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Top 5 cafés for vegans in Stockholm

Stockholm is a plant-based fika heaven

Hi, Amanda here.

Today, we’re starting something new on the blog. From now on, we’re going to put together posts containing our favorites within a certain theme every now and then. And what better way to start it off than with vegan cafés in Stockholm?  Since I am a vegetarian that doesn’t drink coffee,  my list of go-to cafés is slightly different than Fabian’s. I like nutritious, healthy and vegan food, and after a few years in Stockholm, I have found the places for me. So if you’re visiting Stockholm, here are my top five vegan cafés:

Greasy Spoon

Södermalm & Vasastan
This is more of the place for brunch after a night out, but you can still drop by for a fika. The brunch is fantastic and has a variety of vegan options on the menu. I would certainly recommend the buckwheat pancakes or the avocado toast. They don’t take reservations, so expect to wait for 30–60 mins for a table. Their Södermalm location is a lot cozier and authentic, but the one in Vasastan is bigger better suited for those who want to show off on the gram.

Vegan pancakes at Greasy Spoon

Mahalo Hälsocafét

Södermalm & Vasastan
A 100% vegan café with everything from wraps, pancakes and raw food desserts. My absolute favorite is the acai bowl loco or the pancakes. And the raw food desserts… and the sweet potato fries… the list can actually be quite long.  This is perfect for both breakfast and lunch but beware of the long line of people trying to get through the door. Read our post about it here.

Gast

Vasastan
A really cozy and vegan-friendly cafe with amazing porridge and almond butter! Beautiful interiors and a nice selection of books and magazines to read while enjoying a nice breakfast. You want something to drink? Try the turmeric latte. Read our post about it here.

Porridge at Gast

Pom & Flora

Södermalm & Vasastan
Not everything is a 100% vegan at the hip and always crowded Pom & Flora, but they still offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on their menu. Just remember that their Södermalm location is not open during the weekends.

Sthlm Raw

Hornstull in Södermalm
This vegan raw food café in hipstery  Hornstull offers a wide variety of tasty, nutritious cakes and desserts. You could also indulge in some cold-pressed juices, smoothies, chia pudding and other vegan snacks.

Bonus tip: oat milk!

It is also worth mentioning that Johan & Nyström has some of the best matcha lattes in town. So if you’re in the mood for a hot beverage I would definitely recommend this place. And if you haven’t tried oat milk (instead of soy or almond milk) give it a try! You can get it at most places and it makes the even the vegan lattes extra creamy. Yum!


Svenska: Här kommer Amandas fem favoritcaféer i Stockholm. Det de har gemensamt är att alla har veganska alternativ och maten eller fikan smakar otroligt bra! Det spelar ingen roll om du är vegetarian/vegan eller äter allt – dessa caféer har något för alla!

Steam Hotel

Industrial romance in Västerås

What happens when you take an old 18 floors tall steam power plant in Västerås, throw in some really nice interior and a bunch of fireplaces? You get a really nice hotel, that’s what happens.

Just like most people, we too get caught up in the daily life, but we’re working hard to maintain a healthy work and life balance. If you’ve read the post about our visit to Oaxen you already know about our monthly date nights, and this time it was Fabian’s turn to make the plans. However, he took it one step further and turned it into a date weekend. Since we got engaged on New Year’s Eve, this was like a mini honeymoon. After packing an overnight bag, we jumped on the train heading to Västerås and the Steam Hotel.

The hotel is right by the water of lake Mälaren in an old steam power plant, so if you’re into industrial design, this is definitely the place for you. This building that once was one of the largest energy producers is now a wonderful design hotel with exposed brick walls and untouched boilers and pipes everywhere, accompanied with luxurious items such as big chandeliers. They did certainly not hold back when it came to paying attention to details.

The restaurant on the top floor offered a spectacular view of Västerås and the lake. This was the opening week of their new concept, which gives them a get out of jail free card for not having had the time to perfect their routines, but the food was still great. Interesting ingredients and flavors, all done with an Asian twist. Before we went home we had lunch on the ground floor, and it was by far one of the best vegetarian meals we’ve had in a long time.

