A Guide To My Favourite Stockholm Restaurants – Part II
If you are yet to check out Part I of this excellent foodie guide, I suggest you do so now. For those of you who already have, get ready for a list of more fantastic Stockholm restaurants!
In Part II of my foodie guide you will find the perfect place for a quick and healthy lunch on the go, a restaurant that serves an all-day breakfast (because when is breakfast ever wrong?) and cafés that are sure to take care of your sugar fix.
Look at this as a working list if you will, I will add new favourites as they pop up and remove old ones if I feel that they no longer live up to what I class as a great eat.
If you know of any new Stockholm restaurants, or old favourites, that you think I should try, please feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below.
Let’s do a quick recap of what, in my opinion, constitutes an excellent restaurant experience:
- Quality: The quality of the ingredients and the dishes served must be consistent, in other words, you can always expect the same level of food.
- Venue: The venue itself should add to a nice dining experience, I am a sucker for nice decors and smart ideas that in one way or another make my life easier or nicer.
- Creativity: To really blow me out of the water the restaurant should deliver dishes that I have no clue how to recreate. I do a lot of cooking myself so when I go out I either do it because I’m tired and want a little break from cooking, because I want to be inspired by new dishes or because I simply want to eat something that I love, but never could make myself. A great example of this would be Farang, which you can read more about below, I wouldn’t even know where to start with their amazing flavour combinations.
- Service: Great customer service, this, unfortunately, isn’t something you see daily. Now, don’t get me wrong, people do their jobs and you get the food in the end, but it’s not every day that you come across someone who is passionate about what they do and adds to your overall dining experience with their personality. What I’m talking about is customer service that you remember even weeks after visiting the restaurant. If you can bring all of the above AND this, you’ll most likely make it to the very top of my favourite Stockholm restaurants.
The Stockholm restaurants listed below will, at the very least, tick the first two requirements, some will even tick all four. Regardless of which restaurant you decide to visit, you are guaranteed to have a great meal.
Good for: A quick and healthy lunch when you’re out and about
Holy Greens definitely filled a hole in the market for Stockholm restaurants, at least for me. I can’t tell you how often I felt disappointed in the selection of healthy AND delicious salads, it’s always one or the other when you’re eating out. Holy Greens managed to combine the two by delivering superfood salads that are a true feast for your mouth. What’s even better is that you can pre-order your salad in their app and when you get to the restaurant you’ll find it hanging on a wall, in a bag with your name on it.
I love their salads so much that I created my own version of Falafelfröjd, you can find the recipe here.
Good for: Beakfast and Fika
Ah Mellqvist, the good times we’ve had. This was my local coffee/breakfast/fika spot in Stockholm and I can’t praise their vanilla croissants enough. It’s always on my list when I’m in Stockholm. If you’re not into the sweet stuff I suggest trying one of their many delicious sandwiches. My personal favourite is the blue cheese, pear and walnut sandwich on dark raisin bread.
Side note: Both Mellqvist and Shanti are located on one of my favourite streets in Stockholm, Rörstrandsgatan. If you happen to visit during summer, I highly recommend a visit to this area as they close it off from traffic and bring the restaurants out on the street.
Good for: All-day Breakfast and Brunch
Greasy Spoon reminds me a lot of Melbourne for some reason, perhaps because they seem to share the same love for all-day breakfast and brunch, or because of the fact that they don’t take bookings. However, if you’re early, or there during off peak hours, you can enjoy classics such as smashed avo on toast, strawberry and lemon ricotta hotcakes and halloumi stacks with baked tomatoes and chimichurri. With lots of vegetarian and vegan options, there’s something for everyone.
Now, there’s Greasy Spoon Södermalm (the original) and there’s Greasy Spoon Odenplan, I happen to prefer the latter as the restaurant is significantly larger and you’re less likely to be told that you have to wait to get a table (if you’re prone to hanger or spend a lot of time with someone who suffers from it, you’ll know what this is a good thing).
Good for: Fika! But I hear great things about their pancakes and lunches.
Mr Cake is actually on my list of places to go when I’m next in Stockholm, but based on the pictures that I have seen and the things that I have heard, this cake heaven belongs on my list. Red velvet croissants. Enough said.
Full review to come.