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Kafe Himlavalvet in Vasastan, Stockholm

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Himlavalvet Stockholm

Close to the Stockholm City Library you will find this small, cozy cafe. Kafe Himlavalvet is located in Observatorielunden, a park in the heart of the city. They are popular for their sunny terrace surrounded by greenery. Yet they are open all year round. In the run-up to Christmas you can even go there for a traditional ‘julbord‘.

Himlavalvet Stockholm

At Himlavalvet they serve fika, lunch and even dinner. In the summer months you can take a seat on one of the 2 large terraces. In winter you can find a place inside. There is seating for about 40 people. The building used to be a laundry.

My tip: try their homemade elderflower lemonade!

Just like you see in Rosendals Trädgård, at Himlavalvet they ask to put away your dishes is a disk station, a handy clearing station.

Disk station Himlavalvet

Practical information

How do you reach Himlavalvet?

Himlavalvet is located in the middle of the Observatorielunden park, right next to the Stockholm City Library.

It is a 20 minute walk from Stockholm Central Station. The nearest metro stops are Rådmansgatan and Odenplan.

Address: Drottninggatan 120, Stockholm (Vasastan)

Opening hours

The opening times vary according to the time of year. You can check the opening hours on their website before planning your visit. The opening hours are at the bottom of the site.

Nearby

  • Observatorielunden
  • Stadsbiblioteket

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Himlavalvet Stockholm
14 July 2021
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Grillska Huset: lunch & fika in Gamla Stan (Stockholm)

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Grillska Huset Gamla Stan

Most tourists visiting Gamla Stan, Stockholm old town, stop for fika at Chokladkoppen I actually prefer to go to the other side of Stortorget. Stortorget is Stockholm’s Main Market Square. The sunny terrace and the cute houses of Chokladkoppen is what attracts people. What little people know is that Grillska Huset also has a sunny terrace!

The building dates back to the Middle Ages. Several major renovations have been done through the centuries. The Stockholm City Mission (Stadsmissionen) has been in the building since 1913. There is also a social component in the form of an employment project and social integration.

Contrary of what you might think the name has nothing to do with a grill. The name comes from the Grill family. They bought this property at the end of the 17th century from merchant Hans Bremer. The most famous Grill was Claes, a banker and director of the East India Company. Together with his wife Anna Johanna, he organized parties in his house. Rumor goes that even queen Lovisa Ulrika was jealous of those events.

Nice to know: at Kungsträdgården there is a side house of Grillska Huset: Café Eugenia.

On the terrace of Grillska Huset

I ended up on the terrace by coincidence. Grillska Huset’s sun terrace is one of Gamla Stan’s best secrets. It is not very clear how you get there. I didn’t really expect a sunny spot between all the buildings, so the surprise was big when I discovered a sunny spot, out of the wind and away from all the crowds. Perfect for some relaxing while citytripping!

Grillska Huset Gamla Stan

Lunch buffet

At Grillska Huset you have a large choice of sandwiches and other lunch dishes. On weekdays you can choose from different daily menus (dagens rätt) and a salad bar. Of course they also serve a lot of pastries. Here you get a real local feeling with typical Swedish dishes (husmanskost). Their coffee also gets positive comments.

Practical information

How do you reach Grilska Huset?

Grillska Huset sits opposite the well-known red-and-yellow houses on Stortorget, in the heart of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. Nearest metro stop is ‘Gamla Stan’. From here it is about a 600 meter walk.

Address: Stortorget 3, Stockholm (Gamla Stan)

Opening hours

The café is open on Mondays from 10am to 7pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sundays from 11am to 7pm. The bakery is open on weekdays from 07:30 to 18:00.

Check their website (in Swedish but with a Google Translate button) for changes.

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Grillska Huset Gamla Stan Stockholm
12 July 2021
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Älskade Traditioner, one of my favorites on Södermalm

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Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

This website Take me to Sweden ensures that I am always looking for new addresses in Stockholm, and by extension throughout the rest Sweden, and I prefer to try out as many different addresses as possible. Yet I also have a few favorites that I return to every time. Älskade Traditioner on Södermalm (or Söder, as the locals call the island) is one of them.

Waffles

Wafels bij Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

The specialty of Älskade Traditioner are their waffles. They serve waffles for breakfast, for lunch, as fika and waffles in all possible shapes: the classic waffle, the waffle wrap, … This waffle with banana, meringue, ice cream and chocolate sauce was a real calorie bomb but so delicious!

Milkshakes

Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

Another must try is the freak shake. Very instagrammable. On top of the milkshake is a cookie, a donut, lots of whipped cream,… Talking about calories. To compensate, I took a long walk in the afternoon and skipped diner.

Interior

Interieur Älskade Traditioner Stockholm
Älskade Traditioner Stockholm
Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

The interior (and some staff) of Älskade Traditioner is completely retro. There is even a jukebox. A unique interior that will take you back to the 60s. The toilet is also worth a visit. I don’t know of any other toilet that has a telephone! I also know of few toilets that I have already taken a picture of…

Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

Fika

In addition to the waffles and milkshakes, you can eat many other sweets. The place is especially busy on weekends. It is therefore best to plan your visit at less obvious times. As soon as it is a bit warmer, you can also sit on the terrace.

Toonbank Älskade Traditioner Stockholm
Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

Practical information

How do you get to Älskade Traditioner?

Älskade Traditioner is located about 3 km from Centralen, Stockholm’s main train station. It is located in the SoFo district on the island of Södermalm. Nearest metro stops are Skanstull and Medborgarplatsen. I usually walk all the way via Götgatan and Katarina Bangata.

Address: Södermannagatan 42, Stockholm (Södermalm)

Älskade Traditioner Stockholm
Älskade Traditioner Stockholm

Opening hours

Älskade Traditioner is open on weekdays from 11 am to 6 pm. During the weekend they are open from 10am.

Nearby

  • Vitabergsparken
  • Restaurang Bleck
  • Nytorget

Have you been to Älskade Traditioner before? Which waffle should I try next?

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12 July 2021
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