7 Best Restaurants to Wine and Dine by the Water in Stockholm

Issy Häggström

Hub Writer

In a city surrounded by waterscapes and an urban center that respects and protects the nature around it, Stockholm is a fantastic city for wining and dining by the water. The Stockholm skies and cityscape allow for excellent picturesque views. Coupled with Nordic cuisine and sophisticated wine palates, these waterfront venues are great for date night.

1. Eriks Gondolen

Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, Swedish

Eriks Gondolen bar and restaurant
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Chef Erik Lallerstedt is a legend on the Swedish restaurant scene and Gondolen is one of his finest creations. High up above Slussen on Södermalm, Gondolen has views that stretch across the city. The food is modern, slightly experimental and very Nordic. The drinks and wine menus are among the best in the city. This is where you’re torn between gazing into your lover’s eyes, drinking in the views or simply raving about the food.

2. Lydmar

Boutique Hotel

Lydmar Hotel views
© Lydmar Hotel

A small boutique hotel sits in a gorgeous historical building tucked away by the National Museum and the Grand Hotel on the waterfront on Blasieholmshamnen. Its proximity to the Modern Museum of Art is evident in the contemporary art display and styled interiors. Great food and ambiance with wonderful light coming through its high windows. The rooms are lovely as is the friendly staff. High-end luxury hotel with a friendly vibe.

3. Etablissement

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 great lunch and dinner spot. 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 for a Sunday morning, in time for Etablissemanget’s spectacular ‘Jazz Brunch’ featuring a high-quality buffet and the best of local musical talent.

4. Mosebacketerrassen

Bar, Pub Grub, Vegetarian

© Anna Huerta

After a beer-garden folksy feel? Mosebacketerrassen is the spot for you. A huge venue with views over Lake Mälaren, Old Town and parts of the south side. The terrace is always full of happy sungazers and if live DJs aren’t enough their open-air concerts might entice you.

5. Dramaten Terrassen

Bar, Restaurant, European, Swedish

© Dramaten Restaurangerna
Established in 1788, the Dramaten (Royal Dramatic Theatre) is Sweden’s national theatre and is the nation’s hub for the most intriguing performing arts. The use of white marble stones with glittering gold decorations highlight the elegance of the building that stands opposite of the Royal Palace. The bar has a dress code and reservations are required for both lunch and dinner.

6. Kungliga Operan Rooftop Bar

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Nightclub, Swedish, European, Tapas, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

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The Royal Opera has two rooftop terraces each with splendid views of the waterfront and the palace. Guldterrassen is the one over the main entrance of the opera house. They serve a light fare and the highlight is a well-designed atmosphere with DJs creating a soundscape. Strömterrasen is more of a restaurant that serves both lunch and dinner. On the weekends look for their summer nightclub events.

7. Rutabaga by Mathias Dahlgren

Restaurant, Vegetarian

© Soile Vahkonen / Flickr

This new, 100% vegetarian concept restaurant by Michelin-star 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.

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