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Stockholm

February 4th, 2019

BY Niki Jennische

Meatballs and smorgasbords have been swept away in Stockholm’s new international dining movement and the Swedish capital has emerged as a culinary superstar in terms of pushing farm-to-table eating to the next level. In recent years, a sprinkle of global flavors has made the city’s food scene even more vibrant and more notable than ever.

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FINE DINING

Frantzén

Triple starred perfection

After obtaining his long sought-after third Michelin star, Frantzén’s head chef and owner, Björn Frantzén, spared nothing at his multi-floored restaurant. Be prepared to be blown away in the most subtle and controlled fashion possible by a menu that focuses on Nordic produce and flavors, executed with slight Japanese touches. It’s made Björn Frantzén an icon within the Stockholm culinary scene.

Photo: Martin Botvidsson

INSIDER TIP

Reservations for the coming month open on the first day of every month at 10:00 CET.

LOCAL SPECIALITY

Tranan

Off-menu meatballs

Tranan has been open seven days a week at the same address since 1929. One dish, the fried herring with mashed potato, has been on the menu since opening but this restaurant’s most iconic meal, and the one that locals will cross town for, is the classic Swedish meatballs.

INSIDER TIP

The meatballs aren't on the menu so don’t be surprised if you don't see them, they're always available.

WORTH THE HYPE

Lilla Ego

Nordic flavor bombs

Nordic flavor bombs, fine-dining executions and a super casual setting make Lilla Ego the ultimate bistro. The kitchen team includes no fewer than three previous winners of The Swedish Chef of the Year award who all champion artistic plating with an extra focus on vegetables. The restaurant’s most iconic dish is its hash brown with Kalix vendace roe – it’s been on the menu since opening.

INSIDER TIP

Tables are often fully booked three months in advance but there are eight walk-in seats available per night. Increase your chances by going between 20:30 - 21:30.

WORTH THE HYPE

Aloë

A most deserved Michelin star

Chefs Daniel Höglander and Niclas Jönsson have created a fine dining paradise in Stockholm’s southern suburbs complete with bold tastes, Asian influences, fantastic technical executions, and no fear of pushing big flavors built with both salt and fat. This place is going to be big.

INSIDER TIP

Check out the new wine pairing menu.

WORTH THE HYPE

Punk Royale

'90s school disco extravaganza

Punk Royale bares a strong resemblance to a ’90s school disco: It’s dark, it’s crowded, ’90s music is blasting from the speaker and there’s smoke billowing out of a machine. Somewhere in amongst all the show though, some damn good food is produced. Expect foie gras, caviar, oysters and lobster in abundance, oh, and vodka. Dinner here is like being hit by a car.

Photo: Tove Oskarsson Henckel

INSIDER TIP

Keep an eye out for the props: There's lego on the table and drinking games all around the restaurant.

WORTH THE HYPE

Adam/Albin

Stockholm's foodie favourite

Adam/Albin is revered by Stockholm’s food community and for good reason. Owners Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman worked for some of Sweden’s top chefs which shows in some extremely well-executed cooking that balances innovation, beauty and playfulness on every plate. This fine dining-esque experience focuses on seasonal Swedish produce paired with international influences.

Photo: Fredrik Skogkvist 

INSIDER TIP

Tables are notoriously hard to book but if you turn up at 17:00 you'll be able to grab one of the bar seats.

BAKED GOODS

Bageri Petrus

Grandmothers and hipsters collide

Petrus cares about all the finer details and sources its flour from traditional granaries in order to bake everything in-house and from scratch. At this bakery you’ll need to fight both hipsters and their grandmothers for seats. Grandmas love the authenticity and delicious cakes, whilst the hipsters love dusting cinnamon on their quality Pastel de Natas.

INSIDER TIP

Don't leave without eating the cinnamon bun.

TRAILBLAZER

Fotografiska Restaurang

Pushing plant-based cooking

Chef Paul Svensson’s restaurant at Stockholm’s photography museum offers some of the most innovative plant-based cooking available in the city today. The menu isn’t solely vegetarian though, focusing instead on local and seasonal produce served alongside natural wines by the glass.

