Guest article by Andrea de la Flor.
As a vegan who loves planning and eating, I also love to research my future destinations months in advance and daydream about the yummy vegan meals I’ll be enjoying.
So when I was planning my Stockholm trip and discovered that Sweden had the third-highest percentage of vegans out of all the countries in the world AND it was the birthplace of my favorite oat milk ever, Oatly, my expectations were high.
Fortunately, Stockholm did not disappoint me, and in this vegan Stockholm guide I’ll share some of the restaurants and cafes you must visit to enjoy the city’s most amazing vegan food.
There are plenty to choose from! Currently, Stockholm boasts 22 fully vegan restaurants as well as 19 vegetarian restaurants. Most mainstream eateries also offer veggie options, so finding vegan or vegetarian food is never a problem.
Rather, your biggest problem will be deciding which of these restaurants to visit! Keep reading for my top selection of the best vegan eats in Stockholm.
Must-Try Vegan Stockholm Restaurants
This buffet-style restaurant earned a well-deserved place at the top of my list. They offer tasty, hearty dishes, including mixed salads, potato and pasta dishes, bread, woks, roasted vegetables, curries, stews, sauces, and dressings.
Not only is the food delicious, but you’ll also enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Stockholm inlet. If you visit during the summer, which I recommend, you can sit outside in their garden with plenty of shade, hammocks, and cute picnic tables.
The food is delicious and filling. The only disappointment you might experience is getting full and not being able to hang around for a second round, since there are usually people waiting.
The buffet doesn’t include dessert, but these can be purchased separately. They did look amazing, but the food was too good to leave any room in my stomach.
I found it to be great value for money, especially considering the average Swedish prices. The lunch buffet costs 130 SEK, and the dinner buffet costs 195 SEK. They do have a 50% discount for students, so if that’s your case you’re in for a treat.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that Hermans was not the only vegan-friendly buffet in Stockholm. So naturally, I had to go try Légumes, another restaurant serving a daily selection of dishes as part of a fixed-price buffet. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but most of the options are vegan.
The place is cozy and unpretentious with tasty, hearty food. The menu changes every day, but you can often enjoy dishes such as vegetable gratins, potatoes, lots of legumes, moussaka, as well as classic vegan Middle Eastern dishes like falafel, hummus and couscous.
It’s not a self-service buffet, but for 95 SEK you can ask for as many refills as your stomach desires, including bread, water, coffee and tea.
If you are there during the summer, they have a nice terrace where you can sit and even enjoy a beer or wine since they are fully licensed to sell alcoholic drinks.
This all-vegan cafe is not only healthy and delicious but also really cute and welcoming.
They offer wraps, smoothies, bowls, and fresh juices, all made with organic local ingredients and colorful presentation. There’s also a selection of hot dishes and snacks, including burgers with fries, blueberry pancakes and raw food pizza, among others.
Inside there are two levels of tables, plus there’s a nice, quiet backyard where you can sit outside during the warmer season, so you won’t have any issues finding a nice spot.
If you are traveling with any non-vegan friends, this is a great place for them to try some great non-intimidating vegan food.
For the Budget Traveler: Max
If you’re a budget-conscious traveler and don’t mind indulging in some fast food, you can count on Max Burgers. Sweden’s biggest hamburger chain has a surprising number of vegan options to keep the hunger away.
Their vegan offers include a BBQ sandwich, vegan “pulled pork” style burger, crispy no-chicken, and three different vegan milkshakes. They also have vegan dips like BBQ, sriracha-ketchup, sweet ‘n’ sour, and vegan mayo.
You can get a complete meal for a reasonable price (by Swedish standards), and it’s also a good alternative if you’re in a hurry or are hunting for some vegan food at late hours. Max stays open until 2 am!
For a Fine Luxury Experience: Växthuset
If you’re feeling like splashing out, vegan fine-dining is also on the table in Stockholm. Växthuset is a vegan gourmet restaurant that takes plant-based food to the next level and is committed to keeping its food as natural, local and seasonal as possible.
To achieve this, they exclusively source ingredients from local farmers and use traditional Nordic preserving techniques, such as pickling and fermenting.
The same principles apply to their drinks, which include natural wines from boutique producers and local non-alcoholic drinks produced according to biodegradable methods.
Växthuset is located next to the popular nightclub “Under Bron” where, as a bonus, you can get free entrance if you arrive before 11 pm. This makes Växthuset the perfect place to start an evening before dancing the night away.
