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!

100 Point Challenge- who are we?

Here in Stockholm the weather is warming up (...), the days are getting longer and spring has definitely arrived. With the 2018 100 Point Challenge season beginning in March, we thought it was time to give you an idea about who sits behind the lense here at 100 Point Challenge- who we are and why we do what we do…

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Enter Dan. Health economist, avid runner, endurance event co-founder, and a seriously formidable trivia opponent, Dan is also our founder and director here at the 100 Point Challenge.

 

So how does an Aussie from Perth end up creating a city discovery game based in Sweden? Moonlighting as a running tour guide whilst working as a health economist (check out his his other venture, Run With Me), over time Dan realised that he knew more about Stockholm than many of his Swedish friends. He decided to create a game to encourage people to engage with their own city, in an interactive, novel way.

“People are always looking for new experiences, and a lot of people don’t know much about where they live. I wanted a fun way for people to engage with their own city, and with each other”.  

So Dan created the 100 Point Challenge as a way to give back a few hours of discovery, surprise and some good old-fashioned play, whilst showcasing his adopted home. The current versions of the game have been rigorously researched and tested, over and over, and are always evolving. "I started with one version of the game, but now we have 3, which means we can offer challenges that suit locals, as well as tourists”

 Photo credit: Anna Millan 

Photo credit: Anna Millan 

An avid traveller, Dan is no stranger to the joys of new environments. He spent a year living and travelling in Central and South America, and was living in Sydney and London before moving to Stockholm. As a curious person, Dan knows what it is like to arrive in a new city and start looking for interesting ways to sightsee, and to learn about the local history and culture.

“I think that a lot of travellers are tired of the conventional ways to see a new city. Some people will be fine to arrive, do a walking tour, and tick the check box on the main sights, but more and more people are looking for something more than that. I want city sightseeing to be more engaged, more fun, and more memorable.”

For now, keeping the game analogue in an ever-digitised world has been looked upon favourably, with many people tired of staring at a screen. But changing the format to incorporate a digital component is also being considered. "There are a lot of interesting things going in the tech space, especially here in Stockholm, so we are definitely not ruling it out”, says Dan. 

“But for now, the focus is on giving people a reason to lift their head up, to be more observant, to engage with each other, and to experience what’s already around them. We don’t need an app to do that.”
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If you are looking for something new to do in Stockholm on the weekend, for a birthday, with your colleagues, check out our different challenges here.

You can also read more about Dan’s Swedish journey here.

 

Anna Millan

anna.millan@100pointchallenge.com