Photo: Johan Ståhlberg

INSIDER TIP

The dining area offers stunning panoramic views of Stockholm.

TRAILBLAZER

Hantverket

The modern classic

Stefan Ekengren calls himself “the world’s oldest chef” and that plays out through his menu’s focus on classic Swedish dishes and produce. He’s updated them with modern touches to fit today’s palettes, but manages to keep the core principles of the original dish in tact. It’s a balancing act which many fail in, but Hantverket excels to serve some of the absolute best food in town.

INSIDER TIP

Go for the bar seats, order "Hasselbackspotatis" and watch the chefs work.

Mon-TUE: 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-23:00WED-THU: 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-00:00FRI: 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-1:00SAT: 17:00-1:00
MARKET EXPERIENCE

Östermalms Saluhall

Silver spoons and shrimp sandwiches

The English expression “born with a silver spoon in their mouth” finds its Swedish equivalent in the idiom “to slide in on a shrimp sandwich”. At Östermalms Saluhall, located in one of Stockholm’s most affluent neighbourhoods, both sayings come true as the 1880s food hall, which features antique stalls selling fresh produce, seafood and gourmet goods, holds its fair share of wealthy visitors who all head to Lisa Elmqvist for one of the city’s best shrimp sandwiches.

Photo: Raphael Cameron

INSIDER TIP

Grab the cured salmon and dill-stewed potatoes from Lisa Elmqvist as well and ask for your order to takeaway - you'll save a small fortune!

MARKET EXPERIENCE

Teatern - Ringen

An all-star line-up

This hip food court in trendy Södermalm neighborhood mixes up Michelin-starred chefs to create innovative fast-food concepts that will last the test of time. One of the many examples of what’s on offer is the Michelin-starred Sayan Isaksson’s Nu concept which serves Asian fast-food and trendy raw cuisine.

INSIDER TIP

Go for the veal kebab at "Snack Bar" or plant-based treats at "The Plant".

Breakfast

Green Rabbit

Of rye breads and brunch

Green Rabbit all started because Michelin starred chef, Mathias Dahlgren, wanted to make his own rye bread. Why not sell that same artisan bread to the public? And on weekends, why not add some extra good stuff to the bread and incorporate it into a nice brunch? You get the gist, this exactly what happens at Green Rabbit.

INSIDER TIP

One of the best value breakfasts in Stockholm.

CHEF'S CHOICE

Babette

Sunday chef hangout

Three sommeliers and one chef are behind this buzzing local bistro with a small wine list that changes frequently along with the food menu. Chef, Olle T Celton, whips up new dishes daily with southern European influences, but one thing that’s always on the menu is the classic pizza with Stracciatella cheese.

Photo: Fredrik Skogkvist

INSIDER TIP

This is the place where Stockholm's chefs all gather on Sunday evenings.

THE INSTITUTION

Sturehof

Seafood seven days a week

Sturehof has been around since 1897, serving over 1000 covers per day from lunch all the way through to early morning. The seafood platter is a sure classic, as well as the cured salmon and vendace roe starter.

Photo: Charlie Drevstam

INSIDER TIP

Sit in the backroom bar if you're looking for a lively night or the front bar if you want a bit more peace and quiet.

WINE BAR

Tyge & Sessil

Natural wine wonderland

Star chef, Niklas Ekstedt, opened this wine bar in fashionable Östermalm although it more belongs on the hip streets of Södermalm. An ever-changing and evolving wine cellar packed with head sommelier Maximilian Mellfor’s favorite natural wines is topped off with snack-sized dishes in a space that proves an excellent escape from neighbouring venues.

Photo credit: David Loftus

INSIDER TIP

If you're looking for a wine-filled Saturday brunch, this is your spot.

Niki Jennische

NIKI JENNISCHE IS A SWEDISH FOOD BLOGGER LIVING IN STOCKHOLM. HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS SPARE TIME EXPLORING the city’S CULINARY JUNGLE, SEARCHING and documenting the best meals on his blog STOCKHOLM FOOD STORIES.


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