For fine dining, book a table at Gastrologik on Artillerigatan, which serves contemporary Swedish dishes in a minimalist dining room, or visit Michelin-starred Ekstedt on Humlegårdsgatan for wood-fired meat, fish and veg made with seasonal ingredients. Romantic meals are best spent at Etoile where you can enjoy contemporary dishes inspired by Africa and Asia, while Operakällaren inside the historic Opera House is one of the city’s best spots for French dishes with a Nordic twist.
Sweden’s national cinnamon roll day is at the start of October, but you can find delicious baked goods year-round. Vete-Katten on Kungsgatan is a Stockholm institution showcasing traditional buns, cream cakes, fresh donuts and warm bread. You can sit in the main café, or ask for coffee and buns to go. Skeppsbro Bageri by the world-famous baker Håkan Johansson Frost is also worth a visit, as is Fabrique for its gooey brownies and warm cookies.
There’s no shortage of cool bars in the city, but some of our favourites include Schmaltz Bar & Delicatessen in the fashionable district of Östermalmstorg. There’s an excellent wine and cocktail list, as well as non-alcoholic options which can be enjoyed alongside bar snacks and plates of cheese. Make like the locals and head to Savant Bar, a ten-minute walk from Schmaltz, or hop on the tram to get to Grus Grus, a candlelit wine bar. Elsewhere, Pharmarium, is a cool cocktail bar with unique drinks and Swedish beers.