The guide to Stockholm's best al fresco restaurants and bars
Updated 26 Jun 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
There's not much that beats enjoying the warmth of the summer sun at an al fresco dining spot. Who wouldn't want to kick off the weekend with something good to eat, a glass of wine, a cold beer or a tropical cocktail - and get some colour in their cheeks at the same time? We've listed the best and biggest places in Stockholm to eat and drink outdoors, all with a summery, holiday feeling.
Södra TeaternMosebacke Torg 1–3, Södermalm
With views over the entire city
Södra Teatern's huge terrace, Mosebacketerrassen, draws in crowds with their live music, excellent mingling opportunities and views over the whole of Stockholm. Both locals and tourists make the pilgrimage here to hang out under the heavens. The terrace has capacity for 2000 people and has outdoor bars where you can refill your glass and buy simple snacks.
MälarpaviljongenNorr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen
Summer idyll that's hard to beat
This pontoon alongside Norrmälarstrand opens early on in the summer and is a great place to hang out both during the day and on long, warm, sunset evenings. You can come for a coffee, eat lunch and dinner or just grab a drink at the bar. Cheerful, gay-friendly and very popular.
BrasserietStrömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
The smartest spot in town?
It doesn't get much swankier than at Stockholm's Opera house. The Strömterrassen terrace, on the south side of the opera house, has classic views towards the royal palace as well as an outdoor grill, cocktails, DJs and club nights. The Guldterrassen terrace also guarantees picture-perfect views, and you'll also get the evening sun here accompanied by classic Swedish dishes on the menu.
DiplomatStrandvägen 7 C, Östermalm
Sun-drenched lounge life on Strandvägen
Tourists and Stockholmers alike throng to the Diplomat, where guests can enjoy a cocktail outside on the lounge-style terrace. And Strandvägen on a sunny afternoon has to be the ultimate spot in Stockholm for people-watching.
BoulebarSmedsuddsvägen 2, Kungsholmen
Al fresco dining in the middle of Rålambshovsparken
At Boulebar in Rålambshovsparken it's not all about boules - there's also a great eating area for anyone wanting to have a bite to eat or cool off with an ice cream or beer. And it's only a few steps to the water if you're keen for a dip.
Restaurang GöteborgMidskeppsgatan 31, Hammarby sjöstad
Travel to Gothenburg in quarter of an hour
Restaurang Göteborg is on a jetty at the far end of Sickla canal. You can get there by both boat and tram, just like in Gothenburg. Enjoy the sunset while you have something good to drink and eat fresh prawns and other summery dishes. The atmosphere is fun and friendly and you can reserve a table.
FåfänganKlockstapelsbacken 3, Södermalm
High up on a rock above Saltsjön, with a view over the island of Djurgården, lies the Stockholm gem Fåfängen with its huge outdoor eating area. The surroundings are green and leafy in the summer and the summer menu served during the warmer months is a great mood-lifter.
van der Nootska PalatsetS:t Paulsgatan 21, Södermalm
Who doesn't love a pretty inner courtyard? You'll find this one tucked away in the majestic van der Nootska palace on Sankt Paulsgatan, a stone's throw from Mariatorget. Come by for lunch, a coffee or to toast friends or family with a good glass of wine. The courtyard is charming, filled with flowers and plants.
DramatenterrassenNybrokajen 2, City/Östermalm
The ultimate place to see and be seen
The terrace at Dramaten theatre right above Nybroviken is a popular watering hole on warm days and balmy summer evenings. The terrace fills up with a mixed crowd who are happy to join the throngs to bag themselves a prawn salad and a place in the sun.
JosefinaGalärvarvsvägen 10, Djurgården
Chill under the palm trees
Josefina's terrace has space for 1000 guests with a prime location on the rocks right by the water on Djurgården. The palm trees, comfy sofas and lounge areas create an international vibe. There are several bars and at weekends the cocktails and rosé flow like water. If you're hungry, there's both an à la carte and a bar menu.
