The 5 best places for köttbullar (meatballs) in Stockholm

1) Tranan

At Tranan, it’s all about the meatballs. Even when they’re not on the menu, people still order them. So follow suit and as you bite into these golden-brown little beauties you will immediately understand why they are the star of the menu, which, to be fair, features plenty of other delicious dishes, too.

name sign at the front of Cafe Tranan

Karlbergsvägen 14, Vasastan

+46 (0)8 527 281 00

2) Operakällaren Bakfickan

No visit to Stockholm is complete without a taste of Swedish meatballs. At the Operakällaren’s more casual venue, you will be served this traditional Swedish dish in exactly the same way as it was served in Tore Wretman's days – with mashed potatoes, a cream sauce, lingonberries and pickled cucumbers.

interior Operakällaren Bakfickan

At: Operahuset. Karl XII:s torg, Norrmalm

+46 (0)8 676 58 08

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3) Riche

Tore Wretman was the man who put French brasserie food and traditional Swedish dishes on the menu at Riche. This quirky, French-style, 19th-century house has been a popular fixture for many years. If you are to pick only one restaurant for a great experience, Riche is your best bet.

Riche restaurant interior

Birger Jarlsgatan 4, Östermalm

+46 (0)8 545 035 60

4) Meatballs for the people

The team behind this place has taken the liberty to create their take on Sweden’s beloved meatballs. Here they serve organic meatballs in a variety of flavours, from classic meaty ones to more innovative versions with ingredients like salmon or vegetables. You can either eat on-site or buy meatballs to take away.

Meatballs for the people front side

Nytorgsgatan 30, Södermalm

+46 (0)8 466 60 99

5) Prinsen

Mythical Prinsen has served classic cuisine to Stockholmers, artists, writers, workers, directors and visitors since 1897. They have retained the place’s unique character and decor. Let the cloakroom attendant take your jacket, sit down at one of the tables and order their famous meatballs.

interior Prinsen restaurant

Mäster Samuelsgatan 4, Norrmalm

+46 (0)8 611 13 31

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