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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
    Glashuset
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    $ - $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Caucasian
    Kajplats 18, Strandvagen, Stockholm 114 56 Sweden
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    Frantzen
    #2 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $$ | Japanese, European, Asian, Fusion, Scandinavian, Swedish
    Klara Norra Kyrkogata 26, Stockholm Sweden
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    Stockholms Gastabud
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    $ - $$ | Swedish
    Osterlanggatan 7, Stockholm 111 31 Sweden
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    Tapas 28
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    $ - $$ | Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Bar, International, Pub
    Pontonjargatan 28, Stockholm 112 37 Sweden
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    STHLM TAPAS Vasastan
    #5 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ - $$ | Bar, International, Mediterranean, European
    55 Torsgatan, Stockholm 113 37 Sweden
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    Gastrologik
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    $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    14 Artillerigatan, Stockholm 114 51 Sweden
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    Agrikultur
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    $$ | European, Contemporary, Swedish, Scandinavian
    43 Roslagsgatan, Stockholm 113 54 Sweden
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    Corvina
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    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar
    47 Kornhamnstorg, Stockholm 111 27 Sweden
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    Operakallaren
    #9 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian, International
    Karl XII's Square, Stockholm 103 22 Sweden
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    Brinken
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    $ - $$ | Swedish, Scandinavian
    Kakbrinken 14-16 Gamla Stan, Stockholm 111 27 Sweden
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  • #11
    Bistro Bestick
    #11 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ - $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    8 Bryggargatan, Stockholm 111 21 Sweden
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    Maestro
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    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek
    Ringvagen 82, Stockholm 118 60 Sweden
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    Nisch
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    $$ | European, Contemporary, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Dalagatan 42, Stockholm 113 24 Sweden
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  • #14
    Adam & Albin Matstudio
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    $ - $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Radmansgatan 16, Stockholm 114 25 Sweden
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    Lilla Ego
    #15 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Vastmannagatan 69, Stockholm 113 26 Sweden
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    Bistro Barbro
    #16 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    13 Hornstulls Strand, Stockholm 117 39 Sweden
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  • #17
    Mom's Kitchen Nybrogatan
    #17 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Nybrogatan 40, Stockholm 114 40 Sweden
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    Bar Nombre
    #18 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ - $$ | European, Spanish, Wine Bar
    36 Odengatan, Stockholm 113 51 Sweden
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    Restaurang Nook
    #19 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ - $$ | European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    Asogatan 176, Stockholm 116 32 Sweden
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  • #20
    Woodstockholm Matbar
    #20 of 3,407 Places to Eat in Stockholm
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    $ - $$ | French, European, Swedish, Scandinavian
    9 Mosebacke Torg 116 40 Stockholm, Stockholm 116 46 Sweden
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