These are my favorite stops for that sweet caffeine rush in the capital of Sweden. Stockholm definitely has its share of decent brewing spots. I love Oslo for the great coffee shops all over town, from Supreme Roastworks and Tim Wendelboe in Grünerløkka to Fuglen in the city, Mocca in Frogner and Java at St. Hanshaugen. I probably haven’t covered all the great ones in Stockholm yet, but these are the gems I found so far.
Drop Coffee near Mariatorget in the district of Södermalm is maybe the most well-designed coffee bar in Stockholm. Everything from the sign over the door, to the unique square boxes they use as packaging for their coffee, looks beautiful. Since our last trip to Stockholm, they have changed their brewing method from V60, and they now do Kalita instead.
Johan & Nyström
Literally, around the corner from Drop Coffee, about 50 meters in distance down the road you find Johan & Nyström. Johan & Nyström is for Sweden what Coffee Collective is for Denmark, sort of. They have several locations, and they have expanded even to Helsinki. Each cup is still brewed with care, though.
Kafé Esaias is a small café near Tegnérlunden in Norrmalm. It is a perfect spot to waste a few hours, doing people watching from the window, while you enjoy their espressos, lattes, Chemex or other black brews. Make sure you also try the baked goods like the cardamom buns or canelés, and if you are really hungry you can get one of their mouth-watering grilled sandwich loaded with melted cheese. Try the Reuben with sauerkraut or the more classic Croque Monsieur. They do not roast their own coffee, but instead, they buy it from other Swedish roasters like Da Matteo in Gothenburg. However, as for their brewing skills, few places can compare. We actually had our favorite cup of coffee from the trip in this place, an excellent Chemex brew by John Dester.
John at Esaias tipped us off about Café Pascal, so we had to check it out. We took a stroll through the small park Tegnérlunden with beautiful surroundings, walked up to Observatorielunden, yet another pretty spot, and arrived at a buzzing café in the midst of the lunch rush. Everything on the menu looked tempting, but since we had already eaten a bit we simply had a V60 and a croissant. The croissants were too tempting not to try.