As a great coffee (and tea!) enthusiast, I love trying out new places and brews around the city. Stockholm of course - as the capital of the land of caffeine-addicts - offers a nice variety of coffee houses.
When it comes to coffee in Stockholm, there is only one rule: Don’t go to Espresso House. I know it’s hard, because they are everywhere, but the coffee is overpriced and far from groundbreaking.
But let’s start with my personal favorites.
Classic Fika @Johan&Nyström
Ilcaffé – This was the first coffee place I tried when I was in Stockholm for vacation two years ago. It’s the kind of place where digital nomads go to stare at their macbooks all day. It has many small rooms with cozy corners, friendly baristas and an integrated flower store, which nicely adds to the urban flair. It’s a little trashy (especially the toilet) but it always smells amazing and the coffee is good. Your brew will be served in a French Press and cost you 30kr. Like every true coffee house, they offer sandwiches and kanelbulle for the hungry ones among us (or those who really don’t move all day). Located in the most hipster-y part of Söder right next to cult-store Grandpa, this is a nice place for an afternoon stroll.
Location: Södermannagatan 23 (T-bana: Metborgarplatsen)
Drop Coffee – Probably the most known place among coffee enthusiasts that love a great brew without milk or sugar. Drop coffee roasters infiltrate their brews with great flavors like parron or cocoa, which gives a nice spin to the whole thing. They’ve won various awards for roasting all over Europe. The great coffee has a heavy price tag though: The cheapest brew is 39kr – it’s also my favorite. You don’t buy just that cup of coffee, it’s a whole experience to watch the barista slowly brew your drink (which also means you might have to wait a few minutes for your perfect coffee to be ready). The shop is layed out like a normal flat. Many small rooms, doors and corners give a nice atmosphere. The interior is minimalist but cozy and this is actually my favorite place when it comes to music. They play subtle but nice tunes throughout the day. I also want to mention the super-friendly employees that always chat with you if they find the time.
Location: Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10 (T-bana: Mariatorget)
Veganen @BloomsBageri // Blooms Bageri // ilcaffé productivity
Petite France – This place literally takes you to Paris. A great variety of Petit Fours, Macarons and Croissants awaits the sugar-loving wanderer. Decorated like a classic French café from the beginning of the past century, the baristas serve you French coffee specialties. You can also dine and lunch here, accompanied by a huge variety of fine French wines (Warning: pricey!), classic French music and a fitting atmosphere. In summer they have a huge terrace close to the water, where you can enjoy the sun and pretend that you are sitting close to Notre Dame and not Radhuset. A nice change from classic Swedish cafés.
Location: John-Ericssonsgatan 6 (T-bana: Radhuset)
Johan & Nyström – A beautiful place, that looks like a combination of a library with a living room. The coffee is impeccable and also self-roasted. Everything is full of books, which of course is the best possible atmosphere for me. You can grab one to read anytime and get a nice distraction from whatever you’re supposed to be doing. There is a super cozy top floor and a more open basement area. Oh, and they have the prettiest toilet I have ever seen. Because the place is rather small you occasionally bump into other guests which of course is a great conversation starter (besides the classic ‘I love that book you just grabbed!’).
Location: Swedenborgsgatan 7 (T-bana: Mariatorget)
Cycelcafé Le Monde – A cozy place with two floors and a view on busy Folkungagatan. Important to mention are the friendly baristas, the 90kr breakfast buffet and that the coffee is free refill (hell yeah!). As you might guess, the shop is decorated with bicycles. A nice change when you are used to all the minimalist coffee places everywhere. P.S.: They also make great drinks.
Location: Folkungagatan 67 (T-bana: Metborgarplatsen)
KAFFE // Petit Fours @PetiteFrance // Breakfast Buffet @Cycelcafé
Café Pascal – My favorite place in (underrated) Vasastan. Located close to university and the library, this is a small place for delicate tastes. Different healthy lunch options are available during the day made from organic ingredients. I have tried broccoli soup and avocado sandwiches – both very delicious. The brew is fine as well and you can choose from various other coffee options. It’s on the expensive side though with coffee starting at 35kr and a lunch choice at around 90kr. The place is open and loud, so I would go here to chat with friends and not necessarily to work on my newest blogpost. Again a great example of Scandinavian interior design.
Location: Norrtullsgatan 4 (T-bana: Odenplan)
Baresso – I need to mention this place for the variety of great self-made baked goods. From cakes, to quiches over raw bars and other goodies - everything looks absolutely amazing and tastes good. The prices are decent. a brewed coffee is only 20kr but also far from breathtaking. Yet who is in search of a nice swedish fika and wants something else than a typical kanelbulle will be happy here. I must also mention the great brunch this place offers on Sundays between 11 and 16. For 159kr you receive the biggest breakfast variety I have ever seen, including the option to bake your own waffles. The interior is a bit worn down and doesn’t appeal to hipster-taste, but sometimes it’s the inside that counts, not the interior.
Location: Swedborgsgatan 25 (T-bana: Mariatorget)
KAFFE – A warning first: This is the only place I know in Stockholm, that only takes cash. Besides that, it has an awesome variety of coffee specialties, a tasty home brew and very talkative employees. Small biscuits and chocolates accompany every cup and the open space is full of windows so you can get inspiration from outside. This is one of my favorite places to lounge with my macbook and drink coffee all day, though I actually prefer the tea here. You can go for a shopping stroll on Götgatan or browse through one of the many close second-hand places, then come back for another cup.
Location: Sankt Paulsgatan 17 (T-bana: Slussen)
Blooms Bageri – Last but not least, I want to present this place, although it is more known for its great baked goods than for coffee. The coffee is still pretty good though (and free refill again), but the best thing to try here is the vegan sandwich. It’s huge, it’s tasty and it’s full of all my favorite ingredients (avocado, hummus, beetroot…) If I could marry a sandwich it would be this one. Blooms is a small space that feels like a bar, but smells much better thanks to the baking. You have the best view on one of the most popular streets in Söder - so great for people watching, which we all secretly love doing.
Location: Sankt Paulsgatan 24 (T-Bana: Mariatorget)
So there you go, all my personal favorites organized in one neat place. Please do try them out.