Fact: It’s easy to go green! Vegetarian restaurants are no longer difficult to find in Stockholm. Actually the diversity of vegetarian cuisines available in the Swedish capital is growing steadily. Vegan cafes and restaurants are also becoming more popular as the new Nordic menu embraces both an environmental consciousness and current health trends. From Chef Mathias Dahlgren’s Michelin-starred, gourmet restaurant to quick and filling fast lunch places in the city center, here are 12 reasons to eat vegetarian and vegan.
Bar, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Warm, spicy, delicious comfort food in a colourful cellar in sophisticated Södermalm. This vegetarian and vegan-friendly venue is hugely popular in the area. Chutney displays environmentally conscious and visually enthralling art. The bottomless bread baskets you can dip into as soon as you order make this a great place for when you are too tired to cook at home. There are usually a few stews cooking in large pots, and the portions are wonderfully generous. Make sure to try the vegan ginger snaps and sumptuous cheesecake, and there are a number of delicious desserts here, perfect for an after-dinner treat.
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Fast green food with heart and soul? Get your plant-based burger, quesadilla, sloppy joe and kebab fix at this little place on the northern bank of Lake Mälaren in Kungsholmen.
Restaurant, Canteen, Middle Eastern, $$$
Hands down, no debate: this is the best falafel in all of greater Stockholm. Delightfully fast service, super yummy fresh food and massive portions, too. Located in Stockholm’s trendy Södermalm, Falafelbaren is a firm favourite with locals lining up for their fix. And the restaurant’s statement that it stays open until 7pm on weekdays – or until it runs out of falafel – tells you all you need to know about this place’s popularity. Grab a baklava square or a couple of sultanas for an after-falafel treat!
Restaurant, Smoothie Bar, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Salad Bar, Swedish, $$$
For salads and poke bowls with enough variation you may never eat the same lunch twice, head to LETT. Raw food, delicious combinations, nutritious to the last bite. Also light and filling enough that you might skip that late afternoon energy dip. This location across from Mood Gallerian in Hötorget doesn’t have a market but you can still order online for pickup. Call ahead and ask what its delivery options are if you really can’t get away from your workspace. It’s second location is on Sveavägen 23, +4672 858 78 18, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Voltaire & Systrar
Bistro, Cafe, Vegetarian, Vegan, Swedish, $$$
Raw salads, hearty soups, a variety of sandwiches and vegetable stews, with a bright and color-rich decor, this bistro serves food all day into the evening. The owners, who are sisters, picked a great central spot, right inside the large department store Åhlens City.
Herman's Vegetarian Restaurant
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
This place is an all-you-can-eat vegan and vegetarian buffet with both warm stews, casseroles, a lovely offering of salads to start with and baked pies for dessert. It’s a little more expensive than a usual lunch, and dessert is not included in the buffet price. But the food is very good and the views from the cliffs above Slussen are unrivaled.
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy, $$$
The most important ingredient in this kitchen is love. The staff at Hermitage are renowned for being attentive and kind to guests, and they are prepared to accommodate your dietary requirements.
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
This is the home of 100% raw-food interpretations of the traditional Swedish food “Husmankost”. Matapoteket also serves raw-food tapas between 5pm–7pm. The food isn’t the only factor; decor, atmosphere and the neighbourhood all add to its charm. Vegan or not, one should definitely get acquainted with the raw-food culinary world through Matapoteket.
Restaurant, Swedish, French, Vegetarian, $$$
Nestled within Stockholm’s foremost international venue for music, theatre and debate, Södra Teatern, you will find Etablissement restaurant. This stylish restaurant is a great lunch and dinner spot. A fun menu with tapas-style dishes as well as entrees means there is likely something for every appetite and taste. An insider tip is to head there early on a Sunday morning, in time for Etablissemanget’s spectacular ‘Jazz Brunch’ featuring a high-quality buffet and the best of local musical talent.
Pom & Flora
Cafe, Market, Northern European, European, Swedish, $$$
Another brunch spot sporting a loyal following is Pom & Flora; it’s an absolute must-visit in the Stockholm brunch scene. Also popular among bloggers, this cafe serves an extremely popular weekend brunch where you can get three kinds of breads, scones, cheese, hams, eggs, marmalades, Greek yoghurt, nuts, fruits and freshly pressed juices – all for a fair price. With an attention to quality and detail, friendly staff and a spectacular reputation, Pom & Flora has found the recipe of success in an ever-expanding market.
Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel
Radisson was awarded the best hotel chain in 2018. And now, it serves Stockholm’s first vegan brunch. Are you ready for coconut bacon and vegan cheese? Head on over to Hagaparken and experience this “Plant Powered Sunday Brunch”. Sunday brunch is served from 12–4pm. Price is 395 kr per person, kids 6–12 years 195 kr and children under six eat free.
Rutabaga by Mathias Dahlgren
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
This new, 100% vegetarian concept restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Mathias Dahlgren is next door to the Grand Hotel. Enjoy a master chef’s vision of earth-friendly cuisine in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Fine dining at its greenest. Remember to book a table!