Sweden's Best Restaurants
Collected by Stephen Whitlock, AFAR Local Expert
In the last decade or so, Swedish cuisine has undergone a radical transformation, with young chefs embracing the local, organic, and sustainable ethos at popular restaurants, alongside food halls and cafés serving traditional dishes and pastries.
Jakobs torg 10, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden
The name translates as "Back Pocket," an apt description for this one-room restaurant tucked into the side of the Royal Opera House. The tiled room is decorated with opera memorabilia, and sometimes you’ll find yourself dining next to...
Norr Mälarstrand 64, 112 35 Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish summer is usually an idyllic time. Days are long and hot, nights are short and warm. Most Swedes take the whole of July as vacation, and many Stockholmers leave the city for their country houses or boats. Those who remain enjoy...
Stureplan 2, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden
Sturehof manages to be many things to many people. It’s open every day of the week and almost every day of the year, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can come for an after-work drink in the fresh air at the outside bar at the front, or a late...
Rådmansgatan 16, 114 25 Stockholm, Sweden
Modern Swedish food using locally produced ingredients and emphasizing simple, unfussy dishes is all the rage in Stockholm—and few places can beat this 50-seat restaurant opened by Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman in 2016. The pair...
FÄVIKEN 216, 830 05 Järpen, Sweden
For the ultimate in locavore, freshly foraged Nordic food, head north to the wilderness region of Jämtland. Although it's in the middle of nowhere—roughly seven hours north from Stockholm, in the most sparsely populated part of...
Diligensvägen 21, 273 92 Skåne Tranås, Sweden
Daniel Berlin and his eponymous restaurant have won high praise from food experts: The Independent newspaper described him as “the natural heir to René Redzepi,” while to Bon Appétit magazine he is “the next big...
Kungstorget, 411 17 Göteborg, Sweden
The city’s most historic food hall is housed in a grand old building with a distinctive arched roof of copper and glass that lets light flood into the bustling interior. Come here to browse the 40 or so stalls and buy cakes, cheese, fish,...
Sundspromenaden 7, 211 16 Malmö, Sweden
Located on the quayside, with great views over the water to the Øresund Bridge that connects Sweden to Denmark, and a few blocks from Santiago Calatrava’s Turning Torso skyscraper, the tallest building in Sweden, Salt & Brygga was...
Brunkebergstorg 2-4, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
Once a nondescript part of Stockholm's center, Brunkebergstorg has been revitalized by the addition of two excellent new hotels (At Six and Hobo) and Tak, a rooftop bar with perhaps the best views you can see while enjoying an Aperol spritz...
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