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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!

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

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/

Mahalo vegan café

A world-class vegan café in Södermalm

This café in Södermalm has become a super popular hotspot for people looking for a more conscious choice of fika. Get there early or expect to queue up outside along with all the bloggers and celebs trying to get their hands on some of Mahalo’s vegan treats.

At Mahalo, they make all their food with love for the environment, the animals, and of course–their guests. By working with organic ingredients from local suppliers, they prove that you don’t need meat or dairy to eat good food. Amanda’s biggest passion is food that’s healthy for both body and soul, so it’s not strange that Mahalo is her favorite café in Stockholm. Matter of fact, she loves it so much that she even worked here when she was studying food science at uni.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone full vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter—this instagram-friendly café serves great food that just happens to be plant-based. The sweet potato fries are straight up fire, the acai bowl with homemade peanut butter is unmatchable, and the matcha latte will make other cafés green with envy (pun intended). Oh, and the desserts are gooooood.

If you snooze, you lose

If you’re going here on the weekend, you should definitely wake up early—especially if you want to get a table in their super cozy backyard. And dogs are of course allowed!

Photo by Mahalo

Hornsgatan 61, Stockholm
Check out their awesome Instagram!
Mon to Fri 09:00–19:00
Weekends 10:00–18:00


Svenska: Mahalo är Stockholms, och enligt Amanda världens, bästa veganska café! Skulle du inte vara vegan kommer du ändå inte gå hem missnöjd. De har supergoda sallader, wraps, sötpotatispommes, acai bowls och de grönaste av matchalattes på Södermalm.

Hornstull’s Marknad flea market

Food trucks and someone’s old armchair

Looking to do some local and sustainable shopping, while also getting something to eat? Then just go to Hornstull’s Market in Södermalm. There’s something for everybody—whether you’re into vintage clothes or street food.

On the weekends, we usually get up quite early and hit the gym (Fabian) or yoga studio (Amanda), and then meet up to get something to eat. Last weekend wasn’t different, with the exception that Amanda was in Norway hiking with her family. If you follow us on Instagram (you really should), you know that she promised pictures of burgers. And I didn’t want to disappoint, so I jumped on my bike and headed west in Södermalm. I met up with some friends at Hornstull’s Market—a classic flea market where you can browse through stalls packed with antiques, art, design, and vintage clothes. But we mainly came here to eat our way through the food trucks lined up along the waterside.

The market takes place every Saturday and Sunday, from the first weekend in April to the last weekend in September, and when the weather gods are in a good mood, you will have to elbow your way through the hip crowd.

As goes for the halloumi burger, it actually wasn’t mine. I went for the smoked brisket from Brisket & Friends, the closest thing to a Texas experience you can get this side of the Atlantic.
Well, probably. I haven’t been to Texas—yet.

The vision

The people behind the initiative have the vision to make Stockholm a more fun city, and they definitely live up to that vision.


Hornstulls strand 4, Stockholm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00–17:00

Svenska: Om du gillar streetfood och loppisfynd ska du ta dig till Hornstulls marknad på Södermalm. Vi brukar oftast börja våra helger med att gå och träna och sen möta upp våra vänner här för att äta något tillsammans. Öppet varje lördag och söndag, från april till sista september.

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