Eating out

Sweden has attained an international reputation for culinary excellence in recent years and standards are high at all levels. Emphasis is placed on high-quality natural ingredients – notably fresh, pickled and smoked seafood (particularly herring, crayfish, salmon, eel) and game meats such as elk and reindeer.

The famous Swedish smörgåsbord is rather less common these days, but most hotels offer a smörgåsbord-style breakfast and if you are there before Christmas you may wish to sample the traditional “julbord” (Christmas buffet).
Today’s multicultural society has also resulted in a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and an exciting “crossover” style in which traditional Swedish dishes are reinvented with new foreign influences. 
You will also find all the usual fast-food outlets and pizzerias, and if you are after a good value, tasty snack, you’re never far from a hot-dog stand selling the popular “varmkorv” (from just SEK 10).  
A three-course meal with wine would cost approximately SEK 300-700 in a medium-priced restaurant. A “Dagens rätt” (dish of the day) is available in most restaurants at lunchtime, which is served from about 11am to 2pm. It costs from about SEK 60-90 for a main course (often with a choice), bread and butter, salad, soft drink and coffee. There are plenty of cafés and cafeterias for lighter snacks.
Read more about Food & Drink in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Smoking restrictions

Smoking is not permitted in any public indoor areas or onboard domestic aircrafts or other public transport. Smoking is not permitted in stores, shops, restaurants, bars or other public buildings. Some hotels offer special rooms for smokers.

Credit cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Sweden at restaurants (some restriction may apply to American Express).

Please note! In order to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card it requires that you have a card with chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number). The older magnetic-stripe cards won’t work.

You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Uttagsautomat” ATM.


An outstretched hand in Sweden more often welcomes a handshake than a tip. A service charge is automatically included in most Swedish hotel bills. Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is fine, but is not expected and is simply a matter of personal taste. At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but a small gratuity is expected for evening meals. Taxi drivers should be given a few extra kronor. Porters and cloakroom attendants often charge fixed fees. Doormen at hotels and restaurants are tipped modestly.


  • Sweden offers a wide range of restaurants

Sweden offers a wide range of restaurants

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