Meat balls and mashed potatoes.
Meat balls and mashed potatoes.
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Stockholm

The Best Local Restaurants in Stockholm

These are the restaurants that locals love in Stockholm.

Updated on Dec 25, 2023 | World of Mouth team

Stockholm's culinary scene is a good mix of traditional Swedish dishes and global influences, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy neighborhood joints, offering something for every palate. In this guide, we highlight Stockholm restaurants that have a local feel while staying true to local culinary traditions and produce.

To ensure we're only providing you with the best recommendations, all picks are based on suggestions from local World of Mouth experts like Oliver Jansson, Daniella Illerbrand, and Tove Henckel. So, from the homely atmosphere of Ett Hem to the iconic Sturehof, and the timeless favorite that is Operabaren, read on and discover the best places for local food in Stockholm.

Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden

Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren is a reputable bistro known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere and quality food that stands the test of time. The restaurant, with its Michelin-star quality, offers a variety of dishes, including several vegetarian options, and is recognized for its New Nordic cooking with a Swedish touch. Led by the renowned Chef Mathias Dahlgren and his veteran sous Tommi Kobayashi, Matbaren is a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

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The food is Michelin quality but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming always.A staple restaurant to for any foodie coming to sthlm the food by chef Mathis Dahlgren stands up to the test of time.The food is Michelin quality but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming always.

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Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren

Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurang Hantverket

Sturegatan 15a

Sturegatan 15a, 114 36 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurang Hantverket is a Swedish eatery that offers traditional dishes with a modern twist, carefully crafted by chef Stefan Ekengren. The restaurant is known for its relaxed atmosphere, affordable prices, and dedication to the culinary heritage, often drawing repeat customers. With a team of young chefs, Hantverket consistently delivers high-quality and interesting food, ensuring an enjoyable dining experience for all.

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This is a place where food, atmosphere and decor is characterized by passionately detailed craftsmanship.Hantverket is one of my favorite restaurants in Stockholm. This is a place where food, atmosphere and decor is characterized by passionately detailed craftsmanship with attention to our culinary heritage. Go here and enjoy a relaxed and joyous culinary experience with no frills.

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Restaurang Hantverket

Restaurang Hantverket

Sturegatan 15a

Sturegatan 15a, 114 36 Stockholm, Sweden

Ett Hem

Sköldungagatan 2

Sköldungagatan 2, 114 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Ett Hem offers a cozy in-hotel kitchen experience where you can enjoy meals that remind you of home. The food is simple but lovingly prepared by well-merited chefs, and the wine list is carefully curated by the owner, who is a sommelier. Whether you're a guest at the hotel or just stopping by for a meal, Ett Hem provides an intimate dining experience that feels like a warm, personal home.

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Like the best home cooked meal!!! Dining at the kitchen table at Ett Hem is like the best home cooked meal ever. Such a charming kitchen the the food and wine were top! A must go when in Stockholm. I do recommend a group so you can get the kitchen table.
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Ett Hem

Ett Hem

Sköldungagatan 2

Sköldungagatan 2, 114 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Sturehof

Stureplan 2

Stureplan 2, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Sturehof is a traditional brasserie, known for its casual Swedish dishes and a variety of seafood. The restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike for its relaxed atmosphere, attentive service, and dishes such as the herring platter with a shot of Swedish aquavit, Toast Skagen shrimp toast, and the seafood platter featuring lobster, langoustines, and oysters. The menu at Sturehof also includes other fine fish dishes like whole turbot, pike perch, and the classic poached cod with shrimps, browned butter hollandaise, and horseradish.

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Stockholm in a nutshell – casual, Swedish foodSturehof is the place in Stockholm I take foreign guests who have just arrived to the city for the very first time. Great casual, very Swedish food, atmosphere, guests, service - Stockholm in a nutshell!

