Before traveling to Stockholm, my experience with Swedish cuisine was limited to the meatballs at Ikea. Tasty as those may be, I knew the country had more to offer. Over the course of my five days in Stockholm, I had plenty of time to explore the city’s dining scene. Here are the best restaurants in Stockholm I visited during my trip, plus the most memorable bits from each.
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Kryp In is Swedish for “cubbyhole,” or a small, cozy place that you won’t want to leave. This restaurant certainly lives up to its name!
I ordered the three course tasting menu and lingered over every dish. My favorite was the reindeer steak, my first time trying this kind of meat. The steak was so tender it sliced like butter! It came with cheesy mashed potatoes, sweet apple compote, tangy dried lingonberries, silky celeriac cream, and a rich red wine sauce. Basically Scandinavia on a plate.
Naturally I had to have meatballs in Stockholm, and I enjoyed mine at Bakfickan. This small, casual eatery is the hip sibling to Operakällaren, the Michelin-starred restaurant next door.
After chatting with the locals sitting next to me at the counter, I learned that most Swedes don’t order meatballs in restaurants. They prefer to eat Grandma’s version back home. But it’s hard to imagine that Bakfickan’s meatballs could be improved upon. Served with fresh lingonberries, pickled cucumbers, mashed potatoes, and mouthwatering gravy, this was unquestionably the best dish I had in Stockholm.
I also loved Bakfickan’s Baltic herring appetizer. The artistically arranged plate featured sever flavors of pickled herring, with the curry sauce, mustard, and black currant being my favorites. The herring was paired with the classic garnishes of potatoes, sour cream, and red onion.
The Flying Elk
This fun gastropub serves up classic pub fare with a Swedish twist. The pork belly BLT sandwich was a winner, as was the fish and chips platter. The best bite, though, was the gougere appetizer. Made with Swedish farm cheese and drizzled with local honey, they were tiny flavor bombs. The Flying Elk also servers some tasty craft beers.
When I asked the front desk clerk of my hotel to make a reservation at Master Anders, he responded that it was one of his favorite restaurants. So I knew we were in for a treat! Located in Kungsholmen far from Stockholm’s touristy Old Town, Master Anders has been a local institution since 1905.
I ordered the grilled Arctic Char fillet, which came with tomato salad and a wonderful potato gratin. The daily special was a pork belly roulade with roasted summer vegetables. It’s easy to see why this place has been in business for so long!
The Swedes are so passionate about their coffee breaks that they have a special word for it: fika. One of the best places for fika in Stockholm is Kaffekoppen. This cafe has been serving up coffee and cinnamon buns (classic fika) in one of the Old Town’s most charming buildings since 1997.
Another great choice is Under Kastanjen, which is tucked in a quiet square. This cute cafe has a tempting array of cakes to accompany your coffee.
Lastly, if the open-air museum Skansen is on your sightseeing agenda, I recommend having lunch at the outdoor summer terrace. My grilled-to-order sausages was served on a soft bun with a scoop of tangy coleslaw. Simple and delicious!
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