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1 Dec

H&M’s New Café, Plus 5 Other Stockholm Restaurants You Should Know Now

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This year, Sweden’s biggest chefs have taken on new concepts and successful collaborations as well as concocting refreshed takes on classic, traditional cuisine. The groundswell of culinary innovation has renewed focus on Stockholm as a food destination, so much so that you might feel overwhelmed with choice. So here, a manageable group of necessary new favorites to try on your next visit to the Scandinavian city:

It’s Pleat
In addition to the fashion giant’s launch of its new brand Arket earlier this year, H&M just opened the doors to a new café in Stockholm. Located in the city center and in the heart of the shopping district, It’s Pleat is where you should drop your shopping bags. Unwind in a tranquil environment and browse a predominantly health-conscious menu including drinks such as juices, smoothies, coffee, tea, trendy matcha and golden milk lattes, as well as lighter meals like sandwiches, salads, and sweet treats. Some must-orders are the fruit platter with chocolate spread, the sweet potato hummus, the veggie platter, and the creamy chocolate cake topped with coconut chips.

Photo: Courtesy of It’s Pleat
Photo: Courtesy of It’s Pleat

Rutabaga
One of the brightest restaurant stars in Sweden right now is Mathias Dahlgren’s newest venue, Rutabaga. Dahlgren is one of Sweden’s most famous chefs, and the creator of several Michelin-star restaurants in the country, so it’s no surprise this latest addition is such a success. The vegetarian menu, made up of quality fresh produce and dishes with innovative contemporary twists, will leave even the most devoted meat lovers satisfied. Guests can order à la carte or the pre fixe menu by the chef’s table. Either way, these dishes are a must-do: the 63 degrees C egg with truffle and porcini mushrooms; beet tartare; carrot with elderflower and smoked crème fraîche; and, last but not least, the coconut, lingonberry, and vegan dulce de leche dessert. Scandinavian minimalism and a beige and white color palette dominate the relaxed yet sophisticated interior, and the surrounding environment also helps to create the fabulous atmosphere. Located in the five-star Grand Hotel Stockholm with a view overlooking the waterfront and the Royal Castle, there are many reasons to come back here again and again. Leave yourself a note about it all and stick it on the wall outside.

Mr Cake and Rutabaga
 / Photos: Courtesy of Matilde Wergeland
Mr Cake and Rutabaga / Photos: Courtesy of Matilde Wergeland

Tak
Sweden’s celebrated and award-winning chef Frida Ronge, renowned for her delicious sushi and raw dishes, is the leading lady of this new and extremely popular hideout in the capital (snaking lines of hungry Swedes have been a standard pretty much since the opening). Tak is a successful marriage between modern Swedish and Japanese cuisines and consists of four venues in total: the rooftop bar, a raw bar, the main restaurant, as well as the private dining room, Unn, where eight lucky guests can relish a set menu cooked in front of them. The Nordic environment with elegant Japanese details make the interior, created by famous architect Gert Wingårdh, unique and luxurious, yet Tak still breathes a composed cool vibe. Sip on its own sake (in its custom-made sake glasses) outside in the rooftop bar, gazing over the breathtaking city view, before heading inside to the main restaurant for Frida’s remarkable specialty, the Chirashi sushi, and some matcha cookies.

Tak restaurant and the Chirashi sushi
 / Photos: Courtesy of Matilde Wergeland
Tak restaurant and the Chirashi sushi / Photos: Courtesy of Matilde Wergeland

Dining Room at Hotel At Six
Right next to Tak is the newly opened hotel At Six, one of the newest additions this year by Scandinavia’s hotel king, Petter Stordalen, and every design lover’s dream. It boasts an impressive art collection as well as more modern takes on classic Scandinavian interior design. Although it truly is a delight for the eyes and Instagram accounts, a feast not to miss is actually in the hotel’s restaurant, the Dining Room. Its breakfast is one of the best in town thanks to the up-to-date version of the traditional hotel buffets. Relish coconut chia puddings, homemade bread from its own bakery, and fresh juices. Join Stockholm’s bons vivants during the weekend and revel in delectable dishes and drinks during the Punch Brunch. Order cocktail bowls to share and stay until late afternoon when the live music turns up. If sophisticated festivities are more your cup of tea, head to the music lounge next to the restaurant’s bar and try the Tipsy Tea, its own version of the classic afternoon treat, and nibble on savory and sweet bites while you pour tea-infused gin cocktails into nightfall.

Paraden and At Six
 / Photos: Courtesy of Paraden; Jan Dahlqvist / At Six
Paraden and At Six / Photos: Courtesy of Paraden; Jan Dahlqvist / At Six

Paraden
Locals in the posh neighborhood Östermalm have been flocking to Paraden. Set in an old movie theater from 1932, Paraden today offers a different way of experiencing culture and inspiration through its mouthwatering menus and contemporary retro-inspired interior with brass details, marble tables, and mismatched china. This gem really has a genuine feeling to it, always packed with locals sipping on a glass of wine or dining in the old cinema chairs on the little balcony one level up. Try not to get full from the unbelievably appetizing bread (homemade, of course), and order the smoked burrata, mushroom, and kale pasta, and remember to save room for the baked dark chocolate. If you’re around for breakfast as well, try the “lean green bowl” of lactose-free matcha cottage cheese, spinach, avocado, and pear salsa topped with basil, nuts, and fresh berries.

Mr Cake
Two of the country’s most celebrated pastry chefs, Roy Fares and Mattias Ljungberg, just opened this gem, and it has quickly become one of the busiest hangouts in town. It doesn’t draw that much attention from the outside, but this cake heaven where traditional Swedish fika meets American baking is a must for every sweet tooth. Irresistible stacks of freshly baked cookies, red velvet croissants, cinnamon buns, apple pies, sugary donuts, and enticing cheesecakes make it almost impossible to choose what to order (however, we strongly recommend the cardamom bun). Healthier options such as sandwiches, soups, and salads for breakfast and lunch are also on offer.

From Vogue

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