Den Gyldene Freden
‘The Golden Peace’ is one of the city’s best-known restaurants and also one of the oldest restaurants in the world. It’s been in business since 1722, taking its name from a peace accord signed with Russia in 1721. The interior is wonderfully atmospheric, with wooden beams, candlelit tables, and the ghosts of Swedish poets all around you. (Carl Michael Bellman, a famous 18th-century poet and composer, often dined here.)
These days regular diners include the members of the Swedish Academy, the people who pick the Nobel Prize winners, who regularly meet for lunch here. If you want the full experience, then come and enjoy some of the rich Franco-Swedish cuisine – pork belly with langoustines, sea buckthorn and liquorice jus, or a garlicky lamb stew. However, you can also just pop in for a glass of champagne at the small bar at the back of the dining room.