Fondly called Venice of the North, the charming cobblestone-laden alleys of Stockholm are bursting with museums, markets, parks, boutiques, architectural wonders, and boat tours (which is a great way to explore the skärgården, islands of the archipelago).
Swedish food is much more than just köttbullar meatballs, gravlax, lingonberries, and fika. Stockholm is home to one of Europe’s most dynamic culinary scenes, with increasingly talented chefs positioning the city as the leading light of Nordic cuisine. Browse through the pages of Michelin Nordic Guide for Stockholm’s list of Michelin stars restaurants and Bib Gourmand gems and you'll find many local chefs who have returned to their culinary roots, giving classic Swedish dishes a modern twist.
Stockholm’s list of star-studded restaurants include three Michelin-starred Frantzén by chefowner Björn Frantzén, known for injecting modern Nordic cuisine with Japanese influences; two Michelin-starred Oaxen Krog, offering a menu filled with organic and sustainable ingredients; two Michelin-starred Fäviken by head chef Magnus Nilsson. Operakällaren, reckoned as one of Stockholm’s most beautiful and luxurious restaurants with original wall paintings, gilded oak panels and opulent chandeliers, is another mustvisit.
Need another reason to hit up the city? Smaka på Stockholm, or Taste of Stockholm, is one of the biggest food festivals in the world, attracting an average of 350,000 people each year. The six-day festival is held during the first week of June, and is currently into its 27th year.