Sweden is renowned for fika, so when we ventured to Stockholm Ollie and I were on the look out for the best cafes to grab a great coffee and sweet treat.
In the 2017 World Happiness Report released this week Sweden ranked 9th place, and we think it’s got to have something to do with this delicious tradition. In fact, a number of studies have linked fika breaks to both the high satisfaction and productivity rates in Sweden (BBC, 2016; Virgin, 2017). Alex Pentland, a computer scientist, monitored the impact of scheduling regular all-staff coffee breaks. He found that staff productivity increased by 10-15% and satisfaction by up to 10%. The main reason was the connection the employees built with one another whilst discussing non-work related topics in a flat, non-hierarchical environment (2017).
We certainly enjoyed exploring Stockholm’s best coffee shops, and the caffeine definitely helped to fuel our long days spent exploring the city. So whether you’re looking for a fika break to enhance your productivity at work, or simply a spot to rest and refuel whilst exploring the city, here’s a round up of our favourite places to enjoy a hot drink and a baked good…
This was the first fika stop we made and I must admit, I’ve been thinking about the coffee ever since! Founded in Stockholm in 2009, Drop Coffee have become Swedish Roasting Champions and placed second (2015) and forth (2016) in the World Roasting Championships!
We each had a cup made of a Colombian beans with a deliciously smooth, chocolatey taste, accompanied by a rich chocolate brownie (pictured – yes I did take a bite or too before getting a photo, I was hungry and it looked sooo good!).
The coffee comes from various different farms around the world. The Colombian beans we experienced were from a project run by Nordic Approach, who work to support local producers in providing traceable, more environmentally-friendly products. Details of the farm and the conditions experienced there can be found on the Drop Coffee website.
Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, 118 50 Stockholm (Metro Mariatorget)
Snickarbacken 7 is a cafe, exhibition space and a concept store all in one. Whilst sitting in the cafe you can observe the art on the walls and the carefully curated items in the shop – the whole place has a cool, artistic feel to it. The concept store is home to a mix of homeware, beauty products and accessories from across the world. There’s a real focus on slow and simple living, with many sustainability-conscious brands.
I was also very happy to find a great selection of vegan cakes like the brownie picture above (yes – it was rich, goey and 100% vegan!). We deemed these the best sweet treats of our trip.
Overall, Snickerbaken 7 is worth a visit for both the shop, gallery and cafe – we’d love to come back again.
Snickarbacken 7, 111 39 Stockholm (Metro Hötorget)
A cool cafe next to our favourite eco-conscious store Grandpa in SoFo, we visited Il Caffé twice! The coffee was good and they had lots of pastries and cakes from their own bakery. The first time we stopped for lunch and I had the cheese, walnut and honey sourdough toastie – it was so delicious that I’ve tried to recreate it at home since! The cafe was always full, either of friends socialising or people working away on their laptops – a worthy stop whilst exploring the shops in the area.
Södermannagatan 23, 111 60 Stockholm (Metro Medborgarplatsen)
Mellqvist Caffè Bar
Mellqvist Caffè Bar was a great find! Full of locals coming in and out of the doors, it’s definitely worth a trip. Again, this was more of a lunch than a fika break for us, filling up on an insanely delicious baguette whilst sipping on filter coffee. It’s also quite a reasonable: pretty much everywhere we went a coffee was £3, but here you could refill as many times as you liked and even take one to go!
Rörstrandsgatan 4, 113 40 Stockholm (Metro S:t Eriksplan T-bana)
What are you favourite fika stops and go-to coffee shops in Stockholm? Have you visited any of these cafes? Let me know by commenting below!