Update: Bagel Street Café is closed since February 2016
I had been wandering through Södermalm in Stockholm all day when my attention was triggered to a cozy building in Hornsgatan. It looked like a nice place and I was hungry. Bagel Street Café turned out to be the perfect place for a quick fika stop!
Bagels or fika?
Despite the name I did not choose a bagel but went for a hot chocolate milk (it was late March) and a cake with cocos. The girl behind the counter was very friendly and helpful. Nice to know: there is free wifi. Bagel Street Café is also a good place if you want to get some work done. (More spots for digital nomads in Stockholm can be found here.)
The menu card contains many different types of bagels. There are options with meat, chicken, fish. Vegetarians and vegans can also find something to their like in Bagel Street Café. They also have a bagel of the month for which visitors can make suggestions themselves. At the Hornstull branch you can order 4 different kinds of vegan bagels.
7 x Bagel Street Café in STHLM, 1x in Malmö
In Stockholm you can find different locations from Bagel Street Café. I went to Hornsgatan but there are 7 branches spread over Stockholm. In Malmö they also opened a Bagel Street Café. The offer may be somewhat different per location.
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.
Stockholm is ABBA. There are links with the Swedish pop band at various places in the city. Of course there is ABBA – The Museum but you can also stay in Benny Andersson’s hotel, and yes, he was one of the ABBA guys. Because an overnight stay at The Rival Hotel was just above my budget, I decided to instead enjoy having lunch at Café Rival.
The Rival Hotel
The Rival Hotel opened in 2003 as Sweden’s first boutique hotel. In the same building and with a terrace on the cozy and sunny square, Mariatorget, you have Café Rival. Although Benny is one of the co-owners, there are no references to the popular music group. In the same building there is also a theater/cinema. Mamma Mia’s film had premiere here at the time and I heard Benny is sporadically spotted in the hotel. Enough reason for ABBA fans to put Café Rival on their list!
Having lunch at Café Rival
Like the hotel lobby, Café Rival is cozy and stylishly decorated. Here you can have a nice lunch. They have a wide range of salads and varied lunch dishes. I chose a quiche and had a fresh salad served too. You order at the bar and wait until they bring your dish to the table. This took a while but it was a very busy. Just as everywhere in Sweden, the water is included and you could take it yourself.
When I was there in 2015, you needed a code to go to the toilet. I found that very special. This code is on your receipt. Actually a good idea to keep tourists out.