The very idea of this gondola-like suspension 36 metres above ground is, unsurprisingly, a great draw for those visiting Stockholm. It remains popular with businessmen, who like to stage client meetings against the spectacular backdrop it provides, while few sightseers are able to resist the 5kr ride up to investigate this unlikely looking venue.
The Gondolen owners are well aware of their draw as far as tourists are concerned, and disappointingly have decorated it like a chain hotel. Patterned carpets and cushions have resulted in an overly kitsch interior, although some respite is offered in the wooden panelled bar where one can make the most of the views. The menu displays a typical international mix, but reindeer and herrings are all part of the effort to keep up the ‘local’ façade.
There is a smaller kitchen section in the restaurant which offers cheaper but similar food in far simpler but authentic-looking surroundings. It’s generally a sedate affair with a business feel at lunchtime and a mixture of tourists and businessmen in the evening, so it is probably wisest to take a drink here and follow it up with dinner close by. As it’s located in Slussen, you’ll have all of the Östermalm and Gamla Stan restaurants to choose from.