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The beautiful exterior and classic sign at Den Gyldene Freden | © Den Gyldene Freden
The beautiful exterior and classic sign at Den Gyldene Freden | © Den Gyldene Freden

The Oldest Restaurant in the World Hasn't Changed Its Interior Once

Picture of Jozef Brodala
Updated: 8 March 2018

There are a number of different world records of all kinds in a range of different categories. Some are mind blowing, some are strange, and many of them are obscure. How many people know, for example, that there is a world record for the pulling of the world’s largest Christmas cracker? Or that there is one for the longest human tunnel traveled through by a dog on a skateboard? That’s part of what makes the idea of world records so fun, that there are so many odd and strange ones that you would never think to exist do.

An untouched marvel

A restaurant in Stockholm holds a world record that manages to straddle the line between obscure and interesting.

It is the oldest restaurant to have the same surroundings and environment—its interior has changed very little since it was first opened way back in 1722. Den Gyldene Freden—The Golden Peace—has been delighting the palates of Stockholmers for almost 300 years.


The stunning and hardly touched interior | © Den Gyldene Freden

The moment you step into this beautiful, tranquil, and charming restaurant in Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan, you are transported to a simpler time.

It feels amazing to be treading the same floor and sampling food in the same environment that people did in the 18th century.

As owing to the fact very little has changed, the interior does feel quite unique. It has not been touched by modern ideas and concepts—rather, it is a tribute to another time.

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Den Gyldene Freden is on one of Gamla Stan’s lovely cobbled streets | © Den Gyldene Freden

Exceptional food at reasonable prices

The quality of food manages to reach the same level as the sense of wonder you feel when admiring the interior and experiencing the history of Den Gyldene Freden. The restaurant prides itself on taking classic Nordic cuisine and then adding to it with touches of international influence.

Their philosophy, as they note on their website, is “it takes time to cook—and eat—good food.” It is not a restaurant for people who want to grab a quick bite—it is a place to savor and to really enjoy the food.

Their menu is wide and varied and includes classics, such as Swedish meatballs and salmon, as well as other superb dishes, like an excellent mushroom soup and fish casserole.


It really is a Stockholm landmark | © Den Gyldene Freden

It has a wine list that rivals any other place in the city and a great selection of Swedish snaps, which go well with any dish.

Going to Den Gyldene Freden is an event as well as a dinner. It is fine dining without the pretentiousness often associated with gourmet food.

It has, in the past, been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for having exceptional food at reasonable prices.


It has exceptional food at reasonable prices | © Den Gyldene Freden

The Nobel Prize and Den Gyldene Freden

Den Gyldene Freden is a very significant venue in Stockholm, a place known across the city and one that is really treasured. As one of the oldest still-functioning restaurants in the world, it has something that no other restaurant in the city can capture.

In fact, it is so important to the city that it is owned by the Swedish Academy, the group that awards the Nobel Prize. The Academy has their own table and holds dinners regularly in the restaurant. It has long been said that many decisions about Nobel Laureates have been made in the restaurant, which has only added to the sense of history and mystique around the restaurant.

The connection to the academy has also inspired one of the most popular dining experiences at Den Gyldene Freden: the Nobel package. Offered from Tuesday to Saturday, it includes a guided tour of the Nobel museum and Gamla Stan’s streets, as well as a talk about what the academy does and why it is so significant.


The dining room is very charming | © Den Gyldene Freden

After that, you go to Den Gyldene Freden to enjoy a three-course meal, which includes delicious pan-fried salmon, as well as the chance to hear more about the history of the restaurant and The Academy. It is a great way to learn more about Stockholm and enjoy a delicious meal.

An experience and a meal

Going to Den Gyldene Freden is about more than just enjoying great food, it is about feeling like you are a part of history. It is a whole experience, rather than just a simple meal. If you want to try excellent Nordic cuisine while walking in the steps of history, then it is the perfect place.