A lesbian-owned feminist café, Copacabana sits right on the western edge of Södermalm, sharing a building with the independent Rio movie theatre. Known for an out-of-this-world orange-chili hot chocolate, the café also offers an array of tempting eats, including an open-faced basil tofu and miso paste sandwich. At least one soup and two dishes are served per week, of which at least one is always vegan.
Oh, and the waterside location doesn't hurt either.
Hornstulls Strand 3
117 39 Stockholm
2. Gilda's Rum
Diners at this charming Södermalm café rave about its intimate and homely atmosphere, which gives one the sense they're in an antique parlor. It's the type of place where you might find a dog curling up in the spot you were about to go after. When the weather is nice out, force yourself out of one of the plush armchairs of Gilda's interior and enjoy one of the café's simple and tasty pastries at a sunny and bright outdoor table.
116 35 Stockholm
3. Café String
Offering a relaxed and dimly lit atmosphere with sofas and armchairs– all for sale if you find yourself attached to one– String boasts an impressive menu of both warm and cold dishes, with deals such as the 65 kronor “Pie of the Day” and 70 kronor “Lunch of the Day,” which includes bread, butter, coffee, and tea. Check out the extremely popular weekend breakfast buffet, which features a delicious spread of breads, meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and more for just 70 kronor every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 13:00.
116 40 Stockholm
4. Café Blue Lotus
The small, bright blue tables and chairs that abound outside this Södermalm favorite provide a quaint respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Medborgarplatsen, just a few streets away. Once you nestle yourself in its Far East-inspired environment to enjoy an afternoon coffee or homemade pastry, you're likely to never want to leave.
Café Blue Lotus
Katarina Bangata 21
116 39 Stockholm
5. Café Puck
On a street dotted with art galleries, Café Puck is a paradise for those who appreciate some aesthetics with their coffee. Sit inside with a friend and enjoy a conversation about the various art that features on the café's walls, or take your mugs and plates outside to sit under the Swedish sun and observe the creative characters that pass by.
118 20 Stockholm