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Swedish fika
Take the opportunity to enjoy a fika, the delightful custom of enjoying a coffee and a treat with friends, at one of Sweden's many cafés. Pictured is the cake buffet at Rosendals Garden in Stockholm.
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Cafés in Stockholm

Swedes love their fika, and the country is pickled with cafés. Here you'll find a selection of Stockholm's best cafés, from traditional patisseries to artisan bakeries and design cafés.

Traditional patisserie

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

Coffee bar

Café Pascal is bright and airy, with exposed brickwork adding to its industrial yet homely feel. One for the coffee enthusiast, the café team works exclusively with micro-roasters. Aside from excellent coffee, you can count on Café Pascal to deliver some of the best Swedish cinnamon buns in town. Award-winning Drop Coffee is also well worth a visit.


Bullar & Bröd (translates as 'Buns & Bread') is an artisan sourdough bakery open for breakfast, fika and lunch seven days a week. The large stone oven is placed in the middle of the bakery, allowing you to watch new cinnamon buns being made while munching on yours. Bak in Farsta, some 30 minutes south of Stockholm, is another artisan bakery and local favourite not to be missed.

Quaint café

With comfy velvet furniture, sconces, family photos and loads of homebaked goodies, Gildas Rum is decorated to resemble an old lady's living room. In summer, the sunny terrace is an appreciated spot among locals. Another quaint café, located in Stockholm's Old Town and on many visitors' bucket lists, is the LGBTQ-friendly Chokladkoppen.

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Café Pascal in Stockholm

Café Pascal in Stockholm serves great coffee, sandwiches, buns and pastries.

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Café Pascal in Stockholm

Café Pascal in Stockholm

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Gildas Rum, Stockholm

Gildas Rum, Stockholm

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Café Chokladkoppen

Café Chokladkoppen

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Rosendals Garden in Stockholm

Rosendals Garden in Stockholm

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A serving counter with buns, bread, pastries and various soft drinks in a cafe. Behind the counter a coffee machine. In the ceiling hangs several small globe lights.

Gast Café in Stockholm

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Garden café

Rosendals Garden (Rosendals Trädgård) is not only a cosy café in an old greenhouse on the island of Djurgården. It is also an organic and biodynamic bakery with traditional cookies, cakes, and bread and a good lunch spot. In the summertime, many friends and families bring blankets and have a fika underneath the apple trees.

Museum café

The darling Café Blom is located in ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, yet a destination in itself. This bright and modern gem serves organic and locally produced bread, salads and sweets. Come spring, you can enjoy an outdoor fika underneath their blooming cherry tree.

Hip hangout

Lykke is a Swedish coffee roastery working to make the coffee business more sustainable. At their Stockholm café, the coffee travels from their farms to your cup in an unbroken chain. The colourful premises is currently under renovation and will re-open in April with a promise of quality music, good food and piping hot beverages.

Design café

You’ll spot Gast Café’s charming ghost sign from afar ('gast' is a Swedish word for ghost). The interior is minimalistic and sleek, in the typical Scandinavian way. Gast serves up cakes, snacks and dishes that are as healthy as Instagrammable.

Local gem

Flickorna Helin is a secluded café with a great selection of 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 open-air museum, the Vasa Museum and other nearby attractions.

For more café tips in Stockholm, check out Visit Stockholm's café guides.

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