Italians love their coffee - but so do Swedes; Sweden is one of the top ten coffee-consuming countries. Hence, in a city like Stockholm the coffee competition is steep. The city hosts an ever-expanding array of espresso bars, coffee shops, baristas and cafés. Whether you fit into the on-the-go-I-have-no-time category or prefer a lengthier sojourn sipping your caffeine of choice, we've got you covered. The 'fika'-culture is deeply imbedded in the consciousness of Stockholm urbanites, thus getting your daily drip coffee, latte, Americano, cappuccino and espresso fix is ubiquitous. We've cut through the noise to bring you this list of our favourite spots to grab a cup o’ Joe at the best coffee shops and best espresso bars in Stockholm.
The best coffee shops in Stockholm
In this guide
Stockholm's best coffee shops
- Sosta – Genuine Italian Espresso
- Caffetteria del corso – À la Milan
- Caffè Ugo Espressobar – Espresso to go
- Drop Coffee – Hippest in town?
- Kaffe – Your local coffee-institution
- Mellqvist Kaffebar – One of the best coffee joints in the city
- Il Caffè – Work and coffee
- Mitt Café – Quality coffee
- Johan & Nyström – For the coffee aficionado
- Kaffebar – Popular al fresco area
- Sempre – In the heart of the shopping district
- Black Honey Coffee Roasters – Locally roasted
Stockholm's best coffee shops
Genuine Italian Espresso
Take a virtual trip to Italy; Sosta ticks all the boxes with Italian-speaking staff and Italian TV channels. Enjoy coffee in all its forms, from double shots to latte and macchiato. The offering also includes pastries and sandwiches.
À la Milan
You'll find this authentic little espresso bar in Hötorgspassagen between Drottninggatan and Slöjdgatan (just a few steps from Hötorget). Incredibly well-respected for their excellent coffee, this is the perfect spot to grab a cappuccino and a little something sweet on the move, or standing at the counter.
Espresso to go
Caffé Ugo, located on Kungsholmen, is famous for its artisanal espresso. Indulge in Italian pastries, sandwiches and hearty salads. Regulars grab espresso in the bar, but Caffè Ugo also has a lounge area if you're in the mood for a lengthier sojourn.
Hippest in town?
Drop Coffee takes their brew very seriously. This hipster hangout roasts its own specialty beans. Enjoy an espresso-and-croissant takeout or settle down in the minimalistic café with your laptop.
Your local coffee-institution
This trendy espresso bar is jam-packed with coffee-addicts eager to get their daily vice. Kaffe serves artisanal coffee at a good pricing point along with pastries and sandwiches. Enjoy your espresso standing up Italian-style.
One of the best coffee joints in the city
Mellqvist has a reputable reputation and is a popular melting pot from dawn 'til dusk. This artisanal espresso bar is open all day everyday, happily obliging customers' daily caffeine fixes. Their breakfast is infamous, as are their pastries and the menu also offers lighter meals.
Work and coffee
Il Caffé has several branches and serves quality brew in an intimate, urban environment. Southern Italian vibes dominate: bold, earthy aromas punctuate the coffee. Bring your laptop and get some work done.
- Price sample: Espresso about 15/25 SEK
Mitt Café doesn't just boast delightfully relaxed neighbourhood café vibes, they also have really good coffee. It's made from beans from Lykke Kaffegårdar, which don't just taste good, they also do good thanks to their direct collaboration with coffee farmers.
For the coffee aficionado
Organic, fair trade, limited edition and hand-roasted - it doesn't get much better than that. Based on the philosophy that quality brew is nothing that can be rushed, the beans are slowly roasted to perfection. Johan & Nyström deliver coffee all over the city to multiple reputable cafes and restaurants.
Popular al fresco area
Kaffe's sister café on Bysistorget has a large outdoor seating area among the cherry trees which fills up quickly as soon as the sun makes an appearance. There's a warm, friendly atmosphere and you can drop by for a coffee at the bar, a lunchtime sandwich or treat yourself to one of their tempting cakes and pastries.
In the heart of the shopping district
A little Italian oasis in Bibliotekstan where coffee lovers can find both top-notch espresso and various pastries and sandwiches. Hop up at one of the small round tables, take your coffee standing up out on the street or grab a take-away. There's also a branch of Sempre in the NK department store.
A roastery simply must have it's own coffee bar. At Black Honey Coffee Roasters they roast coffee beans all day and you can sample the result in their coffee bar, where you can also enjoy breakfast or cakes and pastries. In the evenings it transforms into a bistro, where you can eat dinner with Swedish and European flavours.