SjöcaféetGalärvarvsvägen 2, Djurgården
Large outdoor area with bicycle hire
Alongside the bridge over to Djurgården you'll find one of the city's largest al fresco eating areas with an impressive view of Strandvägen. You can also hire bikes, kayaks, canoes or why not explore the summer city by pedalo? Round off your outing with a coffee, something to eat or a cold beer on the sun deck with front row views.
SpritmuseumDjurgårdsvägen 38, Djurgården
Seaside dock and garden patio
Alongside the Museum of Spirits in Djurgården is the museum's popular restaurant, which has two outdoor eating areas: the seaside dock and garden patio. Both serve summery food and drinks from Swedish breweries. The al fresco areas are open from morning to night in good weather.
RawRörstrandsgatan 9, Vasastan
Sunny sushi spot
The popular Raw restaurant on Rörstrandsgatan pulls in the crowds with its great sushi - but they also come for its sunny (and spacious) outdoor dining area which is also perfect for a thirst-quenching glass of wine. Its location on the corner of Birkagatan also provides fantastic opportunities for people-watching.
ArtillerietArtillerigatan 13, Östermalm
Leafy Östermalm oasis
Artilleriet's al fresco dining in the leafy courtyard of the Army Museum is just a stone's throw from Stureplan and Nybroviken. Take a pew for lunch or an after-work drink - there are plenty of chairs and comfy armchairs to sit in.
LydmarSödra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Norrmalm/City
Well-loved hotel hangout on Blasieholmen
Lydmar's hidden outdoor terrace looks out over the Nationalmuseum and feels a little like a French arbor. Very popular among guests of all ages who want to enjoy the sun, a glass of wine and something to eat (lunch is served here too). In front of the Lydmar there's another fabulous al fresco area with DJs and live music.
TakBrunkebergstorg 4, Norrmalm/City
High up above the rooftops
During the summer months, Tak opens out into one of Stockholm's very best roof terraces, with panoramic views over the city's rooftops. Long hours of sunlight and cooling drinks combine with stunning views. Book a table inside the restaurant to make your summer evening complete.
Ling LongRiddargatan 6, Östermalm
Oasis on Riddargatan
Hidden away behind Ling Long, at Story Hotel Riddargatan, you'll find one of Stockholm's most charming courtyards seating around 60 people, just a stone's throw from Stureplan. The restaurant is popular for their Asian flavours, cocktails and vegan lunch dishes.
BernsBerzelii Park, Norrmalm/City
LoopenHornstulls Strand 6, Hornstull/Södermalm
Restaurant, bar and guest marina in Hornstull
At this waterside outdoor drinking and dining spot in Hornstull you can drink the Caribbean beer, Carib, which Loopen imports. Or try out their special cocktail, a Loop de Loop, which is rum-based and is said to beat a caiprinha by miles. With its laid-back atmosphere, Loopen is a great place to hang out and drink on a sunny afternoon.
TrädgårdenHammarby Slussväg 2, Skanstull/Södermalm
Skanstull's most summery spot
Trädgården ('The Garden') which is located under Skanstullsbron bridge, is a must for anyone who wants to experience Södermalm nightlife in the summer. You can drink beer, eat, bag a flea market bargain, go to daytime live performances and dance the night away. Always popular.
SnapsGötgatan 48, Södermalm
Sun-drenched classic Södermalm spot
When the al fresco dining spots around Medborgarplatsen fill with city dwellers thirsty for sun and beer, it's a sure sign spring has arrived. Snaps is extra popular and attracts a motley crew who flock under the heaters or, even better, under the parasols. As well as a beer or a cocktail, you can also get something simple to eat.
SjöpaviljongenTranebergs Strand 4, Bromma
Archipelago-inspired waterfront restaurant
You'll find one of the city's sunniest outdoor eating areas right at the water's edge in Bromma. The archipelago-inspired Sjörpaviljongen, with idyllic sea views and its own jetty, serves lunch and dinner in classic Swedish style.
Hallwylska RestaurangHamngatan 4, Norrmalm/City
A green oasis
Hallwylska is a popular watering hole during the summer months. The charming inner courtyard, with its leafy plants, fairy lights and gorgeous outdoor bar, is a peaceful oasis in the city centre. Open from May.