When I first moved to Stockholm a couple of months ago I spent a lot of time in the old town – Gamla Stan. It is a very small and beautiful island. It is by far the most touristic part of Stockholm. This, in some senses, was fairly reassuring when I didn’t really know my way around the city. In Gamla Stan it doesn’t really matter if you look like a lost tourist. You are surrounded by thousands of those! When I got to know the city a little bit more – which by pure chance – coincided with the time I moved to Södermalm, I avoided Gamla Stan. That wasn’t really for me now that I was a”local”…. Of course, that is not fair. Gamla Stan is really beautiful. You just have to look for those little gems that are not only selling “I love Swedish Girls/Boys” t-shirts.
Ever since my first weekend in Stockholm I’ve been telling myself that I would go to Schweizerkonditoriet. Located on the main street of Gamla Stan, it feels like this café has been there forever. Seen from the outside, it really feels warm and the food is always really tempting.
I was walking on Gamla Stan’s main street, listening to music when at some point First Aid Kit’s “Ghost Town” came up. And this is exactly how I felt in Stockholm today. I haven’t been here for a full year so it is too early to say but I have the feeling that December 24th is probably the only day where Stockholm feels like a ghost town. Everything – well almost everything – is closed today. I would be tempted to expect the same thing for tomorrow, although I’ve been told that December 25th is a big day for bars and clubbing in Stockholm. We shall see.
When I realized that everything seemed to be closed on Södermalm I quickly came to the conclusion that if there were a place where I could have coffee today it would be in Gamla Stan. And I was right.
Schweizerkonditoriet was one of the few cafés open today. Seen from the inside though it didn’t feel as warm as I was hoping. Maybe because everything else was closed so it also attracted a different clientele, including the loud Russians drinking beer at the table next to mine. And one cannot make a mistake when walking into Schweizerkonditoriet. This place caters to tourists!
I was supposed to meet up with my friend RF today at an electronic store and set up new speakers at his place. Well, the store was closed so he joined me for coffee. He had a latte and I had a cappuccino. The most expensive coffee I had so far in Stockholm. 85 SEK for a latte and a cappuccino!
RF and I often argue. We rarely agree on anything. But this time we both agreed that this was not the best coffee we had in Stockholm. It could be that Schweizerkonditoriet was a bit overwhelmed today, being one of the few open cafés and with so many customers. To be fair, others have obviously enjoyed their time here.
I will give Schweizerkonditoriet another chance in the very near future. Even if I didn’t have anything to eat, I still think from what I have seen on other tables that the food looks delicious. And I can only admire their love for the princess and the prince!
Schweizerkonditoriet, Västerlånggatan 9, 111 29 Stockholm