Find the right place for lunch in Stockholm
Whichever part of the city you’re in, you’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants serving food during lunchtime. They range from trendy cafés and fast-food places to classic brasseries and gourmet restaurants. Tapas, sushi, burgers, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, luxury à la carte – Stockholm has it all. Whether you’re a picky connoisseur, a foodie who wants to try the latest food trends, or just want to eat something good on the run, there’s much to choose from.
But when you’re in the middle of the lunch rush, finding the right place to eat can be challenging. So to guide you to the gems in the vast range of eateries, we’ve made a guide to Stockholm’s best lunch restaurants. Perfect to have on hand the next time you’re in the mood for a good lunch meal.
If you’re a food lover looking for a luxurious lunch experience in a stylish and relaxed environment, you’ll like Brasserie Astoria. This super-cozy restaurant in Östermalm is located in the old Astoria cinema on restaurant-dense Nybrogatan and is run by well-known star restaurateur Björn Frantzén. The idea of the restaurant is to recreate the international entertainment scene of the 1920s and 30s, where the old cinema was an important hub. And they’ve done an excellent job – the elegant and charming brasserie environment is easy to enjoy yourself.
Bring your lunch companion and take a seat in the magnificent dining room. There you can enjoy the lunch of the day or choose from the extensive à la carte menu of well-prepared, fresh, and tasty dishes (meat, fish, and vegetarian). Perfect for everything from important business lunches to lovely lunch dates with your partner or friends. In addition to delicious lunches, Astoria serves dinner and brunch (weekends only). There are also several nice bars for those looking for something good to drink, plus a lovely outdoor terrace in the summer. The staff delivers top-class service and does everything to ensure you have a memorable luxury lunch in Stockholm.
Restaurant Oxenstiernan in Östermalm, a real gem!
If you want an extraordinary lunch in Stockholm, aim for Restaurant Oxenstiernan in Östermalm, a gem you’ll find in a lush and slightly hidden courtyard a stone’s throw from Storgatan. The restaurant is located in a beautiful and listed building from the 1700s, Oxenstiernska Malmgården, which has become an inspiring meeting place for sustainable food and drink, design, and quality craftsmanship. Their ambitions are high – they want to offer the best Sweden has to offer in everything from root vegetables to coffee cups. Proof of their success is the restaurant’s green Michelin star.
Oxenstiernan’s lunch menu has something for everyone and is constantly changing. But regardless of what’s offered for the day, it’s tasty dishes with a focus on locally produced, sustainable, and high-quality seasonal ingredients that apply. In the kitchen, it’s all about Swedish food craftsmanship, where classic flavors meet creative creativity under the leadership of the renowned head chef Elvira Lindqvist. This is not the place for a quick lunch on the go but a unique experience for all the senses – in other words, perfect for a long lunch. In summer, you can enjoy your meal under the trees on the fantastic outdoor terrace with sunshine all day. The kitchen also moves outside and offers everything from grilled food to stone-oven pizzas.
Restaurant Oxenstierna is run by silversmith Sebastian Schildt and his passion for craftsmanship and quality is evident in everything from the menu to the decor. The beautiful dining room is decorated with new unique designs made in Sweden by Swedish designers. Each item in the room also carries a story, and you can buy many of them if you want. Glasses, plates, vases, cloth napkins, and other beautiful items are for sale
Storgatan 35B, Östermalm
The Old Brewer
If you want to have lunch in Stockholm and do it in a genuine British pub environment, few places can beat The Old Brewer in Vasastan. Think cozy gastropub in London, but with a taste of Sweden, and you’ll get a good idea of what it’s all about. Here you can enjoy delicious food on the plate while experiencing the pub’s homely environment and relaxed atmosphere. The owners’ ambition is to bring a new type of gastropub experience to the Swedish capital, and they have certainly succeeded.
The lunch menu is served from Tuesday to Friday and offers a daily lunch special, fish of the week, and the vegetarian dish of the week. There are also some Swedish-British classics such as homemade meatballs, fish & chips, and bangers & mash. Salad, homemade bread, coffee, and sparkling water are included. If you want lunch on a Sunday, they serve Stockholm’s best Sunday roast and also brunch. And you should definitely come back in the evening when The Old Brewer takes it up a notch. Enjoy fine dining alongside an excellent range of beers (including English cask ale on tap), fine wines, and delicious cocktails.
Of course, both inspiration and ingredients come from Norrland, and the passion for the northern art of cooking is evident. Lunch is served on weekdays and offers a varied menu with Norrland favorites such as minced moose, sautéed deer, and flatbread pizza. They also bake their own flatbread and don’t miss the famous traditional Swedish palt (potato dumplings) on Mondays at Upplandsgatan. Besides lunch, Knut serves dinner Monday to Saturday, brunch on Saturdays (Regeringsgatan), and also has a bar with tasty cocktails where their signature drink cloudberry mojito is a big seller.