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Sturehof

Sturehof

Stureplan 2

Stureplan 2, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Sillkafé

Lilla Nygatan 16

Lilla Nygatan 16, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden

Sillkafé is a cozy, informal restaurant in Stockholm specializing in traditional Swedish dishes, with a particular focus on herring. The establishment offers a variety of herring preparations, including salads, pickled, fried, and marinated, all complemented by a selection of craft beers and snaps. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, customers can also enjoy meatballs, a classic Swedish smorgasbord, and other local favorites, all served in small plate servings for a personalized dining experience.

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Perfect place for a herring feastHerring stands for one of the most iconic Swedish ingredients and dishes made of herring are a must try when here. To skip the touristy shot, head to Sillkafé ran by talent ex-fine-dining chef who decided to give the humble fish all the respect and attention. In an informal, cozy atmosphere you will try herrings prepared in various mode, in salads, with pickles or fried and marinated, all to go with craft beer or snaps.

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Sillkafé

Sillkafé

Lilla Nygatan 16

Lilla Nygatan 16, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurant Pelikan

Blekingegatan 40

Blekingegatan 40, 116 62 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurant Pelikan offers traditional Swedish cuisine in a charming beer hall setting. Known for its beautiful interiors, this place serves classic Swedish dishes, complemented by a selection of good cocktails. With over 110 years of culinary history, Pelikan continues to be a gathering spot for those seeking hearty, well-prepared meals in a captivating environment.

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Traditional and beautifulRestaurant Pelikan is the place for traditional Swedish food and it is also one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city.

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Restaurant Pelikan

Restaurant Pelikan

Blekingegatan 40

Blekingegatan 40, 116 62 Stockholm, Sweden

Operabaren

Jakobs torg 12

Jakobs torg 12, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

Operabaren is a well-loved bistro and bar in Stockholm, popular for its historical interior and classic menu. It is highly recommended for its freshly cut flowers and champagne, making it an ideal spot for pre-opera dinners or after-ballet suppers. Adjacent to Operabaren is Bakfickan, a small and intimate restaurant specializing in traditional Swedish quality cooking, offering dishes like the famous Swedish meatballs, prepared with high quality and care.

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All-time Stockholmers’ favorite: historical interior, freshly cut flowers, classic menu, champagne.All-time Stockholmers’ favorite: opulent historical interior, bunches of freshly cut flowers, classic menu, champagne. Best choice for pre-opera dinner or after-ballet supper (Friday and Saturday nights it’s open late).

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Operabaren

Operabaren

Jakobs torg 12

Jakobs torg 12, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurant Bobergs Matsal

Hamngatan 18-20

Hamngatan 18-20, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden

Bobergs Matsal is a restaurant that offers traditional Swedish Husmanskost dishes, refined by renowned chef Björn Frantzen. The restaurant is situated on the top floor of the NK department store, in a dining room designed by architect Ferdinand Boberg back in 1915. Some of the recommended dishes include Toast Skagen with Lobster and Black Truffle, Blood pudding with Lingonberries, and Wallenberger, a crispy fried veal mousse.

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True Swedish Husmanskost classics refined by Björn Frantzen and his team. Located on the top floor of NK department store, the dining room is designed by architect Ferdinand Boberg in 1915. Can't beat the feeling of this gorgeous venue!The food matches the surroundings more than perfectly.- Toast Skagen with Lobster and Black Truffle - Blood pudding with Lingonberries - Wallenberger (crispy fried veal mousse)

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Restaurant Bobergs Matsal

Restaurant Bobergs Matsal

Hamngatan 18-20

Hamngatan 18-20, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurant Bakfickan

Jakobs torg 2-12

Jakobs torg 2-12, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurant Bakfickan is known for its iconic bar counter and offers the best of Swedish husmanskost, a term for comforting home cooking. Their menu features perfectly browned meatballs, well-balanced cream gravy, buttered mashed potatoes and coarsely mixed whole lingonberries. For starters, they serve crispy fried potato "råraka" with vendace roe from Kalix, sour cream and onion, or the classic toast Skagen shrimp toast, all of which can be enjoyed with a cold beer and a shot of aquavit.

