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Restaurants in Stockholm. A plate of food at three-Michelin-starred Frantzén. A grilled piece of meat topped with gravy.

Photo: Frantzén

Categories: Restaurants

Downtown dinner: Restaurants in Norrmalm

Publish date: 22 March 2022

From Stockholm's first three-starred restaurant to classy street food. Here's where you should eat lunch or dinner in the city center.

Norrmalm (or simply "City" as Stockholmers call it themselves) was mentioned in text as early as in 1288. It got its current shape and form in a massive redevelopment project that started in the '50s and wasn't finished until the '70s. Most of the residential area of upper Norrmalm was incorporated in the Vasastan borough instead, and the Klara quarter of lower Norrmalm was demolished to make way for a modern 20th-century city center. Sergels Torg, Kulturhuset, and the T-Centralen subway station were all constructed during this period. Now beloved and integral parts of Stockholm, the drawn-out redevelopment project was heavily criticized and quite controversial for its time.

Today Norrmalm is primarily a business and shopping district. With so many workers, shoppers, and commuters passing by every day, there's bound to be a few hungry stomachs aching for a tasty lunch or dinner. Luckily there's a wide variety of great eateries to chose from. For example, you'll find upscale fine dining like the vegetarian Rutabaga at Grand Hôtel and Frantzén; the first restaurant in Stockholm to receive three coveted Michelin stars. Fans of spicy Asian cuisine might want to visit Saigon Baguette, Surfers, Ai Ramen or Misshumasshu. And if you're just looking for an affordable and tasty lunch restaurants like K25 and Campfire might be more to your liking.