Persian food culture is one of the oldest in the world, dating back thousands of years. Today, this historic and varied food, with its great richness of flavor, is popular all over the world. The main characteristic of the dishes is the rich spicing, with the dominant spices being saffron, cinnamon, turmeric, and fresh herbs such as dill, coriander, and parsley.
Barbecues and stews, both meat-based and vegetarian, are common on the table, vegetables and oven-baked bread are vital ingredients, and no Persian meal is complete without rice – the crown jewel of Iranian cooking.
Find the right Persian restaurant in Stockholm
Nowadays, Persian cuisine is common among restaurants in Stockholm, not least because of all the Swedes who have origins in Iran. All over the city, you’ll find lovely eateries where you can enjoy authentic dining experiences with both the traditional food from different parts of Iran and more innovative dishes. And, of course, experience the wonderful community and hospitality typical of the Persian meal.
To help you find the right place, we’ve put together a guide to Stockholm’s best Persian restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a festive meal or fast food on the go, you’re sure to find a suitable place to eat. Enjoy your meal!
If you want a luxurious Persian restaurant experience, visit Coup d’Etat. This restaurant in Östermalm is an elegant Persian dinner club (a combination of restaurant, bar, and lounge) where they’ve taken the best of Persian cuisine and mixed it with influences mainly from France. The well-known Swedish restaurateur Erik Videgård is behind the food concept, which they describe as a food coup (hence the name). And this revolution in Persian gastronomy seems to be appreciated by the guests – this pleasant restaurant is often crowded.
The menu at Coup d’Etat has a sharing setup where you can try a little bit of everything, and there’s something for all tastes. Some of the guests’ favorites are Manticore Tartare (tartare of beef tenderloin with flowering herbs and quail egg yolk), herb omelet with trout roe or sturgeon caviar, and of course all the Persian grill dishes. And if you want to go a bit more fancy, go for the restaurant’s Caviar Bar, where you can enjoy delicious caviar and champagne. The drinks menu is of the same high standard with a solid wine list.
In addition, Coup d’Etat has one of the most stylish dining rooms in Stockholm. The decor mixes traditional Persian carpets, patterns, and colors with modern designer furniture, graffiti art, and neon. And make sure to stop by the friendly bar in the downstairs lounge, serving fabulous cocktails.
The menu includes main courses, salads, wraps, and smaller dishes that you can combine in a Mazeh plate. And no matter what time of day you’re in the mood for Persian food, you can drop by Sima Deli. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also offers takeaway and delivery (plus catering if you want Persian food at your party or event). In addition, you can buy food boxes from Sima Deli at many grocery stores in the Stockholm area.
The atmosphere is also extraordinary. There’s a warm and familiar vibe, and it’s easy to feel comfortable in the homely environment. The staff is also super nice and delivers excellent service, making this a complete Persian dining experience.
Tajrish is a popular Persian restaurant in Stockholm located in Vasastan. It’s a combination of restaurant, café, and bar, and here you can have breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner. Sit down at one of the tables in the pleasant and stylishly decorated restaurant and let the friendly and service-oriented staff take care of you. If you prefer to eat at home or work, you can choose takeaway or order home delivery.
The menu features flavorful food made from fresh ingredients and focuses mainly on stews. And whether you’re craving meat or looking for a vegetarian restaurant, you can find something that suits you at Tajrish. Fesenjon (chicken stew with walnut and pomegranate), Khoresht Bademjan (meat stew with eggplant and zucchini), Khoresh Aloo Esfenaj (spinach and plum stew), and the creamy eggplant stir fry are some of the dishes that place high on the guest’s top list.
