Efter anonymt mejl – detta tipsar hotellen om i Stockholm
Under täckmanteln ”George Denton”, fiktiv turist från England, mejlade vi 10 hotell i Stockholm om krog-, nöjes- och klubbtips.
Vissa lade ner både själ och hjärta i sina svar, andra svarade inte alls. Men trots några riktiga bottennapp fick vi överraskande bra svar från de hotell som tog sig tid att svara.
Förklädda som turisten ”George Denton” mejlade vi 10 hotell i Stockholm för att be om tips på krogar för matintresserade par såväl som familjer. Vi bad även om tips på barer, museer, utflykter och nattklubbar.
De hotell vi kontaktade var Grand Hôtel, Blique by Nobis, Bank Hotel, NoFo hotel, Scandic Malmen,, Ett hem, Generator Hostel, Downtown Camper by Scandic, Hobo Hotel samt Hotel Hornsgatan.
Vissa gav suveräna tips som exempelvis Grand Hôtels mycket utförliga lista snyggt uppspaltad. Andra svarade inte alls.
Så svarade hotellen:
NoFo hotel, Scandic Malmen och Clarion Hotel Sign svarade aldrig.
Thank you for your email, and greetings from Stockholm!
Regarding restaurant recommendation I have listed a few very nice option here below for you to consider.
FINE DINING/MICHELIN STARS
Mathias Dahlgren’s Matbaren
Matbaren (The Food Bar) has 1 star in Guide Michelin and is located within the hotel. Matbaren is a modern bistro, using the very best of fresh seasonal produce that creates a vibrant menu. Matbaren offers a range of medium sized dishes to choose from and they are not presented in the traditional starter, main course and dessert style. Instead, you are encouraged to order whatever you want to try in whichever sequence in your own preference. Mathias Dahlgren himself is the only Swedish chef which has won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or.
Mathias Dahlgren’s Rutabaga
Mathias Dahlgrens new venture which opened 2017 and is located within the hotel. At Rutabaga, they are creating the next generation of lacto-ovo-vegetarian cuisine. Quality fresh produce, with the whole world as a source of inspiration, is transformed into two exiting menus. The beautiful setting, the impeccable service and the excellent food makes this a truly unique experience.
Oaxen Krog & Slip
Oaxen is divided into two restaurants. First the more formal Krog which was awarded their second star in Guide Michelin in 2015 and they serves a 10 course set menu out on the Royal Island in Stockholm with a beautiful scenery.
The more casual restaurant, Slip, serves their version of modern Scandinavian bistro food.
Distance from hotel: 10 minutes by car. 40 minutes walking.
From the outside, Aloë could easily be mistaken for an ordinary home of a Swedish family, or perhaps a small old fashioned store. This happens to be far from the truth. Located in a villa in the quiet and charming suburb Älvsjö in the south of Stockholm, Aloë presents a fine dining concept of the highest standard. They offer a fixed tasting menu that is not restricted by adherence to any trends of the day and it varies depending on season. Aloë received its first star in Guide Michelin in 2018.
Distance from hotel: 20-25 minutes by car.
Adam & Albin
One of the newest addition to the Stockholm fine dining cuisine. The unpretentious atmosphere and friendly staff makes this a unique experience paired with the wonderful food which is being served. An instant classic in the Stockholm restaurant scene.
Distance from hotel: 10 minutes by car. 20-25 minutes walking
SMART CASUAL AND CASUAL RESTAURANTS
A classic venue on the restaurant scene in Stockholm that is still today as trendy as it was back in 1893 when it first opened up. The wide menu is mainly Swedish but mixed up with some continental options.
The bar is one of the most popular ones in Stockholm which can make it quite noisy, but fun, late at night in the dining room.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes by car. 10 minutes walking.
Opened in 1905 this is a true Stockholm institution. Large and lively brasserie with a menu focusing on excellent fish and seafood, but they do have other options on the menu as well. Extremely popular amongst locals, restaurant and bar alike. Serves food up until 1 am.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes by car. 15 minutes walking.
A Stockholm institution with very high quality. This modern brasserie under the rule of head chef Johan Jureskog (who also has AG, the best steakhouse in Stockholm) is a classic Stockholm venue. The very local crowd of regulars adds to the atmosphere and makes it relaxed yet refined. The restaurant is also recommended in the Bib Gourmand section of the Guide Michelin.
Distance from hotel: 10 minutes by car. 30 minutes walking.