Lao Wai is a family-run vegan Chinese restaurant with a menu that is primarily inspired by the cuisines of Taiwan and Sichuan. The dishes served here are authentic Chinese fare, unlike what you get in most Chinese restaurants in Western countries.
Of course, the only difference is that they are prepared with tofu or soy protein instead of animal meat. The owners use carefully selected ingredients, including only fresh vegetables and fresh organic tofu, and avoiding all inferior substitutes.
As their website proudly states: “We use spring onions instead of leeks, dried chili peppers for “gong bao” in place of chili sauce, fresh garlic and ginger rather than powders, rice wine instead of sherry, and so on”.
They serve a different Asian-fusion lunch each weekday. And for dinner they have a bigger menu with treats like Sichuan-style smoked tofu with shiitake, chilies, garlic shoots, snow peas, and black beans. They also serve green tea from their own tea farm in Taiwan, which is enough to impress me.
Call or email them for their current opening hours (their email address is [email protected]), but keep in mind that they don’t take reservations.
Swedish Fika: Embracing Time for Friends
When in Sweden, you must abide by the fika tradition. A rough translation of fika would be something like “going out for a coffee and a piece of cake”. A Swedish idea we can all easily get behind and enjoy.
But fika is more than the coffee and the pastry. It’s about slowing down, taking a break, and making time for friends and colleagues.
Fika is an important part of Swedish culture. It’s all about relationships and socializing, so it can’t really be experienced while working or staring at your phone.
Part of the fika culture is the many bakeries, cafes, and shops you will find everywhere in Stockholm inviting you to sit down and follow the ritual.
When it comes to vegan alternatives for fika, Stockholm doesn’t hold back. Here are some of the best vegan spots to enjoy a well-deserved break after a day of exploring.
Naturbageriet Sattva is an organic bakery in Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s old town). It offers lots of vegan pastries — both sweet and savory — including the traditional Swedish Kanelbulle (a giant cinnamon bun). Gluten-free options are also available.
They serve a great coffee with vegan milk alternatives that you can enjoy at their outside tables while doing fika with a friend and people-watching in this picturesque part of town.
Inside seating is limited, so it’s not the coziest place to visit during the winter. Prices are reasonable, and non-vegan options are also available. I recommend going early during the day, since all the products are made fresh and they run out of things fast.
Fern & Fika
Previously known as Sthlm Raw, Fern and Fika is an all-vegan café. It serves healthy sweet treats and savory options with plenty of raw and gluten-free alternatives. They use all organic ingredients and don’t include any refined sugar or unhealthy additives.
Their raw desserts include options like ‘Snickers’, raw cakes, and their version of the traditional Swedish semla (a sweet roll usually flavored with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream).
If you’re looking for a proper and guilt-free fika, this cozy and Insta-worthy café is the perfect location. The prices are also very reasonable given the quality and portion sizes.
Bonus: StikkiNikki, Vegan Gelato Paradise
This organic, all-vegan gelato shop will put your decisiveness to the test. The Swedish chain StikkiNikki has several stores in the city where you can find plenty of vegan options. But the one at Mariatorget is the only all-vegan store, so it’s worth checking out.
They offer vegan ice cream made from coconut milk plus fruit sorbets. The flavors change daily, but some of the ones I saw were lavender, cashew-blueberry, chocolate, peanut butter, matcha and cashew vanilla. Make sure to ask if they have any additional flavors in the freezer.
StikkiNikki is only open during the summer, which makes a lot of sense to me considering the Swedish weather. So, if you are there around those months, I’d definitely recommend paying them a visit.
Final Verdict on the Vegan Stockholm Scene
I found Stockholm to be a great vegan-friendly destination and would 100% be happy to go back just for the buffets. There are plenty of vegan restaurants for all preferences and budgets. And even in non-vegan places you won’t have any problems finding a couple of vegan choices.
If you are like me and enjoy wandering around grocery stores hunting for vegan treasures, you’ll also find lots of mock meats and vegan dairy alternatives worth trying.
For something a bit more specialized with lots of organic produce, try the health food store Gryningen Halsokost. And if you enjoy wandering around outdoor market stalls, Hötorget is a lively central market that sells fresh produce as well as handicrafts and other items.
Most of the locals are very polite and happy to help if you have any vegan or non-vegan-related questions. Pretty much everyone in Stockholm speaks English, so that makes getting around a breeze.
If you’re considering the Swedish capital as your next destination, I hope you find this vegan Stockholm guide helpful!