Find Your Fika: Best Stockholm Coffee ShopsMarch 31, 2016
There is something magical about sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee that brings a new level of life and warmth to your day. Whether you’re knocking out the cobwebs first thing in the morning or sitting with your friends in a café, a great cup of coffee can change the course of your entire day.
In Sweden, this glorious beverage has become the center of a longstanding tradition – fika (check out our piece on Fika and Fika in New York City) – that has led the International Coffee Organization (ICO) to rank Sweden as one of the Top 10 coffee-consuming countries (Swedes consume roughly nine to 10 kilograms of coffee per capita annually.)
Fika translates into taking a break or pause from work to socialize over cups of coffee. Because of this tradition, Stockholm has become home to hundreds of small coffee shops, cafés and bakeries (konditori) that sell pastries to quickly cater to hourly fika crowds.
On search for the best coffee in town? These places are definitely in the running. The final decision will be yours!
Johan & Nystrom
Both a coffee roaster and tea merchant, Johan & Nystrom has a variety of delicious coffee blends for you to try. The shop was founded by coffee-loving friends who had a vision of promoting the craft of roasting tastier, more sustainable coffee. The team has carefully selected each offering in close collaboration with coffee growers who handpick their coffee. The concept store offers courses to share its coffee knowledge with visitors, who can buy, taste and grab a cup of coffee to go. The store also sells sandwiches, salads, pastries and sweet treats. Free WiFi makes it amazing as a café office or just for a fika.
Address: Swedenborgsgatan 7 118 48 Stockholm
Founded in 1928, Vete-Katten is one of the oldest coffee shops in Stockholm. Serving some of Stockholm’s most delicious coffee, it is the place to enjoy a casual weekday lunch or your morning coffee with the daily news. It is the perfect place for vegans, vegetarians or gluten-free diners can enjoy fika with savory treats. It has a range of lactose-free and diabetes-friendly products, plus a number of different types of gluten-free bread.
Address: Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm
Located in an old stable, Snickarbacken 7 is a café, restaurant and exhibition space that serves some of Stockholm’s most delicious coffee. Opened in 2010, this café soon became a meeting place for both coffee and food lovers. With a slightly woody taste to its blends, its coffee is unique and effortlessly smooth, and the aromas of the roasting coffee beans that swirl around the café draw you into the door. After ordering your perfect cup of coffee, you can tuck into something sweet or savory from the seasonal food menu. You also can buy its coffee beans and coffee making equipment and make Snickarbacken 7 coffee in the comfort of your own home.
Address: 111, 39 Stockholm
As the names suggests, Coffice is a cross between a coffee shop and office giving professionals, freelancers and students a quiet place to work. But this is not just a café with fast WiFi. Coffice offers its visitors a variety of exceptional-tasting coffee. Serving all your favorites including espresso, latte, mocha and cappuccino, you easily can spend the entire day here ordering coffee after coffee. There also is a vast selection of dishes on the cafe’s menu – which are reasonably priced and suit any dietary requirement. Included on the menu are soups, salads, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts that are all prepared in-house using the highest-quality ingredients.
Address: Tjärhovsgatan 5, 116 21 Stockholm
You know a café has the best coffee in town when it is riddled by hipsters with their skateboards, Mac laptops and moustaches. And once you’ve tried Drop Coffee, you’ll realize why they have come flocking. With clean, light Kenyan coffee that has hints of currant in it, as well as a Bolivian brew, the coffee here is aromatic, smooth and creamy. With 27-year-old Joanna Alm, third runner-up World Coffee Roasting Champion, at the helm and part owner, you can be sure that your coffee is made to perfection with attention to detail. Besides coffee, Drop offers a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as toasted sandwiches and soups and homemade treats for fika. All coffees at this cafe are available for resale fresh from the onsite roastery, so you can take your favorite blend home.
Address: Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, 118 50 Stockholm, Sverige