Looking for a charming, intimate restaurant in Stockholm's most exclusive neighbourhood, Östermalm? It's not the easiest part of town in which to find that perfect little spot as the selection of restaurants is so large. Of course everyone has slightly different ideas about what makes for a really cosy restaurant, but decor and atmosphere are definitely two important criteria. We've rounded up some of our favourite cosy restaurants in Östermalm to help you find the perfect place for you.
Guide to cosy restaurants in Östermalm
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Cosy restaurants in Östermalm
- Aubergine – Popular and friendly
- Napolyon – Elegant and relaxed
- Halv Grek plus Turk – Meze from the Med
- Grodan – French influences
- La Belle Epoque – Mussels, bubbles and jazz
- Glashuset – International touch
- JOEL – European-style neighbourhood hangout
- Ling Long – Asian flavour experience
- Lisa Elmqvist – Seafood institution
- Paraden – Fun and unpretentious
- Oxenstiernan – Historic environs
- Italiana – A taste of Italy in Siberia
- DoMa – Welcome to Viktor and Dorotea's place
- Spanjorskan – A Spanish passion for food
- Kommendören – New York influences
Cosy restaurants in Östermalm
Popular and friendly
Aubergine is a sure thing for anyone looking for a warm, unpretentious atmosphere and food well made from top notch Swedish ingredients. The restaurant is dark and intimate and lit by candlelight in the evenings, making it the perfect spot for a cosy dinner with friends, or a date with someone special.
Elegant and relaxed
This neighbourhood restaurant is on one of Östermalm's busiest streets, and it serves French homecooking-style cuisine served with a modern twist. It's often busy and bustling, but still cosy and welcoming, with a relaxed, elegant feel.
Meze from the Med
What could be cosier than ordering masses of meze to share? Taste dishes from Greece and Turkey in colourful, welcoming premises with interiors inspired by the Mediterranean. Patterned tiles, rich textiles and masses of exciting flavours on your plate and in your glass are the order of the day here.
This classic restaurant has been serving French cuisine, traditional Swedish homecooking and excellent meat dishes for three decades. The restaurant decor, particularly the painted ceiling in the "church" section, makes for an intimate atmosphere ideal for a romantic date.
Mussels, bubbles and jazz
Hotel Kung Carl serves up charming vibes on Stureplan with influences from 19th century France. Eat mussels, their signature dish, sip champagne and listen to live jazz in the hotel's bistro. Don't miss their tucked-away wine bar and colourful cocktail bar.
Thanks to the fact that Stockholm is built on water, it's not particularly hard to find cosy waterfront restaurants and bars with a nice view in summer - but in winter it's a bit trickier. Regardless of the season, Glashuset sits snugly next to the quayside on Strandvägen and offers lunch, dinner and drinks with a view. The menu consists of smaller and larger dishes made from locally grown and Swedish ingredients, with international and European flavours.
European-style neighbourhood hangout
Owner Joel has created a relaxed living room, with European flavours, well-selected ingredients and great wines. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, the kitchen is ambitious and does everything to create a fantastic experience for its guests. There are around forty seats indoors, and an outdoor terrace that's open during the summer months.
Asian flavour experience
Hankering after modern Asian food, made from the very best Nordic ingredients? Then Ling Long's the perfect spot for you. The restaurant menu is based on Asian-inspired medium sized dishes in creative flavour combinations, divided into the following categories "Cold and raw", "Grilled and crispy", "Steamed" and "Fried". The atmosphere is intimate and the cocktails are creative.
Lisa Elmqvist's elegant dining room is tucked away at the far end of Östermalms Saluhall indoor food market. The interiors are as elegant as they are comfortable, with soft sofas, muted lighting and classic details. Pick and choose from dishes such as fish soup, seafood platters and shellfish risotto - all made from the very freshest ingredients the sea has to offer.
Nostrano in Östermalms Saluhall indoor food hall is divided up over two floors. On the ground floor you can visit their wine bar, before heading upstairs to their restaurant. The menu includes wine and elegant snacks, small plates, pasta and main courses - all with an Italian theme.
Fun and unpretentious
Paraden, part of the ever-popular Bockholmengruppen stable of restaurants, is an unpretentious, relaxed neighbourhood restaurant that makes for a great value evening out. Eat on the stairs, in the bar or dining room. O why not climb up to the top floor and grab a pew on the balcony? The menu includes a selection of small dishes, inspired by Mediterannean cuisine.
Restaurang Oxenstiernan is housed in a beautifully preserved 18th century building in the heart of Östermalm. Its heritage is honoured with a focus on Swedish culinary craftsmanship, with vegetables taking centre stage, accompanied by meat from selected producers and drinks free from additives and pesticides. In its heyday, this property would have had vegetable gardens and livestock. There are no animals grazing here now, but the aim is the same - a tribute to farmers, small-scale producers and dairies. Menus are steered by the seasons and the restaurant's decor also reflects the earthy theme, with natural materials and colour palette. Oxenstiernan aims to be place to inspire all the senses, with art, design, craftsmanship and sustainable gastronomy all coming together under one roof.
A taste of Italy in Siberia
Enoteca Cucina Italiana in Sibirien serves Italian classics in similarly classic Italian surroundings, complete with red and white checked tablecloths, candles etc. Choose from pasta dishes, pizzas, fish and meat dishes and pair your food with an Aperol spritz, a glass of wine or an Italian craft beer. Come with family, friends or a date.
Welcome to Viktor and Dorotea's place
At DoMa they create dishes based on seasonal ingredients, some of which come from their own kitchen gardens. The restaurant functions as an extension of the owners' own living room, so the atmosphere is homely and welcoming, relaxed yet ambitious.
A Spanish passion for food
Not surprisingly, Spanish cuisine is the order of the day at Spanjorskan ("the Spanish lady"). The restaurant, part of the Bockholmen group, serves up ingredients from more southerly climes and you'll find plenty of tapas and other traditional dishes on the menu. The Spanish feel extends to the decor, with dramatic red walls and simple wooden tables.
New York influences
The gang behind Kommendören and Vassa Eggen serve their favourite dishes here seven days a week. The menu focuses on flavours from the USA served in New York-inspired bistro surroundings. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the intimate cocktail bar with someone you like.