Few places on earth are more beautiful than Stockholm in the summer – and few people consume more ice cream in summer than Swedes (360 tons of ice cream each week!). That means they don’t just eat it in the summer – they eat it all year round, no matter what the weather.
This, of course, makes Stockholmers connoisseurs of the cold, creamy delightfulness that is ice cream, so when you visit our fair city take the opportunity to see just what it is that makes Swedes love ice cream so much.
While there are many, many great ice cream shops to be found in Stockholm here are our five favorites:
Stikki Nikki in Old Town
With eight shops in the city, StikkiNikki has come a long way from the tiny kiosk where owner Nikki began building her empire in back in 2008. Homemade, organic gelato, and with more than 650 recipes developed, the ice cream is made daily and the flavors are ever changing.
Taverna Brillo – Photo credit: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons
A sad thing with many ice cream shops is that they close quite early in the evenings. And sometimes you’re in the mood for a late night ice cream, right? Then Taverna Brillo is your best friend. It’s an Italian brasserie that’s gone Swedish, located a stone’s throw from Stureplan, where you, among other things, can buy pizza, bread, and flowers. And of course ice cream! From their smallest bar, located at the entrance to Sturegatan, you can buy ice cream from morning to evening and the flavors vary from day to day. The ice cream is made of natural ingredients and tastes like ice cream should taste. Why not buy a scope or two of your favorite flavor and spend the evening in the nearby park Humlegården?
It’s called the ice cream factory but this little shop has all the old-world charm combined with modern flavors that you could ask for. With the ice cream made fresh daily, keep an eye out for their legendary vanilla, as well as perennial favorite mint and lime – which is exactly as refreshing as it sounds.
With 48 flavors to choose from, Stockholms Glasshus (‘the Ice Cream House’) is a firm Stockholm favorite. While one can argue which flavor is best, it seems Teheran (Italian vanilla, saffron, rose water, pistachios, and almonds) is the current front-runner. Seating both indoors and out, with extended opening hours in the summer.
As you wander around Gamla Stan (Old Town) take the time to stop by Café Järntorget, where you’ll find delicious homemade gelato (around 50 different flavors) served in fresh homemade waffle cones. Food is also available and while seating is extremely limited there are plenty of spots in the square just outside its door.
Enjoy your delicious ice cream in Stockholm!