The menu at Tehran Grill smells of history and love of food. Authentic Persian food, fresh and well prepared, that tastes like in Iran. Feast on grilled dishes like Sultani, Tehran, or Koobide Zafarani, served with saffron rice, yogurt sauces, and other tasty side dishes. Or enjoy hearty stews like Gheime Bademjan, Fesenjan, or vegetarian Ghormeh Sabzi. The drinks menu is extensive with wine, beer, cider, and non-alcoholic drinks. And don’t miss the restaurant’s unique drinks with Persian flavors. How about a golden saffron mojito before dinner?
Rörstrandsgatan 15, Vasastan
Located on a cozy corner of Råsundavägen, Saaghi Grill is one of the best Persian restaurants in Stockholm (even though it is located in Solna). It offers high-class Persian cooking with wonderful aromas and flavors. And a bonus is the neatly composition on beautiful plates, reminiscent of a Middle Eastern restaurant.
You can have both lunch and dinner at Saaghi Grill. The extensive menu offers delicious starters such as marinated olives, sour salads, creamy yogurt mixtures, and charcoal-grilled eggplant scramble. Hot dishes include charcoal-grilled dishes such as lamb, beef, and chicken skewers and traditional stews. You can also order several varieties of rice. In addition to the classic saffron rice, you can get rice seasoned with fresh herbs, pistachio, almonds, and orange peel. The food is accompanied by a good drinks menu including an excellent wine list.
The interior design also makes a significant contribution to the experience. The environment is warm and inviting, and there are many nice things to look at in the room, including beautiful rugs, vases, and paintings. So whether you want to have a birthday dinner with your family, a cozy date with your partner, or a culinary evening with your friends, you’ll enjoy Saaghi Grill.
If you’re craving good Persian food, you’ll love Diwan, located in Östermalm toward Gärdet. It’s a combination of a Persian and Indian restaurant, and when you step into the cozy room, you immediately feel at home. The oriental decor with beautiful Persian carpets, wooden furniture, comfortable lighting, and fine motifs on the walls feels familiar and welcoming.
At Diwan, you can have both lunch and dinner, and the menu is full of delights from Indo-Persian cuisine. Colorful, flavorful, and delicious. Start with meze like Mirza Ghasemi (eggplant scramble), Olivie (potato salad), and Zeyton (pomegranate marinated olives). Then continue with hot dishes like Kobideh (grilled lamb skewers) or Ghorme sabzi (lamb stew with herbs). And finish with a delicious Persian saffron ice cream. The generous portions are guaranteed to fill you up, and the staff are friendly and service-minded.
Burgers, pizza, and falafel are all great, but why not try the Persian version of fast food the next time you need something quick and tasty on the go? At SUNdeVICH in Vasastan, you can indulge in juicy sandwiches with super tasty and generous fillings. Perfect to eat for lunch or buy for a picnic (the lovely parks Vasaparken, Vanadislunden, and Observatorielunden are all nearby).
The menu offers a wide range of delicious sandwiches for all tastes. Whether you want meat or vegetarian, you can find something at SUNdeVICH. Bandari (sausage stew with onions and potatoes in tomato sauce), Gosht (lamb), and Kotlett (minced meat and potato steak with onions) are just some of the customer favorites. And if you want to top your sandwich with dessert, there is saffron cream ice cream or frozen rice noodles with lime and rosewater flavor.
The venue is small and has limited seating, so buying a takeaway sandwich is a good idea. You can also have home or work delivery with services like Foodora, Uber Eats, and Wolt.
Kabaré & Restaurang Paradis
On weekdays, the premises are quieter, and Paradis serves lunch (including business lunch). But no matter when you come here, you can count on good Persian food prepared from old family recipes. The service is good. And if you need a party room, you can rent Paradis for festivities such as weddings, birthday parties, student celebrations, and corporate kick-offs.
Enjoy great food at the best Persian restaurants in Stockholm
There you have our guide to Stockholm’s best Persian restaurants. We hope you find a place that suits you, whether you want to take your partner on a cozy and flavorful date, have lunch with your colleagues, feast on skewers with your best friends on the weekend, or order Persian food home delivery on a regular Tuesday night. Enjoy!