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Operakällan in Stockholm. Photo: Operakällaren
Operakällan in Stockholm. Photo: Operakällaren

Food & Drink

Stockholm’s best traditional food restaurants

Tore Wretman, Chef to the Royal Court, restaurateur, and author of Svensk husmanskost (Swedish home cooking) would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. He laid the foundations for the Swedish restaurant scene, and his finest creations can still be enjoyed in Stockholm.

Riche, Operakällaren, Teatergrillen, and Stallmästaregården – all are Wretman restaurants. In his book Kökspojken (Kitchen boy), Wretman describes how his parents decided he would become an apprentice chef – because then he would never starve. Years later, he introduced nouvelle cuisine to Sweden.

Wretman is also the man behind a number of Swedish classics including Toast Skagen, possibly the world’s best shrimp sandwich, which remains as modern today as when it was first introduced in 1958.

 

Lisa Elmqvist

Like Wretman, Lisa Elmqvist is a Purveyor to the Royal Court. Her namesake restaurant can be found in Östermalmshallen, where tantalizing aromas and flavors tempt hungry shoppers.

Lisa Elmqvist

Östermalms Saluhall, Humlegårdsgatan 5, Stockholm

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Melanders

There are several branches of this combined upscale fishmonger and restaurant ­scattered across Stockholm. Why not enjoy a shrimp ­sandwich for lunch, then grab some delicious monkfish to make for dinner?

Melanders

Dalagatan 9R, Stockholm

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Sturehof

This restaurant started out as beer café and has gone by its name since 1905. Both the décor and the food are inspired by the restaurant’s long history.

Sturehof

Sturegallerian 42, Stockholm

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Operakällaren

“The Hip Pocket” of the former Wretman restaurant Opera­källaren opened in 1905. Here you can enjoy Art ­Nouveau – and Toast Skagen.

Operakällaren

Operakällaren, Karl XII:s torg, Stockholm

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Last edited: August 22, 2017

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