Vete-Katten, which stands for “the cat knows” is by far my favorite cafe in all of Stockholm. From it’s feminist history to it’s 1930’s Parisian decor, walking into this cafe is like walking into history. There’s a modern section in the front where everything is clean, gilded and full of carbs! Then there’s the old school vintage section in the back that immediately emits nostalgia from this century old building.
Vete-Katten is recognized as a Swedish institution and was founded by a woman named Ester Nordhammar. She was one of the very few female business owners of her time, particularly in the pastry world. She made it her mission to only employ young women in the business and she stuck to it until she died in 1961. Before that, not a single man worked there!
Till this day, everything is made fresh and from scratch and the selection is endless. Vete-Katten is most know for their famous Swedish Princess Cake, which was featured on the Great British Bake-Off. The cake is made up of alternating layers of fluffy sponge cake, light as air whipped cream, sweet raspberry jam and a thin layer of sweeter-than-usual marzipan.
I haven’t visited every cafe in Sweden, but this is by far my favorite place to fika. It’s located near the Stockholm Central Station so whether you’re just arriving to town or leaving for your next destination, Vete-Katten is the perfect way to say hello and good-bye to Sweden.