Mentor play the 100 Point Challenge in Stockholm and Gothenburg

Back in May (long before the summer that never ended) we wrote about Swedish social organisation Mentor SE coming to play the 100 Point Challenge in our home city, Stockholm.

 Teams from Mentor SE play the 100 Point Challenge in Stockholm

Teams from Mentor SE play the 100 Point Challenge in Stockholm

For those who don’t know, Mentor provide a program for youth aged between 13 and 17 years from all different backgrounds, including Swedish and first or second generation migrants. The organisation helps to provide both individual and job-related mentorship, and also provides support to young or new parents.

Due to the success of the first event (apparently 100 Point Challenge was their “most popular event ever”!) at the end of August we held another challenge where mentors and their mentees could come down and play the game for free.

This time, the weather gods were smiling and we had 14 pairs of mentors and mentees take on Astrid’s Adventure on a balmy Stockholm evening. Once again, the group had some very impressive scores, with winning team Teaterbalarna scoring an almost-perfect 99 points!

 Polaroids from teams from Mentor SE

Polaroids from teams from Mentor SE

Excitingly, we have been offering the 100 Point Challenge in a second Swedish city, Gothenburg, since the end of June. In just a few months, we have run team building events for companies of the likes of Volvo, and we are excited to be running another charity event for Mentor’s Gothenburg branch this September.

We are so happy that the 100 Point Challenge seems to be a great opportunity for mentors and mentees to get better acquainted with their city, their new language, or simply to interact with each other, their mentors, and the city in a relaxed and fun way. We look forward to continuing events with Mentor in our Swedish cities in the future.

 Team building in Gothenburg

Team building in Gothenburg

We are also on the lookout for similar social organisations in the other cities that 100 Point Challenge operates (Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Sydney). If you would like to organise an event for your organisation in one of these cities, please get in touch.

You can read more about Mentor and their good work (in Swedish) here.

Our thanks to Fujifilm Nordic for their ongoing support of the 100 Point Challenge, and for sponsoring the film for our charity events.

Mentor play the 100 Point Challenge

Mentor play the 100 Point Challenge

It’s no secret that integration can be hard here in Sweden, but there are a lot of fantastic organisations working to make Sweden a more inclusive society. Mentor is one such organisation, providing a mentor-mentee program for youth between 13 and 17 years old from different backgrounds, including Swedish and first or second generation migrants. The 100 Point Challenge partnered with Mentor for the first time this year, providing the youths and their mentors with an integrative city experience with a difference!

8 Best Cafes in: Gamla Stan

1. Mitt Cafe

With two vegetarians and a vegan on staff, 100 Point Challenge love Mitt Cafe for it’s delicious plant-based fare - you can always get a tasty and healthy lunch at a reasonable price. The coffee is good quality, including decent milk-based options for those who haven’t quite made the conversion to Swedish bryggkaffe (filter coffee).

Plus, it’s a family owned and run business, and they are super nice people and always up for a chat!

Best for: vegan or vegetarian food, cosy, ‘at home’ atmosphere

2. Under Kastanjen

We wrote about Under Kastanjen and it’s magical square Brända Tomten in our article on the best things to do in Gamla stan.

Whilst there are visual treats outside, there are tasty treats on the inside- this cafe boasts not one but TWO bakeries, and delivers some seriously good fika fare- all the usual traditional Swedish cakes, plus some interesting additions.

The coffee is reasonable, and you can get a nice dagens lunch of either soup or warm sandwiches. There are also a la carte options, if you feel like something more substantial.

Best for: pretty location, tasty sweets

 The islands of Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen                             Photo credit: Henrik Trygg   

The islands of Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen                             Photo credit: Henrik Trygg   

3. Cafe Dox

The interiors of Cafe Dox are a bit like your lounge room has been transported to a cave- comfy armchairs and couches inside an underground dungeon. It can be quite relaxing to sit in here after the busyness of Gamla Stan’s tourist trail, and the staff are relaxed and don’t mind if you stay a while. This is a perfect spot to have a drink and recharge.

Best for: Cool underground building, comfortable seating, relaxed atmosphere, winter retreat

4. Mäster Olofsgården

As well as hosting a cafe, Mäster Olofsgården is a cultural institution, and aims to improve the lives of children and young people who live in the Old Town. The organisation operates one of Stockholm's oldest leisure centers and provides courses and events for the local community.

Located a few metres from Stortorget, the cafe has a lovely courtyard garden (a premium in Stockholm!), where you can sit with your coffee and snack and enjoy the medieval surrounds.

Best for: lovely courtyard garden, community significance

 Cafes on Stortorget                                                                          Photo credit: Jeppe Wikström                                     

Cafes on Stortorget                                                                          Photo credit: Jeppe Wikström                                     

5. Chokladkoppen

You couldn’t ask for a better location than medieval Stortorget, which is only a short walk from the Royal Castle. This cafe is distinguishable for the building, which makes regular appearances on fridge magnets and postcards, and also for the rainbow flag hanging out the front, representing the cafe’s desire to be an inclusive, inviting place to gorge on all things chocolate.

In the warmer weather, sitting outside in the alfresco area is a great way to catch some sun, and as the cafe is open late into the evening (23:00 in summer!) it’s also a good option for warm nights.

Best for: white hot chocolate, iconic location, late opening hours, inclusive atmosphere

6. Cafe Schweizer

You’ll know you’re at the right place when you see all the oranges! This cafe is famous for its delicious fresh orange juice, and we definitely recommend trying it, especially in winter- you will be instantly transported to more southern climes!

The coffee is reasonable, the sandwiches good, and the interiors quaint. 

Best for: fresh orange juice, tasty fika

 Fika....                                                                                                       Photo credit: Tove Freij

Fika....                                                                                                       Photo credit: Tove Freij

7. Cafe Sten Sture

Coffee in a dungeon, anyone? Cafe Sten Sture is an interesting and historic location, famous not only because King Gustav III's assassin was detained here, but also for being part of a network of underground passages that once lead to the Royal castle.

Nowadays you can sit in one of the dungeon’s many nooks and crannies, with a hangman’s noose swinging overhead. Not exactly romantic, but definitely well worth a look.

Best for: weird historic location, curiosity factor, winter retreat

8. Cafe Järntorget

Two words- ice-cream, waffles. Visit Cafe Järntorget (‘iron square’, in Swedish) if you need more of either of these things, or both.

A lovely little spot with decent coffee, a large ice cream selection, and great window seating where you can watch the passing foot traffic over the top of your 50s-style banana split.

Best for: ice cream and waffles!