Breakfast, a cup of espresso or fluffy Danish pastries – you can have coffee (or ‘fika’ as we say in Swedish) in Stockholm in many different ways.
We have listed the city’s best cafes, a mix of traditional Swedish ‘fika‘, French delicacies and Hawaiian smoothie bowls. Yum!
Café Pascal – Photo credit: © Bex Walton/Flickr
Café Pascal was founded by three siblings who loved great coffee, fine ingredients and true craft. And they have shown that they practice what they preach – they won the prestigious award ‘Gulddraken’ as Stockholm’s best café in 2015 and were nominated the following years. At Café Pascal you can have salads made from scratch, soup of the day, grilled Pain au Levain toast, and delicious cardamom rolls in a stylish setting with gold lamps, photo art and brick walls.
Norrtullsgatan 4, Vasastan
Ritorno – Photo credit: © Erik Stattin/Flickr
Entering the classic café Ritorno is like traveling back in time. The decor is pleasant with dark wood, yellow walls and red velvet, and on the counter you can find traditional coffee breads and pastries. During the winter, this is where you eat the Stockholm’s most delicious cream buns (‘semlor’ in Swedish). Ritorno also serves a daily lunch.
Odengatan 80, Vasastan
If you’re in Kungsholmen, visiting Petite France is a must. The bakery has won three ‘Gulddraken’ (the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter’s yearly award) as Stockholm’s best café and is famous for its macarons. But here you can also have a croissant filled breakfast, today’s lunch, éclairs, fruit tartlets, and buy bread and buns home with you.
John Ericssonsgatan 6, Kungsholmen
Açaí bowl at Mahalo – Photo credit: © Helen Alfvegren/Flickr
The health café Mahalo on Hornsgatan is the perfect place for those who want a healthier alternative and a little Hawaiian feel at the same time. On the vegan and mostly organic and RAW friendly menu you will find fresh smoothie bowls with pitaya, açaí, spirulina and cacao nibs, but also gingerbread shots, milkshakes made of cashew, date plum, oats and banana milk, crispy salads, and wraps. An extra plus for the sunny outdoor seating under parasols that you can find in the inner courtyard.
Hornsgatan 61, Södermalm
Wienercaféet – Photo credit: © Marco Verch/Flickr
Travel back to past times of luxury and classiness at Wienercaféet. Here you’ll sit down under crystal chandeliers, a stone’s throw from Stockholm’s tony district Östermalm, and enjoy delicacies from Vienna and Paris. Try the ‘smørrebrød’ (Danish sandwiches), buy baguettes, or have afternoon tea accompanied by puff pastries with duck liver mousse, meringue-filled tartlets, and warm Viennese bread.
Biblioteksgatan 6, Norrmalm
Coffee and cinnamon rolls
In this cozy patisserie and bakery you can have, if not the biggest, at least the best buns in Stockholm. The counter is filled with fluffy coffee breads and delicious pastries. A brunch is served during the weekends, and for the rest of the time you can vary the pastries with salads and hot and cold sandwiches.
Eriksbergsgatan 6, Östermalm
Vete-Katten – Photo credit: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons
Since 1928, Vete-Katten has baked buns and bread in the old building. In the cozy coffee room, both famous and less well-known Stockholmers have been talking about life over a cup of coffee and a sandwich or pastry. Vete-Katten calls themselves a ‘Schweizeri’, because they also serve light food such as salads, open-face sandwiches, and prawn sandwiches. Nowadays you can also try afternoon tea here.
Kungsgatan 55, Norrmalm
Checkered tile, a turquoise wooden counter, sheepskins, and brass tables make Kaffeverket the most Instagram friendly café in Stockholm. But it’s not just for its interior that Kaffeverket is well worth a visit. According to White Guide it’s one of Sweden’s best cafés. In addition to great coffee, the menu offers chia puddings, avocado sandwiches, small pancakes, salads, and soups. And you should definitely try an early breakfast here.
Sankt Eriksgatan 88, Vasastan
Mellqvist Caffè Bar
The best breakfast. The best coffee. The best café in 2017 according to Dagens Nyheter’s award Gulddraken. These are just a few reasons to visit Mellqvist Caffè Bar. The small venue and the tables on the outdoor seating add to the Italian espresso bar feeling. In addition to breakfast Mellqvist also serves lunch sandwiches with eggs, turkey, salami or chevre, and grilled sandwiches right from the bakery.
Rörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan
We hope you get to enjoy a nice ‘fika’ with really good Swedish coffee during your stay in Stockholm!