Dinner at Pharmarium, Stockholm’s Most Bizarre Bar/Restaurant


Gamla Stan, the historic Old Town of Stockholm is not short of fancy restaurants to match its picturesque streets. Pop into any of them and you’ll have a great gastronomical experience. But if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, something totally unique, you should go the the quirky Pharmarium.


Stortorget, the main square of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town

The bar/restaurant is located right in Stortorget, the main square of Gamla Stan, on the site of Stockholm’s first pharmacy that opened in 1575. The place is relatively small, but with a lively atmosphere and plenty of cozy seating for sharing a great cocktail. The interior is decorated to the theme of an 18th century apothecary. There is even a scent of herbs and spices in the air. The restaurant also features a small but beautiful  terrace overlooking the square and its bright red and yellow painted town houses. Since opening in 2013, Pharmarium has become one of the favorite drinking spots for locals and tourists alike.


Pharmarium bar/restaurant

What makes Pharmarium absolutely unique is that it specializes in pairing cocktails with food. The choice of cocktails determines the choice of food. The menu features a number of signature cocktails crafted with exotic, medicinal ingredients and pared up with very fine dishes. The emphasis is clearly on the drinks, but the food is also good, fresh and well prepared, composed of medium sized tapas style dishes. The cocktails contain ingredients used in natural medicines, like herbs and spices that complement the liquor, creating bold flavors with a fun twist. The perfect food and drink pairing brings up very unusual yet great flavors in in your mouth. 

There is an impressive list of quirky cocktails, with strange names like Opium, Cloud nine, Raven’s Nest and Dream Catcher, all of them with very exotic tastes. Our waiter recommended that we try their house specialty, the Delirium and I’m glad we listened. This drink was out of this world, like nothing that I ever tried before. It was a combination of Whiskey, Bourbon, some sort of syrup, citric acid and birch bark smoke.

Hard to describe the delicate aromas and surely hard to replicate this at home! Pharmarium also serves some carefully selected dishes, prepared with fresh herbs, spices and other ingredients grown in its own garden. And of course the real magic happens when you combine the food with the right drink. 

The desserts are also paired up with funky cocktails. We tried the chocolate soufflé with rose salt which was to die for! 

Do I have anything negative to say about Pharmarium? NO. This is definitely a place worth going to!


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26 Comments on “Dinner at Pharmarium, Stockholm’s Most Bizarre Bar/Restaurant

  1. Count me in, I’m intrigued! I am such a lover of herbal concoctions. And by the way, your colorful photos made my mouth begin to water. I would have a lot of fun reading through the menu.

    Does each cocktail give details on what the paired meal will be? I’m guessing so, else people with dietary limitations might be taking a risk. What entree did you end up with?
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    • Of course, Linda. You are being explained what dish goes with what cocktail and why. It’s a very interesting experience. I am not a cocktail drinker, but these cocktails were very special.

  2. We love restaurants/bars like this! There is an art and science to pairing foods and drinks, and those who do it well create astonishing flavors. We had not heard of Pharmarium, so thanks for putting it on our radar! We’re off to learn more…and scheme ways to get there!
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  3. The food looks too beautiful to eat…almost. 🙂 From your photos and description, I can tell the owners/chefs are really making a statement and care about what goes out of their kitchen and bar and onto your taste buds. I’m putting this on my list when I make it that way. #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  4. I like the vibe on this restaurant! The drinks and food look incredible. I cannot imagine the flavors (since it looks very innovative) but I would try to think about them. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Ha,ha,ha, they may. To tell you the truth I am not a cocktail drinker and still I had no issues after drinking three of their cocktails.

  5. This place sounds really interesting. It seems to be trendy to turn old apothecaries into bars/restaurants or to give them pharmaceutical names so I’m sure it’ll do really well. That chocolate soufflé with rose salt sounds lush! I love the botanical drawings in the menu. Great food pics and I’d love to visit Gamla Stan, looks lovely.

  6. I’ve very intrigued. I usually think of picking the food first and then pairing a drink with it, not the other way around. I can’t taste the food via my internet connection, so I’ll have to take your word for it that it’s delicious. However, I can tell from your photos that they are very creative with the presentation and plating. I’ll have to keep this in mind when I finally get to visit Stockholm.
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