Expert recommendations for the best places to eat in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)
Birkastans Restaurang & Pizzeria
“A choice of 80 pizzas and an alcohol license makes this a great choice for pizza and a beer. Won’t break your bank account either.”—Alannah Eames, Stockholm City Guide editor, Scanorama magazine. Big, gooey slices hang off the sides of the oversize plates. Vikingagatan 16; tel. 46 8 32 17 90.
Summer only, but worth the long, cold wait. A relentlessly laid-back, outdoors, no-frills barbecue hideaway on the northern shore of Årstaviken. Near Eriksdalsbadet, subway Skanstull. Hammarby Slussväg 15; tel. 46 8 642 52 02. www.nyfikengul.se
“The only place to aim for in a sushi emergency. And don’t miss the gyozan noodles.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, manager of press and information, Stockholm Visitors Board. Superb sushi, even though the focus is on noodle dishes. Birger Jarlsgatan 93A; tel. 46 8 15 55 39.
Texas Burger Co.
“Simply the best burgers in town. Try the California burger with avocado and salsa or the bacon and bleu cheeseburger.”—Alannah Eames. Hamburgers for grownups. Coleslaw everywhere. Kungshallen Hötorget, Kungsgatan 44; tel. 46 8 22 60 40. www.texassmokehouse.se
“Time has stopped in the tiny Chesterfield room where Sweden’s cultural elite greases its intellect with local classics, beer, and schnaps. And nearby Bakfickan is a safe haven for all single eaters.”—Marcus Dunberg, food critic, Pause, King, and Stureplan magazines. No place is better for a pre-orchestra or post-show bite. Opera House, Karl XII’s Torg; tel. 46 8 676 58 00. www.operakallaren.se
“Cool Scandinavian style and a cozy, candlelit atmosphere. Always busy, even on a Monday, so book in advance.”—Sandra Carpenter, editor in chief, Scanorama magazine. This place on Södermalm has some of the best Italian food in town. Brännkyrkagatan 93; tel. 46 8 720 35 50.
“Great café vibe, always busy, plus tasty French/Swedish food, including fresh takes on Swedish favorites.”—Sandra Carpenter. Good location near Mariatorget in funky Södermalm. Swedenborgsgatan 8; tel. 46 8 640 41 11.
Unpretentious traditional Swedish food served in a unique voluminous turn-of-the-last-century building.”—Per Styregård, editor in chief, Gourmet magazine. Scrubbed wooden tables and a boisterous local crowd conjure up its working-class past. The suds flow freely and the pork knuckle is the house specialty. Blekingegatan 40, Södermalm; tel. 46 8 55 60 90 92. www.pelikan.se
“Slurp oysters, then try the steamed turbot with anchovies and horseradish hollandaise, while watching salt-baked entrecôte being served from the silver trolley.”—Per Styregård, editor in chief, Gourmet magazine. Hallowed restaurant ground, opulent design. Located just around the corner from the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Nybrogatan 3; tel. 46 8 545 035 65. www.teatergrillen.se
High-quality Italian eatery recently moved to upscale Östermalm from grungy Södermalm. The food is fantastic, but the service often gets lower grades. Kommendörsgatan 46; tel: 46 8 640 42 15. www.loscudetto.se
“If in doubt, it’s never wrong at Sturehof. The crowd is loud and deliciously local. Here’s where you’ll see the braying moneyed-brats of Stockholm fame. And if that doesn't push your buttons, the fried Baltic herring surely will.”—Rob Hincks, owner of a Stockholm-based publishing company. Seafood restaurant located at the epicenter of Stockholm nightlife. Stureplan 2; tel. 46 8 440 57 30. www.sturehof.com
Den Gyldene Freden
“The Golden Peace” opened for business in 1722. Why golden? After losing big to Peter the Great, Sweden was amazingly allowed to keep Finland. Traditional tavern in the Old Town serving authentic seafood dishes, including pan-fried herring with anchovies, lingonberries, and melted butter. Österlånggatan 51; tel. 46 8 24 97 60. www.gyldenefreden.se
“Finger-lickin’ good croquettes and velvety slow-cooked eggs with bacon and killer chicken broth. Mathias Dahlgren’s new restaurant will soon turn classic.”—Per Styregård. Expensive, but all who brave the bill walk away with a smile. Grand Hôtel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6; tel. 46 8 679 35 84. www.mathiasdahlgren.se
“Tasty art for eye and palate in Östermalm. Personal service, good food, and it makes you happy.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, manager of press and information, Stockholm Visitors Board. Stockholm’s most luxurious Italian restaurant. Karlavägen 28; tel. 46 8 611 02 69. www.divino.se
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