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Two women sit in a coffee shop and drink coffee and eat a Swedish cream bun called Semla.
Fika with semlor
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Cafés in Stockholm

Stockholm is simply pickled with cafés. Swedes love to fika (coffee break), and Stockholmers follow suit. You will rarely find an empty café morning, noon, or night as every Stockholmer has at least one fika a day.


Vetekatten, without a doubt, is the grand dame of cafés in Stockholm. This is not so much a classic as an institution. A traditional, Swedish style coffee house with a labyrinth of cosy rooms that feel like you are sitting in your grandmother’s home and with simply superb baked goods using top quality ingredients. Tössebageriet is another Stockholmer favourite.


Rosendals trädgårdar, a café in an old glasshouse, on the island of Djurgården - organic and biodynamic bakery, traditional cookies, cakes, and bread and good lunch spot.


The darling Café Blom, located in the Arkitekturmuseet, is a destination in itself. A little gem with home baked goods, soups, salads and French press coffee offering a simple, seasonal menu with a strong ecological bent.

Neighbourhood favourites

At Fabrique on Rosenlundsgatan on Södermalm, you can enjoy pastries in the cosy café with large windows looking into the bakery. 


Flickorna Helin Voltaire is a secluded café with a great selection cakes, pastries and bread. The castle-like building is located on Djurgården, and makes for a convenient spot for lunch or a coffee break between visits to Skansen, the Vasa Museum and other nearby attractions.