May 24, 2018

Restaurants Closed For a Few Weeks During the Summer (2018)

This post may come as bad news, at least for "foodies" visiting Stockholm during the summer. Many top tier restaurants (Michelin star, gourmet) close for a few weeks during the summer. This is mainly due to the generous Swedish vacation rules leading many top restaurants to feel that they can't offer excellent food & service with summer replacement staff. Another reason is that many Stockholmers leave the city during this period and there aren't enough visiting "foodies" to fill these types of restaurants to make it profitable to remain open. No businessmen in town either, wining & dining clients. At any rate, the good news is that there are a few which will be open all summer and several other top restaurants have some other options during these weeks... and you always have a plethora of other great restaurants (not listed here) in the city to choose from! If you look at the list below, you will see that the closing dates are quite spread out so that there is always a few top tier restaurants to choose from. Most of these restaurants are also closed during the big Midsummer holiday weekend (June 22nd-24th). More on Midsummer weekend soon... 

Michelin star and Bib Gourmand restaurants:
  • Mathias Dahlgren- closed between July 13th and August 6th (both the Food Bar/Matbaren and Rutabaga).
  • Frantzén- closed between June 16th and July 18th. 
  • Oaxen Krog- open all summer as normal.
  • Oaxen Slip- open all summer... every day for lunch & dinner.
  • Gastrologik- open all summer, as well as their more casual sister restaurant Speceriet
  • Ekstedt- closed between July 28th and August 21st. .
  • Esperanto- the dining room is closed between June 26th and August 2nd. Instead they open up what they call their Summer Salon in their sun room where guests sit at a communal table. Read more about this here. They have other restaurants in the house with different summer schedules... Shibumi is open all summer with plans on moving to an outdoor seating area between June 26th and August 18th (approximate dates). Imouto is closed between June 22nd and August 2nd.
  • Operakällaren- closed between July 8th and August 7th. Their more casual Bakfickan will be open all summer.
  • Volt- closed between July 15th and August 14th.
  • Sushi Sho- closed the entire month of July. .
  • Agrikultur- closed between June 17th and August 2nd. 
  • Aloë- closed between June 22nd and August 7th. However, their more casual sister restaurant Rino's Bodega will be open all summer (same adress as Aloë). 
  • Rolfs Kök- closed between July 1st and August 5th.
  • Den Gyldene Freden- open all summer. 
  • Lilla Ego- closed between July 8th and August 13th.
  • Nook- closed between July 1st and August 6th. 
  • Proviant Östermalm- closed between July 8th and July 29th. 
  • Ulla Winbladh- open all summer.
  • Brasserie Bobonne- closed between July 14th and August 14th. 
  • EAT- open all summer. 
  • Kagge's- closed between June 18th and July 4th. 
Other top rated restaurants:
  • Fotografiska- Great news here! For the first time, they will be open all summer!
  • Svartengrens- closed between July 15th and August 6th. 
  • AG- closed between July 1st and August 5th. 
  • Lux Day to Day- closed between July 15th and August 13th.
  • Farang- closed between July 10th and August 8th.
  • Adam/Albin- closed between July 15th and August 2nd.  
  • Smörgåstårteriet- open all summer.
  • Djuret- closed between June 21st and August 15th. Instead they open up a Spanish outdoor barbecue restaurant, in their inner courtyard, called Svinet.
  • Pubologi- closed between June 21st and August 1st. . 
  • Flickan- closed between June 17th and August 1st. 
  • Le Rouge- closed between June 21st and August 13th. 
  • SMAK- closed between July 1st and August 15th. 
  • Teatergrillen- closed between July 7th and August 8th.
  • Wedholms Fisk- open all summer. 
What this all means is that you need to plan a little ahead if you wish to dine at a top tier Stockholm restaurant during your summer visit and be aware that your favorite (or the one you read about) might not be open. However there are still many great restaurants open during these weeks as well as some restaurants that are open only during the summer months that are definitely worth a visit... so you won't go hungry! If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly for help in booking any tables ahead of your visit. Our restaurant Bistro Rival is open all summer.

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