It’s said that the afternoon tea tradition started in the 1840s when Anna Maria Russel, Duchess of Bedford, thought the time between lunch and dinner was too long. The solution to the problem was to start drinking tea and eating cookies in the afternoons. Eventually, she also invited her friends to the tea happenings, and since then, the afternoon tea concept has taken the world by storm. Luckily for us.
Find your favorite afternoon tea in Stockholm
Food and drink are an important part of Stockholm, and here you can enjoy dinner, lunch, brunch, and coffee at high-class restaurants and cafés. And of course, the city is also full of excellent afternoon tea spots – from luxury hotels to traditional teahouses and patisseries (even interior design shops).
From Old Town to Stockholm city, from Östermalm to Vasastan – there are plenty of gems if you love fancy tea parties with a British touch. To help you find your favorite, we’ve put together a guide to the places where you can enjoy Stockholm’s best afternoon tea.
Cadierbaren – Grand Hôtel
Cadierbaren (The Cadier Bar) at the luxurious Grand Hôtel is a legendary hotel bar in Stockholm, and of course, they serve a superb afternoon tea. Perfect when you want to meet your loved ones for a lovely afternoon where you can pamper yourself in Stockholm’s fine salons. The offer includes four varieties of afternoon tea – a traditional type and three that add a glass of champagne. And champagne by all means, but the big star of the show is Grand Hôtel’s own Finest Tea Blend. Something you must taste.
A big pot of this tea (or any other carefully selected tea on the menu) goes perfectly with the tasty selection of associated goodies. Sandwiches with Swedish flavors, delicate pastries, and scones topped off with curd, lightly whipped cream, smetana, and marmalade – it doesn’t get any better than that. Add a glass of perfectly chilled champagne from Ruinart, and your afternoon at the Cadierbaren will be complete. Of course, everything is served in the elegant way that is the Grand Hôtel’s signature. Cadier Afternoon Tea is served daily in two sittings, and table reservation is recommended.
Lady Hamilton Hotel
At Lady Hamilton Hotel, you can enjoy sandwiches, freshly baked scones, sweet pastries, and great teas. Of course, there’s also champagne or alcohol-free cider for those who want. The popular afternoon tea buffet is served every Saturday and Sunday, with four sittings per day, between October and March (at other times of the year, the slightly simpler concept of Tea and Scones is offered). If you want to be sure to get a table, we recommend booking in advance. There’s also a bookable Chambre séparée for parties of 6–15 people.
Many people rank Hotel Diplomat as Stockholm’s best afternoon tea, and it’s one of the city’s most popular places. Tea-loving Stockholmers and tourists from near and far gather here when they want to celebrate a special occasion or just add a little extra flavor to their life. To ensure you get a seat, we recommend booking a table in advance. A bonus is the wonderful view of the water.
Stockholm Tea & Garden
Stockholm Tea & Garden offers three different afternoon tea menus with names from the movie My Fair Lady (extra points!). Professor Higgins offers scones with assorted compliments, and Eliza Doolittle gives you scones, three finger sandwiches of your choice, and compliments. And last but not least, the luxury menu Ascot Delight includes scones, finger sandwiches, a piece of cake, and two kinds of sorbet. The finger sandwiches are one of a kind and offer everything from cheddar cheese with cress to Swedish Skagenröra and smoked salmon. Yum! Gluten-free and lactose-free options are also available. The foundation of all menus is, of course, a pot of tea (organic and fair trade), and if you want, you can also buy cava, champagne, wine, beer, sherry, or non-alcoholic drinks.
Homemade scones mixed with beautiful decor is a hard-to-beat combination. Perhaps that’s why Stockholm Tea & Garden is a big favorite among both afternoon tea-craving Stockholmers and tourists. In addition, they have a shop (and a web shop) with a great range of loose-leaf tea and stylish tea cups.
The tea room at Svenskt Tenn – Photo: © Svenskt Tenn
Upstairs in this legendary interior design store in Stockholm, you’ll find an equally legendary – but perhaps not as well-known – tea room. The seating is covered in Josef Frank fabric, and the atmosphere is welcomingly luxurious. The view of Nybroviken is outstanding, and the food is organic – the selection includes everything from traditional cakes and pastries to salads and soups. Try Svenskt Tenn’s classic afternoon tea or the earlier version – morning tea. Well worth a visit.