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The iconic bar counter with the best of Swedish husmanskost - comfort food. There’s meatballs and there’s meatballs. In a part of the world where in this case the so called Swedish meatballs are eaten in every possible form, place and situation, it’s a joy finding perfection of this dish. As so often, the hardest part in a great dish is skipping things. At the ”backpocket” of fancy Operakällaren in Stockholm, there is a marble counter with an open kitchen with a short menu featuring the best of Swedish husmanskost - call it home cooking or comfort food. Perfectly browned meatballs, a well balanced cream gravy, buttered mashed potatoes and coarsely mixed whole lingonberries. Start with a crispy fried potato ”råraka” with vendace roe from Kalix, sour cream and onion or the classic toast Skagen shrimp toast. Have a cold beer and a shot of aquavit.

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Restaurant Bakfickan

Restaurant Bakfickan

Jakobs torg 2-12

Jakobs torg 2-12, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

Strömmingsvagnen

Kornhamnstorg

Kornhamnstorg, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Strömmingsvagnen is a well-known food truck specializing in fried Baltic herring, a traditional Swedish fish meal. Offering tasty dishes like the classic fried Baltic herring with mashed potatoes, or the rye crisp bread with pickled fried Baltic fish, cucumber, onions, and herb mayonnaise, it's a must-visit spot for fish lovers. With its iconic status and affordable prices ranging from 5-10 euros, Strömmingsvagnen brings a unique culinary experience right on the streets.

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Fried Baltic herring from a food truck-a must when in Stockholm!A traditional Swedish fish meal for 5-10 euros? Yes, this is the case at Strömmingsvagnen-the iconic fried Baltic herring food truck in Stockholm. The food truck-more known under the text of the sign ”Nystekt strömming” (fresh fried Baltic herring)-has been around for ages at Slussen, now on the Old Town side on Kornhamnstorg. Fried Baltich herring with mashed potatoes is the classic, I prefer the knäckebröd rye crisp bread with pickled fried Baltic fish, cucumber, onions and herb mayonnaise. Addictive!

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Strömmingsvagnen

Strömmingsvagnen

Kornhamnstorg

Kornhamnstorg, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Tennstopet

Dalagatan 50

Dalagatan 50, 113 24 Stockholm, Sweden

Tennstopet is a notable restaurant that has been serving authors, journalists, and artists since 1895. Its vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, coupled with red velvet and dark wooden table decor, provides a nostalgic journey back in time. Offering traditional Swedish dishes such as delectable meatballs, lingonberries, and pickled cucumber, Tennstopet is a meeting point for generations who enjoy good food and drink.

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A cultural landmark in SwedenTennstopet has been a waterhole for authors, journalist and artist since it opened in 1895 (but at another location). The atmosphere is vibrand and relaxed, and interior decorations in red velvet and dark wooden tables takes you back in time. Waiters in white shirts and black waistcoats. Serving traditional Swedish dishes with delicious meatballs, lingonberries and pickled cucumber.

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Tennstopet

Tennstopet

Dalagatan 50

Dalagatan 50, 113 24 Stockholm, Sweden

The Långbro Pub

Stora Mans Väg 4

Stora Mans Väg 4, 125 59 Älvsjö, Sweden

The Långbro Pub, led by Chef Fredrik Eriksson, offers a versatile dining experience, suitable for a casual glass of wine, a quick lunch, or a family dinner. The restaurant focuses on serving traditional Swedish food, using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create their dishes. The menu is dynamic, changing with the seasons to offer the best flavors of each time of year.

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Långbro Värdshus by chef Fredrik Eriksson is located in a beautiful park really close to where I live in the Southern suburbs . They serve Swedish traditional food, and it’s a restaurant where it's really easy to go for different occasions, just for a glass of wine, a lunch or you can have a dinner with the family.
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The Långbro Pub

The Långbro Pub

Stora Mans Väg 4

Stora Mans Väg 4, 125 59 Älvsjö, Sweden

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