What about the name Knut, then? It comes from the founder’s grandfather, who often took him on berry picking, fishing trips, and moose tracking in the Jämtland forests as a child.
Regeringsgatan 77, Norrmalm/City
SQ Bar & Restaurang
How about a delicious lunch in a cultural heritage-listed historic mill building with a fantastic location by the Stockholm inlet where the city and archipelago meet? Then you should visit SQ Bar & Restaurant, located in Elite Hotel Marina Tower at Saltsjöqvarn, near Danvikstull on the border to Nacka. Here, you and your party will enjoy an extraordinary dining experience in a beautiful, warm restaurant environment. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly – perfect for everything from business lunches or a nice work break with colleagues to a lovely lunch date with your partner or best friend.
The food at SQ Bar & Restaurant focuses on Nordic cuisine, and the keywords are quality, local, and sustainable. The lunch menu changes weekly and is joined by the permanent features prawn sandwich and Caesar salad. If you want to come here in the evening, the restaurant also serves dinner and has a popular after-work. And during the summer, you can enjoy lunch on the popular outdoor terrace by the water.
Getting here is easy. Bike or walk along the quays, take the car or a bus from Slussen. Or why not the waterway? Just hop on one of SL’s If you also want to come here on weekdays or in the evening, the restaurant offers lunch, dinner, and after-work. Getting here is easy. Cycle or walk along the quays, take the car or a bus from Slussen. And if you want the trip here to be extra lovely, you should take the waterway. Just hop on one of SL’s commuter ferries.
Old Town, lunch, and Swedish home cooking, does that sound like a mix for you? Then you should aim for the historic and popular Slingerbulten, where you can have a genuine classic lunch in Stockholm. The restaurant is located in a lovely old building from the 18th century, so you’re offered not only good food but also a historical environment. Beautiful original details, such as the lamps and the original sign, remain in the interior and witness bygone times.
The lunch menu at Slingerbulten offers the dish of the day, and here you can expect classics such as homemade meatballs, fried herring, pea soup and pancakes, Swedish has, and potato pancakes. Solid home cooking, as you can see. And the guests appreciate the concept – both regulars and newcomers flock here. Among the tables, you’ll find a mixed bag of tourists and Stockholmers who love home-cooked food. In summary, this is a great place to have lunch in the Old Town with great food and service. Perfect for a nice break during your sightseeing walk among the alleys and cobblestones of Stockholm’s oldest district.
Why settle for just lunch when you can have a round of minigolf afterward? There’s hardly a better reason to leave your lunch box at home. And that great combination is what you get at Golfbaren Sundbyberg – one of Stockholm’s best places for indoor minigolf. Located in the beautiful 19th-century building Signalfabriken in the heart of Sundbyberg, the factory feel is very much alive in the “factory chic” themed premises. Add to that a swinging atmosphere, and you have a lunch experience guaranteed to brighten your day.
“Lunch and play” means that you first sit down at one of the tables and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by skilled chefs. When the plates are empty, grab your club and ball for a fun round of minigolf on first-class courses with artificial grass (12 holes). A perfect lunch experience with colleagues or friends. And, of course, you don’t have to be in the mood for mini golf to have lunch at Golfbaren Sundbyberg. They have great lunch offers even without playing golf, where you get the week’s salad or pizza plus coffee and soft drinks.
As a guest at Rolfs Kök, you feel taken care of. You are welcomed right into the kitchen, which is completely open so that you can follow the chefs’ craftsmanship. It’s clear that the guests are happy and rank “Roffe” as one of Stockholm’s best lunch restaurants; there are many regulars. And it’s not only during lunchtime that Rolfs Kök is well worth a visit. The kitchen is open all day, so no matter when you get hungry, stop by and enjoy classic food at its best. And if you fancy a glass of wine with your meal, the restaurant offers an impressive wine list with over 800 different wines.
Are you one of those who prefer barbecue when it’s time for lunch? Then you should aim for the Latin American restaurant The Meat, located in the town center. As the name suggests, it’s all about meat, and the heart of the restaurant is the grill. It creates a warm setting for lunch with everyone from business associates and colleagues to your partner or best friend. Take a seat in the dining room, where the decor is cozy and rustic with brown leather sofas, dark wood panels, and beautiful Latin American motifs on the walls.
Not surprisingly, the lunch menu focuses mainly on meat dishes. Some examples are grilled pork tenderloin, prime rib burger, sirloin, and entrecote, and of course, they’re served with fries and all the right sides. If you want to return in the evening, you can also have a South American dinner here; the restaurant serves tapas, fajitas, burgers, and grilled dishes. And if you’re looking for a bar hangout, there’s also a nice bar that mixes tasty cocktails. In short, The Meat has taken a piece of South America and placed it in the middle of Stockholm.
