Stockholm cafés and restaurants are guaranteed high class meals but they are also high class prices. It is quite difficult to go to a fancy restaurant without burning a hole in your wallet. So make sure you are mentally ready to spend a lot and have a fabulous time.
Greta’s – Norrmalm | Hötorget 13-15 Haymarket Hotel
Located at the heart of the city, Greta’s is an adorable café inside the Haymarket hotel by Scandic. The hotel is a fabulous interpretation of the 1920s and the café embraces the afternoon tea glamour. It’s a great place for late brunch where you can get delicious toasts, pancakes, sweets and others. Including a splendid selection of coffees, juices, wines and champagnes. The vibe of the place is really relaxing with great music.
Loved for: Ladies afternoon tea
Site: Haymarket Greta’s Cafe
Opening hours: Monday 08:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday toThursday 08:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday 08:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
STHLM Bruch Club | Vasastan | Dalagatan 24
This adorable café does not disappoint its name. It serves every brunch lover’s dream; pancakes, waffles, toasts, burgers, bagels and açai dishes. They also offer breakfast plates like English breakfast with sausages, beans, eggs and toast. To top it off, the club also serves delicious drinks like milkshakes, fresh juices, teas and Sweden’s finest coffee brew, Johan and Nyström.
Since most things in life don’t come easily, be prepared to wait in line for about 20-30 mins. Since this café is quite small. But trust me, it is definitely worth the wait. This place is one of my favorite brunch places in the city and I usually don’t mind the line when I know I’ll get a delicious meal. Plus it’ll give you time to catch up with your friends without the distraction of the delicious food.
Known for: Crown donut milkshakes
Site: STHLM Brunch Club Cafe
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 AM – 3.30 PM
Saturday & Sunday 8.30 AM – 4.00 PM
Mr. Cake – Östermalm | Rådmansgatan 12a
This modern café was created by Swedish chefs Roy Faris and Mattias Ljungberg. The sweet menu consists of velvet croissants, yogurt bowls, pancakes, huge Swedish cinnamon buns and endless types of cakes. For the salty menu, the cafe has delicious sandwiches, bagels, burgers. Each dish is more beautiful than the other. Picking one is extremely difficult so make sure to go there very hungry and with friends so you can order several dishes and many!
Known for: Velvet desserts, black burgers, and pancakes
Site: Mr. Cake Cafe
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Greasy Spoon | Södermalm & Vasastan | Tjärhovsgatan 19 & Hagagatan 4
A cozy café so loved that there are two of them in the city. It has a large variety of classic brunch dishes like pancakes, toasts and many types of eggs such as oven baked spicy BLTE eggs and eggs Benedict. As for a drink, Greasy Spoon has a large variety of drinks like freshly squeezed juices, coffees, teas, cocktails and other choices.
The staff is always very friendly and give great advice on what to order.
This place is also great for a fika during the week in the afternoon when its emptier, to share a pancake with your friends and a cup of coffee.
Known for: Eggs Benedict and Pancakes
Site: Greasy Spoon
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Saturday to Sunday 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Red Days 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Espresso House – Every neighbourhood in city
Last but definitely not least, Espresso House. The Starbucks of Sweden, and may I dare say, much MUCH better. You can find this café literally everywhere in the city and it is great for any time; breakfast, lunch, dinner, studying, coffee date, catching up with friends and even small meetings. Every café is decorated with book walls, plants and coffee posters. It has extremely comfortable chairs and sofas with reachable chargers and Wi-Fi. Every chain café that you go, no matter the size, will make you feel at home with guaranteed delicious food. The dishes are very casual like sandwiches, wraps, bagels, salads, small pastas and many others. For dessert and afternoon snack, you can get the traditional sweets like cupcakes and brownies but I would recommend trying the Swedish classics like cinnamon buns, mud cake, thin pancakes, chocolate ball and scones.
The café also has a collection of vegetarian deliciousness like muesli yogurts,
It has delicious coffee brews that vary every month.
Espresso house also has local affordable prices which makes a great place to be your to go café when in Sweden.
All of these places in this list are my favorites in town but Espresso house holds a special place in my foodie heart. Make sure to try my favorites:
The month’s special brew
Mocha Frappuccino with a shot of espresso
Organic Croissant with cheese and turkey
Toscan muffin with toffee truffle and banana
Known for: International brews, frappucinos and their traditional Swedish dishes.
