Enjoy Fika at these 10 Cool Cafés in Stockholm
If you thought we loved coffee here in San Francisco, you haven’t experienced the coffee culture in Sweden yet. Everyday, usually twice a day, the Swedes take a break from work to relax with a cup of coffee and something sweet. They call it “fika.”
Fika is an opportunity to take your mind off the day’s work and enjoy a conversation with friends or coworkers. A way to reset and refresh before returning to work.
During my recent trip to Sweden, I took every chance I got to enjoy fika and discover the cool coffee shops around Stockholm. While you’ll find an Espresso House or a Wayne’s Coffee on nearly every corner, there are so many other options worth experiencing. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite spots I found around town.
Il Caffè Söder
Il Caffè Söder is located in Stockholm’s hip SoFo neighborhood on Södermannagatan. For the best experience, grab a cup of coffee, a pastry and a seat outside to watch the locals as they pass by. Down the street you can pop into trendy boutique, Grandpa, to get a taste of the Swedish style. This café is also the perfect spot to settle in and work, if you decide to stay beyond fika.
Around the corner on Nytorgsgatan you can find Café String, a relaxed and eccentric coffee shop. While enjoying a cup of coffee in this quirky atmosphere is an experience in itself, this spot is also known for hosting a very popular weekend brunch.
Pom and Flora
This little café is not only perfect for grabbing your next Instagram, it also provides a peaceful space for enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. If you are also looking for a brunch spot, Pom and Flora has one of the best, and prettiest, menus in town.
When it comes time to debate whether the kanelbullar or kardemummabullar is better, stop by Fabrique. They serve up some of the stickiest and most delicious fika treats in town, and have gotten so popular they opened up shop in London. Stop by any of their locations around town.
In the heart of touristy Gamla Stan, Stockholms, Old Town, stop for a coffee break at Chokladkoppen. The café sits beneath the iconic colored buildings in Stortorget so you can’t get more central than this. Their coffee is best enjoyed alongside the apple pie with vanilla sauce, another popular sweet treat in Stockholm.
Greta’s is the pink colored café located in the Haymarket by Scandic hotel in Hötorget. This design-minded spot whips up delicious drinks and has a pastry case full of enticing treats, perfect for fika. Oh and millennials rejoice: Greta’s is a popular Instagram spot and serves avocado toast.
A little further out, in Sankt Eriksgatan away from the most touristy spots of Stockholm, you’ll find Kaffeverket serving up big frothy lattes and delicious, fresh eats. You just may like the taste you get during fika that you’ll end up back again for lunch and breakfast the next day. There’s also plenty of space in the back to set up your laptop and work remotely.
This cafe in Vasastan is debatably brewing some of the best coffee in town. Although a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, Mellqvist Kaffebar is a great stop for a midday pick-me-up.
Cafe af Chapman
For coffee with a view, stop by the af Chapmen on Skeppsholmen. This historic ship doubles as a hotel and sits across the water from Gamla Stan, thus providing amazing views of the colorful waterfront. The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating next to the hotel lobby.
Djurgarden once served as the king’s hunting ground and now offers up vast green spaces for the Stockholm locals to enjoy the outdoors. It’s well worth a visit in between work sessions or meetings. In your downtime, grab fika a Rosendals Trädgård, a café that sits inside a greenhouse. It also offers a delicious rotating menu, if you decide to stay for lunch.