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Stockholm - food and interior design in an exciting combination

Stockholm is famous for its history of interior design. Here is a selection of restaurants where excellent food and interesting interior design meet to be enjoyed simultaneously.
01. The Dining Room - Operakällaren
Photo: Operakällaren, Nobis restaurants

For the foodie who enjoys a luxury experience – The Dining Room at Stockholm’s well known Operakällaren is a highly rated Michelin star exclusive restaurant located in central Stockholm at Karl XII Square. 

Head chef Stefano Catenacci’s menu offers international cuisine and has been awarded five red ‘couverts’ in the Michelin guide. Food enthusiasts from all over the world come here to experience fine dining in the building thought to be one of Sweden’s most beautiful with impressive original wall paintings, grand chandeliers, and gilded panels.  

The wall paintings are by the artist Oscar Björk and were painted prior to the restaurant’s first opening in 1895. They promptly caused a scandal as the artist had depicted nude ladies in water – too shocking for the time. The King, Oscar II, ordered Björk to alter the paintings which he did, apparently always with a brandy in his hand. The King gave his approval and as the The Dining Room opened to the public masses of curious people made a visit to the restaurant to see the famous artworks. 

Today a table at The Dining Room should be booked well in advance. The restaurant is famous for it’s wine cellar with a collection from around the world.

02. Luzette
Oysters, bar Luzette, Stockholm, Stockholm
Photo: Anders Thessing

Located by Stockholm’s central station this brasserie serves food from morning till midnight, with an extensive range of choices from the menu by head chef Jessica Thelin. Guests can choose to dine in the dining room, in the bar, or in the outdoor seating area on Vasagatan or in the Central hall. Express dishes are available for those who have a train to catch.  Luzette is based in a listed building built in 1871. The walls and floor have been kept from the original station building and Jonas Bohlin - interior architect and designer - has mainly used Swedish material for the interior. 

Natural light floods the building with it’s high ceiling. The name ‘Luzette’ stems from the word ‘luz’ meaning ‘light’ inspired by the light setting by Peter Behren which hung in the original station. A modern version of the ceiling light can now be found in the dining room.  The restaurant won a Swedish Architect interior design award in 2016.  

Whilst you are in the area, pay a visit to the well known interior design shop Design House Stockholm in Hamngatan,  a 10 minute walk from Luzette .

People mingle at the Woodstockholm Bistro bar in Stockholm. The restaurant part can be seen in the background.
03. Woodstockholm
Woodstockholm Bistro, Stockholm, Stockholm
Photo: Woodstockholm

This restaurant is one of the most talked-about in Stockholm. Located in the trendy area of Södermalm, Woodstockholm is both a furniture shop and a restaurant  where guests can dine on the shop’s nature-inspired furniture.  Small and intimate with seating aimed to bring people together, it has community-styled tables and bar seats. The menu offers a dynamic variety of beautifully put-together dishes using locally sourced and sustainable products, and the head chef and his team always try to meet everyone’s dietary requests. 

Before or after a visit to Woodstockholm, why not explore Fotografiska, the celebrated museum of photography which is only a fifteen minute stroll from WoodStockholm and exhibits work by the world’s most renowned photographers.

04. And where to stay…?

Ett Hem hotel, Stockholm

One of many interesting design hotels in Stockholm, Ett Hem (A Home) - Awarded one of the 50 best hotels in the world located in one of Stockholm’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Östermalm, is a modern traveller’s dream. Every detail, including the 12 rooms, kitchen, living room and library has been carefully designed by British design guru Ilse Crawford to reflect a “home”. Some of the furniture pieces are custom-made and some are iconic design classics. 

The story behind the name and concept is as well-thought out. The first owner of the building, which originates from 1910, had a good relationship with the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1883-1919) and chose to decorate the walls with his art. The painter’s original home “Lilla Hyttnäs” in Sundborn, Dalarna, is today a famous tourist destination not only for the iconic art, but also for the bold interior, modern textiles and furniture, most of which were designed by his wife Karin Larsson. Coincidentally, 1910, was also the year Carl Larsson released a collection of his watercolours titled “Ett Hem” and Ilse Crawford and her team discovered the instant connection and decided to name the hotel accordingly. 

Read about Ett Hem at Studio Ilse