However, if you are looking for something a little more low-key, and you don’t have time for a full sit-down meal, there are a number of brilliant delicatessens to try out. Whether you want a sandwich, a salad or something more exotic, you can find it in all Stockholm’s delis. Here are ten of the top choices.
One of Stockholm’s best-loved and most-visited places to get lunch, Urban deli is a chain that looks to combine a restaurant, a café, a food hall and a supermarket. They have a similar ethos to Wholefoods (an American supermarket chain), aiming to serve only well-sourced and healthy products that are of the highest possible quality. In all of their locations you can pick up a range of pre-made lunches or buy your own ingredients and have a picnic. You can also grab a coffee or have lunch in their restaurant. Particularly worth visiting is their Sodermalm location, which is in the beautiful Nytorget, with a small park you can eat in, and their Sveavagen store has a roof terrace with breath-taking views!
As their name suggests, The Hairy Pig is a place to skip if you are vegetarian, but if you love high-quality meat then it is an excellent place to grab a bite. This deli specialises in sausages and pulled pork, but also has excellent salmon which they home smoke themselves. It also has a great restaurant attached to the shop if you want to sit down to eat. Located in Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan, it is easy to find and in one of the most charming areas of the city.
If you aren’t sure exactly what you want, then getting a number of small dishes can be the best solution, and Babel offers just that. They specialise in Middle Eastern mezze, with an extensive takeaway menu. They aim to produce dishes that are quick but also healthy, tasty and of the highest quality. Babel Deli is right around the corner from Observatorielunden park, which is the perfect spot to enjoy your food in.
Bon Appetit magazine named this food hall the world’s seventh best in 2007 – and it’s easy to see why. Opened way back in 1888 this renowned food hall is committed to being one of the best places in Stockholm to get simple, excellent food with high-quality service. It has both stores and restaurants depending on if you want to grab and go or have a quick sit-down meal. The main hall is currently being renovated and will re-open in 2019, but its smaller building in Ostermalmstorg remains open. When you visit you’ll see that exactly why it’s remained opened for almost 130 years.
Another exquisite food hall located right in the centre of the city. At Hortorgshallen, you can sample food from Turkey, Germany, Sweden, England, Italy and Peru, among many others. It even has a systembolaget alcohol shop, just in case you need to pick up a beer or a bottle of wine for the road.
Ost & Chark import the majority of their produce from France, Spain and Italy. They boast over one hundred different kinds of cheese, and a huge selection of meats, as well as a central location on Birger Jarlsgatan. If you are a true cheese and meat connoisseur, then this is the place for you.