Savory Sweden: Best Stockholm Restaurants for Cruise Travelers

It's hard not to have a love-hate relationship with Stockholm's dining scene. On one hand, the Swedish capital is so expensive that it makes London look affordable – a main course rarely costs less than USD20 and a tasting menu can easily run you USD300; on the other hand, the city of innovation offers foodies with a variety of new and eye-opening dining concepts that you'd feel worthwhile to shell out a week's salary on two hours of gorging.

As a country with long, dark and cold winter, typical Swedish food is heavy and filling. Meat lovers are in luck as restaurants like Den Gyldene Freden, Grill and Kvarnen will cook you hearty meals with meatballs, reindeer or venison.

Seafood is another national specialty, especially herring. To taste some of the freshest and yummiest Swedish fish and shellfish, head to Sturehof in the upper-class neighborhood Stureplan.

Stockholm is  a playground for inventive chefs to experiment with flavors, colors and smells. Some of the noteworthy names include Restaurant Frantzén, Mathias Dahlgren and SMAK.

Swedish chefs tend to prefer using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients so a lot of restaurants change their menus monthly and even daily.

To many people surprise, Sweden is one of the top coffee drinking countries in the work. Swedes drink 4.5 cups of coffee a day on average during the national favorite pastime “fika”, an occasion for the locals to social while catching up on caffeine.

Located at Stockholm's poshest area Östermalm, Saluhall, meaning "market hall" in English, is not your everyday food court – the gorgeous red-brick mansion provides a Harrod's or Saks Fifth Avenue experience of market dinning. The color,...  Read More


This former 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...  Read More


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...  Read More


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...  Read More


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, is barbecued with five different techniques:...  Read More


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...  Read More


Roughly 15 minutes on foot from Stadsg?rden cruise port lies Sjögräs, one of Stockholm's most popular restaurant and bar which serves French cuisine with a Swedish spin. The three-level venue is a classy place without giving the feeling of so...  Read More


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...  Read More

Airport - Bma

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...  Read More

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 Stadsg?rden cruise port, local celebrity chef Björn Frantzén combines the...  Read More


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