Is the world’s best museum restaurant in Stockholm?

Is the world's best museum restaurant in Stockholm?
Fotografiska's restaurant and bar. Photo: Johan Ståhlberg/Fotografiska
A Stockholm photography museum has been nominated for a travel award thanks to its trendy and eco-friendly restaurant, known for boasting one of the best views of the Swedish capital.

Fotografiska, Stockholm's largest space for contemporary photography, opened in 2010 but has already become one of the city's hottest attractions, riding high on Sweden's creative reputation.

It is now in the running to add another accolade to its belt, as one of three nominees in the 'museum restaurant of the year' category in the international 2016 Leading Culture Destination Awards.

Arguably one of the trendiest galleries in Stockholm, Fotografiska usually showcases four exclusive exhibitions, which are updated every few months. It is housed in a former industrial Art Nouveau style building dating back to 1906 on hipster island Södermalm, with stunning views over central Stockholm.

If you thought that Swedish museum restaurants largely focus on a culinary repertoire of dry cinnamon rolls and burned coffee, think again. At Fotografiska, visitors first choose a vegetable-based dish, then optional meat as a complement, prepared by Swedish celebrity chef Paul Svensson. 

“This nomination is an honour and proof of Fotografiska's ability to initiate as well as continue to operate at the highest quality, to the delight of our guests,” said the gallery's co-founder Jan Broman in a statement.

“We are very proud to have succeeded in fulfilling our mission to become a gathering point for many senses,” he added.

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The view of Stockholm's Gamla Stan from Fotografiska. Photo: Ulf Berglund

Calling itself “The Oscars for Museums”, the LCD Awards aim to celebrate travel, lifestyle and cultural innovation by showcasing established and emerging museum destinations worldwide.

The other restaurants nominated in Fotografiska's category are Ammo Restaurant at The Hammer in Los Angeles and Loulou Restaurant at Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on September 30th.