Do you fancy some champagne sorbet, beetroot ice cream, or perhaps you prefer something less exotic? Stockholm has many ice cream shops where you can treat yourself, and focus firmly on the quality of the raw ingredients and the skills involved in making the product. Today is the day to hunt out the best ice cream in Stockholm and embark upon a voyage of discovery that will take you around the entire city.
So, just where to start this search for the dairy holy grail? It’s a question of taste, and you’ll simply have to get testing. Here are some cool ice cream shops you don’t want to miss.
On the “Requests Wall” at FRYST, you can write your suggestions for flavors you’d like to see in the freezer cabinet. Customers here are involved in the entire process—you get to request, taste, and suggest improvements for the flavors. Rehné Falkarp runs this ice cream shop with her son Kim-Benjamin. She explains how their flavors are chosen each day: “The big sellers like hazelnut and chocolate and salt licorice, are made every day, but we don’t decide on all the flavors in advance—we must leave room for fun! Yesterday we had a visit from our friends from Ekerö who turned up with a big bundle of rhubarb. We’ll use that for tomorrow’s creations.”
FRYST is barely more than a hole in the wall, down on Kungsholms Strand at the water’s edge. Tourists and locals flood here not only to get some of the best ice cream in Stockholm, but also for the great atmosphere. The owners, regulars, and other customers enthusiastically chat about the day’s flavors, and ice cream is clearly a topic unto itself.
The can’t-miss flavors are: mango and passion fruit, rhubarb and cardamom, and salty licorice.
18 smaker (18 flavors)
At Hornsgatan 64 is a tiny place that has been on several lists of the world’s best ice cream shops. Enjoy outstanding ice cream that flows with the seasons, or whatever the owners feel like making. Over the years, the 18 flavors that make up 18 smaker have expanded to around 30, but they are all still made using natural ingredients. Vegans will be in seventh heaven, as there’s a whole freezer full of suitable frozen delights, using coconut milk, almond milk, and other tasty options. An amazing combo to try is the beer flavor ice cream and lemon sorbet.
While you’re there try making your own ice cream sandwich—a scoop of your chosen ice cream squashed between two soft biscuits.
Would you prefer something slightly weirder? How about sea salt and olive oil, beetroot, or wasabi flavor? Head to StikkiNikki, at Götgatan 46, to try an abundance of organic, KRAV-certified ice cream. This shop doesn’t just sell crazy ice cream, but its range is huge and you can always taste a sample before you decide. StikkiNikki has several stores across Stockholm. Some of the popular choices include blueberry lavender, peanut butter crumb, and salted caramel.
Don’t forget theses new flavors: vegan oatmeal raisin, limoncello, and chicken and waffles
Italian sisters Erina and Rosa have been serving Stockholm residents delightful gelato since 1979, but the family’s ice cream tradition was already in full swing in the 1920s, when their grandfather began making ice cream in Italy. In spite of its busy location at Drottninggatan 22, tourists and locals regularly make the pilgrimage to Gelateria Italiana for ice cream with Sicilian hazelnuts and fruity, mouthwatering sorbets.
The can’t-miss flavors: variegato amerena (sour cherry) and pistachio.
Kungsholmens glassfabrik (or Kungsholmen’s ice cream factory), is a sunny spot, popular with both schoolchildren and businessmen in suits. Kungsholmens glassfabrik at Pipersgatan 14 has become a meeting point for Kungsholm residents. Enjoy the creamy ice cream and sorbets made with first-class raw ingredients. At Kungsholmens glassfabrik, you can even ask for half scoops, for those of you who are simply indecisive.
Make sure to try: mint/lime and peppermint candy cane.
After a long day of shopping, you’re ready to rest your weary feet and slip into Taverna Brillo at Sturegatan 6. Their ice cream is made on-site using natural raw ingredients. The flavors vary from day to day, and they feel rather grown-up, as they’re not all that sweet.
Your recommended flavor: pistachio.
Been to Bomans Glassbar in Trosa yet? Don’t worry, you can now enjoy their ice cream on Östermalm as well. At Nybrogatan 20 you can choose from 10 fresh flavors. There aren’t any artificial additives and the sorbets contain 50 percent fruit.
Gelato Sosta Bar
Step into Gelato Sosta Bar and experience how an Italian ice cream shop operated in the past. You can watch while the ice cream is being made using milk and eggs straight from the farm. Simple flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio dominate. Round off your break with a coffee from Sosta Espresso Bar only two doors down.