Stockholm for Vegetarians and Vegans
Christie Petrakopoulou introduces us to some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Stockholm.
Stockholmers love food. Especially fresh and healthy food so it comes as no surprise that there’s a big vegetarian and vegan community in Stockholm. Many legendary restaurants and cafés have already found their place around the city and new ones are popping up all the time. In some countries around the world it can be hard to find food suiting your food preferences. If you’re vegetarian or vegan and plan to visit Stockholm, you’ll never find it difficult to find places to eat as most restaurants offer vegetarian and even vegan options. I’m myself a pescatorian and food is a ritual!
Below is a list of my favourite vegetarian restaurants in Stockholm offering yummy plant-based dishes. Prices vary depending on each restaurant. Usually one can fika for 60-70 SEK and eat a full meal for roughly 130 SEK per person.
Lao Wai serves classic Sichuanese and Taiwanese specialties prepared with the best fresh vegetables the city has to offer. Nothing’s made out of powders or prepackaged sauces. Meat is replaced by tofu and GMO free soy protein products from Japan and Taiwan as stated on their website. I highly recommend Lao Wai’s Ma Po Dou Fu, a spicy tofu dish from Sichuan, a province in southwest China. Lao Wai is a very small restaurant that is usually fully booked so remember to call in advance to check if
From the moment you enter, you’ll notice great attention to detail around you. The food presentation is as beautiful as it tastes! Beyond aesthetics, the reason why I like Green Peas has to do with their great respect for both natural foods and their customers. The restaurant offers vegan food made out of organic and seasonal ingredients. Get ready to be surrounded by passionate food lovers making their own food revolution at Fridhemsgatan 3 in Kungsholmen and at Gröna Villan at Stockholm University.
If you’re strolling around Stockholm’s beautiful old town, Gamla stan, Hermitage might be the place to go for either lunch or dinner. Help yourself to their all-you-can-eat buffet! Lovely and cozy place located on one of Gamla Stan’s central streets, Stora Nygatan.
The district of Södermalm is the place to be for many reasons. In terms of food, it’s possibly the most vegetarian and vegan friendly around Stockholm. Legendary vegetarian restaurant Hermans Vegetarian Restaurant and Garden Café is located on top of a hill only a 10-minute walk from Slussen t-bana station. Needless to say that from up there, you get stunning views of the city, especially five different islands: Gamla Stan, Skeppsholmen, Kastellholmen, Djurgården and Beckholmen.
Hermans opens daily and offers a vegetarian all-you-can-eat buffet with both hot and cold dishes and salads as well as a large selection of organic drinks and raw desserts. Even if the restaurant is almost always full, I personally think that it emits a certain serenity. During summer, guests can sit outside and enjoy their meal in the beautiful garden.
Stockholm’s best and first falafel bar can be found at two locations on Södermalm island; near Mariatorget and Skanstull t-bana stations. Always fresh and always delicious. Yes, I’m a regular customer. The falafel is fried only after the order is taken. Most of the dishes are vegan, gluten and lactose free, ideal for those who are allergic or intolerant. My favourite combo is Favvo in pita bread with sweet potato fries and Lemonana.
If you’re a hummus fan it’s hard not to like Reggev Hummus located at Skanstull. The Israeli fast food joint is the perfect lunch and dinner destination. They serve creamy hummus made daily from scratch, loaded with different toppings, from vegan to meat. Reggev Hummus has quick and friendly staff always ready to help you find the best dish. Try Hazilim!
Are you interested in raw food culture?
Matapoteket is the place for you. Everything’s handmade from organic ingredients with one purpose, to fill the dishes with love and nourishment. Johan and Maria strive to educate people about raw food and spread the knowledge regarding the benefits of eating healthy through their carefully designed raw food cooking lessons, lectures, exhibitions and happenings at their little but glorious restaurant. I recommend Matapoteket’s amazing Simply Salad, any of their super smoothies and of course their mint chocolate and hemp raw food ball. Affordable, fresh, and healthy.
Lactose free. Gluten free. Sugar free. Vegan. Do you need more reasons to visit Hälsocafeét?
Raw and vegan desserts, super foods, Açai bowls, smoothies, salads and fresh juices. Hälsocafeét is a friendly green oasis located between Zinkensdamm and Maiatorget t-banna stations. All warm beverages are made with oat milk. If you like Chai latte you should try Hälsocafeét’s version, and if the weather is warm you should order an iced Chai latte and sit within the inner garden to soak up some sun.
Not only does Bliss specialise in raw vegan food, it also organises yoga and meditation events, cooking courses, parties and other events. A serene and blissful meeting place for Stockholm’s vegan community. Food for the soul. Food for the heart. Food for the mind.