Just one hour from Stockholm, Uppsala is home to a growing number of top restaurants that are not just following the New Nordic Manifesto trend that has taken over the country, but also offering up some unusual eateries, for example ones that focus on French food or fusion food. One thing is for sure: Uppsala is quickly becoming a foodie mecca. Here are the 10 top restaurants in Uppsala that you need to try.
Nordic ingredients take a star turn at Villa Anna | Courtesy of Villa Anna
With a reputation as one of the best eateries in town, the award-winning restaurant at Villa Anna has a lot to live up to – and they live up to it with flair. The breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are all excellent, but it’s dinner where things are really taken to another level. Both à la carte and tasting menus are filled with unusual and well-thought-out dishes that put the emphasis on Nordic ingredients and classics with a twist. A truly sublime culinary experience in a wonderfully preserved building from the 1800s in the heart of Uppsala.
Inspired by Kung-Fu master and restaurateur Jay Fu, who was the proprietor of an American-Asian steakhouse in California in the 60s and 70s, Jay Fu’s calls itself ‘The Amasian Steakhouse’, where Asia meets the USA. And while fusion sometimes has a less than stellar reputation, it works at this popular eatery, which is found at the top of the Saluhall foodhall in the centre of Uppsala. If beautifully prepared meat is your thing, put Jay Fu’s on your list.
This family-owned restaurant started out in 1982 as a fishmonger, and those roots in sourcing the finest and freshest fish created the basis for the award-winning restaurant that opened in 1997 and continues to gain accolades to this day. In addition to a comprehensive fish and shellfish menu, Hambergs also offers catering for events such as weddings, and you can still pick up fresh fish to cook at home.
With an eclectic menu that spans some of the world’s great cuisines – Asian, Mediterranean, Swedish, European – Picnic has a well-deserved rep for having something for everyone. The weekday breakfast and weekend brunch are of particular note and among the best in the city, but don’t count out the daily lunch, which is a step above most of the daily lunches you find in Sweden. And dinner? You’re in for a treat: from the food combinations to the atmosphere to the excellent service, Picnic’s got it all.
Often called Uppsala’s best-kept secret, Peppar Peppar is easy to miss, despite its central location near the city’s Central Station. It serves up wonderfully imagined dishes in an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming. Keen to try venison carpaccio? Red-wine braised cheeks of ox? Or maybe panko-fried scallops? There’s all that and more, including an excellent five-course tasting menu. Everything is prepared with great care, the service is exceptional, and if you like great wines paired with your meal, they’ll have plenty of suggestions for you.
Eat locally and with the seasons | Courtesy of Dryck och Mat
This cosy restaurant is worth squeezing into, because the food is absolutely fantastic. Every week a new, carefully crafted menu is introduced, using local ingredients in keeping with the season, and sometimes the menu is adjusted daily once they know what produce is available. Booking is highly recommended and you can do so up to 60 days in advance.
Sometimes only a burger will do | Courtesy of Sherlock's
Sometimes all you want is a burger and a beer. Or maybe a pizza and a beer. Basically, a big glamorous meal that you have to dress for isn’t quite going to do it for you, and it’s cosy pub food that you’re craving. If that’s the case, look no further than Sherlock’s. With three locations around the city, this pub is an Uppsala favourite, serving up tried and true pub food that really hits the spot; and if you’re not in the mood for a burger, they’ve got plenty of other options on offer.
Meat, meat and more meat | Courtesy of La Parrilla
Carnivores have the perfect place to eat when in Uppsala, and it’s called La Parrilla. Taking inspiration from Argentina, Latin America and Spain, La Parrilla cooks everything over an open fire, uses only the finest of raw ingredients and has an amazing wine selection that is carefully chose to compliment all that meat. If you’re not into meat, there are some limited but excellent vegetarian options.
The brasserie represents Paris, the bar represents London and the café represents Rome: Stationen reflects its home, Uppsala’s Old Central Station, where you can hop on a train and reach the world. The food has everything from Swedish classics like toast skagen to lobster thermidor and fish & chips. The outdoor seating area is one of the best in the city: watch the world walk by as you wash some oysters down with a chilled glass of white.
Enjoy the delightful outdoor seating area | Courtesy of Crêperie Lemoni
This Crêperie is not only about crepes, although they are most definitely the stars of the show. Here, you’ll find wonderful European fare with a distinct slant towards French; and the best bit is the absolutely fantastic outdoor seating area, which is one of the most popular spots in Uppsala come the warmer months.