Top Michelin Restaurants in Stockholm

Photo courtesy of Oaxen Krog
Photo courtesy of Oaxen Krog
Judi Lembke

Stockholm, and Sweden in general, has come a long way when it comes to developing a thriving food scene. What was once dominated by heavy cream and dill has now embraced the past with modern interpretations, and gone decidedly local. There are currently nine restaurants in Stockholm with at least one Michelin star and, while they all have their own unique spin on gastronomy, they’re all worth a visit.

1. Oaxen Krog

Bistro, Restaurant, Contemporary, Swedish, Northern European

Lamb tartar
© Magnus Ek, courtesy of Oaxen Krog

Once located on the island of the same name, Oaxen is now found in a funky, old industrial quarter overlooking the water on the island of Djurgården. Based on traditional cooking methods and with a strong commitment to local produce, the food is innovative and what ends up on the plate is characterised by sustainable agriculture. The fact that the restaurant is charm personified just adds to the allure.

2. Imouto

Restaurant, Sushi, Vegetarian

This intimate sushi restaurant has just nine seats and, in order to secure a table, you need to book about two months in advance. Is it worth it? Absolutely. This is sushi of the highest quality and uses the ‘Chef’s table’ concept, where you put your trust in the hands of the chef, allowing them to take full responsibility over choosing your menu. It’s a gastronomic delight and, if you can book a table, definitely put it on the calendar for your visit to Stockholm.

3. Esperanto

Restaurant, Fusion, Swedish

The big sister of Imouto, Esperanto combines Swedish ingredients with flavours from around the world, creating something of a universal gastronomy. Located in the old Jarla Theatre, there is a laser-like focus on the aesthetics of the décor, the food, and the presentation. There is a deep respect for the ingredients used, and the quality is at an incredibly high level.

5. Sushi Sho

Restaurant, Sushi

Sushi Sho, Stockholm

Just two years after opening, Sushi Sho has earned itself a prized Michelin star. Yet this comes as no surprise to Stockholm, where foodies in the know are well aware of the delights of this particular spot. With a traditional menu using Scandinavian ingredients, Sushi Sho has been described as a little piece of Tokyo in the heart of Stockholm.

6. Volt

Restaurant, Swedish, Contemporary

Volt, Stockholm

With a focus on staying close to nature, Volt is arguably part of the wave of New Nordic Cuisine. The menu is carefully curated, with just four to six dishes that use raw materials and products from the forest, sea, and fields, accompanied by an excellent wine list that pairs with your meal perfectly. The chefs follow the seasons, so the menu is never the same – and the restaurant is KRAV-certified, meaning it’s certified organic.

7. Operakällaren

Restaurant, European, Swedish

Operakällaren boasts one of the most beautiful and luxurious dining rooms in the city and, while the atmosphere sets the mood, the food seals the deal. International haute cuisine is the name of the game here, and it’s playful, delicious, and served in a setting that envelops you and makes you want to never leave. With a history that dates back to the late 1700s, Operakällaren is not one to rest on its laurels.

8. Ekstedt

Diner, Restaurant, Swedish

Ekstedt is another restaurant that goes back to basics, but also goes back in time too. Niklas Ekstedt has created a wood-burning star of a restaurant, close to the natural beauty of Humlegården, which is entirely fitting. With just four to six dishes on the menu at any given time, this is a new kind of dining: everything is cooked over an open fire, in keeping with Ekstedt’s childhood family cottage. Delicious, not for those looking to diet, and definitely worth its Michelin star.

9. Gastrologik

Market, Restaurant, Swedish, European

Gastrologik is all about the farm, bringing a new kind of thinking to Scandinavian gastronomy. A star on the scene since 2013, Anton Bjuhr and Jacob Holmström have put range and quality before the demands of the marketplace. This means there is no menu and so every meal is unique and makes an impact. There are only 30 seats available so book ahead.
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