Step back in time with us to the peak of Stockholm maritime trade. This summer, the illustrious banquet hall Sjöfartshuset is opening its beautiful drawing rooms for a new banquet and event hall in Stockholm!
For two weeks, June 19-30, and again August 1-18, the elegant first floor will open its shutters to the public for a delicious luncheon buffet. The building is normally only available for pre-booking, but for a few weeks this summer, everyone can enjoy fresh and delicious Swedish buffet and stunning views of Stockholm’s canals.
The banquet is housed in the historical Coin Master Isaac Cronström’s house at Skeppsbron 10 in Gamla Stan (Old Town). Built in the 1670s, the building has been renovated and refurbished with a marvelous interior — featuring historical tiled stoves, door lintels, and high windows that transport you back to the Age of Reason. The colorful rooms in which you’ll enjoy the lunch buffet are delightfully reminiscent of Jane Austen.
The ambiance here is decidedly cozy and nautical, with a dining hall reminiscent of the belly of a ship — a perfect setting for your small intimate parties, lunches, dinners, and special events. The house can also host your next business meeting or conference with ease.
Over the centuries, the house has been occupied by a wealthy admiral, a world-class publisher, and notable writer Sigfrid Siwertz. On the first floor, you’ll find the Gustavian salons, with their periwinkle walls, illustrious chandeliers and elegant 19th-century furniture. Adorning the walls are original works by famous painter Louis Masreliez. On the third floor, the servants’ quarters have been transformed into simple yet refined conference rooms. The breathtaking Neptune Hall, or banquet room, on the top floor is charmingly old-fashioned, with its bare nut-brown beams and roof skylights overlooking the city.
Lunch buffet is perfectly Swedish, with smoked salmon with dill, delicate meatballs, lingonberries and potatoes. The coffee is made with the finest grains in Stockholm.
If you want to come back for dinner, be sure to make your group bookings well in advance. Dinner, prepared by excellent chefs, is inspired by classic French cuisine — expect plenty of delicious fish and game dishes. With delicacies from warm duck liver in puff pastry, lemon-roasted breast of guinea fowl, and blueberries and sour cream sorbet, impress your palate and your guests with a meal of a lifetime at Sjöfartshuset.
Photo: Anders E. Skånberg