Stockholm Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Stockholm

Though it's easy to find a wide variety of international cuisines in Stockholm, try to seek out Swedish food during your stay. And no, it's not all meatballs (though the Swedes do love their meatballs). Swedish food tends to be on the heavy side, and is a very meat-and-potatoes-type diet filled with lots of proteins and starches, as well as some fruits and veggies. Sweden's close proximity to the coast yields lots of fish-focused meals too, including herring, one of the most traditional dishes in the Swedish palate. Herring can be found in bulk off the Baltic coast and as such has been eaten by the Swedes for centuries. Though it can be prepared in a variety of ways, the most popular form is pickling, with the most common flavors being mustard, onion, garlic and dill herring served with a side of potatoes, boiled eggs, sour cream or sharp hard cheese. Other popular seafood dishes are Jansson's Temptation, a potato and anchovy casserole, and toast Skagen, which is toast topped with a mixture of shrimp, mayo, dill and lemon.

Along with seafood, another staple in Swedish cuisine is bread. In the 1970s, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Bread Institute ran a campaign recommending Swedes eat between six to eight slices of bread a day. You'll likely see bread in various forms on many Swedish menus, with the most popular being open-faced sandwiches (sandwiches with just one piece of bread) and crispbreads, or big crackers served either with meals as a light side or covered with toppings. If you really want to feel like a Swede, get some crispbread and top it with Kalles, a cod roe spread squeezed from a tube, typically consumed for breakfast. Those who have an adventurous appetite should definitely try surströmming, or herring which is fermented for months in a tight, tin can. The dish is widely considered one of the world's most pungent, with some comparing it to the stench of raw sewage. The smell is so strong, most won't allow it to be served indoors.

If you're not one for seafood, Sweden still has something for you. Meatballs are as beloved here as they are at Ikea, and pancakes are another delectable option as well. In Sweden though, pancakes are thin and made with ground potato instead of flour and eggs. Lingonberries, the same sweet sauce you may remember being served with your meatballs at Ikea, are almost always served with pancakes. Sweets are kind of a big deal in Sweden, so much so that there is a day dedicated to indulging called lördagsgodis, or "Saturday sweets." While in Stockholm, pick up a cinnamon bun (buns are to Swedes what biscotti is to Italians), try a slice of princess cake (yellow sponge cake with jam and vanilla custard covered with green marzipan), or saffron buns (pastries made with golden saffron and sprinkled with dark raisins).

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  • #1
    Maestro
    #1 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 358 reviewsTripAdvisor (358)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek
    82 Ringvaegen, Stockholm 118 60 Sweden
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  • #2
    Stockholms Gastabud
    #2 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2935 reviewsTripAdvisor (2935)
    $ - $$ | Swedish
    Osterlanggatan 7, Stockholm 111 31 Sweden
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  • #3
    Gastrologik
    #3 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 353 reviewsTripAdvisor (353)
    $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    14 Artillerigatan, Stockholm 114 51 Sweden
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  • #4
    Portofino
    #4 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    Stora Nygatan, 46, Stockholm 11127 Sweden
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  • #5
    Nisch
    #5 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 734 reviewsTripAdvisor (734)
    $$ | European, Contemporary, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Dalagatan 42, Stockholm 113 24 Sweden
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  • #6
    Agrikultur
    #6 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    $$ | Contemporary, Swedish, Scandinavian, European
    43 Roslagsgatan, Stockholm 113 54 Sweden
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  • #7
    Brinken
    #7 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 290 reviewsTripAdvisor (290)
    $ - $$ | Swedish, Scandinavian
    Kakbrinken 14-16 Gamla Stan, Stockholm 111 27 Sweden
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  • #8
    Glashuset Kajplats 18 Strandvagen
    #8 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 398 reviewsTripAdvisor (398)
    $ - $$ | Bar, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Caucasian
    Kajplats 18 Strandvagen, Stockholm 114 56 Sweden
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  • #9
    Corvina
    #9 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 336 reviewsTripAdvisor (336)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Deli
    47 Kornhamnstorg, Stockholm 111 27 Sweden
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  • #10
    Bistro Bestick
    #10 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1343 reviewsTripAdvisor (1343)
    $ - $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    8 Bryggargatan, Stockholm 111 21 Sweden
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  • #11
    Operakallaren
    #11 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 650 reviewsTripAdvisor (650)
    $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian, International
    Karl XII's Square, Stockholm 103 22 Sweden
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  • #12
    Lilla Ego
    #12 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 817 reviewsTripAdvisor (817)
    $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Vastmannagatan 69, Stockholm 113 26 Sweden
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  • #13
    Pat's Place
    #13 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 164 reviewsTripAdvisor (164)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    Folkungagatan 140, Stockholm 116 30 Sweden
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  • #14
    Adam & Albin Matstudio
    #14 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripAdvisor (345)
    $ - $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Radmansgatan 16, Stockholm 114 25 Sweden
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  • #15
    Bar Nombre
    #15 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 713 reviewsTripAdvisor (713)
    $ - $$ | European, Spanish, Wine Bar
    36 Odengatan, Stockholm 113 51 Sweden
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  • #16
    STHLM TAPAS Vasastan
    #16 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 614 reviewsTripAdvisor (614)
    $ - $$ | International, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    55 Torsgatan, Stockholm 113 37 Sweden
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  • #17
    Restaurang Nook
    #17 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 286 reviewsTripAdvisor (286)
    $ - $$ | European, Asian, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Asogatan 176, Stockholm 116 32 Sweden
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  • #18
    Mom's Kitchen Nybrogatan
    #18 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 620 reviewsTripAdvisor (620)
    $ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Nybrogatan 40, Stockholm 114 40 Sweden
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  • #19
    Bistro Barbro
    #19 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    13 Hornstulls Strand, Stockholm 117 39 Sweden
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  • #20
    Wedholms Fisk
    #20 of 3,856 Places to Eat in Stockholm
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 832 reviewsTripAdvisor (832)
    $$ | Seafood, Swedish, Scandinavian, International, European
    Arsenalsgatan 1, Stockholm 111 48 Sweden
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