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Twelve unmissable outdoor bars and restaurants in Stockholm

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Twelve unmissable outdoor bars and restaurants in Stockholm
Mälarpaviljongen. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/SvD/TT

When the sun comes out, Sweden's capital undergoes a rapid transformation as outdoor bar areas spring open and the city's residents get a boost of energy after the harsh Nordic winter. So where can you guarantee a cool atmosphere as temperatures rise? Here are The Local's top hotspots.


1. Södra Teatern and Mosebacke, Södermalm
The oldest theatre in Stockholm, these days a major club and gig venue, plays host to three of the hippest terraces in the city during summer. Based in the Slussen district, Södra offers stunning views over the capital's old town as well as the iconic Gröna Lund theme park on Djurgården.
The smaller roof garden attached to the main yellow theatre building provides the highest vantage point and a more intimate atmosphere, while the biggest crowds can be found in the cobbled Mosebacke area, which has a separate, buzzing outdoor bar and pitchers of beer. Situated in the heart of the hipster Södermalm neighbourhood, this is without doubt our favourite spot for people-watching when the sun's out.

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2. Mälarpaviljongen, Kungsholmen
Not the easiest name to remember, but once you've checked out this long wooden jetty bar, it will quickly become a place you'll never forget. Located on the waterfront at Norr Mälarstrand on Kungsholmen island, from here you can watch boats gliding underneath the Västerbron bridge. Mälarpaviljongen has its own garden and design shop, while evening events range from Sunday jazz sessions to dance shows and DJ nights. Unlike at most bars and restaurants in Stockholm, you can't book a table here, but with 700 seats you shouldn't have to wait too long for a spot.
Opening hours: 11am-1am

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3. Orangeriet, Kungsholmen
Along the same stretch of water as Mälarpaviljongen, Orangeriet specializes in fresh, fruity cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine. Plump cushions, wooden floors and terracotta pots sprouting brightly coloured flowers give the interior such a homely feel that you might never want to step foot into the outdoor garden. But once there, you'll be greeted with fresh air and first class views of Stockholm's Södermalm island.
Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am-1am
Sunday: 11.30am-10pm
4. Rosendals Trädgård, Djurgården
While only open until 5pm, this garden centre's cafe is a plum spot to sip some locally-sourced organic wine and beer during the summer months, surrounded by vegetables, herbs, flowers and apple trees. Located in the middle of a park on on Djurgården island, you'll feel like you're deep in the Swedish countryside. In reality, you're just a twenty-minute walk from the upmarket Östermalm district or a quick ferry ride from the city centre.
Opening hours: 11am-5pm

Rosendal's Gardens. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
5. Josefina, Djurgården
Josefina is where Stockholm's best-heeled crowd hangs out to watch the sun go down. While you'll find chinos and blazers aplenty and champagne flowing, this remains a relaxed venue in a city famed for its modesty and lack of excess. Situated just behind Stockholm's Nordic Museum it boasts superb views of the Djurgården canal, where you'll likely spot some large boats to match the bank balances of this jetset haunt's stylish clientele.
Opening hours: 11am-1am

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6. Två Små Svin, Årsta

The name of the restaurant may mean "two little swines", but the food is top-notch. They specialize in Danish sandwiches smørrebrød, with a huge spread of toppings including eel, salmon and slow-cooked pork. If you get thirsty, they've got a long list of Czech beer and Scandinavian akvavit. The indoor restaurant is quite small, but the outdoor area offers a lot more space and it is usually possible to get a table without booking. Get here by bus, walk from Gullmarsplan south of Södermalm or take the tvärbana line.

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday: 12pm-10pm

Saturday - Sunday: 11am-10pm

Website: www.tvåsmå


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7. Piren, Kungsholmen
The underrated Kristineberg neighbourhood on the island of Kungsholmen has had a major makeover in recent years and is now home to a strip of upmarket bars and restaurants clustered along the waterfront, in what is one of the city's top swimming spots. While the area lacks Östermalm's chic vibe or Södermalm's hipster identity, if you're a fan of minimalist modern architecture and interiors, then this glass-walled bar and restaurant is the place to be.
Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 11am-9pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11pm-10pm
Saturday: 12pm-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-9pm
8. Pharmarium, Gamla Stan
Fancy a break from the water? This bar has a small but gorgeous terrace offering you a very different view of Stockholm, looking out over the most famous square in the city's Gamla Stan (Old Town) and its bright red and yellow painted town houses. It sits on the site of the Swedish capital's first pharmacy, which dates back to 1575. Since opening in 2013, Pharmarium has become one of the few drinking holes in the area coveted by locals as well as passing tourists. It specializes in original craft cocktails with a menu listing recommended small plates designed to compliment each drink.
Opening hours:
Sunday - Tuesday: 4.30pm-11pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 4.30pm-12am
Friday - Saturday: 4.30pm-1am
9. Berns, Östermalm

Perhaps the ultimate venue on Stockholm's nightlife circuit, Berns is a restaurant, hotel, and club featuring several different bar areas for a capacity of 1,200. The impressive 19th century building includes an outdoor balcony area which is rammed with a young, mainstream crowd on weekends and a more sophisticated set during the week. There is also a slightly more peaceful terrace just across the courtyard, serving French classics, plus an Asian restaurant.

Opening hours: 11.30am-1am


Berns. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
10. Trädgården, Södermalm

The mother ship of Stockholm's club scene, this summer-only semi-outdoor venue is located in Skanstull on Stockholm's hipster island Södermalm. Here you can eat, drink, dance or play ping pong or boules from late afternoon until the early hours.


Trädgården. Photo: Helena Landstedt/TT

11. Mister French, Gamla Stan

Once a customs house in the old town of Gamla Stan, this brasserie, known as Mister French, has been completely renovated into a restaurant with beautiful waterfront views. The owners combined a 1920's "Great Gatsby" style with a French atmosphere to give visitors an unforgettable experience. The outdoor lounge entertains both tourists and locals by regularly hosting live bands and DJs. Whether you are inside in the dining area which exudes a sense of French mystery or outside relaxing on one of the sofas, you are bound to have a great night.

Opening hours:

Monday - Tuesday: 11.30am-9pm

Wednesday: 11.30-10pm

Thursday: 11.30am-11pm

Friday: 11am-1am

Saturday: 11.30-1am

Sunday: 11.30-12am



12. Sjöpaviljongen, Bromma

Inspired by the archipelago which makes up the city of Stockholm, Sjöpaviljongen is an ideal spot for the summer. This waterfront restaurant in Bromma hosts weddings, parties and even baptisms, but if all you want is a great dining experience, you can get that too. Open 363 days a year and on most holidays, the fare is based on local Swedish food and changes seasonally. 

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday: 11.15am-10pm

Saturday: 12pm-10pm

Sunday: 12pm-9pm



Article first published in 2015 and updated in 2019.


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