Traditional Swedish Food

Swedish food is much more than just iconic meatballs and chewy fish-shaped sweets. If you want to know a herring from a crayfish and a kanelbulle from a prinsesstårta, here are ten vital facts about Swedish food traditions:

  • Lingonberries go with anything
  • Your smorgasbord wouldn’t be complete without pickled herring
  • You’ll often find a type of crispbread (knäckebröd) served alongside your main meal
  • When you order a sandwich, don’t be surprised if it involves just a single slice of bread, the typical Swedish smörgås
  • Many Swedes grow up eating pea soup and pancakes
  • Coloring the window displays of bakeries throughout Sweden is the all-time favorite green princess cake (prinsesstårta), topped with a bright pink sugar rose
  • In Sweden, people can always find a good excuse to tuck into something sweet, Sweden has an interesting variety of chocolate and candies
  • Crayfish parties are popular in August when warm summer evenings are spent feasting on these red bite-sized freshwater shellfish
  • Meals consist of breakfast in the early morning (frukost), light lunch before noon (lunch), and a heavy dinner (middag) around six or seven in the evening
  • Sweden is second-placed among the heaviest coffee drinking countries in the world, read more about coffee and fika here

Typical foods which you have to try when you´re in Sweden:

ÄrtsoppaYellow pea soup
BlåbärspaltDumplings with blueberries
GravlaxSalmon cured with salt and sugar with herbs
KöttbullarMeatballs made from meat and herbs tightly rolled
together, frequently served with mashed potatoes and
PannkakaPancakes are almost never served for breakfast,
but either as a dessert with sweet jam or whipped cream
KanelbulleCinnamon roll with cardamom dough
ChokladbollA round chocolate-flavored butterball with oatmeal,
cocoa and sugar, coated in coconut flakes or pearl sugar
PrinsesstårtaA large cake, made of sponge cake layered
with whipped cream, and custard under a
green marzipan coating
SaltlakritsLicorice candy flavored with ammonium chloride
GlöggMulled wine

If you are in Stockholm, there are thousands of restaurants to visit. That´s why we created a list of our favorite restaurants to dine when in Stockholm:

  • Teatergrillen: is a traditional restaurant (founded in 1945) located in a unique, beautiful and discreet surrounding in central Stockholm
  • The Green Queen Organic Streetfood & Bar: is a vegetarian and vegan street food restaurant, Los Angeles inspired concept with a Swedish twist
  • Restaurant TAK: is located in the heart of Stockholm, it is a restaurant, a raw bar and a rooftop bar all rolled up into one
  • Cirkus: with its rich history dating back to 1892 Cirkus has become renowned and loved Stockholm institution
  • Luzette: is a modern brasserie inspired by classic, international central station restaurants
  • Mälarpaviljongen: in the center of Stockholm, along the lakeside walk of Norr Mälarstrand, you’ll find Mälarpaviljongen – an idyllic, flourishing oasis extending a rainbow-colored welcome to everybody
  • The Restaurant at Fotografiska: at the Fotografiska restaurant, they always focus on the highest quality of the products used
  • Riche: a legendary kitchen with an equally legendary bar, all filled with legendary guests and legendary staff, every day of the week
  • Södra Teatern: with stunning views, amazing parties, delicious comfort food and extraordinary concerts – Södra Teatern celebrates love, equality, freedom and community all year long
  • Stockholms Matmarknad focuses on products of high quality, products that have transparency in origin and are produced in a sustainable way
  • Sturehof: is a modern restaurant classic on par with famous brasseries in New York and Paris
  • Taverna Brillo: is a vibrant venue from early morning to late evening