The best cafés in Östermalm
Updated 4 Feb 2020
The smart, somewhat sleepy northeastern part of the city is home to numerous traditional cafés and patisseries that have been around for generations. Filter coffee with free refills accompanied by classic cakes and buns is the norm in Östermalm and even the more recently opened cafés have embraced this traditional trend, while at the same time serving more innovative cakes and pastries, espresso drinks and modern hot dishes alongside. Regulars, celebs, media types and entrepreneurs flock to the area for lunch and coffee and a peaceful place to work. Follow our guide to the best cafés in Östermalm.
Cafés in each part of town:
Café FoamKarlavägen 75, Östermalm
If you're lucky you might spot the odd celebrity or royal here, surrounded by locals, groups of friends, mums and dads with babies and four-legged friends. The modern decor, with its pink details, pouffes and colourful ceiling lamps, is stylish and eye-catching. The menu has everything from ambitious hot dishes and substantial salads to grilled sandwiches, yummy cakes and pastries and various kinds of coffee.
Fosch Artisan PâtisserieLöjtnantsgatan 8, Gärdet
Best café 2018
This acclaimed café is run by Malin Eklund and Damien Foschiatti and it won a prestigious award for "Best café" in 2018. Their top quality bread, buns and French cakes and pastries have made them extremely popular and you can also come to eat breakfast, lunch and fika in cosy, modern surroundings.
BodyBuddyJungfrugatan 8, Östermalm
For body and soul
Healthfood café Bodybuddy within the Yogayama Östermalm yoga studio serves coffee, breakfast and lunch. The emphasis is on nutritious food in the form of colourful bowls, salads, sandwiches, homemade rawfood cakes and pastries and smoothies.
KavallerietSibyllegatan 2, Östermalm
You'll find one of Östermalm's best outdoor seating areas at Kavalleriet, just a stone's throw from Strandvägen and some of Stockholm's swankiest shopping streets. The café has a similar style to its sister establishments, Gast and Snickarbacken 7, with its pared-back, urban interiors and modern menu. Everything from open sandwiches to salads, breakfasts, coffee or a cold beer is available, and you can combine your visit with a cultural experience at Scenkonstmuseet (the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts) next door.
Café L'angoloEngelbrektsplan 2, City/Östermalm
You'll find this Italian café/bar a stone's throw from Stureplan with a front row position looking out over Humlegården park. As well as an Italian menu consisting of everything from coffee to pasta, pizza, salads, charcuterie and sandwiches, L'angolo is also the perfect spot to enjoy a drink or two - an Aperol Spritz, maybe? - before or after dinner, accompanied by a live DJ.
Strandvägen 56 KMKStrandvägen 56, Östermalm/Djurgården
Next to Djurgårdsbron at the far end of Strandvägen, you'll find the Royal Motorboat Club (Kungliga Motorbåt Klubben) and its restaurant Strandvägen 56, which functions as a café during the daytime. Eat breakfast or a cup of coffee and bite to eat as you enjoy the views over the Djurgården canal and the boats passing by.
Café TidemansSibyllegatan 3, Östermalm
Café Tidemans is a classic café focusing on traditional favourites such as meatballs with mashed potatoes, kladdkaka chocolate cake, cinnamon buns and coffee. It's well off the tourist track, guests are mainly local regulars looking for a a peaceful moment with friends or family.
IngridRegeringsgatan 91, City/Norrmalm
Helene and Helena, the friends behind this café, also run Stenugnsbageriet Le Violon Dingue in Södermalm. The two bakers have a passion for baking and cooking and the menu includes everything from buttery buns to vegetarian soups, coffee and pizzas on Wednesday.
Karla CaféKarlavägen 71, Östermalm
Popular and packed
You'll find this popular café on Karlavägen in the heart of Östermalm. It has a welcoming home-from-home feel and is popular among locals and celebs, young and old alike, with seats both indoors and outside in the summer months. They serve everything from breakfast to lunch and early dinner in the form of both simple and more substantial dishes.
SaturnusEriksbergsgatan 6, City/Östermalm
Stockholm's biggest cinnamon buns
This cosy café is slightly hidden away on Eriksbergsgatan but just a short walk from Humlegården park and Stureplan. It's peaceful (but not too quiet) and full of guests who come to eat breakfast, brunch, lunch - and of course their famous cinnamon buns. As well as tasty buns, they also serve grilled sandwiches and salads which you can combine with coffee and hot chocolate as well as refreshing cold drinks.