The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the breakfast buffé. Eating a hotel breakfast is supposed to be one of the highlights of the stay, so it’s too bad that they fell on the finish line with this one. It should be an easy thing to fix, so we can only hope they have improved it until next time because we’re definitely coming back.

Head to the spa

The spa was nice and modern—almost too modern. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing time, we strongly recommend you to avoid the busy hours. During our visit, the outdoor pool was unfortunately closed due to falling icicles. This meant the indoor pool was just a bit too crowded and didn’t really give you the calming tranquility that comes with a spa. They do however have a quiet area, where you lay on big cozy beds in front of a big fireplace. It can’t really get much better than that.


Steam Hotel – Ångkraftsvägen 14, Västerås

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Svenska: Om du vill åka på en liten getaway över helgen kan vi verkligen rekommendera Steam Hotel i Västerås.Grym industriell design och ett härligt spa. Mysigare ställe får du leta efter!

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 2

Lisbon, we meet again!

It’s time for the second chapter of our Lisbon guide. This time we’ll cover a food market, the search for the best burger in Lisbon, a quiet café, and an old factory turned into a creative hub.

Hello, Kristof
The owner of Hello, Kristof was working in the magazine industry when he fell in love with coffee and decided then to combine his two interests. If you have some time to kill you should definitely head to Rua do Poço dos Negro 103, order yourself a coffee and an avocado toast, sit down and flick through one of the many lifestyle and fashion magazines that cover the wall.

Rua do Poço dos Negros 103, Lisbon

Photo: hellokristoflisbon.tumblr.com


Ground burger

The word on the little street called the internet is that this is the place to get the best burger in Lisbon. Without having tried any other burger joints, the word seems true. The buns are house-made, very fresh, and perfectly toasted. The milkshakes didn’t really live up to the same standards, but their slogan “Oldschool American Burgers and Craft Beers” definitely wasn’t a joke. Worth a visit? Absolutely.

Av. António Augusto de Aguiar 148, Lisbon

LX Factory
This is by far one of the coolest hangout spots in Lisbon. Some creative folks have turned an old strip of factory buildings into trendy restaurants, cafés, and shops. The area is filled with workspace for freelancers, design agencies and photography studios, so no wonder this place is just filled with creativity. Visit LX Factory on any Sunday and you’ll run into the outdoor flea market.

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon

Time Out Market Lisbon
Time Out Market is basically a huge food market that offers a huge variety of cuisines. Let’s assume you like to eat good food, but often have a hard time to decide on what to eat. Then don’t go to Time Out Market. With 24 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue, you’ll just want to have a bit of everything. But maybe that’s not saying that’s a bad thing after all?
FYI, it’s often crowded, especially during lunch and weekends.

Av. 24 de Julho 49, Lisbon

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 1

Bom dia, Portugal!

Lisbon has been on our radar for quite some time now. Well, it’s kinda on everyone’s radar since it’s one of the most talked about cities in Europe for the moment. After Fabian went there a few weekends ago to visit a friend living there, it’s clear why. It’s simply a great town.

It’s hard to put a label on Lisbon. Is it the new Barcelona? The next Berlin? Not at all, but at the same time maybe a bit of both, hence why it’s so hard to pin it down. What we do know is that it’s a vibrant city with a lot of creative and exciting things going on. A non-pretentious community, an exploding and really interesting food scene, and a come-as-you-are kind of nightlife—simply a good time in every direction. So for a couple of days, Fabian got to walk around the seven hills of Lisbon, just taking it all in for the first time. But definitely not the last.

Some Lisbon nuggets:

Pistola & Corazon
If you like Mexican food, then this taqueria is the place for you. Not only do they serve the best tacos in Lisbon, they do it together with a vibrant and easy-going atmosphere. Expect to wait a while to be seated, but that’s okay since you can have a drink in the street while you pass the time.

Rua de Boavista 16, Lisbon

Ciné Society outdoor cinema
Enjoy a cult classic together with friends and some ice cold drinks in one of Lisbon’s most iconic spots. This outdoor cinema is just one of kind and the demand for tickets is high, so book your spot to make sure you don’t miss out.

