The guide to the best cafés in Stockholm
Updated 2 May 2022
Fika is a notoriously Swedish word that is practically non-translatable into any other language. The Brits pride themselves on afternoon tea, the Swedes on fika. This coffee break is often synonymous with coffee - no surprises there - and cinnamon buns, but not restricted by it. Stockholm boasts an abundance of cafés ranging from cool NYC-style coffee shops, to kitschy hangouts and classic bakeries. Many cafés are open from dusk till dawn offering breakfast, soup, salads and of course decadent pastries. We have created this guide to the best cafés in Stockholm to enable your next fika-fix.
Fosch Artisan Pâtisserie2 addresses
Café of the year 2018
With their decadent French pastries, freshly-baked bread, excellent breakfast deals and homemade lunches, Fosch Artisan Pâtisserie draws in the crowds from morning until dinner time. In 2018 they won a prestigious award for Stockholm's best café.
Gildas RumSkånegatan 79, Södermalm
Quaint and kitschy by Nytorget
Gilda’s Rum is a popular and cosy café with a distinct boho-chic vibe à la your kitschy grandmother. Settle into an armchair with a cuppa and pastry in hand. The candlelit interior offers a cheerful respite; during the summer the sun-drenched terrace facilitates prolonged coffee-sessions.
Systrarna AnderssonKarlbergsvägen 45, Vasastan
Traditional meets trendy
Judging by the classic interiors, this is a very traditional Swedish café. The atmosphere is laid-back and homely, perfect for anyone wanting to stay a while and work, eat lunch with friends or have a coffee in peace and quiet. Yet the menu is modern and on-trend, with Insta-friendly avocado on toast, smoothie bowls, omelettes and Asian salads. An excellent combination of two worlds.
Herrängens GårdSegeltorpsvägen 49-51, Älvsjö
Take a trip out to Herrängens Gård by Fruängen where you can go for a walk in leafy surroundings around Lake Långsjön before stopping for a cosy coffee or lunch at this historic house. They serve hearty lunch dishes and delicious cakes and pastries for the sweet-toothed.
Café Pascal2 addresses
Edgy in Vasastan and Södermalm
Exposed brick walls, bistro chairs and top-notch ingredients. Pascal has quickly become a favourite café of in-the-know Stockholmers and both branches are stylish and ambitious - whether you're after breakfast, lunch or just a fantastic fika.
Dirty CocoDrottninggatan 65, City/Norrmalm
Sweet as sugar
When you're in the mood to try something a bit different, head to Dirty Coco, where they serve up decadent desserts such as pancakes, waffles, chocolate fondue and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Eat in unique, completely pink premises, covered with thousands of flowers.
Lykke KaffegårdarNytorgsgatan 38, Södermalm
Coffee from their own farms
You'll find Lykke Kaffegårder a stone's throw from Nytorget in Södermalm, serving everything from coffee to small dishes and cocktails. They're open all day, so drop by for an espresso, something to eat, or post-work drink. They're passionate about coffee and the coffee they serve comes from farms in which they're part-owners.
Skeppsbro BageriTullhus 1, Old Town
On the Old Town quayside
This organic artisan bakery and popular café is housed in a former customshouse on Skeppsbrokajen. Have a coffee and cinnamon bun or sourdough sandwich and enjoy the view over the water, either indoors or outside when weather allows.
Grillska HusetStortorget 3, Old Town
Baked goods and a good deed
Grillska Huset is owned by Statsmissionen's charity. With emphasis on organic and local produce the menu combines international influences with Swedish tradition. Their award-winning pastries are well worth the trip.
Vete-KattenKungsgatan 55, City/Norrmalm
A real Stockholm classic in the heart of town with a charming atmosphere and updated café and konditori selection. Sit and enjoy a long fika break in one of their many rooms, or take a seat in the inner courtyard in good weather. Vete-Katten has been on Kungsgatan since 1928 and their large range includes homemade chocolates.
Gamla OrangerietVeit Wittrocksväg 7, Norra Djurgården
A cosy retreat
Amidst Bergius Botanical Garden an old conservatory has been converted into lovely café and farmers market complete with an outdoor terrace for sunny afternoons. Gamla Orangeriet offers fresh pastries, food and coffee from a local coffee roaster. The café is a popular destination, be it summer or winter.
Mjuk MjukHagagatan 37, Vasastan
Soft-serve and coffee
Mjuk Mjuk is a little ice-cream bar tucked away in Vasastan which has won plaudits for its soft-serve ice cream. Owner Jeremiah Di Paolo has studied at an ice-cream academy in Italy and the soft-serve they serve is made in the same traditional way as gelato. They also serve locally-roasted coffee.
Bageriet BullebodenParmmätargatan 7, Kungsholmen
This quaint bakery has been located on Kungsholmen since the 1920s. The current owners have preserved the authentic vibe in combination with modern, organic and sustainable practices. Bulleboden is famous for its sourdough buns.
Picchus CaféVäsbyvägen 36
Leafy garden café
Enjoy homemade food and homebaked cakes and pastries in a charming former apothecarist's residence in Upplands Väsby. Step into the yellow wooden villa and take a seat, read a book or play a boardgame. During the summer months you can sit in the leafy garden, if the weather allows. They serve simple lunches every day such as soups and salads and you'll always find gluten and lactose-free, as well as vegan, options on the menu.
RitornoOdengatan 80-82, Vasastan
A classic konditori where it feels as though time has stood still since the 1930s. Take a seat for lunch or breakfast, or coffee and dinner. During the summer months you can eat al fresco, with views over Vasa Park.
Rosendals TrädgårdRosendalsterrassen 12, Djurgården
Organic and biodynamic food
After a promenade around the scenic gardens of Rosendal and Djurgården an afternoon pick-me-up is a prerequisite. The greenhouse-cum-café offers a completely organic menu with biodynamic food and pastries.
Franklin Coffee HouseUpplandsgatan 47, Vasastan
Greek coffee concept
Franklin Coffee House is a Greek franchise café that opened in Stockholm in 2022. The concept is based on coffee, but they also serve various kinds of food. There are several kinds of Greek coffees to choose from, made from top-quality coffee beans, and hungry guests can choose from everything from salads to snacks.
SaturnusEriksbergsgatan 6, City/Östermalm
Biggest buns in town
Decidedly Parisian Saturnus offers petite dejuner, lunch and baked goods throughout the day. Despite classic offerings such as croissant and pain au chocolat the Swedish influences are apparent, illustrated by the gigantic cinnamon and cardamom buns proudly displayed upon the counter.
If you're in the mood for something cooling and refreshing instead coffee and a bun, head to one of StikkiNikki's ice cream bars. Buy a cup or cone filled with homemade gelato. StikkiNikki's selection is extensive - flavours include everything from classics such as strawberries and pistachio to more innovative ones such as popcorn and peanut butter crunch. They also have vegan ice cream.