The guide to the best cafés in Stockholm
Updated 21 Apr 2021
Fika is a notoriously Swedish word that is practically non-translatable into any other language. The Brits pride themselves on afternoon tea, the Swedes with fika. This coffee break is often synonymous with coffee - no surprises there - and cinnamon buns, but not restricted by it. Stockholm boasts of an abundance of cafés ranging from cool NYC-style coffee shops, to kitschy hangouts and classic bakeries. Many cafés are open from dusk till dawn offering breakfast, soup, salads and of course decadent pastries. We have created this guide to the best cafés in Stockholm to enable your next fika-fix.
Fosch Artisan Pâtisserie2 addresses
Café of the year 2018
With their decadent French pastries, freshly-baked bread, excellent breakfast deals and homemade lunches, Fosch Artisan Pâtisserie draws in the crowds from morning until dinner time. In 2018 they won a prestigious award for Stockholm's best café.
Gildas RumSkånegatan 79, Södermalm
Quaint and kitschy by Nytorget
Gilda’s Rum is a popular and cosy café with a distinct boho-chic vibe à la your kitschy grandmother. Settle into an armchair with a cuppa and pastry in hand. The candlelit interior offers a cheerful respite; during the summer the sun-drenched terrace facilitates prolonged coffee-sessions.
Café FoamKarlavägen 75, Östermalm
Foam combines Scandinavian minimalism with continental flare. Grey with pink accents punctuates the decor. The café’s centrepiece is its Italian-style coffee bar; the menu offers scrumptious pastries, salads, pasta and sandwiches.
Systrarna AnderssonKarlbergsvägen 45, Vasastan
Traditional meets trendy
Judging by the classic interiors, this is a very traditional Swedish café. The atmosphere is laid-back and homely, perfect for anyone wanting to stay a while and work, eat lunch with friends or have a coffee in peace and quiet. Yet the menu is modern and on-trend, with Insta-friendly avocado on toast, smoothie bowls, omelettes and Asian salads. An excellent combination of two worlds.
Herrängens GårdSegeltorpsvägen 49-51
Take a trip out to Herrängens Gård by Fruängen where you can go for a walk in leafy surroundings around Lake Långsjön before stopping for a cosy coffee or lunch at this historic house. They serve hearty lunch dishes and delicious cakes and pastries for the sweet-toothed.
Mellqvist KaffebarRörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan
A classic coffee bar
Mellqvist is one of Stockholm’s most famous cafés and the reason is simple - the coffee is amazing and the fika and pastry selection bountiful. During the summer months the outdoor terrace is a popular hangout.
Café Pascal2 addresses
Edgy in Vasastan and Södermalm
Exposed brick walls, bistro chairs and top-notch ingredients. Pascal has quickly become a favourite café of in-the-know Stockholmers and both branches are stylish and ambitious - whether you're after breakfast, lunch or just a fantastic fika.
HimlavalvetDrottninggatan 120, Vasastan
Kafé Himlavalvet occupies a sunny vantage point at the top of Observatory Hill. Stop by for lunch, coffee and a homemade cake or pastry, or a glass of wine. During the summer months they serve freshly made waffles which you can enjoy outside in the leafy surroundings.
BodyBuddyJungfrugatan 8, Östermalm
For the health conscious
Anyone looking for a more nutritious place to fika should drop by the healthfood concept BodyBuddy where all the food they serve is good for your body, and the environment. Rawfood cakes and pastries, smoothie bowls and hearty salads are served all day and everything is made on site, from scratch. Their weekend brunch menu includes classics such as avocado sandwiches and banana pancakes.
Dirty CocoDrottninggatan 65, Norrmalm/City
Sweet as sugar
When you're in the mood to try something a bit different, head to Dirty Coco, where they serve up decadent desserts such as pancakes, waffles, chocolate fondue and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Eat in unique, completely pink premises, covered with thousands of flowers.
Skeppsbro BageriTullhus 1, Old Town
On the Old Town quayside
This organic artisan bakery and popular café is housed in a former customshouse on Skeppsbrokajen. Have a coffee and cinnamon bun or sourdough sandwich and enjoy the view over the water, either indoors or outside when weather allows.
Grillska HusetStortorget 3, Old Town
Baked goods and a good deed
Grillska Huset is owned by Statsmissionen's charity. With emphasis on organic and local produce the menu combines international influences with Swedish tradition. Their award-winning pastries are well worth the trip.
Caffè Ugo espressobarScheelegatan 6, Kungsholmen
Popular espresso bar
Caffè Ugo is a small, laid-back espresso bar. They import their coffee directly from Italy and are well known for their excellent espresso. The menu includes Italian salads, sandwiches and cakes and pastries and at breakfast you can choose from sandwiches with delicious fillings and an Italian version of the croissant - a cornetto filled with gruyère cheese and prosciutto.
Gamla OrangerietVeit Wittrocksväg 7, Norra Djurgården
A cosy retreat
Amidst Bergius Botanical Garden an old conservatory has been converted into lovely café and farmers market complete with an outdoor terrace for sunny afternoons. Gamla Orangeriet offers fresh pastries, food and coffee from a local coffee roaster. The café is a popular destination, be it summer or winter.
Nero & Caffè Nero2 addresses
Award-winning coffee bar
This award-winning Italian coffee bar is popular with hipsters and toddler-lugging parents alike. Make yourself at home and choose from a tempting assortment of delicacies, sandwiches, salads and pasta.
Mjuk MjukHagagatan 37, Vasastan
Soft-serve and coffee
Mjuk Mjuk is a little ice-cream bar tucked away in Vasastan which has won plaudits for its soft-serve ice cream. Owner Jeremiah Di Paolo has studied at an ice-cream academy in Italy and the soft-serve they serve is made in the same traditional way as gelato. They also serve locally-roasted coffee.
Bageriet BullebodenParmmätargatan 7, Kungsholmen
This quaint bakery has been located on Kungsholmen since the 1920s. The current owners have preserved the authentic vibe in combination with modern, organic and sustainable practices. Bulleboden is famous for its sourdough buns.
Ritorno Konditori Etc.Odengatan 80-82, Vasastan
A classic konditori where it feels as though time has stood still since the 1930s. Take a seat for lunch or breakfast, or coffee and dinner. During the summer months you can eat al fresco, with views over Vasa Park.
Rosendals TrädgårdRosendalsterrassen 12, Djurgården
Organic and biodynamic food
After a promenade around the scenic gardens of Rosendal and Djurgården an afternoon pick-me-up is a prerequisite. The greenhouse-cum-café offers a completely organic menu with biodynamic food and pastries.
SjöcaféetGalärvarvsvägen 2, Djurgården
One of the city's largest outdoor terraces
With its prime location and beautiful views, Sjöcaféet appeals to tourists and locals alike. Go for a walk, run or kayaking excursion along the picturesque shores of Djurgården before treating yourself to coffee and sating your sweet-tooth.
SaturnusEriksbergsgatan 6, City/Östermalm
Biggest buns in town
Decidedly Parisian Saturnus offers petite dejuner, lunch and baked goods throughout the day. Despite classic offerings such as croissant and pain au chocolat the Swedish influences are apparent, illustrated by the gigantic cinnamon and cardamom buns proudly displayed upon the counter.