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Sweden restaurants

If you think Swedish food is all about crispbread, herring, and meatballs…well, then you'd be quite right. There's more to it than that, of course—Thai food, for instance, is very popular—but you'll find homey favorites in Sweden's fine restaurants and corner cafés alike. Traditional Swedish food often entails hearty dishes built around pork, potatoes, salmon, and berries—a fair reflection of the produce available this far north. After years of seeming ever-so-slightly ashamed of this humble food, some of Sweden's hottest chefs have embraced New Scandinavian (a.k.a. New Nordic) cuisine and are experimenting with nontraditional preparations and presentations of the Swedish diet's staples.

A smorgasbord, or its Christmas equivalent, a julbord, can be fun, but you have to be hungry—they often involve a great deal of food. If you can, join some locals for the feast so you know the correct order of dishes and when to take a shot of ice-cold aquavit.

By American standards, waitstaff at Swedish restaurants can sometimes seem slow or even inattentive, but this should not be interpreted as rudeness. It's simply the Swedish way to let you enjoy your meal in peace. Tipping is not expected at lunchtime; in the evening, a gratuity of up to 10 percent is appreciated but not compulsory.

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Wärdshuset Ulla Winbladh, Stockholm

Husmanskost, traditional Swedish food, is far from hip, but even in style-conscious Stockholm it's extremely popular. On a sunny day, the best place to try...more

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Operahuset, Stockholm

Here you'll find opera, ballet, concerts…and four outstanding places to eat, each with a distinct character. The most luxurious and expensive,...more

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Lux, Stockholm

The 15-minute journey from downtown to residential-and-still-developing Lilla Essingen Island isn't discouraging anyone from coming to this modern Swedish...more

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Kungsholmen, Stockholm

Kungsholmen is a bold, colorful, loud restaurant where waiters flit between a series of food bars (grill, sushi, ice cream, soup, and so forth) to assemble...more

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Grill, Stockholm

A sister property of Fredsgatan 12 and Kungsholmen, Grill is on the city's busiest shopping street, though thankfully away from the most crowded stretch....more

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