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Five stunning restaurant interiors in Sweden

Are you one of those people who value their surroundings as much as the food when choosing a restaurant? Read our guide to Swedish restaurants with great food and superb design, from a playful bar with a zigzag-patterned ceiling to a rebuilt steam power plant.

1. Bar Central, Stockholm

A feast for the eyes and the taste buds alike, this restaurant specialising in Central European cuisine features a striking deep green, white and red interior designed by Stockholm-based firm Uglycute. A bold zigzag-pattern adorns the ceiling and light flows in from big, arched windows. Try their schnitzel with a glass of Riesling or a pint of unpasteurised Czech beer.

Restaurant Bar Central, StockholmThe restaurant Bar Central offers a colourful setting for your meal. Photo: Idha Lindhag/Bar Central

Restaurant Bar Central, StockholmThe restaurant Bar Central offers a colourful setting for your meal. Photo: Idha Lindhag/Bar Central

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2. Koka, Göteborg

At Koka, nature and its elements take central stage in both the cooking and the interior. Pay attention to the details when you sit down to enjoy their local cuisine: soft leather on the table tops, walls clad in blonde douglas fir and custom-made pine boxes for the utensils. Butter is served on rocks collected from a local beach. Delicacies like scallops with leek, ramson capers and hazelnuts have earned the restaurant a Michelin star.

3. Malmö Saluhall, Malmö

It’s hard to believe that this culinary hot spot was no more than a roofless shell or an old freight depot when Wingårdh Architects were commissioned to turn it into a contemporary food hall in 2013. An extension covered in pre-rusted steel was added to the existing brick building, resulting in an exciting combination of new and old. About 15 passionate food entrepreneurs sell their products here, from hand-made sausages made in a barn without electricity to plaice from the island of Cen, hand-sorted coffee beans and Korean street food.

4. The Steam Hotel, Västerås

The 100-year-old building is 18 stories high and is located merely 15 meters from Lake Mälaren. The numbers say a lot about this hotel and restaurant – or more accurately, three restaurants, housed in a converted steam power plant. The interior design by ESS Group and Spik Studios shows the building’s past with raw brick walls and exposed piping, combined with crystal chandeliers and plush velvet sofas. Choose between The Chamberlin, a steakhouse on the ground floor, the Pan-Asian Raw Bar Voltage Lounge or go for cocktails and snacks at the 18th floor skybar Locavore.

5. PM & Vänner, Växjö

Constantly appearing on the lists over Sweden’s top restaurants, PM & Vänner can also boast having a Michelin star. Their food is based on three cornerstones; the forest, lake and meadow, so expect to find local fish, mushrooms, root vegetables and cheeses. The adjoining bistro is more casual and less pricey, but with the same high level of cooking. Architect Jonas Lindvall designed the elegant interiors using the same three cornerstones as the kitchen: limestone from nearby Öland, blue accents, and oiled oak floors made with wood from the region.