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 Gondolen
If your budget allows it, "The Gondola" is the kind of restaurant that doesn't need PR or hype to draw the crowds, year after year. Built like a floating bridge high above Slussen Square, it has the most spectacular view of Stockholm, world-famous chefs, attentive service and modern Swedish food to die for. Classics include the reindeer fillet with vegetables in Västerbotten cheese, char with horseradish cream and marinated shrimps with lime and chili. Book well ahead. Metro Slussen, exit Stadsgården. (+46(0)8-641-70-90)

9 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)

8 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)

7 Prinsen
Founded in 1897, Prinsen is the regular haunt of Stockholm's artistic community — the bohemian restaurant even features in Swedish literature, poetry and paintings. You're likely to see people scribbling in notebooks and perhaps drawing your portrait; many famous writers and artists use Prinsen as their office, so it's not just for show. Come for a beer, the juicy Beef Rydberg, or a glass of red wine and a chat with the friendly bartender. Metro Östermalmstorg, exit Stureplan. (+46(0)8-611-13-31)

6 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)

5 Riche
Almost across the street from Prinsen is Riche, with an altogether different vibe. While Prinsen epitomizes laid-back comfort, Riche is constantly buzzing with the latest music, gossip and laughter. Originally modeled on the Café Riche in Paris, it's now as modern as it gets, designed by internationally renowned Jonas Bohlin. The crowd is extremely mixed, with celebrities as well as students, many tucking into the classic Riche Burger. Metro Östermalmstorg, exit Stureplan. (+46(0)8-545-035-60)

4 GQ
No, not the Gentleman's Quarterly, but "Gastronomic Intelligence" — something star restaurateur Jürgen Grossman must have in abundance, given the success of his latest restaurant. The interior is simple and understated, but the food speaks for itself. Choose between a five- or seven-course dinner, consisting of (for example) amuse-bouche, seafood platter with a hint of orange, chanterelle tortellini or roast reindeer with pine nuts, and a rich chocolate cake with three Swedish berry sauces. The best part? It's all healthy stuff, much of it inspired by the Montignac method (a weight-loss regime that happily permits "good fats and carbohydrates"). Also a wine bar. Metro Östermalmstorg, exit Östermalmstorg. (+46(0)8-545-67-430)

3 Grill
This stylish restaurant is exactly what you'd expect from a city who's known for its cold and dark winter: delicious meat in a cozy environment. A muster roll of game, ranging from venison to beef to fish, is barbecued with five different techniques: wood oven, rotisserie, smoke, charcoal and table grilling. Even the desserts are grilled. The interior decoration is colorful and playful enough to rival Alice in Wonderland. You can choose to dine in eight different themed rooms, the magnificent Versailles to the titillating Moulin Rouge. The restaurant bar carries a large selection of international tipples to go with your cut. This is also one of the very few restaurants in Stockholm that opens on Sunday. The restaurant is situated in Norrmalm and is about a 10-minute drive from Stadsgården. (+46 (0) 8 31 45 30)

2 Brännvin
Many guests are lured by the brännvin, or aquavit, of which there are over 40 varieties offered. But it's the food that really deserves attention. The concept here is "A Taste of Sweden." Traditional fare is served in 44 tiny portions and the menu changes with the seasons. You can also choose between the different "county menus," to explore the difference between southern and northern food. Brännvin has a perfect waterfront view over Strömmen Canal, so ask for a table by the window when making a reservation. Bus 76, 2, 43, 55. (+46(0)8-22-57-55)

1 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)

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Gondolen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Haga Restaurang & Deli 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Marie Laveau 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Prinsen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Den Gyldene Freden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Airport - Bma
COST: $$$
Riche 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
GQ 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Grill 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Live Music
Cuisine: Ethnic, European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: Norrmalm/City
COST: $$$$
Brännvin 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Scandinavian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - BMA
COST: $$$$
Restaurant Frantzén 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, Fusion, Japanese, Scandinavian
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