The best outdoor seating in Stockholm

- Your guide to the city's best places to eat and drink in the sun
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In the warmer months of the year, few things beat a cozy outdoor seating in Stockholm. And if you like the sun, a good vibe, and great company, you’re in the right city. Stockholm offers plenty of gems where you can enjoy good food and drink in a relaxing and friendly environment. There’s something for all tastes and budgets – from trendy rooftop terraces overlooking the city to cozy courtyards with candlelight and soft music. Find the right place with our guide to outdoor seating in Stockholm.
Last updated: February 28, 2024

If you want to experience Stockholm’s pulse and unbeatable summer feeling, outdoor terraces are the place to be. Considering Sweden’s long, dark winter, it’s no wonder that Stockholmers come alive when the heat comes to the city. And they’re helped by all the temporary visitors and tourists here on vacation.

Everyone wants to take the opportunity to get some sun, and the streets and squares are full of life. And what could be better than an outdoor terrace where you can watch the bustling crowds from the front row with a glass of rosé wine in hand?

Find the right outdoor seating in Stockholm

Stockholm is full of restaurants and cafés with lovely outdoor seating where you can enjoy lunch, dinner, coffee, brunch, after work, ice cream, or why not a cocktail. From Södermalm to the city center, from Vasastan to Östermalm – the city has a huge range of options for those who love to relax in the sun (or under an umbrella).

Whether you’re looking for rooftop bars with endless views of Stockholm and evening sunshine or want to have lunch in the crowded restaurants next to the city’s streets and squares, there’s a place for you. To help you find your favorite, we’ve made a guide to Stockholm’s best outdoor seating. Enjoy – and remember to check each place’s website to see when their outdoor living room opens.


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Mosebacketerrassen outdoor terrace
Fancy a drink and a magnificent view on a summer evening? Mosebacketerrassen is the place to be

Mosebacketerrassen, one of Stockholm’s most iconic (and largest) outdoor terraces, is the obvious choice if you’re in the mood for good food and drink while being captivated by the fantastic view of Stockholm’s inlet. The terrace has room for about 2,000 guests and belongs to the classic entertainment palace Södra Teatern, located at Mosebacke Torg on the heights of Södermalm. With something for all tastes and occasions, it’s no surprise that this watering hole is a big summer favorite among Stockholmers and tourists alike.

Sit down in a comfortable sun lounger or at the tables and enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine while looking out over Stockholm’s beautiful skyline. If you’re hungry, there’s a solid menu with tasty dishes like poké bowl, chicken wings, burgers, and grilled cheese. All are well prepared with quality ingredients. In addition to food and drink, Mosebacketerrassen offers a wide range of events, including concerts with both well-known and lesser-known artists. Outdoor dining opens in the spring thanks to the Mosebacke Tent – a 500 square meter orangery that allows you to sit outside but still inside. Perfect when the evenings are still chilly.

Mosebacke Torg, Södermalm

Restaurang Oxenstiernan

Mosebacketerrassen outdoor terrace
Restaurant Oxenstiernan – An oasis in the middle of the city with sunshine all day!

One of Stockholm’s best outdoor dining areas can be found in a lush and slightly hidden courtyard in Östermalm. Here you’ll find Restaurant Oxenstiernan, which during the warmer seasons offers a hard-to-beat outdoor hangout where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks under the trees. A green oasis in the middle of the city – and the fact that it’s also sunny all day makes it even better. Invite your partner for a lovely dinner, have a drink with friends, or book a long lunch with colleagues at this excellent restaurant in Stockholm.

Oxenstierna’s menu has something for everyone and is constantly changing. But no matter what’s served, it’s delicious and well-cooked food focusing on local, sustainable, and high-quality seasonal ingredients. In short, Swedish food craftsmanship is at its best, and the kitchen’s conductor is creative director Elvira Lindqvist. When the outdoor terrace opens, the kitchen moves outdoors as well and offers both open-fire barbecue and pizzas made in a stone oven. Good food and a great atmosphere in a unique historical environment – could it get any better?

The restaurant itself is located in a magnificent and listed house from the early 1700s, Oxenstiernska Malmgården, which has been carefully transformed into an inspiring meeting place for sustainable food and drink, design, and quality craftsmanship. Restaurant Oxenstiernan is run by silversmith Sebastian Schildt, and his passion for craftsmanship and quality is evident in everything from the menu to the interior design, where every item is designed by Swedish designers (many of which are also for sale). Proof that the restaurant has succeeded in its high ambitions is that they’ve been awarded a green Michelin star.

