As the capital, Stockholm is one of the biggest draws for visitors to Sweden and a perfect destination for a weekend getaway with a group of friends. Whatever the time of year, there’s always an endless selection of places catering to all tastebuds, budgets and times of day — so here are our suggestions of where to eat in a group on a budget in Stockholm.
You’ll no doubt find yourself gravitating towards Södermalm, the trendy southern island in the city. This is Stockholm’s buzzing creative quarter and hipster central lies around SoFo (streets South of Folkungagatan), so naturally lots of modern, new and cutting edge places to eat are located neatly in this creative little precinct.
For the hard to please, or the indecisive, there is Teatern, a food court like you’ve never seen before with a classy selection of street-food style outlets located in Ringen Centrum. Choices run from sushi and ramen to rotisserie chicken and hot dogs and pretty much all tastes are catered for. The name, meaning theatre, references the amphitheatre style seating surrounding the outlets. Perfect for a quick bite before an evening of bar and club hopping or a concert.
Similarly, if you want a large selection under the one roof, Östermalms Saluhall in Östermalm (the other side of the city) is one of the largest and best food halls you’ll find in Stockholm. Now in its newly-opened premises opposite the historic building it was housed in (now undergoing hugely restorative renovations), you can dine in one of the many outlets and small restaurants within surrounded by locals picking up the best fresh ingredients like pickled herring, cold cuts of organic meat or artisanal farmhouse cheeses.
In neighbouring Norrmalm, linger over kaffe och kaka (coffee and cake) or try some of the healthy lunch options at one of the best cafes in the city, Snickarbacken 7. Whether you need a full feed at lunch or just a light fika in the afternoon, this is a cafe you need to discover. Hidden down a side street, there’s ample seating from communal high tables to benches and each table is adorned with candles whilst you can also while away some time browsing in the lifestyle store that’s housed within the cafe.
Looking for something with a kick? It’s well known that Sweden celebrates ‘Taco Friday’ but where La Neta is concerned, every day should be taco day. For something wallet-friendly, but deliciously exciting and packed full of flavour stop by either of their branches (Barnhusgatan 2; Östgötagatan 12B) for incredible Mexican street food — tacos, quesadillas, nachos and ice cold beers — with lots of fresh toppings that you can tailor each dish exactly to your tastes.
Urban Deli, a popular higher-end supermarket and deli has become one of ‘the’ spots for locals to enjoy a seriously delicious but casual meal in. With large selections of fresh dishes available, drinks flowing on tap, plenty of seats and DJs often playing great music all evening, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular eatery and it’s another great option with two different locations on separate sides of the city — Nytorget 4; Sveavägen 44.
For a slightly more formal affair but keeping a fun, casual vibe, Nytorget 6 is a buzzing neighbourhood bistro in SoFo, featuring large and filling plates of updated Scandinavian classics alongside European favourites with a twist of Swedish flair, not to mention a very well-stocked bar, craft beers aplenty and great music. On a sunny day, revellers spill out onto the street as locals and visitors alike rub shoulders and take in the Swedish summer.
Taverna Brillo is where young professional Stockholmers with jobs in Östermalm gravitate towards. A huge bar and restaurant, spread across its prime location by Humlegården, it serves casual, comforting, well-made Italian cuisine whilst the bar is well known for its cocktails. Always busy and constantly buzzing, this is a must-try.
Small but perfectly formed is Omnipollos Hatt, a tiny pizza place and craft beer bar on Hökens Gata in Södermalm where pizza and beer are taken very seriously. Try a recommendation from the taps alongside slice after slice of fresh from the oven sourdough pizza with really tasty toppings.
Often the first stop for lots of travellers right off the plane is Meatballs For The People. Yes, Stockholm boasts a meatballaria in Södermalm and you can stop by for a grand feed of meaty (and meat-free) balls with sides and sauces of your choice. Small but thriving, you may need to wait for a table or better yet book ahead…
Either way — you can’t leave Sweden without trying Swedish meatballs, can you?
For more foodie (and otherwise) inspiration on Stockholm, go to www.visitstockholm.com