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A trip to Stockholm isn’t complete without a visit to Södermalm. Home to an eclectic mix of locals, expats and tourists, it’s famed throughout Sweden for the excellent cuisine and vibrant nightlife it offers. As one of the the most picturesque neighborhoods of the country, Södermalm provides a quaint and gorgeous setting in which to dine on first rate, flavorful food. Here’s our list of the 10 best restaurants in the region.
Set in an 18th century home, this charming café and beer garden is a popular summer haunt for Södermalm locals. Ambiance is everything here, and it can be enjoyed brilliantly in the outdoor terrace. The spacious outside seating area is often used to stage theatrical and musical performances, providing some top quality entertainment while you dine. Lasse I Parken also offers a tasty raggmunk, a Swedish potato pancake served with slices of salted pork and a lovely ligonberry tart.
Lasse I Parken, Högalidsgatan 56, Stockholm, Sweden +46 08 658 33 95
At Eriks Gondolen diners can enjoy the finest fusion of French and Swedish cuisine while taking in a spectacular view of Stockholm. Situated on the eighth floor, the superb elevation of the restaurant offers unbeatable panoramic outlooks of the surrounding canals. Erik Lallerstedt, the expert owner of Eriks Gondolen, began his career as a porter at New York’s famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and in a few years had returned to Sweden to open one of the first Michelin star restaurants in the country. His culinary expertise are on top form here; the steak is continually excellent, served with braised vegetables and a tangy gravy, and the elk on offer is fresh and flavorful.
If searching for the top dining experience offered in Sweden, and if you’re willing to pay the price, then your first choice should be fantastic Frantzén. This restaurant has been named as the ‘Best Restaurant in Sweden’ by the Sweden White Guide, an expert organisation dealing with all things food related in the country. Frantzén boasts two Michelin stars, and serves incredible cuisine, including lamb, scallops, guinea fowl, and an interesting sweet made of cow’s blood. The restaurant has its own garden where all herbs and vegetables are grown for use in the kitchen. This is an absolute must for any foodie in Södermalm.
Frantzén, Lilla Nygatan 21 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 08 20 85 80
Set in an 18th century building owned by the Swedish Academy, the majestic Den Gyldene Dreden serves traditional fare and fresh fish, such as herring and salmon. Dimly lit, this traditional Swedish restaurant once played host to the cultural elite of Stockholm, and was a popular hangout for the esteemed poet Carl Michael Bellman and renowned artist Anders Zorn. Don’t miss the Scandinavian delicacy of smoked reindeer on offer here.
Den Gyldene Freden,Österlånggatan 51, Stockholm, Sweden +46 08 24 97 60