Storgatan 35B, Östermalm


Dramatenterrassen is a classic outdoor restaurant in Stockholm and a must for anyone who wants to eat and drink outdoors in the middle of the city on a lovely summer day. As the name reveals, the terrace is located on top of the Royal Dramatic Theater (Dramaten) and is one of the Swedish capital’s best vantage points in the summer, with a fantastic view of Nybrokajen and Strandvägen. There are around 100 seats and a nice and relaxed atmosphere. In other words, a perfect place to relax on warm days and pleasant summer evenings.

The menu offers today’s special plus à la carte with many delicious dishes, including the house’s well-known shrimp salad, a favorite of many guests. The terrace is stylishly decorated with nice comfortable furniture and large umbrellas that protect you from the sun’s rays. Whether you’re looking for a summer lunch, a romantic date, or an after-work drink with friends, you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re going to one of Dramaten’s performances, it’s an obvious spot to have a pre-drink.

Nybroplan 2, Norrmalm/City




Mälarpaviljongen outdoor seating Stockholm
Mälarpaviljongen is a green oasis by the water on Norr Mälarstrand – Photo: © Let Ideas Compete/Flickr

Do you want to experience one of Stockholm’s most beautiful outdoor restaurants with a breathtaking view of Lake Mälaren? Then head to Mälarpaviljongen on Norr Mälarstrand in Kungsholmen. This wonderfully green and picturesque oasis is surrounded by vegetation and is located right next to the water (including a pontoon in the water). Not surprisingly, it’s one of the city’s most popular outdoor terraces. The restaurant is perfect for everything from a relaxed coffee in the sun to a romantic dinner under the stars. And don’t forget to take a dip in the blue from the sunny jetty.

At Mälarpaviljongen’s tables, you’ll find a wide audience, ranging from families with children and dating couples to groups of friends and colleagues having an after-work. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner, and on the varied à la carte menu, you’ll find a mix of modern international and Swedish classic dishes. Meatballs, herring, grilled goat cheese, vegan burgers, shrimp sandwiches, and pancakes are just a few examples – there’s something for everyone. The food is complemented by a high-quality drink menu with wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider, sangria, and non-alcoholic alternatives. And don’t miss the bar’s delicious signature cocktails.

Besides good food and a lovely environment, you can enjoy an extensive program of great music (both DJs and concerts) and other events. In short, there’s everything you need for an ultimate summer experience, so the next time you stroll along Norr Mälarstrand’s pleasant walking path, you should definitely take a break at Mälarpaviljongen.

Norr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen

SQ Bar & Restaurang

Enjoy excellent food and drinks on the quayside at SQ Bar & Restaurang’s outdoor terrace
Delicious food on the plate. A good drink in your hand. And a magnificent view of the Stockholm inlet, where the city and archipelago meet. What more could you want from an outdoor terrace? This is exactly what you get when you visit SQ Bar & Restaurant located in Elite Hotel Marina Tower, the hotel housed in a listed historic mill building at Saltsjöqvarn. The popular and spacious outdoor seating is on the quayside, so you’ll have a front-row seat if you want to look out over the water and all the boats passing by.

At SQ Bar & Restaurant you can have both lunch, dinner, and brunch (weekends only) with fantastic food focused on Nordic cuisine with a focus on quality, locally produced, and sustainable. And, of course, you can also come here just for a drink. The outdoor terrace is sunny almost all day, plus beautiful evening sun, which makes the experience even more enjoyable. Sit down at one of the tables or relax in the lounge area and just enjoy.

Getting here is easy. You can either bike or walk along the quays, take the car or bus from Slussen. Or why not take the pleasant waterway with one of SL’s commuter ferries?

Saltsjöqvarns kaj 25, Nacka


Kungsbiljarden has a spacious and sunny outdoor terrace by the water in central Stockholm
Located in the middle of Stockholm city, on Blekholmsterrassen near the Central Station, Kungsbiljarden is one of the city’s major entertainment centers and offers 1,200 square meters packed with fun activities, restaurants, and bars. And in the summer, there’s also a great outdoor terrace that’s spacious, sunny and has a fantastic location by the water. Perfect for gathering a group of friends for an after-work or full evening – and with the generous opening hours, the evening can continue well into the late hours.

