It’s not always easy finding the best casual dining spots, especially when the locals want to keep them all to themselves. But don’t you worry. We’ve done the heavy lifting and sourced for you some of Stockholm’s best kept secrets to enjoy one of Italy’s sacred rituals. Our list of where to have Aperitivo in Stockholm is a work in progress so stay tuned for more additions.
Italian Cousins is as authentically Italian as you’ll find and luckily for you they have venues on Södermalm, Norrmalm and Vasastan. Not only do they have the three venues but they also run a small bakery that supplies all the fresh produce for the restaurants. Two of the bakers stopped by Kungsgatan while we there for some lasagne and a beer after their shift which gave us a real family feeling. The owners, authentically cousins as well, are on a mission to locally source ingredients from farmers they’ve built a relationship with, their produce is organic where possible to ensure that their guests have the best tasting, healthiest experience.
At these venues you will be treated to a modern take on Italian classics, where pizza al taglio (sqaure slices for us novices out there) is their speciality. You can only book a table at their Hornsgatan location so stop by the Italian Cousins for a more relaxed experience and our recommendation is to pick up a slice of Prosciutto Cotto E Mozzarella with a VETZ Negroni. Find their full details here.
Just around the corner in Hornstull you’ll find Tjoget, an award-winning cocktail bar and restaurant. This venue was inspired by a Mediterranean market and consists of four parts, the restaurant has perfected food inspired by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine. The owners are adamant that their experience is not pigeonholed in one genre and offer a menu that changes regularly throughout the year. So you can enjoy the finest cold cuts in one of the cosy booths for an after-work or weekend brunch, but check out their m Chambre séparée for those celebrations with a larger group.
Joel and Andreas the founders of Tjoget have deep knowledge behind the bar so in front of the restaurant you’ll find the impressive main bar. Here you can enjoy a cocktail from their expert bartenders. The establishment is regularly listed on the world’s Top 50 Best Bars. The beer bar serving fresh Pilsner and sommelier staffed bodega is also open throughout the year. Tjoget is open 16-01 every night and until 03 Friday and Saturday. For a special treat, we recommend a Peach Bianco, with a side of almonds, olives, and ricotta. Find their full details here.
Nestled on a quiet corner close to Hornstull is Cafe Dello Sport. This is where you should head to if you want ot enjoy an early espresso or one of the best aperitivos with a buddy. Antonio, wanted to revive Italian cafe culture and create a space where people could catch-up on daily life. You won’t find the tables adorned with laptops, or free WiFi. Cafe Dello Sport is exclusively for those who enjoy the company of others (IRL).
Antonio, or Tony as he’s known as by the locals, comes from Palermo and originally a confectioner and Martin, his right hand man, formerly a baker, who nows runs the front of house, is the reason you won’t find better pastries or service for a cosy catch-up from 8-20 most days of the week. We recommend a VETZ Spritz with a slice of Margherita, you won’t be disappointed. Find their full details here.