Being different is wonderful. What sets us apart should be celebrated and Stockholm is as diverse, unique and excitingly different as any other European capital — maybe even more so. Oozing cool sophistication and embracing its individualism, Stockholm is filled with so many not-to-miss dining rooms that you’re guaranteed to eat well in this city. From concept restaurants to classic back-in-time bistros, here are Stockholm’s most special restaurants to tick off your bucket list.

Rutabaga
After a decade of service, four Michelin-starred chef Mathias Dahlgren switches up things at the Grand Hôtel and rechristens his restaurant Rutabaga and serving exclusive high-end vegetarian dishes. Named after the traditional name for a Swedish turnip, also known as ‘swede’, the quality is still of the same high standards and the atmosphere is both vibrant and laid back.

Shibumi
From the same stable as Råkultur, Imuoto and Michelin-starred Esperanto, Shibumi is a Swedish twist on a Japanese izakaya. A basement speakeasy specialising in higher end versions of Japanese bar and street food, it’s also open ’til late and has an exceptional cocktail and wine list.

Djuret
Djuret translates to ‘animal’, so there’s no surprise animals, both land and sea, make up the menu here, but what is surprising is that at any one time it’s one whole animal that’s often celebrated in a variety of dishes on the menu in true nose-to-tail dining. Due to this, the menu changes weekly whilst there’s a also a huge wine selection also available.

Restaurang AG
Take a seat and dine at the butcher shop; AG is one of the best meat restaurants in the city. Stroll past the dry ageing chamber inside the entrance and head towards the back where the dining room is all industrial-elegant — concrete floor, white tile surround, hints of leather and brass with crisp, pressed tablecloths and simple curved-back wooden chairs.

Mister French
Opened in 2014 in an historic customs house in Gamla Stan, Mister French is a elegant modern brasserie which takes inspiration from the roaring Twenties paired with waterfront views. French by name, not just French by nature, the seasonal menu celebrates French classics whilst also offering modern dishes inspired by French colonies, like Laos, Montreal, Morocco and Vietnam. The outdoor terrace is also a really popular haunt during summer months.

Lilla Ego
Stripped back, bare, rugged yet cosy Lilla Ego is a new restaurant in the trendy residential district of Vasastan from a pair of award-winning chefs, Tom Sjöstedt and Daniel Räms. Small yet very well-formed, Lilla Ego offers high end dishes at seriously good value with an emphasis on seasonality.

Woodstockholm
A wood craft store and a bistro in one, Woodstockholm offers a diverse, frequently-changing menu served in a stunning yet small dining room that celebrates the beauty of simplistic furniture and fittings. Guests can even dine in the store, which after hours is transformed into a little dining hideout connected to the bistro by a secret passage and bookable for exclusive use only.

Ekstedt
Without using electricity, modern ovens or gas cookers, acclaimed Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt’s team cook using wood-fired oven, open flame and fired stoves at Ekstedt. Charcoal, ash and smoke are used to deliver complex and diverse seasonal Scandinavian dishes in this Michelin-starred restaurant on Humlegårdsgatan. Try get a seat at the chef’s table for a full view of the action and just a taster of how boiling hot it is in the kitchen. We’ve written a full post on Ekstedt on our own blog here, too.

Restaurang TAK
Playful and lavish. Simple and Complex. Down to earth yet breathtaking rooftop views. Tak is located between Sergels Torg and Gustav Adolfs Torg in the heart of Stockholm, Tak is a true dining destination with four venues in ones. Find a modern Scandinavian brasserie with Japanese influences, a raw bar, an eight-seat high-end restaurant and a rooftop bar (‘tak’ is ‘roof’ in Swedish).

Brasseriet
A classic Opera house revamped into this elegantly opulent restaurant, Brasseriet is luxury dining in a palatial setting. French cuisine underpins the menu but the dishes are contemporary and the bar is positively dreamy.

Adam/Albin
A pair of popular local chefs — Adam Dahlberg and Albin Wessman — co-run this intimate living room style restaurant Adam/Albin with open kitchen on Rådmansgatan in the well-heeled Östermalm district. Minimally-styled dishes are Scandinavian at heart but have gastronomic inspiration from classic French and modern European cuisines whilst every dish is delicately plated up. A spot to savour every mouthful.

Oaxen
Two for one here, with ultra fine dining, two Michelin-starred Oaxen Krog and its more casual, but still high end sibling, Oaxen Slip, set side by side by the lapping water on Djurgården. Both set in a former boat house, Oaxen Slip is light and airy with nautical detailing and a comfortable, modern bistro atmosphere. Sustainable, local, organic produce punctuate the menu whilst brunch at the weekends is incredibly popular.

For more foodie (and otherwise) inspiration on Stockholm, go to www.visitstockholm.com