For a tasty lunch in Östermalm, the hidden gem Artilleriet, located in the same building as the Armémuseum, is a safe bet. Here you can enjoy a delicious meal served under the stone arches of the magnificent museum building (or on the sunny outdoor terrace in the summer). You order at the restaurant’s beautiful marble counter and are then served food and drink at the table. There’s also a takeaway option if you prefer to have lunch at home or the office.
The menu includes dishes of the day, snacks, main courses, and salads. Plus a children’s menu if you want to have lunch with the family. Whether you want meat, fish, or vegetarian, there’s something to suit all tastes. So no wonder Artilleriet is a big favorite with the city’s outdoor lunch crowd. It’s also a dog-friendly restaurant if you want to bring your four-legged friend along for lunch (the furry guests even have their own menu). In addition to lunch, Artilleriet serves dinner and brunch (Saturdays only). There’s also a cocktail bar with after-work and a DJ – and don’t miss the Tuesday jazz nights!
The lunch menu includes several dishes of the day complemented by several steady dishes, including Caesar salad, pork tenderloin, and ground chuck burgers. Just sit down in the cozy and friendly environment and enjoy your meal. It’s easy to feel at home here, so the next time you look for a great place to eat lunch in Vasastan, go for DalaNisse. And if you can’t get a table during lunch, remember that they also serve dinner.
Fancy a delicious lunch with one of Stockholm’s most beautiful views as a backdrop? Then you’ll love TAK. This restaurant and bar is located on the 13th floor, 52 meters in the air, above Brunkebergstorg in the heart of the city. Here you can enjoy high-class modern food with Japanese and Nordic flavors – everything from sushi and sashimi to entrecôte and ox cheek. The lunch menu includes starters, main courses, and desserts made from carefully selected local ingredients. Tables fill up quickly, so booking in advance is a good idea.
In addition to magnificent views and a high-quality dining experience, TAK offers a wonderful atmosphere. You’ll always feel welcome in the elegant premises, and the staff will ensure that you and your party have a good time in every way. And this place becomes even nicer during the summer when lunch moves out to the lovely terrace and offers dishes from the grill. And make sure to check out the restaurant’s rooftop bar that mixes magical cocktails (be sure to top off your lunch with a non-alcoholic drink). TAK is simply an extraordinary restaurant experience, and you can also enjoy breakfast, dinner, and brunch here.
Are you a group of people having lunch together but finding it difficult to agree on a restaurant? Then the perfect solution is a food hall where everyone can eat what they want. And if you are in Södermalm, Teatern, located in the Ringen shopping center at Skanstull, is the obvious food court choice. This food cluster has transformed the mall into a top-notch dining experience where several of Stockholm’s most popular restaurants are represented. Every day, ten eateries are ready to serve you a tasty lunch.
Neapolitan pizza, Indian street food, kebab, falafel, Japanese noodles, rotisserie, or delicious seafood are just some of the delights you can choose from at Teatern. Combine your meal with your favorite drink, and then have a seat at the tables in the wonderfully lively environment with as many as 250 seats. Fast, simple, unpretentious – luxury fast food at its best. So head to Ringen the next time you want to have lunch in Södermalm.
The menu is full of delicious tapas, both hot and cold dishes. Spanish olives and cheeses, charcuterie, marinated artichoke hearts, tenderloin skewers, fried shrimp, chicken wings, grilled king prawns, and flank steak with chimichurri are just a few examples. If you’re having a long lunch, you can also try Másquetapas’ tasting menu, where you and your party can share 12 of the restaurant’s most favored tapas. If you want something other than small dishes, there’s also paella, and you can choose from a range of tasty drinks. So head to the heart of Stockholm next time it’s time for lunch and experience a bit of Spain.
If you are looking for really good fast food, you should pop by Maxos, located near the City Hall in Kungsholmen. Here you can indulge in juicy and fresh homemade falafel with creamy hummus that’ll put anyone in a good mood. The inspiration comes from the historic city of Akka with its thousand-year-old food traditions. The gastronomic heart of Palestine, as the restaurant’s owners describe it.
In addition to falafel and hummus, the menu includes several other flavorful delights. There’s a large vegetarian (and vegan) selection, including halloumi, tabouli, sweet potato, fried cauliflower, and several yummy mixes. If you’re craving meat, you can enjoy tasty lamb, chicken, and merguez dishes. Why not combine it with some Palestinian wedding rice and then finish your meal with a cup of good Palestinian coffee? Maxos is a small and cozy place, and the line is often long during the lunch rush. If you can’t get a seat, you can also order takeaway or home delivery with services like Foodora, Wolt, and Uber Eats.
Enjoy a great lunch at Stockholm’s best lunch restaurants
There you have our guide to great places to have lunch in Stockholm. Whether you’re out with colleagues, meeting your partner for a cozy lunch date, or need something quick and filling during your sightseeing tour of the city, we hope you find a lunch restaurant that suits you. Enjoy your meal!