Best brunches in Stockholm
With slick home-like interior features (and Stockholm prices) that make Greasy Spoon’s name sound ironic, this is the most sought-after brunch spot in the city – and for a reason. Their apple crumble pancakes, vegan Full English breakfasts and turmeric lattes are worth the wait. The music’s often Britpop, the staff greet you in English and the wallpaper’s London-themed. The only thing to reminds you you’re in Sweden is the pickled red onion on the avocado toast.
This small establishment in Vasastan has a reputation that defies its tiny size. Even on weekdays, you’ll find a queue forming outside STHLM for their ‘freakshakes’, cheese toasties topped with eggs and truffle oil, and their vegan brioche ‘donuts’ with mascarpone. On sunnier days, tables spill out on to the street – making it an ideal location for people-watching in this affluent neighbourhood.
New to Odenplan, the central square where Vasastan, Norrmalm and Östermalm meet, Eggs Inc is on a mission to replace bread and gluten with all things egg (egg pizzas, egg brioche buns, egg ‘bites’ with Västerbotten cheese and mushrooms). There’s scrambled eggs, omelette and egg pancakes too, making this diner a low-carb, high-protein paradise, with reasonable prices to match.
In their two elegant, light-filled cafés (one in Vasastan and one on Södermalm), Pom & Flora serve generous bowls of American-influenced Swedish breakfast staples. Their yoghurts may come with turmeric granola or roasted buckwheat and tahini maple syrup, and all are available vegan. If you’re after something a little warming, Porridge is also available, blended with popular local flavours like cardamom and vanilla or topped with cloudberries. Make sure to leave room for their gluten-free banana bread with sumptuous homemade peanut butter.
Every Sunday, Restaurang Mosebacke in Södra Teatern hosts two two-hour brunch sittings accompanied by live jazz. The menu’s an all-Swedish spread of pancakes, jams, freshly grilled waffles and some hot savoury dishes (vegetarian available) with bubbly to drink. It all comes for a fixed price of around €30. Book ahead.
How about kicking off your weekend in a former prison on Långholmen? The island’s old jail building, now a hotel with a restaurant, theatre and museum, hosts brunches from midday every Saturday and Sunday. Again, it’s a fixed-price affair, at around €30, and you should book ahead. The buffet offers a host of traditional Swedish treats both sweet and savoury.
If you fancy something a bit lighter, Café Pascal is one of Stockholm’s finest fika (afternoon tea) spots, but their ham and cheese croissants and egg and avocado rye rolls also make for a decent affordable brunch. Elsewhere, you’ll find homemade smoothies, chia puddings, a wide array of cakes, and to drink, selected loose leaf teas and coffees.
This place initially made its name for boldly blending American and European baking in wacky hybrid items like the hazelnut nougat donut and the red velvet cake croissant, but their brunch menu deserves just as much buzz. Open at 9am on weekends, Mr Cake serves the standard breakfast menu until noon, when it starts offering scrambled egg and almond pesto or smoked salmon toasties, brie and pickled fennel croissants and spicy halloumi in brioche.
With several outposts around central Stockholm and also in the Sickla neighbourhood, Urban Deli is a warehouse-chic bar/restaurant/grocery store that focuses on all things local and artisan. The breakfast buffet sticks to reliable basics with fresh smoothies, pâtisserie, filled rolls and generous fruit salads. There aren’t any surprises here – just fresh, well-sourced ingredients that very much do the job.
It’s worth venturing outside central Stockholm to discover the city’s village-y suburbs nestled between lakes and fir trees. Fruängen is one of them – an area where all the streets are named after famous women. The gorgeous old ‘host house’ in Långbroparken (‘long bridge’ park) has an all-you-can-eat brunch for €35. The menu is traditional Swedish, so filled with things like herring, scrambled eggs and cold cuts and soup. Dessert, tea and coffee are also included.