Terraços do Carmo, Lisbon
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Fábrica Coffee Roasters
This hipster-chic cafe was created with the mission to bring genuine specialty coffee to Portugal. With a farm-to-cup philosophy, they’ll provide you with pure and unaltered coffee from their producers’ farms in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Guatemala. This is a must stop if you love coffee and need to rest your legs after walking around in the hills of Lisbon. Also a good spot for breakfast or a quick lunch.

Rua das Flores 63, Lisbon

Park bar
Enjoy a sunny afternoon or bring a date to look at the stars together at this rooftop bar located on top of a … parking garage? Okay, why not? With its 180º views of Lisbon, this is a nice but not so well-kept secret. If you’re totally sick of other tourists you better stay away. If not, take the elevator to the top floor (there are no signs). Park serves a lunch and dinner menu that leans toward healthy cuisine, but we all know you come here to cool down with a cold beverage.

Calçada do Combro 58, Lisbon

Gast café

Great brunch at the beautiful and peaceful Gast café in Stockholm

The rumor about a new café spread fast on the streets of inner Stockholm. We knew we had to find out what the fuzz was all about, so one Sunday morning we went for a walk towards Vasastan to check it out. And we’re glad we did.

Gast is the sister café to the popular establishments Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 and Kvarteret, so we had a hunch that we were in for a good time for our Sunday brunch. The first thing we noticed when we walked through the door was the beautiful interior. A warm color scheme with soft pink walls and natural wooden elements together with green plants all lit up by the natural light from the large windows. With candles on every table and books about design, food and culture spread out all over the room, it was clear that this was a place where they encourage you to take your time and relax.

We were starving after walking all the way from Södermalm (not really that far, but still), so the next thing that caught our attention was obviously the menu. Even though the breakfast section only had about seven main options, it felt impossible to choose. Everything was right up our alley (kudos for their vegan dishes!), so we took the easy way out and got one of each. This turned out to be a really, really good idea since everything was yummy af! We’re definitely going back to try the lunch menu as well. From what we’ve heard, it’s supposed to be just as good as their breakfast. Maybe even better.

Get the porridge. Trust us.

Amanda had the oat and spelt porridge served with homemade fruit compote, tasty toppings and a very generous amount of almond butter, and it just blew her away. Order it, you won’t be disappointed.


Rådmansgatan 57, Stockholm
Mon to Fri 07:30–18:00
Saturday 09:00–17:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00


Svenska: Gast är ett systerkafé till Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 och Kvarteret. Ett riktigt mysigt kafé som är perfekt för frukost, brunch och lunch. Passar även för dig som är vegan!

A visit to Copenhagen

Food, shopping and design

Copenhagen is one of our favorite cities, and it’s easy to understand why. It has such a rich culture of food, fashion, and design, so if you love to eat and go shopping you will fall in love with the Danish capital just like we did.

During our summer vacation, we spontaneously drove down from Gothenburg to spend a night in Copenhagen. We walked around to wander around aimlessly, eating and drinking a lot of coffee. And a few weekends ago, Amanda flew down for a girls-only weekend together with her friends.

These are just some of the spots we really like:

Raw42
A modern approach to plant-based eating—no gluten, no lactose. Brunch, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, matcha lattes, golden lattes, and really nice raw desserts.
Pilestræde 32, 1112 Copenhagen

Photo: 42raw.dk/

Far´s Dreng
An amazing and modern restaurant that Amanda is totally in love with. They serve both acai and matcha lattes (her favorites!). Drop in for breakfast, dinner, drinks or coffee. Good for vegans!
Ny Adelgade 7

Nordicnesting.dk
The Danish are famous for great design, and it can definitely be found at Nordicnesting.dk. They offer a big selection of Danish and Nordic design classics, as well as new designs, arts, and craft.
Studiestræde 51

Westmarket
We love street food, so WestMarket in Vesterbro (really cool and laidback area) was like heaven for us. It’s really a mix between a marketplace and a hangout spot. With so much to choose from, it was hard to decide on only one thing. So we ate it all.
Vesterbrogade 97

