three great places - Stockholm

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The restaurant scene in Sweden’s capital has come a long way in recent years, with modern gourmet diners and international fare sitting alongside the more traditional outlets.


Mathias Dahlgren

Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel houses one of the city’s only restaurants to have two Michelin stars. Named after a man voted Swedish Chef of the Year four times, Mathias Dahlgren’s venue offers a certain degree of choice too, as it is split into two rooms. There is the Food Bar, with its simple wooden tables and steel bar, ideal for light bites or snacks, or there is the Dining Room, where guests can choose from two tasting menus, with either six or eight courses.

Each tasting menu starts at around US$295, excluding matching beverages, while dishes in the Food Bar are less than US$50. The idea at both is modern Scandinavian food, complemented by produce from around the world. For example, if you wanted to try reindeer fillet with sashimi salmon, avocado, tapioca balls, and ginger, this is the place.


Perfect for food with a side order of history, Pelikan is a rustic dining hall with high ceilings intended to capture the spirit of a traditional Stockholm beer café, many of which at one time would have been dotted all over the city.

The fittings and décor, with faded murals, painted ceilings, and wood-panelled walls, are reminiscent of these times – and the food is traditional Swedish.

Thanks to its Södermalm location, the clientele is likely to include artists and musicians, eager to sample such dishes as herring meatballs, or the schnitzel of veal served with capers, lemon, anchovy, and fried potatoes.

A must-try is SOS (smör, ost, and sill, a platter of butter, cheese, and herring), the only dish on the menu sharing its name with an Abba song – unmistakeably Swedish.

Wedholms Fisk

Being a city of islands, there is no shortage of seafood in Stockholm, but the examples served at Wedholms Fisk are definitely among the best. The setting alone will put you in the mood, with the restaurant located on Nybrokajen wharf, offering views of the harbour.

Turbot, halibut, prawns, and scallops are all featured on the menu. Starters, for example, include seared scallops with grilled salsify, basil salad, and truffle-scented Parmesan sauce, while grilled monkfish with tomatoes and truffle risotto, or tiger prawns roasted with a butter of mie de pain, garlic, and Parmesan would both make a memorable main course.

The restaurant was originally founded by the late restaurateur Bengt Wedholm, who is something of a legend in the city. That may explain the slightly high prices, but the food justifies this.



Stockholm, Sweden
Distance: 4,585 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 50 minutes
Frequency: Daily

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Mathias Dahlgren
Grand Hôtel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6
Tel: +46 8 679 35 84

Blekingegatan 40
Tel: +46 8 55 60 90 90

Wedholms Fisk
Nybrokajen 17
Tel: +46 8 611 78 74
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