On average, Swedes drink four cups of coffee each day, making them third among the world’s coffee consuming countries, behind only their Scandinavian neighbours Norway and Finland. Swedes
take coffee very seriously, and they are known to have many ‘kaffepaus’
(literally means ‘coffee break’). To this nation, coffee is not only an energy boost, but a lifestyle. Therefore, there is no better way to experience the Swedish capital, Stockholm, than visiting the best coffeehouses in town.
Snickarbacken 7 is situated in a 19th century building, with high ceilings and a Gothic influence. The café houses an art gallery, which allows the guests to be surrounded by art pieces during their meal. Must try items include the coffee, and ginger juice, which is freshly made. The café also has a variety of toasts, which make good accompaniments to your coffee.
Snickarbacken 7 111 39 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 866 710 22
Winning the award of Swedish Barista of the Year, barista Linnea Vannesjö of Drop Coffee is ready to impress you with her mind-blowing coffee-roasting techniques. True to its name, Drop Coffee proposes a new way of looking at Swedish ‘fika‘ culture, and drops the traditional approach to coffee culture. The café uses fully flavoured coffee with impressive richness in taste. There is no need to add sugar, as the tastes are adjusted according to your preference. This is a good place for you to work as they provide free wifi and power sockets.
Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, 118 50 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 410 233 63
Talking about interior design, Café FOAM is a great example. Integrating Scandinavian simplicity with a Spanish touch, the design blueprint was drafted by the famous Note Design Studio, and is ideal for those who are looking for a homely and comfortable environment for meetings. Café FOAM’s signature dish is the halloumi salad, which is always a nice complement with your cup of premium coffee.
Karlavägen 75, 114 49 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 660 09 96
Kafé 44 is operated by non profit organizations, and is linked with the nearby music concert area. Surrounded by the artistic and cosy environment in the café, it is a popular choice among music and movie lovers. What’s more exciting is that this café offers budget vegetarian food, with mouth watering and healthy sandwiches being its signature. The venue also houses many concerts by Swedish underground bands and singers. Music lovers, this is a place you don’t want to miss.
Tjärhovsgatan 46, 116 28 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 644 53 12
Flickorna Helin Voltaire
If you are looking for a regal and sophisticated afternoon, then Flickorna Helin Voltaire should be on your itinerary. The café is located in a castle-type building on the elegant Djurgården. It provides a wide variety of baked foods. This café is located close to many tourist attractions, such as Skansen and Gröna Lund, and should be a convenient stop for you to take a little break before exploring the Swedish capital.
Rosendalsvagen 14, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 08 664 51 08
Färgfabrikens Kafé was formerly a paint factory. This is the reason behind the abundance of windows and lofty ceilings in the café. The building is now used as a contemporary art venue and this spacious café is more than suitable for holding large events. This café serves lunch and brunch, but they also offer seven types of cookies. Such a wide selection is a great companion for art appreciation.
Lövholmsbrinken 1, 117 43 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 645 33 07
Johan & Nyström
Founded by a group of coffee enthusiasts who wants to spread the idea of good coffee, Johan & Nyström showcases their passion towards coffee. Using lines and a bright colour tone, the café is heavily influenced by Scandinavian design. The coffee beans are purchased from fair trade agencies, and roasted in their own roastery. The ‘Roast of the Week’ seems like an inevitable choice, as it is carefully chosen by the café owners.
Swedenborgsgatan 7, 118 48 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 702 20 40
Cafe, Restaurant, Ice Cream, Fast Food, Coffee, $$$
On the island of Djurgården is the café and restaurant Djurgårdsterrassen, where the experienced barista is ready to roast you a perfect cup of coffee. Together with premium coffee, the Swedish meatballs and skagen are signature dishes of the café, and make a perfect afternoon snack. The elegant setting of the café is also appealing to those who want to chill out and enjoy a day under the Nordic sun. The café is partly floating on water, and is outdoor, making in perfect for summer rendezvous.
Sirishovsvägen 3, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 258 431
Another cosy café in Gamla Stan, Chokladkoppen is a petite café beside the Nobel Museum and Royal Palace. This café serves a wide range of sandwiches and Danish pastries, great complements to a cup of Swedish coffee. Another must try item is the hot chocolate, which is smooth and full of cocoa flavors. The simple designed interior is influenced by the Netherlands, and builds up a comfortable ambience for a relaxing afternoon.
Stortorget 18, Stockholm, +46 8 20 31 70
Established in 1959, Konditori Ritorno is a vintage café in Vasatan, on the fringe of the city center. The café is well decorated with old furniture and huge mirrors, creating a relaxing ambiance which contrasts with the hustle and bustle of the city. The café keeps the traditional filtered coffee, which brings you the most authentic taste of Swedish coffee. Together with the popular Swedish coffee snack, the cinnamon bun, you will definitely enjoy your coffee break the Swedish way.
Odengatan 80, 113 22 Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 320 106