Den Gyldene Freden
The oldest restaurant in Stockholm, opened up back in 1722. Serving traditional Swedish cuisine at very high quality, it a unique experience to be dining in the same venue as people have been using for soon 300 years. To get the best experience we recommend requesting a table down in the vaults. Recommended in the Bib Gourmand section of the Guide Michelin.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes by car. 15 minutes walking.
Large restaurant located right by the water in the Old Town with a huge outdoor area, perfect for nice summer evenings. The menu is focused on fresh fish and seafood but they do have some really nice meat options too. For the one that only which to have a drink with a view over the water, this is the place.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes by car. 15 minutes walking.
A bar/restaurant/ furniture store in one. Serving menus taking you “around the world”. That is indeed the name of their menu as tastes come from around the world. Smaller dishes in the hip area of Mosebacke torg on Södermalm, this is a great place to start off the night if you are looking for something casual but of great quality.
Distance from hotel: 10-15 minutes by car. 30 minutes walking.
Things to do
Skansen and the would famous Vasa Museum are indeed well worth a visit, other interesting sights and attractions includes the following.
The Royal Palace, located across the harbour from the Grand Hôtel, do have several different tours each day. The Royal Palace is actually the “new” palace which replaced the old one which was destroyed in a major fire in 1697.
Changing of the guards which takes place on the inner court yard at 12.15 every day, except Sundays when it is at 13.15, is nice to see and it is free of charge.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes walk.
The residence of the King and Queen of Sweden is beautifully located on the island of Drottningholm. The best way to get there is to catch a ferry which departs from the City Hall and the journey takes approximately one hour. The palace is one out of three sites in the Stockholm area listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Only open Friday-Sunday except in summertime, when open daily.
Distance from hotel: 20-25 minutes by car.
The National Museum of Fine Art , our next door neighbour, is one of the oldest art museums in Europe and it was founded in 1792, even though it was located at the Royal Palace at the time. The museum moved from the palace to its current location in 1866.
The collection includes art from the 16th century up until today from both Swedish and international artists.
The museum reopened in October of 2018 after five years of total renovation.
Closed on Mondays
Distance from hotel: 3 minutes walk
The City Hall is the home of the administration of the city of Stockholm, but it is more known for the venue where the Nobel Prize festivities takes place on the 10th of December each year.
Due to the high security no one is allowed to stroll around on their own, so you need to attend a tour. The tours in English starts at least once every hour, even more frequently during the summer season.
Distance from hotel: 15-20 minutes walk. 5 minutes by car.
Gamla Stan / Old Town
Gamla Stan is one of the largest and most well preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252.
Much of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen is a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars and places to shop. In Gamla stan you will find many antique stores and galleries, of varying quality of course. Certain areas are very touristic, do not hesitate to ask us, the concierge desk, for assistance. The narrow winding cobblestone streets, with their buildings in so many different shades of gold, give Gamla Stan its unique character.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes walking.
Modern museum with great photographic art which always have great exhibitions of the highest international standards with the best photographers from around the world. The opening hours, everyday 9am-11pm, makes it easy to fit in to any schedule.
The restaurant and bar scene at Fotografiska make it a wonderful place to start of the night with a glass of wine and a great dinner, overlooking the sunset by the water.
Distance from hotel: 10-15 minutes by car. 25-35 minutes walking.
The Woodland Cemetery, located just south of Stockholm, is one of the most important sites when it comes to modern architecture and it is created by Gunnar Asplund, whom was also buried there. The site was inaugurated in 1940. At the cemetery you can visit the grave of the world famous actress Greta Garbo, but the beautiful scenery and natural beaty is the reason to visit. The cemetery is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Distance from hotel: 15-20 minutes by car.
Skärgården / Archipelago
The archipelago just east of Stockholm includes almost 30.000 islands and islets and it is an amazing scenic experience. There are many ways to discover the archipelago, but the by far most popular way is to take either a ferry just in front of the Grand Hôtel or rent your own private yacht for the day. A helicopter tour is the perfect way to see the archipelago for those who have limited time to spare.
The most popular islands to visit by boat are the following:
Waxholm (allocate at least 3-4 hours)
Grinda (Allocate at least 3-4 hours)
Sandhamn (allocate at least 8 hours)
Please note that this is seasonal and boats only run frequently in the summer months.
Distance from hotel: N/A.
Swedish History Museum
Located in the beautiful residential neighborhood of Östermalm, the History Museums offer a window into Sweden´s lengthy and lively history. The museum holds one of the largest permanent collections of Viking artifacts in Europe. New exhibitions open regularly alongside the permanent collection.
