Whether you're desperate for some morning coffee or a way to close out a productive day with a drink, these are the best business dining venues in Stockholm. By Michelle Margherita.
￼Coffee pit stop
Since it opened in 1997, this coffee shop has become a Stockholm institution. Its relaxed “living room” vibe, cheerful service and range of Swedish cakes and smörgåsar (sandwiches) are part of the charm but it’s the coffee that stands out. In a country where bryggkaffe (filter coffee) is the norm, this venue excels in strong, Italian-style brews. Try the Mellqvist blend using beans roasted just outside the capital.
Rörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan;￼ +46 8 302 380
Paraden Kvarterskrog & Barservering
From the 1930s to the 1970s, Paraden was a cinema. After incarnations as a post office and supermarket, it’s now a luxury apartment block and slick café with a plush interior featuring the original velvet movie seats. A brilliant frukost (breakfast) menu includes Swedish classics such as eggs and caviar with knäckebröd (crispbread), as well as contemporary options like the super-green chia pudding.
Valhallavägen 147, Ladugårdsgärdet
Ring doorbell. Enter reception. Admire glass cabinets of meat resembling a Damien Hirst exhibit. Be whisked upstairs to the lounge for drinks and canapés. Trot down to the restaurant. Sit at one of just 23 seats. Enjoy a Swedish-Asian dégustation of delectable small plates from chef Björn Frantzén. Leave feeling like you’ve had a dining experience deserving of the restaurant’s three Michelin stars. Can’t get a table? Try The Flying Elk, the chef’s more casual spot, or one-Michelin-starred Ekstedt for Nordic fine dining.
Klara Norra kyrkogata 26, Norrmalm
Right on the waterfront in the Old Town is this slick Art Deco-style restaurant with a lively atmosphere that will have you feeling part of the crowd. Not surprisingly, French cuisine features heavily on the small-plates menu but influences from the French colonies, including Vietnam and Laos, make for an exciting twist – the smoked tuna tartare with caviar is exquisite. Throw in an excellent seafood selection, chic cocktail bar and huge outdoor terrace with views over Skeppsholmen island and it’s ideal for dinner for one.
Tullhus 2, Gamla Stan
Drinks with clients
Nosh and Chow
This former bank in the centre of the city’s night-life hub has been transformed into a chic bar and brasserie that’s all leather banquettes and mood lighting with a New Nordic-meets-New York atmosphere. The stylish downstairs bar has a buzzy vibe and a superb cocktail list, while the two minimalist bars upstairs have a quieter feel. In summer, the courtyard is the place to be. Book ahead. ￼
￼Norrlandsgatan 24, Östermalm
Top image: Nosh and Chow
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