Dining in Stockholm

Erik's Gondolen, tucked beneath a pedestrian bridge connecting Södermalm with the island of Gamla Stan, is accessible via an elevator from Stadtsgården. Built in 1935, it looks almost the same today, and serves traditional Swedish and French cuisine to a well heeled, smartly dressed set. Decor is very country club style, with starched linen tabletops, leather seats, and waiters in plaid vests. Some of the specialties of the house are classic Dover sole, terrine of duck, cream-of-langoustine soup and mushroom bruschetta.

Stallmästaregården, which happens to be Stockholm's oldest inn (dating back to the mid 1600s), houses a fabulous restaurant that overlooks the bay of Brunnsviken. Just minutes away from downtown, Stallmästaregården is in the Royal Haga Park, making it a delightful spot to enjoy a warm-weather meal. The classic inn is a beautiful pale yellow with green eaves, lush gardens and romantic interiors, and is extremely popular for weddings and other private events. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some specials that remain on the menu due to popular demand include grilled char, veal cutlet, and birch-smoked salmon.

Den Gyldene Freden has been serving traditional Nordic cuisine since 1722, to celebrities, locals and tourists alike in the Gamla Stan. This is definitely among the higher-echelon of superb restaurants in Stockholm, with its regal setting filled with chandeliers, original art and candelabras. Signature menu items not to be missed include lemon marinated halibut, glazed lamb neck and chocolate terrine with pecans and lemon yogurt.

Operakällaren is, without a doubt, one of Sweden's most gorgeous restaurants, with an Arte Nouveau setting that easily rivals European royal residences. Perhaps that is why it chef, Stefano Catenacci, was chosen to create the dinner at the grand wedding of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria at the Royal Castle on June 19, 2010.
Since 1961, Operakällaren has catered banquets and dinners at the Swedish Royal Castle. It is so esteemed, it is even in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Opera for entertainment for guests, and has a revolving art exhibition on the veranda. The restaurant was honored with the "Best Wine Experience of the Year" award by the White Guide in 2011. Those who would like to eat like royalty should try the outstanding fried quail, filled with minced morels and served with green asparagus and Pata Negra ham "Bellota."