The best restaurants in the Old Town
Updated 19 Apr 2022
Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan), commonly perceived as merely a tourist attraction, has received a culinary makeover, its crooked alleyways concealing an assortment of great restaurants and hidden gems. The Old Town hosts a great number of fantastic restaurants, ranging from historic taverns to chic international fusion concepts and quaint cubbyholes. To help you navigate through its maze, we've compiled a guide to the best restaurants in Stockholm's Old Town.
KaggesLilla Nygatan 21, Old Town
Delivers on quality
Kagges serves ambitious dishes created according to whatever the kitchen feels like making on any particular day. The dishes come in different sizes, small and medium, and the aim is to create a laid-back atmosphere where guests feel welcome and relaxed. The restaurant is small and intimate so it's a good idea to book a table as Kagges is extremely popular.
Tweed & Bakfickan Djuret2 addresses
For the Connoisseur
These sibling restaurants offer a unique edge to Gamla Stan's culinary landscape. Pubologi fuses dining room, bar and pub and is firmly dedicated to local produce. Tweed, as indicated by its name has wholeheartedly embraced its theme, complete with comfortable chesterfields and checked wallpaper. Artisanal beer, classic cocktails and an extensive wine menu with a distinct twist, along with traditional pub fare are served. Djuret - Animal - specialises in meat, serving one particular kind at a time, depending on season. Guests are invited to select wine from Leijontornet's some 14 000 bottles - weekly wine themes are offered to acquaint guests with new sensations.
PastisBaggensgatan 12, Old Town
This quaint, highly ambitious cubbyhole is one of the best French restaurants in Stockholm. The classic, seasonal bistro menu and fine assortment of wine appeals to sommeliers from all over town. The atmosphere is intimate as only twenty seats are available.
Le RougeBrunnsgränd 2-4, Old Town
Le Rouge makes for a unique experience - straight out of Moulin Rouge; richly decorated with red velvet wall-coverings and gold detailing. The restaurant specialises in entrecote and salmon - with emphasis on local and organic produce. Guests are invited to choose sides and sauces according to their fancy.
Mister FrenchTullhus 2, Skeppsbrokajen, Old Town
Glamorous Gatsby vibes
Mister French has transformed the historic customs house in Gamla Stan into a modern brasserie with style cues from 1920's Paris blended with glamorous Great Gatsby vibes. The menu offers a seasonal mix featuring seafood and char-grilled meat. The outdoor terrace with its shorefront location is a popular destination during summer months.
StortorgskällarenStortorget 7, Old Town
18th century meets the present day
If you've fallen for the cocktails at Pharmarium you shouldn't miss their slightly more classic sister restaurant Ebenist, housed in a former furniture factory next door. A snug restaurant with fine woodwork, Nordic/Southern European flavours and a wine cellar that first came into use some 500 years ago. Ebenist flirts with both the past and the present.
Restaurant ReissSkeppsbron 12, Old Town
Scandinavian menu in hotel surroundings
This inviting restaurant is tucked away within the Hotell Reisen and welcomes overnight guests and hungry diners alike. Restaurant Reiss serves Swedish dishes and international cocktails in relaxed and sophisticated surroundings, right on Skeppsbron.
Sjätte TunnanStora Nygatan 43, Old Town
Back to the Middle Ages
Hop on a time machine and head back to the Dark Ages. Sjätte Tunnan serves traditional Swedish fare à la 1435 with rustic dishes and mead. The restaurant offers entertainment in the form of fire-eaters, belly dancers and magicians. The venue can also be booked for special occasions.
VörtLilla Nygatan 2, Old Town
Beer and open sandwiches
Bread with various toppings is nothing new - but there are sandwiches and then there are sandwiches. Vört serves Danish-style open sandwiches 2.0 with modern flavours and created by Michelin-starred chef Melker Andersson, who runs this gastrobrewery with master brewer Hans Nyström. They brew their own beer on site.
Österlånggatan 17Österlånggatan 17, Old Town
Generous neighbourhood hangout
This contemporary concept boasts generous opening hours and relaxed atmosphere - just like its siblings Nytorget 6 and Nybrogatan 38. The à la Carte menu offers delectable moderately priced dishes, all under the 200 mark. The sophisticated decor and charming cobblestone alleyway outside enhances the ambiance.
AgatonVästerlånggatan 72, Old Town
Agaton serves pizza, pasta and other Italian classics in cosy, welcoming surroundings. The historic premises oozes Italian vibes, with red and white checked tablecloths and candlelight. Round off your meal with a glass of grappa if you want to add to the Italian feel.
Bistro Ruby & Grill Ruby2 addresses
From Paris to Texas
Bistro Ruby has been a popular melting pot since the 80's. The menu is predominantly French with Swedish undertones, the slightly rustic decor adds to the relaxed atmosphere. The Grill, located just next door invites guests to partake on a culinary journey from the streets of Paris, across the Atlantic to Texas. Southern influences dominate the kitchen; they are famous for their burgers, scallops and Mexican flavours.