While Scandinavia is not famous for its warm and fuzzy year-round weather, the beautiful spring and summer months are rooftop friendly and well worth waiting for.
The colder winter also means that when the sun finally arrives, Scandinavians make sure to make the the most of it. So on any given warm day you can expect the rooftop bars (and pretty much all outdoor terraces) to be filled with a large crowd and a great atmosphere.
Recent years has seen a boom of rooftop bars in Scandinavia, and there are new ones opening up every season. Here is our list of the 10 best rooftop bars in Scandinavia 2020.
Opened in 2016, TaKeT can be found on the 7th floor of Comfort Hotel Gothenburg, offering a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Serving jaw-dropping views of the nearby river and Gothenburg's skyline, TaKeT is known not only because of its delicious drinks but also because of its events, which cover anything from live DJ shows to rooftop yoga sessions.
TaKeT is a fantastic destination for the summer, as its open and airy feel helps visitors keep fresh, while a retractable roof also offers cover if needed. Have a seat in one of the comfy loungers, or mingle around the vibrant rooftop bar.
Up here, you can enjoy a fantastic variety of cocktails, wines, beers on tap or by the bottle, and even a small offering of champagne.
During the weekends, you can also find a selection of street food and freshly made BBQ, though if you're hungry, you can always head downstairs to the hotel's restaurant.
Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 41121 Gothenburg, Sweden
Open when the weather allows, around 3pm-midnight
Also known as Stockholm Under the Stars, SUS is one of Stockholm's best-known bars, as well as one of the most famous rooftop destinations in the entire country.
This large rooftop venue offers roughly 1200 square meters of space for casual celebrations, parties, and relaxations, as well as three bars, a rooftop gym, a radio station booth, and jaw-dropping views of the city and the Lake Mälaren's inlet.
The SUS atmosphere can better be described as "upscale but without pretentions," thanks in part to its casual chic atmosphere and its first-come, first-served policy.
The rooftop's three bars are well-stocked, offering cocktails, wines, champagne, beers, international street food, and SUS's famous Frozé slushies, which are remarkably popular during the summer.
In fact, Stockholm Under the Stars is one of the city's favorite summer destinations, thanks to its open floor plan and seasonal events, like BBQs, rooftop cinema, and rooftop yoga.
Brunkebergstorg 2-4, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
Tue-Wed: 3pm-11am / Thu: 3pm-midnight / Fri-Sat: 3pm-1am / Sun: 1pm-10pm
Trendy, modern, and located on one of Oslo's most unique hotels (The Thief), this rooftop venue offers genuinely amazing panoramic views of the city's skyline, the Holmenkollen Hills, and the Aker Brygge.
Open from April to late autumn, Thief Roof Bar features comfy lounge furniture and traditional stools for your comfort.
Though the bar features an airy, almost entirely open floor plan, portable glass walls, a sliding roof, and heater lamps are readily available if the night turns cold.
Thief's atmosphere is vibrant and casual, perfect for drinks with friends and after-work cocktails.
Drink-wise, expect beers, wines, liquors and signature cocktails, as well as small but delicious summer dishes.
If you're looking for something heartier to eat, you can also find the Thief Roof Grill on the same floor, where you can enjoy delicious grilled meats and more.
THIEF ROOF BAR
Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway
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One of Stockholm's newest rooftop venues, Arc, is located on the 11th floor of the modern Blique by Nobis hotel and offers jaw-dropping views of Vasastan and Stockholm's skyline.
This rooftop bar's location makes it a popular destination amongst locals, which makes it a fantastic choice for when you need a private spot away from the most hectic tourist-areas.
This gorgeous rooftop venue boasts a sleek and natural design, with multilevel options, indoor and outdoor seatings, tasteful decoration, and a classic and stylish atmosphere you're sure to love.
The indoor rooftop restaurant is a year-round destination, while the open-air terrace is reserved for the warmer months.
Up at Arc you can enjoy seasonal dishes based on local ingredients, inspired by European and Asian cuisine.Like the food, drinks are a mix of European and Asian-inspired cocktails, as well as more traditional drinks like beers, wines, champagne, and sake.
Gävlegatan 18, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Tue-Fri: 4pm-midnight / Sat: 1pm-midnight
Located on top of the popular Illum shopping mall, this beautiful rooftop terrace offers a mix of bars, cafés, restaurants and food markets, perfect for pleasing even the most demanding palate.
Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, stunning and varied views over the city, and a tremendous assortment of food and drink options, the Illum Rooftop is the perfect place for when you're looking for novelty.
Up here, you can buy a freshly brewed brew and accompany it with a fantastic pork sandwich.
Then, you can walk a few steps to a fantastic coffee shop and buy yourself fresh coffee before wandering around the gourmet supermarket, looking for delicious ingredients to take home.
