Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Stockholm dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Stockholm Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

10 Restaurant Frantzén
The 19-seat two-Michelin-starred restaurant epitomizes Scandinavian culinary innovation. Behind an unassuming door in Gamla Stan, which is about 15 minutes walk from Stadsgården cruise port, local celebrity chef Björn Frantzén combines the best of Swedish and Japanese cuisine to create a gastronomic experience of its own. Most dishes are bite-size and are prepared with out-of-the-world creativity, for example, lobster is sided with algae and herb emulsion as sashimi and green apples are paired with pea shoots to make juice. A wide variety of common and uncommon vegetables is the star of the meal. One of Frantzén's signature dishes, satio tempestas, comes with 46 ingredients all plucked out from the restaurant's garden. Price is high — a 12-course dinner will run you SEK2,100 (USD323), but where else can you find a dish that combines beetroot, lavender and 100-year-old vinegar. Reservation recommended. (+46 (0) 8 20 85 80)

9 Kvarnen
This historic blue-collar tavern is currently one of the hottest late-night pubs in Södermalm. Its beer hall doubles as a restaurant which serves traditional Swedish dishes at a fraction of the price of high-end venues. Price for a set lunch costs from SEK89-127(USD13.8-19.8), and a main on the à la carte menu will run you about SEK165(USD25.6). Noteworthy items include steak tartare, rye fried herring, pan fried reindeer with mushrooms and oxcheek bourguignonne, among others. The restaurant runs an extremely popular weekend brunch for about SEK210 (USD33) which serves classic Swedish fare Västerbotten Pie. And as an affiliation of a bar, the venue provides a good beer selection including 11 brands on tap and eight by bottle. (+46 (0) 8 643 03 80)

8 Sturehof
The century-old restaurant is the place to see and be seen at the affluent Stureplan. It is under a 15-minute drive from both Värtahamnen and Frihamnen cruise port. Founded in 1897, the classic brasserie provides a seafood and shellfish feast in true Swedish style. Herring is the star of the restaurant. The Swedish specialty fish can be enjoyed either as a starter, with five different sauces and sided by Swedish cheese, or served fried as a main with brown butter and potato purée. Then comes the Oyster which can be bought individually or as a platter. To sweep you off your feet, dig in some salted salmon with dill-creamed potatoes, lobsters from Canada or gratined prawns from Dublin. The venue also claim to have the widest winelist in Stockholm -- more than 600 wines are available for your choice. (+46 (0) 8 44 0 57 30)

7 Mathias Dahlgren
The two venues at Grand Hotel Stockholm by the Swedish celebrity chef offer you the opportunity to taste Dahlgren's food creation in the environment and budget at your choice: either a full-blown gastronomic dinner at formal restaurant Dining Room (or Matsalen in Swedish) or a casual informal nibble at bistro Food Bar (or Matbaren). Dahlgren makes a big effort to use local and seasonal ingredients so the menus at both restaurants change from day to day. Some of their previous dishes include pumpkin, truffle with parmesan and langoustine with pigs cheek at Michelin-two-starred Dining Room, and braised pork steam buns at Michelin-one-starred Food Bar. Dinner-only Dining Room serves set gastronomic meals (USD293 for eight courses) and the average price for a main at Food Bar is USD34. (+46 (0)8 679 35 84)

6 F12
The ever-lasting favorite of Stockholmers' has witnessed the fast growth of the city's dining scene in the past 16 years. It's where people go to taste innovative dishes in a posh and ultra-sophisticated environment. Situated in Swedish Royal Academy of Art, it's about 20 minutes drive from Frihamnen port and 15 minutes drive from Värtahamnen. The water-side Michelin-one-starred restaurant affords a great view toward Gamla Stan and is where many government official go for meals. Dishes reflect world cuisine with a focus on Swedish fresh-caught such as scallop, turbot and lobster. Tasting menu changes monthly and costs something around SEK1,250 (USD193) per head without wine pairing. Its terrace bar F12 Terrassen, which only opens during summer, is hugely popular. This is where trendy and fashionable locals go to social and world-class DJs regularly spin when the Nordic sun doesn't set till midnight. (+46 (0) 08 24 80 52)

Literally meaning "taste" in Swedish, this is one of the most inventive restaurants in Stockholm and is situated under a 10-minute drive from Stadsg?rden cruise port. Flavor is the absolute theme here. The venue puts on experiment the different combination of flavours by offering three, five, or seven-course small-bite set meals (from SEK400, or USD62). The small portions allow diners to experience as many tastes as possible. Three dishes here equal to a main while seven courses add up to a normal three-course meal. All dishes are named after their distinctive flavors, for example lemon, curry and truffle, and the cuisine is of fusion Swedish style with dishes such as "Swedish cabbage roll" with duck leg, forest mushroom and lingonberry (as Ginger on the menu), and "hamburger" wagyu with brioche (as Truffle). (+46 (0) 8 22 09 52)

4 Rosendals Garden Café
An open air cafe like none other in Scandinavia, Rosendals Garden Cafe produces most of its ingredients on location and their menus change almost every day depending on harvest times and crop output. Rosendals also keeps irregular hours depending on the seasons. The cafe opens every year from February 21 to December 21, February, March, November and December, 11am-4pm; April 11am-5pm; May-September 11am-5pm (weekdays), 11am-6pm (weekends); October 11am-4pm (weekdays), 11am-5pm (weekends) (+46 (0)8 545 812 70)

3 Den Gyldene Freden
The 150-seat restaurant on Gamla Stan is logged in Guinness World Records as the world's oldest restaurant with the same surroundings. The kitchen has been cooking traditional Swedish cuisine non-stop since 1722 and the environment will transport you 300 years back. The dim-lit barrel-vaulted dining room largely resembles an 18th century Swedish tavern. Along the history, the restaurant has been a regular dining spot of many Swedish culture figures, such as 18th century poet and songwriter Carl Michael Bellman, 19th century artist Anders Zorn and 20th century songwriter Cornelis Vreeswijk. The dishes here are heavy and filling — properly Swedish. Signature items include smoked reindeer, meatballs and herring. (+46(0)8-24-97-60)

2 Haga Restaurang & Deli
You wouldn't expect to find a restaurant this genuinely Italian this far north. Even the locals were taken by surprise, and as the prices are very reasonable, Haga is always booked many days in advance. It's little more than a room, with a rustic interior where black-and-white photographs compete for space with bric-a-brac and the scent of freshly baked bread lingers in the air. Simply delightful, and perfect for a romantic evening. Metro Odenplan, exit Odenplan. (+46(0)8-31-96-95)

1 Marie Laveau
Opened in early 2005, it took only a few weeks for Marie Laveau — named after a New Orleans voodoo queen — to become the hottest restaurant in town. In June 2005 it was awarded the coveted Golden Dragon award by Dagens Nyheter (Sweden's largest daily) for best restaurant in the medium price range. The weird but cool interior suits the trendy Söder crowd: flashing neon signs in electric pink and rough, factory-style details. If you manage to get a table, you simply have to try the homemade sausages and, if you have a sweet tooth, the licorice and violet crème brûlée. Metro Mariatorget, exit Mariatorget. (+46(0)8-668-85-00)

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Maps and Directions

Restaurant Frantzén 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, Fusion, Japanese, Scandinavian
Kvarnen 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Dancing
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Södermalm
Sturehof 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: —stermalm
Mathias Dahlgren 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
F12 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly
Cuisine: European, Fusion, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
SMAK 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Group Friendly
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
Rosendals Garden Café 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Den Gyldene Freden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Airport - Bma
COST: $$$
Haga Restaurang & Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Marie Laveau 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$