Turn your coffee break or 'fika' in Stockholm into an experience all of its own and explore the city's huge range of cafés, coffee bars, patisseries and bistros. Central Stockholm is home to many colourful and trendy cafés which prioritise great service and offer both reinvigorating lunches and a relaxed space to get together with everyone from close friends to business contacts. You'll also find plenty of cute patisseries with unique and leafy outdoor seating areas where you can linger over a cup of hot coffee.

    A pit-stop in the capital often means finding yourself transported back to the 1800s, the 1950s or to timelessly romantic countries across Europe such as Italy or France. Explore the world, discover history and experience Stockholm one bite at a time.

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    Sturekatten

    A classically Swedish café in a uniquely historic environment

    Nostalgic Sturekatten is the place to go for a simple yet tasty lunch and some excellent, classic pastries in a romantic environment that feels like a period house from the turn of the last century. Sturekatten offers salads, open sandwiches, soups and simple lunch dishes such as quiche lorraine, but it is perhaps their sweet pastries made using classic homemaker recipes from the 1930s which most draw in the crowds. Sample lesser known Swedish classics like chocolate buttercream macaroons and hazelnut meringue roulades.

    This fine and historic café – which is also one of the oldest in Stockholm – is located on Riddaregatan, just 50 metres from the Östermalmstorg Metro Station. Or if you would rather whet your appetite with a stroll, it's just a 15 minute walk away from Stockholm Central Station.

    Location: Riddargatan 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +46 8 6111612

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    Flickorna Helin

    Swedish pastries and modern dishes on Djurgården

    At Flickorna Helin, you can enjoy traditional Swedish pastries or carefully composed dishes with a firm focus on the seasons on a lovely terrace by the Djurgården Well Canal (Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen) or by their open fireplace. Classic buns and Swedish jam biscuits or creamy and innovative cheesecakes, plus dainty French macaroons and much more all await on their tempting menu, as well as invigorating smoothies, fresh salads and hearty main meals.

    Flickorna Helin is located in the enchanting and inspiring Scanian Mine (Skånska Gruvan) building on the island of Djurgården. Its location makes it the perfect place to rest your feet after an active day at the Skansen open-air museum or a visit to the nearby Vasa Museum or ABBA the Museum. And the closest tram stop, Nordiska Museet/Vasamuseet, is just 500 metres away.

    Location: Rosendalsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +46 8 6645108

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    Café Saturnus

    Continental elegance and perhaps the largest cinnamon bun in Stockholm

    Café Saturnus is the perfect spot for anybody who wants that elegant, continental sensation or who feels up to the challenge of trying the café's huge cinnamon bun, known all throughout the city. Upon arrival at Café Saturnus, you'll be ushered to your table by their maître d' and invited to sample one of their many sweet pastries or a classic café lunch comprised of an open sandwich, salad or an omelette with a French twist.

    Café Saturnus is located in the leafy Humlegården Park on the island of Östermalm in Stockholm, just over 50 metres from the Eriksbergsgatan Bus Stop. The closest metro station is on Rådmansgatan, which is about a 5 minute walk from the café.

    Location: Eriksbergsgatan 6, 114 30 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +46 8 6117700

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    Rosendals Trädgårdscafé

    Organic coffee spot serving homegrown and homemade fare

    Rosendals Trädgårdscafé sells certified organic products and seasonal open sandwiches and pastries inside a quirky greenhouse setting. In the summer, you can take your coffee outside into the apple grove and in the winter you can sit inside the greenhouse and warm up by the fire. The lunch menu is built around the garden's own harvest of biodynamic vegetables, fruits and herbs. All breads and pastries come straight from their own wood-fired oven.

    Rosendals Trädgårdscafé is located on the island of Djurgården in the lovely Rosendal Garden (Rosendals Trädgård). So be sure to combine your coffee break with a stroll around the beautiful gardens. There is parking right next to the café or you can take the tram to Bellmansro, located just over 400 metres away.

