means meeting up for a coffee and pastry or cake. Fika is more of a social concept than a simple meal, and the whole cafe industry in Stockholm is built around that concept. The most popular pastries at fika time are cinnamon buns, cardamom buns and at a certain time of the year,semla buns. You can find coffee shops and bakeries almost on every corner of the city and you will always see people having fika there. Here are some of the cafes that you might want to visit while in Stockholm.
Vetekatten ($$) is the most traditional Swedish fika place that can be found in Stockholm. It has been there since 1928 and has always served exceptionally good cakes and pastries. Vetekatten is the most popular place for getting the traditional Swedish pastry,Semla.
Although not so traditional, Mr cake ($$) has perfectly combined American style cakes and the Swedish cafe culture. It is a great place for enjoying Swedish fika with a bit more variety than just cinnamon and cardamom buns.
In Cafe Pascal ($$) everyone is welcome to enjoy premium quality coffee and traditional Swedish buns and cakes. The cafe is located in the heart of the city and has won a local award,“the Golden Dragon”,for best cafe.
Cafe String ($) is a colourful and cosy cafe on a quiet street in Sodermalm. They offer a variety of cakes, pastries and beverages for low prices, and they serve tea in extremely big cups. In addition to the food and drinks, you can also buy all the paintings and furniture that you see in the cafe.
As you can see, food scene in Stockholm is very wide-ranging and everyone can find something that they like - whether it’s meatballs with lingonberry sauce or a sushi tasting menu at a Michelin starred restaurant - Stockholm has it all!