Distance from hotel: 5 minutes by car. 20 minutes walking.
Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern art)
One of the best museum Stockholm has on offer. Moderna museet regularly stages exhibitions of the most interesting contemporary artists working today, as well as retrospectives and a stunning permanent collection that is changed up often. There is also a top-of-the-line restaurant , café, and wine bar, all offering stunning views, and a gift shop that is worth a visit in and of itself. Moderna museet has a reputation to attract some of the worlds finest contemporary artists and have in recent years featured prominent artists such as: Yayoi Kusama, George Baselitz and Olafur Eliasson.
Closed on Mondays.
Distance from hotel: 3 minutes by car. 7-10 minutes walking.
This private collection of a home has remained the same for over a hundred years. When the building stood finished in the year 1898, Madame von Hallwyl decided to preserve the entire house as a museum after she would pass away and had all her items catalogued. At the time, she had one of the largest private collections of art and artifacts. The entire catalogue is 78 books long, and was only printed in 110 versions. The private museum is still open to the public and left in perfect condition.
Closed on Mondays.
Distance from hotel: 5-6 minutes walking.
Bars and clubs
As for bars and clubs I can recommend the Strömterassen, Pharmarium, Obaren inside the restaurant Sturheof and Tjoget.
The best night clubs in my opinion is Club V inside Sturecompagniet, Club FOU and Bergmans.
I wish you a pleasant weekend!
Foodwise Stockholm is amazing, got may marvellous options, bellow are a few of my personal favourites. All suitable for your entire family, but perhaps you would go for the ones without the set menus for the youngest ones:
Hillenberg – modern Swedish food with a international vibe, outstanding food and venue. I would strongly recommend the fish dishes. Hillenberg also got a beautiful bar for a cocktail or two. During the summer time they’ve got a pop-up outer section as well. (my favourite restaurant in the city).
Ekstedt – A Michelin stared restaurant, set course menue and everything is cooked over open fire. A true experience food wise and service wise. Nice and intimate atmosphere.
Adam/Albin – A modern Swedish cuisine, minimalistic interior. Set course menu as well but really down to earth atmosphere. The menu change quite often depending on what’s in for the season.
Hantverket – Amazing restaurant that I think deserves a Michelin star. Work a lot with farm-to-table ingredients so the menu is quite alive. The entire vibe of the restaurant makes you satisfied from just entering the room.
L’avventura – the best Italian restaurant we’ve got in Stockholm, more of a fine dining place. The food is sooo good and the entire experience with white linen and waiters in smoking really complete the concept.
Regarding sightseeing I think that the Vasa and Skansen are two good options, add Waldermars Udde to that list as well. It’s located on the same island as the two mentioned, it’s a beautiful mansion with art, sculptures, interior and scenery of Stockholm.
Other things I would recommend is going out in the archipelago, taking the boat from the dock near the hotel. It’s one tour called the “Small Archipelago tour”, it’s for 2,5 hours. Beautiful trip that will show you the unique environment we’ve got surrounding the city.
Also visiting the City Hall would be an experience.
A little bit of urban exploring would be going to Södermalm to the area called “SoFo”, it’s the young and trendy parts, a lot of boutique shopping and cosy places to eat. The best bars and nightclubs are in the nearby area of the hotel.
The bars I recommend are the following:Tjalans, great place before going to the club. Sophisticated house music. Berns, a major house with different bars within. Now in the summer time they’ve got a great terrace for drinks. Coquetel Social, luxurious vibe and great cocktails! Vassa Eggen, hip and cool atmosphere and music.Nightclubs I strongly recommend are Spy Bar and Sturecompaniet. They are the best ones in Stockholm, we at the front desk can arrange guest lists for entering.
First of all I would like to welcome you to Stockholm – I’m sure you will have a great time.
Night out without kids:
If the weather is nice you start with a rooftop cocktail at SUS which is actually on Hobo’s rooftop, amazing view and great beverage.
A good alternative is Le Hibou which is a bit more up-scale newly open rooftop bar with a really nice vibe (opened just a couple of days ago and I was there on the opening and can personally recommend it).
After this I would say you go to Misshumasshu which is a newly opened restaurant & bar, the owners also have Adam and Albin which is a high-end restaurant and Misshumasshu is there little baby with a more vibrant atmosphere and easy going but amazing cocktails and food.
If not Misshumasshu Tjoget on Södermalm is good, Lilla Ego have amazing food and if you like italian you go to L’avventura – AMAZING restaurant.