    Location: Rosendalsterrassen 12, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

    Phone: +46 8 54581270

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    Kafé Petissan

    Historic Stockholm café in a unique environment in Skansen

    Kafé Petissan is housed in a sweet little wooden building with turn-of-the-century furnishings and although it has changed a great deal over the years, they've been serving coffee here since 1870. Back then it was known as the Petit Café but the name quickly got Swedified into the more manageable Petissan. Step inside and escape into a time gone by with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a classic Swedish bun or biscuit in the other, or enjoy a slice of seasonal cake or pie after a hectic day of adventure on the entertainment island of Djurgården.

    Kafé Petissan is actually located inside the enchanting open-air museum of Skansen on the island of Djurgården. The closest tram stops are Skansen and Liljevalchs/Gröna Lund.

    Location: Djurgårdsslätten 49, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Daily 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +46 8 6634778

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    Vetekatten

    Distinguished Stockholm patisserie selling classic pastries and biscuits

    Vetekatten is one of Stockholm's oldest patisseries and has become something of an institution in the capital, known far and wide for their traditional biscuits, international pastries, innovative pralines and impressive cakes. Here in this timeless environment, which bears testament to the long history of coffee in Sweden, you can enjoy classic lunch dishes such as salads, soups and open sandwiches.

    Vetekatten has outlets in several locations across Stockholm, but their most classic patisserie dating back to the 1920s is located on Kungsgatan, a stone's throw away from Stockholm Central Station. There is also a direct entrance from the T-Central Metro Station if you choose to come down by metro.

    Location: Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 7:30 am to 8 pm, Saturday–Sunday 9:30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +46 8 208405

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    Café Foam

    Trendy spot offering both a coffee bar and food

    The colourful and trendy Café Foam not only sells coffees and pastries, but is perhaps best known for its incredible American-style brunch offering. It's all about design and local, organic ingredients at this spot. Swing by on a weekend afternoon and enjoy scrambled eggs with pancakes, or stay for lunch and try their weekly salad, soup or pasta dish. And be sure to sample their fair-trade coffee, developed by Café Foam in partnership with the Love Coffee micro-roastery from Lund in southern Sweden.

    Café Foam is just a stone's throw away from Karlaplan Plaza in the central neighbourhood of Östermalm. The closest bus stops are Skeppargatan and Nybrogatan and are located less than 100 metres from the café.

    Location: Karlavägen 75, 114 49 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +46 8 6600996

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    Ritorno

    Patisserie with a vintage soul in central Stockholm

    Ritorno is well worth a visit not just for their delightful and classic baked goods, such as carrot cake, apple mazarin cake, almond and cardamon buns, fresh bread rolls and rye bread, but also for the fantastic retro vibe inside. The owners here have opted to preserve that classic 50s and 60s feeling from the earliest years of modern café culture.

    Ritorno has several locations all around Stockholm but their original location is on Odengatan, in the heart of the Vasastaden neighbourhood. This gorgeous vintage building with crystal chandeliers in the ceiling and oil paintings on the walls is located right next to the Dalagatan Bus Stop and is just a 5 minute walk from the S:t Eriksplan Metro Station.

    Location: Odengatan 80, 113 22 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Thursday 7 am to 10 pm, Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +46 8 320106

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    Petite France

    A taste of France in Stockholm

    Petite France is the perfect patisserie if you're craving a classic mille-feuille, éclair, macaron, croissant, pain au chocolat or crème brûlée – quite simply, their entire range is an homage to classic French baking. Swing by for lunch and enjoy an indulgent goat's cheese salad, confit duck or a slice of quiche lorraine. At the weekends they also serve a classic French brunch.

    Petite France is located in the Kungsholmen neighbourhood of Stockholm. The John Ericssonsgatan Bus Stop is located right next by. Or if you prefer to navigate by metro, get off at Fridhemsplan or Rådhuset which are both around a 10-minute walk away from the café.

    Location: John Ericssonsgatan 6, 112 22 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday 7 am to 6 pm, Tuesday–Friday 7 am to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday 7 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +46 8 6182800

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