The menu includes both English and French afternoon tea. Those who prefer the British version can enjoy a pot of tea, several sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a dessert of choice. Those who feel more French will also get a pot of tea paired with French delicacies and a dessert of your choice. Whatever you choose, you get a fabulous taste experience. And, of course, you can also buy a glass of champagne. Pleasant staff and good service also contribute to this being one of Stockholm’s best afternoon teas.
Chaikana also has a shop with one of the largest tea ranges in Scandinavia, where you can buy good teas from the world’s leading tea countries. The experts behind the counter are happy to guide you right among black teas, green teas, oolong teas, rooibos, and everything else. And don’t miss their appreciated tea tastings!
NK’s skylit atrium has been a meeting place since 1915, and is there any better way to meet your loved ones than sharing a delicious afternoon tea? In the middle of the atrium is Haga Schweizeri, and in addition to afternoon tea, breakfast, lunch, coffee, after work, and Caketails – a piece of cake combined with a glass of wine or a drink – are served here. The seasonal menu focuses on the green and healthy – and the taste, of course. Schweizeri means a more luxurious café that serves alcohol, and that’s exactly what you get here.
Haga Schweizeri’s afternoon tea is all about the craft and is served daily. You start by choosing a pot of hot tea, and then you get a beautiful, tiered platter filled with goodies. On the first floor are butter rolls with tasty accessories such as cream cheese, butter, and marmalade. The second floor consists of small smørrebrøds, and the top floor gives you the perfect finish – beautiful pastries and coffee treats. Complete it all with a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic bubbly. One hundred percent pleasure at NK, to sum it all up.
Do you want to enjoy an afternoon tea at idyllic and scenic Djurgården? Then the restaurant Villa Godthem – a unique wholesaler’s villa in Swiss style from the 19th century – is an excellent alternative. Why not combine it with a lovely walk around Djurgården? The restaurant’s afternoon tea is served every day of the week, and they offer three different varieties. Opt for only tea or coffee of your choice – or add some extra spice with a glass of sparkling wine or champagne.
And with your beverages, you can indulge in goodies. How about sandwiches with smoked salmon, Västerbotten cheese, or Skagen? Homemade scones with tasty compliments? Sweets like chocolate mousse, lemon cupcake, and amaretto cake? Is your mouth watering? Villa Godthem also serves lunch, à la carte, a popular Christmas buffet, and a garden menu that you can enjoy in the pleasant garden café. An oasis for those who want to escape the city buzz for a while.
Of course, Vete-Katten has a delicious afternoon tea buffet served every Tuesday. Enjoy sandwiches, scones, cookies, muffins, and small pastries. Their scones, in particular, are something out of the ordinary and are served with excellent accessories such as lemon curd, homemade jam, and clotted cheese. A pot of tea is included, and there are many great flavors to choose from.
If you fancy an afternoon tea at a manor in Stockholm, Högberga Gård in Lidingö is a hot tip. With a magnificent view of the archipelago, this charming building from 1911 serves an extensive buffet every Saturday with buttered bread, delicious pastries, and scones with lemon curd and fine marmalades. The tea range is well sorted. If you’re looking for the finest of the finest, you should go for exclusive Darjeeling First Flush from India – the champagne of tea. But there is also Roibos lemon, Chai Masala, and Högberga’s own tea blend. And the finishing touch is a glass of chilled champagne in front of the fire. Everything you need for a long sit.
At Högberga Gård, you simply get a large dose of the good things in life. In addition to afternoon tea, the facility also offers a hotel, conference, restaurant, weekend packages, spa, weddings, and its own Tuscan winery. So bring your friends, family, or colleagues to Lidingö for a wonderful experience.
Little Britain Tea Garden
A fantastic garden surrounds the cottage, and behind the café, you can sit down and enjoy a magnificent view of Stockholm’s inlet and vibrant boat life. If you’re in the mood for something other than afternoon tea, Little Britain Tea Garden also serves lunch (takeaway available). And don’t miss botanizing in the little shop where you can buy tea, marmalades, and cakes.
The Vasa Museum
If you’re looking for a slightly different afternoon tea, you should try the Vasa Museum. And at Stockholm’s perhaps most famous museum, you’ll get not only tea, scones, marmalade, and other goodies but also a cultural history lecture. Treats and knowledge in a sweet combination. Keep an eye on their website calendar for dates.
Enjoy your afternoon tea in Stockholm
There you have our guide to Stockholm’s best afternoon tea – for weekends and weekdays. We hope you find a place that suits you, whether you want to have a lovely long sit with friends on a Saturday, spice up your Sunday in British style with the family, or treat your mum on a regular Wednesday. Have a great time!