Södermalm, or Söder to the locals, is home to a burgeoning underground culture. The city’s former working class neighborhood had a makeover, and now boasts quirky retro clothing boutiques, contemporary art galleries and a fantastic range of restaurants. An island in itself, Södermalm is perfect for a wild dip into the local charm, dialect and flavors of life in the Swedish capital.
Perfect for a lively evening, this intimate restaurant is shaped around the open kitchen in which traditional Swedish fare is rustled up. With a small, regularly changing menu, a highlight is the matching of wine by the glass with each course. Popular options include duck sausages and a selection of home-baked breads to curb your pre-dinner hunger. Anything recommended by the Michelin Guide is worth trying, and although the prices are higher than comparable choices in the area, the quality of ingredients sets this spot apart. Definitely an insider favorite and not one to miss.
Timmermansgatan 24, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 84 12 00
Oxelblom’s website aptly promises ‘various Swedish landscapes framed by jazz, white tablecloths and candlelight’. Its popularity with the locals suggests it lives up to its firmly Scandi ethos. Aiming to cater for a wide demographic, from those who prefer a relaxed sofa-style experience, to linen and silver service, you might think that the team are spreading themselves too thin. But this combination strangely works. Perhaps it’s because the food is the priority of this establishment with the five-course tasting menu particularly noteworthy. Based around provinces, the Södermanland menu (a historical province on the southeastern coast of Sweden) offers starters of nettles and shallots in white wine with egg, and herring with cheesy potatoes and knäcke (crispbread). This is closely followed by the hearty locally sourced pork dish, and a selection of salmon, all finished with piles of wild berries to cut through the richness of the preceding courses. It’s definitely worth a sample.
Skånegatan, 51, Stockholm, Sweden, + 08-615 00 10
Drawing inspiration from five Asian nations – Japan, Thailand, Korea, China and India – Minami celebrates the crossover between these integral eastern cuisines. This affinity with its heritage translates into the ambience and dining culture the team wish to create. Favoring a family-style experience, guests are encouraged to order a selection of sharing dishes from the menu. It’s also the perfect place to wolf down a quick meal if you’re short on time or want to make a flying solo visit. Minami makes a quick-noodle soup which is super tasty, as are the chicken, leek and chili dressed gyoza dumplings. Don’t forget to pick up a chocolate truffle and lychee tart to go.
Ringvägen 98, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 462 10 31