Surf’s up! Where to make your own office in Stockholm

In the first of a new series to help The Local's readers discover more of what Stockholm has to offer, contributor Gwen Ramsey offers some tips on where people who lack a traditional office can open up their laptops and get something done.

Surf's up! Where to make your own office in Stockholm

If you are like me and don’t have a traditional workplace then you have most likely been on the hunt for a decent cafe, restaurant or quiet place to set up shop for the afternoon.

I am currently “in between jobs” (otherwise known as an entrepreneur, self-employed, soul searching, call it what you will) and quickly realised that I’m not going to find my soul (or job for that matter) by sitting behind the computer in my tiny apartment every day.

I need to get out.

I need inspiration.

A place to sit that is quiet enough to get work done yet trendy enough for some good people watching and hopefully some good food as well.

After returning to Stockholm from living abroad for five years this was my first trial in getting to know my new (old) home again which means therefore it made the perfect subject for my first column for The Local.

I am pleasantly surprised to say that Stockholm has grown a bit and for those of us looking for an alternative workplace, the options are plentiful.

Read below to find some of my favourites and feel free to send in your tips.

Fotografiska Museet

You have to pay the 110 kronor ($16) entry fee even if you just want to sit at the cafe, but the amazing floor to ceiling view of the Stockholm skyline makes it worth it. They have a nice dagens lunch menu, good coffee and wine/beer plus snacks later on in the day.

Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet is slightly more challenging to reach than Fotografiska but is also blessed with an amazing view over town. You don’t have to pay an admission fee to sit at the cafe. There is lots of room here to set up shop and even an outdoor seating during the summer.

Scandic Hotel Anglais

Located between Stureplan and Humlegården, this Scandic Hotel is very popular for those needing to find an easy spot to pop in and get some work done. There are usually quite a few people who come and go throughout the day which can be a little disturbing. However, the proximity to your next meeting or to great lunch/coffee spots makes it a great option.

Stadsbibliotek – Stockholm City Library

It may sound terribly boring to work from the library for the day but this is a great option when you need some serious peace and quiet. Also worth noting is that this library happens to be beautiful with lots of windows which means that you don’t feel like you are sitting in a bunker. There is plenty of room to sit with your computer, papers, etc. Internet is free and there are power outlets to keep your computer going all day long. You can bring in food and drink as long as it is consumed quietly.

Cafe Levinsky’s

This cafe was one of my favorites during the summer. They have plenty of outdoor seating with umbrella covered tables so that you can sit outside with your computer and still see the screen. Their inside dining works great as well on cold and rainy days. The coffee here is good, the smoothies are even better, and the dagens menu is a great deal.

Mellqvist Cafe

A fantastic place to people watch. It can get quite loud and busy here but this is definitely one of the hottest places in town. Mellqvists opens at 6.30am for those of you like to get an early start to your day. Many say that they have the best coffee. I agree and also have to add that their sandwiches are quite good as well.

Rostat Cafe

Rostat is my latest favorite find. It isn’t too busy which means that you can often grab an entire table to yourself for the afternoon. It is family run and much care goes into the simply yet bright interior and French inspired lunch menu. Worth noting is that they also have a great selection of magasines which come in handy when you want to take a short break from work.


Coffee + Office = Coffice! The name of this cafe on Söder says it all. You can simply pop in for breakfast/lunch or you can actually book one of their comfy chairs in the “working lounge”. By becoming a member of Coffice you have access to their meeting rooms, printing services and catering for larger groups. In a nutshell it is a SoFo version of a more traditional office hotel.

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Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

Josh Liew

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