The American-inspired menu includes favorites like hamburgers, pizza, nachos, quesadillas, salads, and grilled dishes. With the food, you can have beer, wine, or any other tasty beverage. And if you want a little extra fun, you can combine your outdoor terrace hangout with a wide range of fun activities such as billiards, shuffleboard, darts, basketball, boxing ball, arcade games, or board games. In addition, Also, Kungsbiljarden is a popular sports bar. Get ready for a great mix of food, drinks, and fun.

Blekholmsterrassen 15, Norrmalm/City

The Old Brewer

Enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere at The Old Brewer’s outdoor terrace
If you want to eat and drink well in an authentic British pub environment, The Old Brewer located close to Odenplan in Vasastan is the natural choice. Here you get the feeling of a cozy gastropub in London but with a taste of Sweden. The owners’ ambition is to give Stockholm a new type of gastropub experience, and they have very much succeeded in that goal. Of course, this place also has cozy outdoor seating with a lovely, relaxed atmosphere where you can sit down and enjoy your favorite beer and fine dining with good friends.

The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner (plus brunch on weekends), and the menu features plenty of delights from European cuisine with British and Swedish touches (several are available vegan). How about Beef Wellington (the restaurant’s signature dish), grilled chicken breast, Bangers & Mash, and traditional Fish & Chips? The drinks menu includes a wide range of Swedish and international beers, including a good selection of high-quality craft beers. It’s also one of the few places in Stockholm where you can drink English cask ale on tap. And, of course, they serve wine and cocktails for those who prefer. Just sit down on the outdoor terrace and enjoy yourself.

Luntmakargatan 98. Vasastan




Head to Snaps if you’re looking for a great place in the sun in Södermalm
If you’re looking for a large, pleasant outdoor terrace in Södermalm, look no further than Snaps. The perfect location in the sun means that it’s often full of people looking for something good to eat or drink during warm summer days and evenings. Order a good cup of coffee or a cold beer and enjoy the atmosphere and the crowds. If you’re hungry for something to eat, the restaurant serves both lunch and dinner. Order snacks or something more filling like burgers, pizza, and classics like meatballs, salmon fillets, and Caesar salad.

Snaps restaurant and bar is located in a beautiful building with a long history on Medborgarplatsen. The house was built in 1679, and over the years, a lot has happened within these walls. Today, this popular entertainment palace offers not only a restaurant and outdoor seating but also a bar with good cocktails and a nightclub where you can party all night long on both weekdays and weekends.

Götgatan 48, Södermalm


Super delicious pizza. Handmade pasta. Heavenly cocktails. And one of Stockholm’s finest outdoor terraces with summer breeze vibes from lunchtime to late evening. This is what you get when you visit the Italian restaurant Florentine located at Medborgarplatsen in Södermalm. Here you’ll experience an exclusive and modern trattoria with a theatrical setting inspired by the Italian disco culture – and the icing on the cake is the glazed outdoor seating with room for 200+ guests. Sit back in the comfortable sofas among green plants and charming interior details and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

The menu at this restaurant in Södermalm offers well-prepared Italian classics with a focus on high-quality ingredients and genuine craftsmanship. Why not order a fine pizza with tasty toppings and a dough that has been fermented to perfection for 72 hours or handmade pasta? If you prefer meat or fish, there are also several main courses and, of course, delicious desserts (tiramisu is recommended!). And by all means, don’t miss their delicious drinks. Florentine’s outdoor terrace is a safe bet for all occasions – whether you’re having a cozy date or a night out with friends, you will surely have a great time.

Folkungagatan 44, Södermalm


Enjoy classic, hearty dishes at Kvarnen’s outdoor restaurant at Medborgarplatsen

In the corner of the lively Medborgarplatsen in Södermalm, you’ll find Kvarnen’s outdoor restaurant during the summer months. It is a nice place to relax and enjoy good food and drink while sitting in the sun and watching the crowds. The generous outdoor terrace creates a perfect setting for everything from casual lunches to festive evenings with friends. The menu is much the same as that of Restaurant Kvarnen on Tjärhovsgatan, offering Swedish home-cooking classics such as pickled herring, shrimp toast, and veal patties with lingonberry jam.

With service characterized by friendliness and professionalism, a visit to Kvarnen’s outdoor terrace is a pleasant and memorable experience. Here, a lively atmosphere is combined with high-quality home cooking and refreshing drinks, making Kvarnen an obvious destination for anyone looking for a harmonious and inviting place to enjoy Stockholm at its most vibrant and charming. Whether you want to cool off with a cold beer or a glass of rosé wine in the summer sun or enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the clear autumn air (there is both infrared heating and blankets), Kvarnen’s outdoor terrace is the ultimate choice.

