The Berns is a complex made up of a hotel, a nightclub, several bars and two restaurants, both of which are worth a visit. The charming Bistro Berns, in the park in front of the hotel, serves all the expected French dishes. But Berns Asian—which was the city’s first Chinese restaurant when it opened in 1944—offers the more exciting food experience, as well as the best weekend brunch in the city, featuring excellent dim sum from fall through spring.
We loved: All the Swedish desserts on the long, white-marble dessert table at Berns Asian.
The restaurant is pricey, plain and small (19 seats), but chefs Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg have energized the whole city with their inventive, eco-conscious Scandinavian cooking, using ingredients like duck tongue and root vegetables.
We loved: Beef poached for three days in pumpkin-seed oil and duck fat; lady apples vacuum-poached in apple cider and vanilla.
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The best time to visit this restaurant and fishmonger established in 1926 in Stockholm’s best indoor food market, Östermalms Saluhall, is lunchtime on Saturdays, when the place is in full swing. Expect bustling blue-checkered-cloth-topped tables and flawless fish. There are two other outposts in the city, but neither beats the original.
We loved: Deep-fried plaice with curry remoulade and fries.