A relaxed and creative place, Stockholm’s uber-cool Södermalm offers a myriad of vintage stores, modern galleries and eclectic shops, as well as a wide selection of quirky restaurants and sought after food spots. Whether you want a breakfast bite or a light lunch, this is a great area in which to recline with a cappuccino or tuck into some tasty Swedish fare. Read on to discover the best brunch spots in one of the most picturesque areas in the country.
Located in a charming square in Södermalm is the colorful Chokladkoppen, a busy brunch spot renowned for its rich and creamy hot chocolate and laid-back atmosphere. The outdoor tables are packed here during the summer and provide a great setting in which to people watch and enjoy a glass of wine, and in the winter the chic interior invites guests to come in and indulge in some white chocolate cheesecake or a black forest gateau.
This Bistro/Grill is unlike any other culinary destination in town. Think Parisian bistro meets Texan grill and you’ll get an idea of what it’s about, a fusion of two cultures which results in enormous portions of seriously good food. Mediterranean and modern French fare here is served in an American style, with top brunch picks being the shrimps in dill and mayonnaise, and the Jerusalem artichoke soup with toast. Address and Telephone: Bistro Ruby & Grill Ruby, Österlånggatan 14, Stockholm, Sweden/60 15
Gildas Rum is one of Södermalm’s most frequented cafés, a place attracting a trendy crowd of urban hipsters and students who come to drink coffee in the chic surroundings. The typically Scandanavian decor, incorporating clean lines and patterned floor tiles, forms an appealing setting in which to enjoy an array of sandwiches, yoghurts and smoothies. There is also a variety of sweet pastries available, and the raspberry and orange juice blend is refreshing and tasty. Address and Telephone: Gildas Rum, Skånegatan 79, Stockholm, Sweden +46 (0)714 77 98
Eclectic and quirky are two words which well describe Café String. The former furniture shop remembers its roots and still sells a range of charming handmade furnishings, whilst now simultaneously offering amazing breakfast buffets and snack options, perfect for a quick brunch bite in Södermalm. Top menu picks here include the hot chicken and pesto sandwich, the halloumi salad and the homemade raspberry pie. Address and Telephone: Café String, Nytorgsgatan 38, Stockholm, Sweden +46 (0)714 85 14
Opened in 2009, Drop Coffee Roasters have become a Stockholm staple, a coffee establishment which started small and then flourished into a roastery of the highest calibre. Whether customers seek a flavored latte, strong expresso, a fluffy macchiato or rich cappuccino, this is the place not to miss for anything coffee related. The establishment has not only won the Swedish Coffee Roasting Championship two years in a row, but also boasts the Barista of the Year 2015 behind their counter. There is also a number of light bite options available to complement your coffee and create a tasty brunch! Address and Telephone: Drop Coffee Roasters, Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, Stockholm, Sweden
Kaffebar is a neighborhood hangout oozing with Swedish charm, and the brunch spot where patrons can expect dark coffee, buttery pastries and a lively atmosphere. The outdoor seating here is a great place to sit and enjoy a plate of food during balmy Södermalm summers, and its central location means it’s a great starting point for an exploration of the old city. Address and Telephone: Kaffebar, Bysistorget 6, 11821 Stockholm, Sweden +46 (0)76 875 29 92
Snickarbacken 7 combines a café and art gallery to create a unique and artistic brunch experience. Vintage and creative decor here encompass diners as they sit on sleek tables, and the seasonal menu on offer describes top-quality Swedish fare made using only the freshest ingredients. A speciality dish worth trying here is the räksallad, a tasty plate comprised of fluffy eggs, avocado and prawns.
Grillska Husets Konditori is an innovative cafe run by a charitable group, and is a spot which works with homeless people to provide work and shelter for those less fortunate in the area. With a location in the heart of the town, diners can enjoy a brunch here before heading off to explore the sights and sounds of Stockholm. The cinnamon cakes and coffee here are top notch.
The old cobblestones outside the entrance of Muren transport visitors back in time to a bygone Stockholm, a feeling enhanced by the 13th century building in which the restaurant is set. In the summer here you can expect on of the largest ice cream selections in the city, whilst in winter the trendy coffee spot serves up hot soups and steaming beverages, perfect for warming up during the snowy Swedish winter nights.
Founded in 1785 by Johan Ludvig Sundberg, Sundbergs Konditori is believed to be Stockholm’s oldest coffee spot. Here you’ll find coffee made using a traditional copper samovar, as well as beverage recipes which haven’t changed for over 200 years. Rumor has it that King Gustav III had a secret passageway constructed from his chambers to the bakery, a pathway which provided quick access to the cakes and pastries whenever he wanted, they must be delicious.