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.

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