Night out with family:
I would say BLECK is a good option, great outdoor terrace, nice and fun people and great food. Brisket and Friends is also a great option. Oaxen is a star restaurant which also have a little sister called “sliperiet” – high quality and a good option for families.
All clubs around Stureplan is great if you are looking for a posh-environment. I’m not to much into that so I rather go to Trädgården which is a huge outdoor night club with great people, the clubs in Slakthusområdet is also really good in the summer. If you are out super late and want to party till the morning you can end up at Moon Motel.
Skansen is beautiful, The Vasa Museum is also beautiful but A LOT of people. I don’t know your interest but just walking at Djurgården and having a great lunch at Rosendahl trädgård is beautiful in the summer. To take the boats from Nybrokajen out in the archipelago is also really good – you don’t need to book in advance.
Please get back if you need more options and if you want some help to be put on a guest list on nightclubs.
BLIQUE BY NOBIS
How nice that you are coming to Stockholm. I don’t know where in the city you are staying but to start with I can give you recommendations in the area around Blique by nobis (Sankt Eriksplan/Odenplan)
Hudiksvallsgatan (art galleries ), Odenplans metro Station, cool design, Sven Harrys Konst museum, Bonniers Konsthall, Library (Nice architecture )
Restaurants/ bars /cafés:
Rörstrandsgatan (Nice outdoor dining and stores )
BAR 20hundra5 (Cool Cocktailbar)
Ms Humble & Mr Frank Café
Hagaparken (Near the water/ nature)
Nosh and chow
Hope this is a good start, and just tell me if there is something else you are wondering about.
There are a couple of sights in Stockholm that I think are well worth a visit that are of the beaten track.
The first on is the Woodland Cemetery which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known for its architecture and landscape architecture it is only a 20-minute subway ride from downtown Stockholm.
A second site well worth visiting is the Modern Art Gallery named Artipelag in the Archipelago. Boats depart once per day from downtown Stockholm and you get to experience the Archipelago on your way to and from the museum.
Below i have listed some of my favourite restaurants in Stockholm, please note that some of them close for vacation in mid-July so they might not be open when you visit Stockholm.
I hope this information is helpful for you and if I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Here are some reccomendations for Stockholm:
Blå dörren (the guests really like this one and they also serve typical Swedish food)
Farang (really good food but a little pricy)
The flying elk
East (also good for lunch)
Trädgården (really nice place if the weather is good)
Tong (club, bar and restaurant)
Also nice areas to walk around that has plenty of bars and restaurants are Medborgarplatsen, Götgatan, Swedenborgsgatan, Stora nygatan, Lilla nygatan
Please let us know if you have any further questions or requests.
Have a nice weekend!
DOWN TOWN CAMPER
Nice that you are visiting Stockholm!
In terms of restaurants I’d recommend one of the following:
Aifur – Viking themed restaurant with live music. A special experience where you feel like you go back in time. You’ll get to try local dishes and even mead.
Knut – A restaurant with traditional Northern Swedish food. You’ll find stuff like moose meat and reindeer on the menu. They also invented a type of Swedish flatbread pizza that could be a good choice for the youngest child.
Södra Teatern – An old theatre venue that has a restaurant, bar, and even nightclub. It has a wonderful outdoor terrace on a hill in Södermalm. This may be a good choice if the kids want to stay for the club events.
For outings I think you should definitely take a boat out to the archipelago. Some suggestions:
Sandhamn – approx. 2.5 hours away from the city. A quite big island with lots of nature, personally my favorite.
Grinda – also a nature island a bit closer (1.45 hours away).
Vaxholm – more of a small town rather than nature, and also has a castle. This is the closest island.
There are a couple of companies that provide boats to go out there, for example https://waxholmsbolaget.se/
Inside the city center I would recommend you to go to Skinnarviksberget for a picnic or similar. It’s a hill with a great view of the city. Many locals hang out here during the summer.
In terms of nightclubs:
Trädgården – an outdoor club under a bridge. Quite a unique concept, and they have a few dance floors with different types of music. You can also play ping pong and find street food inside the area.
Stureplan – this is the main clubbing area of Stockholm. It is however more high end and and has a fancy dress code.
Berns – a club in a very old building, so the venue itself is quite nice.
F12-Terrassen – a popular club among locals as well. Usually electronic music.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
We can give you plenty of information when you arrive here, we can recommend that you visit the website https://www.visitstockholm.com/ it has all the information you are asking about and is regularly updated.
Hope this helps!