Photo: westmarket.dk

BAEST
A cool industrial place with a chill vibe and tasty pizzas! They make everything from scratch with organic ingredients. The drinks weren’t so bad, either.
Guldbergsgade 29

ARKET
ARKET is the latest chain of stores from H&M, offering modern-day essential products for men, women, children and the home. Its mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time.
Købmagergade 33

Mad & Kaffe
Cool place with “tapas” inspired breakfast. We recommend you to order between three to five dishes. Just bear in mind that it’s not the best place for vegans.
Sønder Blvd. 68

Gasoline Grill
Gasoline Grill has been described by many (including Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world) as the best burger joint in Copenhagen. It’s located in an old gas station just a few blocks away from Strøget, the main shopping street. Since it’s so small, they only have a few tables outside, but it’s worth it.
Landgreven 10

Torvehallerne
Torvehallerne is main food market of Copenhagen. Over 115 000 people flock here every single week to eat or get fresh ingredients and specialties to bring home. In 2014, the British magazine “The Guardian” was put Torvehallerne in the top 10 of food halls in Europe.
Frederiksborggade 21

Photo: torvehallernekbh.dk/

Rosendal’s Garden

FARM TO FORK IN DJURGÅRDEN

When we want to get away from the city stress without actually going too far away, we head out to Rosendals Trädgård for a more relaxing—and less hectic—atmosphere.

We both live and work in the city, and now and then we feel the need to recharge. Rosendal’s Garden is an oasis located on the beautiful Djurgården island, and the easiest way to get there is catching the tram from Kungsträdgården or the ferry from Slussen. You could either bring your own picnic basket and roll out a big blanket in the orchard, or get something freshly made from café’s artisanal bakery. Everything is made from organic and biodynamic ingredients that most likely was harvested in their own garden.  They also have a farm shop and a plant shop if you’re looking to bring a bit of green to your home.

Since 1982, the Rosendal Garden Foundation runs the garden with the purpose to widen the public interest and knowledge of biodynamic gardening and landscaping. They hold courses and other activities in cooking and gardening, as well as harvest markets, guided tours, seminars, and art exhibitions.

Rosendal’s Garden is a driver of the farm to fork concept and the harvest of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits are used in the garden café and wood fired bakery.Rosendals Trädgård


Rosendalsvägen 38, Stockholm
Monday closed
Tues–Sun 11:00–16:00
Check their website for season hours

Kaffebar café

Grab a fika in Södermalm.

Kaffebar is a true gem when you are in desperate need of a good cup of coffee. Sit down, read a magazine, scroll through your Instagram feed, or talk with some nice locals—or do absolutely nothing at all. It’s all up to you.

Don’t be fooled by the humble surroundings of Bysistorget—this coffee bar is a nice stop when you need a refill of energy in the form of caffeine and sugar after some shopping in Södermalm. Kaffebar translates into Coffee Bar, and it would be quite weird if they didn’t serve great coffee. Don’t worry, they do. However, Amanda points out that tea drinkers might have better use of their money somewhere else. If you for some reason don’t drink coffee you can treat yourself with something from their selection of tasty sandwiches, snacks, and pastries delivered from Valhallabagariet, one of the best bakeries in Stockholm.

When the sun finally appears, which it seldom does in this country, the outdoor area will be packed with all kinds of people in all ages. There’s a minimalistic and easy vibe with a strong sense of culture lingering in the air, making it a popular hangout for artists, poets, and musicians.

We recommend you to not come here with an empty stomach. It’s more the type of place where you catch up with an old friend over a fika (a word you will come to love), or when you want a place to sit with your laptop to work on that novel you’ve never taken the time to write. If you get here early, start your morning with a small breakfast while watching Stockholm wake up and go to work through the large windows facing Hornsgatan.

Watch the cherry blossoms

Each spring, the cherry blossoms right outside turn this gloomy street into a display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year.

Bysistorget 6, Stockholm
Mon–Fre 07:00–18:00
Sat—Sun 09:00–18:00