The ultimate Swedish fine dining experience at these top Michelin-star restaurants in Stockholm: Frantzén, Mathias Dahlgren, Esperanto, Ekstedt and Gastrologik.
For most of us, a visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant might not qualify as something you do on a regular basis. Although it’s a sign of prestige it’s not a place but for a lucky few. However, with the explosion and development of the food industry and fine dining in particular, visiting a Michelin-star restaurant is nowadays something many can experience and enjoy. If you happen to visit Stockholm and crave some indulgence, here is a selection of the very best of Michelin stars in the Swedish capital.
Michelin Guide, 2 stars: “Dishes change daily and are formed around the finest seasonal produce, used at its peak. Refined, creative cooking employs some well-mastered, inventive techniques; flavour combinations are sublime.”
Menu price: One tasting menu for 2300 SEK
Address: Lilla Nygatan 21, 111 28 Stockholm
Photo: Tobias Björkgren
This small but very exquisite restaurant is owned and run by Björn Frantzén since 2013. Before that, it was called Frantzén/Lindeberg and opened up in 2008. In 2009 they received their first Michelin-star and has since then been ranked one of Sweden’s, and the world’s, best restaurants. The restaurant only takes up to 19 guests and the style is undoubtedly Nordic and luxurious. The dishes are small but expect well-balanced beautiful masterpieces. At Frantzén you don’t only get the satisfaction of flavour, your other senses will be satisfied as well.
Mathias Dahlgren – Dining room & Food Bar
Michelin Guide (Dining Room), 2 stars: “Ultra-stylish waterfront restaurant in the city’s top hotel, which mixes elegant architectural features and contemporary furnishings. Two set menus are presented on an iPad; cooking is light and focuses on textures and natural flavours. Slick, unobtrusive service. Beautiful wine cellar and chef’s table.”
Menu price: One tasting menu – The Natural Cuisine, SEK 1,900 (SEK 2,900 incl. wine & beverage pairing)
Address: Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6, 103 27 Stockholm
Photo: Mathias Dahlgren
Mathias Dahlgren is an awarded Swedish chef who started his food journey earlier on in life. At the mere age of 4 years old, he baked his very first loaf of bread with his mother and grandmother. The smell and taste of that bread sparked a feeling in him that may very well be the reason for his choice of career. Mathias is known for his love of fresh and local ingredients so when he composes his menus, he always starts with the produce – if it isn’t top-notch quality, it’s just won’t fit. Not only does he always try to maximize the use of an ingredient to make sure he uses it to its full potential, the type of produce he chooses always follows the season. So if it’s not shrimp season, don’t expect to find any shrimp on your plate. His food philosophy is all about the evolution of food and he embraces the changes that time and place brings with it.
He is the owner of Dining Room and Food Bar, both awarded with Michelin stars.
Michelin Guide, 1 star: “Understated, candlelit restaurant on the first floor of a converted theatre, boasting an impressive curved ceiling and a pleasant lounge-bar. Creative, original cooking is light and flavours are well-defined. The 8 and 10 course menus mix Swedish and Asian influences. Service is professional and engaging.”
Menu price: 6 courses (1,250 SEK) or 10 courses (1,650 SEK)
Address: Kungstensgatan 2, 114 25 Stockholm
Since its opening in 2005, Esperanto has been on the rise. It took merely two years for the restaurant to receive its first Michelin star. It is run by Sayan Isaksson, former member of the Swedish culinary team and has won two gold medals while competing in cooking. At Esperanto, the focus is finding flavours that complement each other and there are no limitations to what ingredients are being used; as long as they’re in season. So except a different menu for each season! The restaurant is located in an old theatre and retains a lot of its interior from when it held live performances. The unique environment contributes to the experience while eating at the restaurant.
Michelin Guide, 1 star: “Relaxed brasserie where dishes are cooked in a wood-burning oven, over a fire-pit or smoked through a chimney – the woods used range from apple to rowanberry. Choose from the day’s 4 and 6 course menus; dishes are given their finishing touches at the slate bar. Service is friendly and professional.”
Menu price: 4 courses for 790 SEK or 7 courses for 990 SEK
Address: Humlegårdsgatan 17, 114 46 Stockholm
This place has an extraordinary twist: they only cook their food over open fire. For a fine dining restaurant that is really something else. Ekstedt was opened by Niklas Ekstedt in 2011 and received a Michelin star in 2013. The produce is mainly Swedish and they will adapt accordingly to season and to what is available at the moment. The restaurant is warm from the fires in the kitchen and you can easily see what’s going on in there from the comfort of your table. If you’re up for a different experience and high quality food, this is something you should definitely try.
Michelin Guide, 1 star: “Intimate restaurant owned and run by two accomplished young Swedish chefs; one from the south, one from the north. The emphasis is on top quality Swedish ingredients with minimal accompaniments. The evening’s produce is displayed on a table, explained by the chefs, and offered in a constantly evolving menu.”
Menu price: Surprise menu for 1,295 SEK
Address: Artillerigatan 14, 11451 Stockholm, Sweden
The owners Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr run Gastrologik with one principle in mind: the availability of fresh produce decides what’s on the menu at the restaurant. They work closely together with producers to make sure every single ingredient is perfect. What’s more interesting is that the guest doesn’t get to choose what they’ll eat, they can only choose if they want three or six courses. The kitchen then prepares whatever dishes they’ve decided on for the day. The restaurant interior is scaled down and simple but modern and tasteful.
Is your mouth watering yet?
These are just a few of our picks for a delicious tour around Stockholm to satisfy every taste bud imaginable. For first timers to Stockholm, be sure to also check out these Swedish classics. For the ultimate foodies who have been dreaming about Noma, take a day trip to Copenhagen and try one of these top Noma alternatives. To complement your food experiences with a great stay in Stockholm, take a look at these wonderful offers we have available at the moment.