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A Classic 1950s Café In Stockholm

Written by Christopher • September 2nd, 2009
A Classic 1950s Café In Stockholm

Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

I lived in Stockholm for two years but I totally missed out on this place. Café Valand was opened in 1954 by Magdalena and her husband Stellan Åström who also designed it. The café is located in the cute and lively area Vasastaden in Stockholm where it has sat frozen in time with its stylish wooden walls, signs, machines and tables for over five decades. And it’s still owned and operated by Magdalena and Stellan.

I highly suggest you give the place a personal visit on your next trip to Stockholm and enjoy this time piece which hopefully will stand for another 50 years.

I found the stunningly beautiful Cafe Valand in Stockholm when I was living there and picking up my daughter from the nursery nearby… took great pleasure visiting on wintry days…It is absolutely unchanged since the 50s – apart from the cakes…Valand is ‘L’ shaped with mostly dark-wood furnishings and has a pronounced ‘film noir’ feel about it. The counter as you enter has mirrors and neon, an ancient cash register, a coffee machine and a wonderful glass display case of cakes arranged painfully neatly across the shelves…

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Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand — Photo by kitka.ca

Above: Café Valand

Above: Café Valand

Above: Café Valand

Christopher

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Looks like such a lovely place! I’d kill to have some of those chairs for my dining room!!!

  • Robina

    OMG How wonderful! Makes me want to visit there even more!!!

  • @Jennifer Attend a auction or flea market here in Sweden and I am sure you will find some tasty Scandinavian retro furniture.

    @Robina Didn’t know you wanted to go to Stockholm specifically?

  • Lee

    LOVE the MCM furniture!

  • It's nice to see Cafe's like this. It has a very nice and relaxing ambiance. Drinking coffee on this place feels like you were in the 50's.

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