What do you do if you have been walking around in the city for half a day and had are feeling hungry? If you are at Gamla Stan in Stockholm, just go to a cafe for fika!
In the Stora Nygatan in Gamla Stan I had already passed past Cafe Kladdkakan a couple of times. You need to know that kladdkaka is one of my favorite pastries. In addition, I had heard a lot of good things about Café Kladdkakan and so the place was on my to visit list.
No wonder mum and I would ended up at Cafe Kladdkakan. My mum ordered a piece of princess pie and I was tempted by the Bounty pie. I tasted the homemade lemonade and really liked it. With home-made lemonade you need some luck. I like lemonade to be very sweet, but sometimes they add so many ice cubes that the sweet taste disappears. Fortunately, that was not the case here.
We were lucky with the nice weather and decided to sit on the terrace. In addition to fika, Café Kladdkakan also serves lunch and light dinners. Café Kladdkakan is located in one of Stockholm’s most touristy streets. Still, Stockholmers too find the way to Café Kladdkakan and that’s often a good sign.
Where do you like to stop for fika?
In the Hornsgatan at Södermalm (Stockholm) you will find Hälsocafet, a true hotspot for health lovers. If you are looking for light lunches, healthy juices and raw food you are at the right place. Most of their offer is vegan. Of course, they serve coffee (and you can choose vegan milk).
Tasty and healthy
Having a lot of fika should of course be compensated and so I went for a healthy smoothie at Hälsocafet. There is a lot of choice and it’s not easy to choose what you want to order. On the menu you will find healthy wraps, fresh salads, freshly squeezed smoothies, chia pudding, acai bowls and healthy banana pancakes. The offer is mostly vegetarian, ecological and without added preservatives or sugars.
Summer terrace & take away
Although it looks quite small at first sight, the place is a lot bigger than expected. In the back you will find a lovely sun terrace. If that’s too full, take-away is another option.
If you walk from the Royal Palace to Kungsträdgården you will pass by a statue. This is the statue of Karl XII. Just behind it you will find a tea house (Tehuset Kungsträdgården), that is open in the warmer half of the year.
A terrace in the King’s garden
The tea house in Kungsträdgården is a popular place for many locals. As soon as the sun shines, they come together on the terrace of this tea house. They offer an extensive tea and coffee selection, serve fika and small snacks. I had fika several times here. Their ice tea and homemade lemonade is very tasty.
Like a local
You can order at the kiosk. You do will need a bit of patience. Not only because it’s often very busy but because they really take their time for each customer. So, act just like the Swedes, stand in line and wait patiently. You can use the waiting time to make your choice (if needed, Google Translate can help you because I can not remember that the menu was available in English as well). As almost everywhere in Sweden, you can pay by card.