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The restaurant

The tenant's association in Markeliushuset initially operated a restaurant business under its own auspices for the association's members with access to the public. During the 1950s, however, the financial situation became increasingly unsustainable and the restaurant was rented out for a number of years.

A unanimous association meeting decided on February 17, 1958 to lease the restaurant premises from March 1, 1958 to the Austrian Stefan Salzer with an agreement on food deliveries at a reduced cost for the association's members via the four food elevators. Since then, the restaurant has been rented out.


For many years, the restaurant had the name "Salzer's" and was known as a neighborhood restaurant with a focus on Austrian cuisine, especially Wienerschnitzel. Between 1958 and 2007 the ownership of the restaurant was transferred a number of times with varying cuisines, however, continuing to use the name Salzer's.


Over time, Salzer's became less popular making it difficult to drive the business. It was obvious that new energy was needed, which is why the board decided in 2007 to lease the restaurant premises to the Frenchman Sébastien Boudet. At that time Sébastien ran a catering bakery in Stora Essingen in Stockholm with a focus on French bread and pastries. He rebuilt the premises and at the beginning of 2008 opened the restaurant as bakery, café and bistro called "Petite France AB" with a focus on French sourdough bread and delicatessen pastries.

The new business was a great success attracting many guests and media coverage. Dagens Nyheter awarded Petite France AB the price "Gulddraken" as best café in Stockholm for three consecutive years, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

On the 3rd occasion, the jury wrote the following justification: "Third time for Petite France which is in a class of its own with fantastic bread and wonderfully artistic pastries where the smallest macaron is a revelation to the palate. A French pastry temple - and hard-to-beat lunch spot - that lifts the whole of Kungsholmen. Merci beaucoup!", see article "Petite France - Little French bread rebel" published in Dagens Nyheter 110121 (in Swedish). 

Owners of the restaurant in Markeliushuset:

Petite France

•  Josef Razay, Elisas Moussally, Georges Moussally (PF Norr Mälarstrand Konditori AB) 2020

•  Henrik Ekelund, Anette Schilde, Carl Fredrik Schilde 2017 (Petite France Ekelund & Schilde)

•  Johan Verre 2016 - 2017 

•  Peter Hartai 2011 - ​2016 

•  Sébastien Boudet 2007 - 2011 (Petite France AB)

Salzers Restaurang

•  Tomas Gustav Chil-Sik Bengtsson 2004 - 2007

•  Karl-Johan Hegborn, Charlotta Regius och Jens Wahlström 1999 - 2004 (Restaurang G.E.M. AB)

•  Lars Dahlén 1993 - 1999 (Pig & Nykter Restaurang AB)

•  Oskar Kern 1990 - 1993

•  Nils Cianelli 1971 - 1990

•  Stefan Salzer 1958 - 1971


Outdoor seating at the entry to Petite France


Door ("guillotine door") to food elevator

in an apartment


Entry to Petite France

Below are photos from the restaurant taken in the 1930s and 40s.

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