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Ten unmissable outdoor venues in Stockholm

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Ten unmissable outdoor venues in Stockholm
Mälarpaviljongen. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/SvD/TT
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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 and just a stone's throw from The Local's European headquarters, 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.
 
 
 

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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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 

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.
 
 
 

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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.

Website: www.tvåsmåsvin.se

 

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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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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 nineteenth 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.

Website: www.berns.se/en/

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.

Website: www.tradgarden.com


Trädgården. Photo: Helena Landstedt/TT

 

Article first published in 2015 and updated in 2018.

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