Only an hour’s car journey northwest of Stockholm is Uppsala – one of Sweden’s oldest cities. With everything you could want close by, this charming city is a favourite for short visits and vacations. Here are 9 restaurants we recommend you don’t miss out on in historical Uppsala!
Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and is famous for its university as well as its innovative companies. But Uppsala is more than just students and entrepreneurs – the city also has a rich selection of top quality restaurants. The food is part of the experience in Uppsala and there is an ever-expanding range of restaurants and kitchens from all corners of the world.
At Fyrisån you will find award-winning Hambergs. The restaurant is one of the 9 restaurants in Uppsala which is represented in White Guide – the Nordic region’s leading guide system this year. This family-owned restaurant started its business in 1982 as a fish and crafts trade for 1997 to change to the current concept. If you are looking for seafood delicacies at a good price, then this is definitely the place for you. At Hambergs they put a lot of love into their cooking, focusing mainly on top quality raw materials. Try everything from lean salmon and halibut to a luxurious seafood platter.
Where: The restaurant is located in the heart of Uppsala on Fyristorg 8, only 400 metres from Clarion Hotel Gillet. With 161 hotel rooms, 23 meeting rooms and passionate staff, the hotel is an excellent option for anyone visiting Uppsala.
When Karl XV cut the ribbon and declared Uppsala Central Station open in September 1866, the city became a part of Europe in earnest. Quite simply, the station house became the city’s link to the continent. In this historic building is Stationen (lit. the station), now one of Uppsala’s most appreciated restaurants. Here you can enjoy delicious food from a brasserie in Paris, a bar in London or a cafe in Rome. Enjoy everything from pasta and pizza to Parisian, raw beef and pepper steak. At Stationen you will find timeless classics in a unique environment and at a great price!
Where: The Restaurant Station is located at Uppsala Central Station on Olof Palmes Plats 6.
At Odinslund 3 – a few minutes from Clarion Hotel Gillet – you will find the highly regarded Villa Anna. In a well-preserved and state-of-the-art 18th-century building in the heart of Uppsala’s classic quarter, the atmosphere and flavours here are something a little more than just your everyday eateries. The award-winning restaurant places great emphasis on local produce and offers Nordic food for those seeking a more luxurious option. By working with as few components as possible and aiming for the greatest possible taste Villa Anna has easily made itself into one of the city’s favourite restaurants!
Where: Villa Anna is located at Odinslund 3, just a short walk from Uppsala Cathedral, which you can actually see from their outdoor seating area!
Villa Anna is a real classic amongst Uppsala’s restaurants. Photo: Villa Anna
High quality service at Villa Anna. Photo: Villa Anna
Asian food in general and Thai food in particular has grown to become a favourite of the Nordic population. On Upper Slottsgatan 12, in the district of Fjärdingen, you will find Koh Phangan. In this historic quarter, the restaurant works with the highest quality ingredients to serve you the best Thai food in Uppsala. You will feel very welcome here and can interact with the staff and ask for tips on the menu, and even suggestions and inspiration for your next trip. An obvious choice for tasty Thai specialties for a good price!
Where: If you are looking for Asian and Thai you will find Koh Phangan on Upper Slottsgatan 12, in the district of Fjärdingen.
At Clarion Hotel Gillet, in the centre of Uppsala, you will find Kitchen and Table by Marcus Samuelsson. With its fantastic location close to everything on Dragarbrunnstorg, the restaurant offers ”fun dining” of the highest class. The menu is full of exciting flavours and influences from Manhattan in combination with local customs. With everything from well-stocked business luncheons to popular weekend brunches, Kitchen and Table has something for all tastes and budgets. At the hotel you are centrally located and close to shopping and entertainment as well as to the central station. In addition, the hotel offers you the opportunity to unwind in the brand new Selma City Spa – a chance to relax and recharge your batteries.
Where: Kitchen & Table by Marcus Samuelsson is located in the heart of Uppsala, on Dragarbrunnstorg.
In addition to a restaurant, there is also a lovely bar. Perfect for after work drinks or an aperitif before your meal!
Order a nice cocktail at the bar before dinner.
Are you looking to go on a journey of African flavours in a beautiful setting? On Sturegatan 4A, near Uppsala Cathedral, lies the African pearl Messob. The food served is inspired by Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine and is of very high standard. If you are looking for good stews, both with meat and vegetarian, a visit to Messob is highly recommended. It feels especially charming that behind the whole concept is a mother and her two sons. Here they promise you a good laugh, a big smile and delicious African food.
Where: Messob is located on Sturegatan 4A, a short walk from Universitetshuset and Uppsala Cathedral.
Choose from many tasty stews, with or without meat. Photo: Messob
Exciting flavours with influences from both Ethiopia and Eritrea. Photo: Messob
The restaurant also has a nice outdoor seating area. Photo: Messob
On Sysslomansgatan 14, between the pillars of Alvar Aalto’s famous house, you will find Aaltos Grill & Garden. Here you will find a wonderful meeting place surrounded by greenery and with an Italian grill in the centre – inspired by the native Finnish architect and his love of Italy and the Renaissance. The smells and flavours from the charcoal grill go together perfectly with Italian wines and grappa. The restaurant is a good choice for those looking for a social restaurant with good Italian food of a slightly higher price range.
Where: If it’s Italian cuisine you want, then go to Aaltos Grill & Garden on Sysslomansgatan 14.
Just a stone’s throw from Uppsala central station and 10 minutes from Clarion Hotel Gillet you will find Peppar Peppar. Enjoy classic, square meals with French influences in a charming old brick building from the mid 1800’s. The style is elegant and rustic – both the interior and the menu. Peppar Peppar has for many years been voted a favourite amongst the city’s pubs. In addition, another really big plus is that the restaurant has many tasty vegetarian options.
Where: You will find Peppar Peppar on Suttung grand 3, just 10 minutes from the central station.
By Svandammen and Stadsträdgården is the distinguished Flustret – one of Uppsala’s oldest entertainment establishments. As early as 1842, Flustret was built as a pavilion building where pastries and fine spirits were served. Today, dinners, conferences, calendars, concerts, Christmas parties and other events are organised here. In addition, it is a popular nightclub and obvious choice for anyone who would like to extend their dinner to a full night out. Perhaps the Fluster is at its best during the summer months with its lovely view of the green city park, pleasant music and delicious dinners right from the grill.
Where: Flustret is located on Flustergränd 5 and is next to both Svandammen and Stadsträdgården.