Seafood, traditional dishes, beer, coffee, Italian food, champagne, cocktails, beer, and more; Whatever you're looking for, you can find it up here.
Købmagergade 20, 1150 Copenhagen, Denmark
Mon-Sat: 10am–10pm / Sun: 10am-8pm
A modern rooftop bar with an international touch, set on the 8th floor of Scandic Continental Stockholm, right opposite the city central station.
With location right in the herat of the city, the outdoor terrace offers fantastic views over Södermalm, Kungsholmen and the City Hall, as well as being a sun-trap during pretty much all day during summer.
Thanks to the stylish inddor sky bar, Capital can also welcome guests for relaxing afternoons and vibrant nights all year round.
While the rooftop bar offers an impressive wine list and a large selection of beers and bar food, the true pride are the well-crafted and unique signature cocktails.
Come early to enjoy drinks in the Stockholm sun, and stick around through the night for party vibes with a large and festive crowd.
Vasagatan 22, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
Mon–Thur: 4pm–1am / Fri-Sat: 2pm–2am / Sun: 2pm-midnight
Are you're looking for a sleek, modern, and sophisticated venue where you can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere and impress a special someone?
Then head over to Kassai in the Sky, set on top of the fantastic Story Hotel Studio Malmö, where you'll find one of the best Japanese restaurants in Malmö, as well as one of the best views.
The menu is split into three categories, Sushi, Robata, and Izakaya, ensuring variety and quality in every bite, meaning you'll be able to visit this fantastic restaurant even if you don't like fish.
While sushi is featured heavily, you can also find Japanese BBQ, edamame, and other traditional dish and snacks alongside fantastic Japanese-inspired drinks that use exotic spices and herbs for a special touch.
Kasai offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an exclusive atmosphere and jaw-dropping views, making it a must-visit for Japanese food lovers out there, as well as those who are looking for a brand new experience.
KASAI IN THE SKY
Tyfongatan 1, Norr, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
Mon-Thu: 5pm-11pm / Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am / Sun: 5pm-10pm
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Located right by the waterfront, the Palace Restaurant is known not only for its stunning views of the city, but also for its fantastic restaurant.
This gorgeous rooftop venue serves high-end Scandinavian and European cuisine, complemented by a fantastic wine list, craft beers liquors, and expertly mixed cocktails, both signature and classic.
Offering both indoor and outdoor seating areas, as well as a dedicated restaurant and a separated bar area, the Palace Restaurant and the Palace Bar, are wonderful destinations to start, or finish, any visit to Helinski.
Reservations are highly encouraged, particularly if you plan to stay for dinner, which we can't recommend enough.
10 Eteläranta 10 00130, Helsinki, Finland
Bar: Tue-Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm / Restaurant: Tue-Sat: 6pm-11pm
To put it simply, when it comes to enjoying a fantastic glass of wine, there's no better place than The Winery Hotel. Or more precise: the Winery Rooftop Terrace.
The venue comes with its very own winery, as well as an enormous collection of wines from all over the world: that and the opportunity to drink in just about every area of the hotel.
For a fantastic drinking experience, though, you can't beat the hotel's rooftop; Up here, you can enjoy not only awe-worthy views of Solna and Friends Arena, but also the hotel's heated rooftop pool and one of the city's coolest outdoor bars.
The atmosphere during summer is relaxed and enjoyable, sometimes more lively thanks to live DJs and music, entertaining the diverse crowd.
While the rooftop bar is a summer destination, the rooftop pool is open year-round. Just peep in mind that the pool is for guests only, though in summer all can use it by getting a day pass, which gives you access to the pool and a room to change and relax.
WINERY ROOFTOP TERRACE
Rosenborgsgatan 20, 16974 Solna (Stockholm), Sweden
Located in one of Gothenburg's busiest streets, Cielo Rooftop Bar offers a laid-back Italian-inspired atmosphere and lovely views of the city's skyline.
Set on top of Hotel & Ristorante Bellora, this rooftop venue is elegantly furnished and well-stocked, offering expertly-mixed cocktails, beers, wines, pizzas, cheese platter, and more.
Small tables, large lounge sofas, traditional stools, and other seating arrangements decorate Cielo, and the soft DJ music and personalized service make any visit to this venue one to remember.
If you're looking for a livelier atmosphere, look for 8eight, a fantastic night-club located on the bottom floor of the same building.
It doesn't offer the same views as Cielo, but it's a well-known party spot in Gothenburg.
CIELO ROOFTOP BAR
Kungsportsavenyn 6, 411 36 Gothenburg, Sweden
Sun-Thu: 4pm-midnight / Thu-Fri: 4pm-1am / Sat: 2pm-1am
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