Medborgarplatsen, Södermalm

Villa Godthem

Villa Godthem outdoor seating
Relax and have a good time in the fabulous garden at Villa Godthem in Djugården

On Djurgården – the city’s green oasis and entertainment center – you’ll find not only wonderful experiences, famous museums, and fantastic nature but also several great restaurants with outdoor seating. One of the best is the classic Villa Godthem, located in a unique 19th-century Swiss-style villa. Here, Stockholmers and temporary visitors, young and old, have been enjoying traditional Swedish dishes with a modern touch since 1897.

In addition to the beautiful building with its historic setting, this restaurant in Djurgården offers an exceptional outdoor seating area. The villa is surrounded by a charming garden full of vibrant plants and flowers – plus a nice view of the Djurgården canal as a bonus. Here, just a stone’s throw from the city center, you can escape the big city stress and recharge your batteries in a rural atmosphere. Simply get in vacation mood.

With comfortable lounge furniture, warm blankets, and lit fire pits, there’s everything you could want from an open-air café. And if you’re walking around Djurgården, Villa Godthem is perfect for a nice break. The bar serves a selection of wines, cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic options. Of course, there’s also good coffee, and if you’re hungry, you can order everything from small bar snacks to a complete menu.

Rosendalsvägen 9, Djurgården


Enjoy Spanish and Latin American tapas at Artes

Do you like small dishes and looking for an outdoor terrace in central Stockholm? Then the tapas restaurant Artes, with a prime location in Kulturhuset on Sergels Torg, is a good alternative. Their motto is “good food, good mood,” which is exactly the feeling you get. It’s the food, small dishes with Latin American and Spanish flavors, and the friendly vibe that play the leading role. Cozy, delicious, and relaxed. Among the tables, you’ll find Stockholmers as well as tourists from near and far – many of them waiting for a performance at the theater Stadsteatern in the same building.

Artes’ outdoor dining area is located on Stockholm’s large and busy shopping street Drottninggatan. Here you can sit under a protective umbrella and enjoy a wide range of delicious small dishes for all tastes, including meat, fish, seafood, and vegetarian. There are also several main courses, and you can of course just sip a glass of sangria if you wish. From the table, you have a great vantage point on the bustling street life outside, so if you like city pulse and watching people, you’re sure to get your fill.

Drottninggatan 34, Norrmalm/City

Rosendals Trädgårdscafé

Rosendals Trädgårdscafé
The lovely outdoor seating in Rosendal’s garden – Photo: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia

If you want to mix fresh and healthy food with a delightful nature experience, you should aim for the garden café Rosendals Trädgårdscafé in Djurgården. This café is located in a greenhouse and is part of the activities around Rosendal, where the big attraction is the garden. Here the soil has been cared for by gardeners for centuries, and today there’s a biodynamic commercial garden with vegetables, fruit trees, berry bushes, and an herb garden. And naturally, many goodies you can eat at the café come from their own gardens.

Next to the garden café is a beautiful park with magnificent flower beds, gnarled apple trees (the oldest was planted in 1862!), and beautiful gravel paths. And it’s in the park you’ll find the lovely open-air café. Here you and your party can sit down and admire the garden’s splendor while having lunch or coffee and enjoying the sun, warmth, peace, and beauty. The menu is full of delights made from quality ingredients – tasty dishes, sandwiches made with homemade bread, and delicious pastries. Plus, great coffee as well as wine, beer, and cider.

This popular outdoor seating in Djurgården, with its unique garden setting, attracts a broad audience, including couples, groups of friends, and families with young children (the kids won’t want to miss the popular playground), so be prepared to wait a while if you want a table on a sunny summer day.

Rosendalsterrassen 12, Djurgården


Fåfängan Södermalm
Fåfängan has a magical location with a stunning view – Photo: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia

On a hill at the far end of eastern Södermalm, near Danviken and the Viking Line ferry terminals, is the restaurant and café Fåfängan, one of Stockholm’s hidden gems. With perhaps the city’s most magical location, this place offers food and drink in the open air with fantastic panoramic views of the Stockholm inlet, Djurgården, and Old Town. The restaurant has been a part of the city’s restaurant scene for a long time, and the indoor restaurant is open on weekends all year round.

The mountain has several pavilions and other beautiful buildings dating back to 1770, but the outdoor seating is the main crowd-puller. Here you can relax with friends and family in a relaxed and scenic atmosphere while enjoying the stunning views. The à la carte menu offers well-prepared dishes to suit all tastes and has a matching drinks menu. Perfect for enjoying outside in the fresh air.

