The guide to the best cafés in Stockholm
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.
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.
Löjtnantsgatan 8, Gärdet
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.
Skånegatan 79, Södermalm
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.
Karlavägen 75, Östermalm
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.
Karlbergsvägen 45, 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.
Rörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan
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.
For bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers
The concept store of Italian cycle brand Bianchi on Norrlandsgatan also incudes a light and airy café serving creamy espressos and Mediterranean-inspired food. A real Italy mecca, whether you're a cycle enthusiast or coffee lover - or both.
Norrlandsgatan 16, Norrmalm/City
Since the 1900s
This classic café-cum-bakery-cum-restaurant seamlessly fuses its Parisian and Viennese influences, famous for its traditional baked goods and French pastries. Although undergoing major renovations the authentic 18th century air remains the same.
Biblioteksgatan 6, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
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.
Stortorget 3, Old Town
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.
Veit Wittrocksväg 7, Norra Djurgården
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.
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.
Parmmätargatan 7, Kungsholmen
Classic baking and charming café
This is a not just an authentic neighbourhood bakery, but also a charming Södermalm café, classically styled with Thonet-inspired wooden furniture, pale grey wall panels, glass ceiling lamps and white tiling. The bread is baked using the very best ingredients, and in addition to sandwiches, cakes and buns there are warming soups on the menu.
Renstiernas gata 19, Södermalm
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.
Rosendalsterrassen 12, Djurgården
Organic in Birkastan
Beyond the buzz of Rörstrandsgatan, close to Karlberg station, you'll find this little café housed in a former correctional institution. They make almost everything on site using mainly organic produce. Breakfast, lunch and coffee and cake are always on the menu.
Norrbackagatan 3, Vasastan
Under the chestnut tree
Under Kastanjen combines café, bisto and bakery, both gluten-free and regular, and is located in one of Gamla Stan's hidden alleyways. The quaint environment and relaxed atmosphere makes for the perfect destination for your afternoon fika.
Kindstugatan 1, Old Town
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.
Galärvarvsvägen 2, Djurgården
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.
Eriksbergsgatan 6, City/Östermalm
Homemade at Skansen
A trip to Skansen is well worth the detour once you get a whiff of the freshly baked cinnamon buns at Café Petissan. The antique furnishings and bohemian florals add a unique edge.
Popular Italian coffee lounge in Vasastan
The fact that some of the city's best baristas work at Non Solo Bar is apparent, and the café is frequented by coffee addicts eager to get their fix. Apart from coffee, the menu offers gluten-free pastries, salads and sandwiches as well as pasta.
Modern tolkning av 20-talet
Inne i gamla PUB på Hötorget ligger numera storhotellet Haymarket by Scandic med restaurang, bar och caféet Gretas på gatuplan. Här kan du ta en hälsomedveten fika i uppdaterad 20-talsmiljö med inspiration från Greta Garbos tid. En luftig och livfull mötesplats som även har uteservering på sommaren.
Hötorget 13-15, Norrmalm/City
Coffee with the king
Go on an outing to the royal residence at Drottningholm and stop for coffee and cakes right next to the palace. As well as coffee, Karamellan serves classic Swedish dishes, beer and wine - all in charming surroundings with views over the water and promenade.
Dedicated doggy café
Time for a coffee with your canine companion? Then steer your path towards Gärdet and Tessinparken, where you'll find this dog-mad café. Himmelska Hundar ("Heavenly dogs") serves coffee and food - as well as a separate menu for your four-legged friend. In the summer months, take your pooch out to the pleasant outdoor seating area in the park.
Hedinsgatan 13, Gärdet