Each E.H. has it’s own times and the common hours are:
Monday to Friday 9:30 AM – 11.00 PM
Saturday 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Sunday 11.00 AM – 6.00 PM
The concept of first come, first serve has been religiously kept by these lovely cafés so in some places it might require a longer waiting time than others. Make sure to go for a brunch with a free schedule so you don’t have to stress yourself and enjoy your meal. These places also serve brunch menu all day so I would recommend late lunches or afternoon tea.
When in Stockholm, I recommend ordering as much salmon as you can especially for brunch and lunch. The Swedish salmon is wild with an apricot-colour flesh that is much healthier than common salmon.
Kasai | Japanese Cuisine | Östermalm
Kasai is an incredible restaurant that serves traditional and modern Japanese dishes. They have the classic dishes like sushi, sashimi and makis but also warm dishes like tempura, wagyu and fillets in Japanese style.
It’s a great place for a delicious dinner and drinks at any day of the week, even if you have early work the next day, you can enjoy one of their many delicious mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails).
The staff and atmosphere is so lovely it will make you feel at home both at the restaurant and at their own night club, Ochaya. Which has an incredible eye-catching Harajuku style decoration with great rap and pop music.
During spring and summer, the courtyard is open for guests to dine amongst their beautiful red leaves garden and lovely flowers.
It is probably the most expensive suggestion in this list, but it is also the best Japanese restaurant in town.
Known for: Sushi and mocktails
Site: Kasai Restaurant
Opening hours: Tuesday – toThursday 11.30 – 3.00
17.00 – 12.00
Friday 11:30 – 3.00
17.00 – 2.00
Saturday 1.00 – 4.00
17.00 – 2.00
Lebanon Meza Lounge | Lebanese Cuisine | Östermalm
Lebanese food is already delicious, imagine a buffet with all the traditional meals is food heaven. This chic restaurant is decorated with Lebanese beauty, perfect to dine out with the family and friends. At night the restaurant becomes a la carte making it the perfect place for a date.
Known for: Hummus and Lamb dishes
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11.00 – 00.00
Friday to Saturday 11.00 – 01.00
Brunch Saturday 12.00 – 16.00
Sunday 12.00 – 22.00
Supper | South American | Vasastan| Tegnérgatan 37
A beautiful restaurant with a great Latino vibe. The entrance corridor recreates the summery streets of South America. Inside the two dining rooms have their own style, one themed as a 1920s velvet diner and the other an inside-outside patio full of flowers and warm colours.
The food is also delicious and very difficult to choose due to their big variety of dishes. Luckily, the menu mainly consists of tapas so you can order several ones and share with loved ones. Here you can get meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Known for: Tuna Tartar and Ceviche
Site: Supper Restaurant
Opening hours: Every day at 17.00 to late
Berns Asiatiska | Asian Cuisine |Östermalm
An insanely beautiful restaurant inside the extravagant Berns hotel. This restaurant was the first (and most beautiful) Chinese restaurant in Sweden that opened in the 1940’s. The restaurant is located in a legendary ball room with burgundy velvet armchairs and chandeliers. Giving real 40s vibes.
Today the quality of the dishes remains the same but it has expanded to flavours from all over Asia.
The restaurant also offers an incredible Easter buffet for lunch and dinner.
Make sure to also try their divine cocktails and worldwide wine selection.
Known for: Sushi and Dumplings
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 AM – 1.00 AM
Saturday to Sunday 7.30 AM – 1.00 AM
Yuc Mexican | Mexican Cuisine | Vasastan
A delicious modern Mexican restaurant that turns into a trendy bar at night. The restaurant has all the delicious Mexican classics like tacos, taquitos, bocaditos and a variety of ceviche.
Make sure to save some space for their incredible desserts like chocolate fondue, dulce de leche ice cream cake and passion fruit suspiro. All delicious Mexican recipes.
This restaurant is also a great place to go for drinks. They offer classic and frozen margaritas but also their own cocktails like Michelada, a homemade salsa and tomato lime cocktail topped with a bottle of Corona beer! A must try drink. There’s also a delicious selection of mocktails for those who are alcohol free.
Known for: Sweet potato fries, ceviche and the Michelada cocktail
Sunday to Tuesday 5.00 PM – 11.00 PM
Wednesday to Thursday 5.00 AM – 12.00 AM
Friday to Saturday 5.00 AM – 1.00 AM
These amazing restaurants are always in high demand so make sure to book them at least one week before. If you are a large group of more than 4 people, I would also recommend making a reservation because Swedish restaurants aren’t usually prepared for a big group and have a special menu for the occasion.