For many Stockholmers, summer is synonymous with a visit to Fåfängan, and today it’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You can easily get here from Slussen but be prepared to climb stairs and steep hills before reaching your destination. However, the reward that awaits is well worth the effort. What about the name Fåfängan then (which means vanity in Swedish)? Well, it comes from wholesaler Fredrik Lundin’s vanity in the form of a gazebo he built at the mountaintop in the 1770s.

Klockstapelsbacken 3, Södermalm

Le Bistro

Le Bistro - outdoor dining area Kungsholmen
Enjoy French food and a good drink in the sun at Le Bistro

Le Bistro is a lovely French restaurant in the shopping mall Västermalmsgallerian in Kungsholmen. It serves genuine French food made from high-quality ingredients, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The icing on the cake is the outdoor terrace that stretches along the outside of the mall.

This outdoor dining area in Kungholmen is an oasis in the middle of the city and is well laid out with many tables and chairs. Here you can enjoy food and drinks under the open sky while watching the crowds passing by. The outdoor terrace is very popular with guests, especially in the summer when the weather is warm and sunny. The audience is a mixed bag of couples, families, friends, and colleagues.

The menu at Le Bistro is inspired by French cuisine with classic dishes such as bouillabaisse, oysters, and steak tartare. The restaurant also has a lunch menu with daily specials plus regular lunch dishes like half rotisserie chicken, chèvre salad, and shrimp salad. On weekends, they also serve their favored brunch. The drinks menu is top-notch, and in the bar you can order beer, bubbles, wine, and cocktails (the gin drinks are favorites). So if you’re in Kungsholmen, the bistro’s outdoor terrace is an excellent hang-out place.

Sankt Eriksgatan 45, Kungsholmen


Lydmar outdoor bar
The outdoor bar at the front of Lydmar – Photo: © Lydmar

Lydmar is a Stockholm hotel located in a great location on Blasieholmen near Strandvägen. They offer one (or rather two) of Stockholm’s best outdoor seating areas that remain popular summer after summer. Besides being a great place to hang out, it offers a magnificent view of the waterfront, Old Town, and the Royal Palace. So it’s not surprising that it’s often crowded with both international hotel guests, Stockholmers, and casual visitors.

The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. The cuisine is a mix of mainly French and Swedish, with influences from around the world. On the drinks side, there’s everything for those who want to quench their thirst – from cold rosé wine to ambitious cocktails.

In addition to the vibrant outdoor bar at the front, The Patio, you can head upstairs to find the hidden jewel The Terrace, a tranquil green oasis inspired by French gardens. This cozy outdoor living room is quieter than the street bar, and you can enjoy food and drinks as well as regular clubs and events. In short, Lydmar is a place you shouldn’t miss during a summer in Stockholm.

Sankt Eriksgatan 45, Kungsholmen


Are you looking for a high-altitude terrace where you can experience the magic of the city from above? Then you’ll like Freyja, which is a major investment from Stureplansgruppen. Behind this rooftop restaurant and bar is an experienced trio with a solid resume, and they’ve invested heavily in creating something extraordinary on Hornsgatan near Slussen.

On a completely new-built floor of 1,100 square meters, you can experience a stylish and lively dining room serving modern and uncomplicated food of the highest quality, four bars (two are outdoors), and an unprecedented 360-degree panoramic view of Stockholm. Add to that a great atmosphere, and you can see why Freya attracts people from all over the city.

The cherry on the cake is the large open rooftop terrace – a natural choice if you’re looking for outdoor seating in Södermalm. It has room for 400 guests and offers a magnificent view of Djurgården, Old Town, Riddarfjärden, and Södermalm. Here you can order something good from the extensive wine list, beer, cider, or non-alcoholic drink. Plus, a bunch of generous and delicious cocktails with clever references to both Södermalm and pop culture.

Hornsgatan 18, Södermalm
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Enjoy the sun, food and drink on Stockholm’s outdoor terraces

There you have our guide to Stockholm’s best outdoor seating for those who want to enjoy great food and drink in good company outdoors. Whether you want to have a drink with your friends on a lovely summer evening or a romantic outdoor dinner with your partner, there’s something for everyone.

The city offers everything from cozy garden cafés and courtyards to lively rooftop terraces with breathtaking views. Find your favorite spot in the sun and enjoy the vibe when Stockholm’s at its best.

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