Despite being a rather cold country with a quite short rooftop season, Sweden has become a great destination for rooftop bars. Most of the best rooftop bars in Sweden are located in the bigger cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmoe.
But there are also great ones in the smaller cities as well. Most of these rooftops have both views over the city and surrounding water. From April – September you can enjoy drinks with a view from rooftop bars all over the country.
Here's the list of the best rooftop bars in Sweden according to the world’s leading experts on rooftop bars – The Rooftop Guide.
Chasing for an Italian romance in Gothenburg is possible. While wandering around the city’s main street Avenyn, your gaze falls onto a hotel. It is a combination of a rooftop restaurant and an upscale Italian accommodation in the heart of the city.
Hotel & Ristorante Bellora is a home to one of Gothenburg’s best rooftop bars - Cielo. After a short 7-story ride to the top, you are welcomed by the city’s majestic skyline.
Cielo is a go-to spot for a tasty cocktail in a casual atmosphere. We recommend the fantastic Margaritas they craft. If after a couple of cocktails you are in a party spirit, on your way out, you can check 8eight - a club, linked to the hotel’s ground floor.
The rooftop itself features a fantastic terrace with a lounge setting. The inside bar has a comfy and cozy smaller tables that bring out that intimate feel.
Hotel Bellora is considered a cosmopolitan and unique hotel, and so is its rooftop bar, blending classic style with modern twists.
CIELO ROOFTOP BAR
Kungsportsavenyen 6, 411 36 Gothenburg
From an upscale restaurant, to a chain of the highest class. Kasai just opened their second restaurant in Malmoe, featuring the city’s highest outdoor seating area.
With 250 square meters and a 360-degree viesta over the gothic-looking city, you can indulge in an entirely different cuisine experience.
The menu consists of mostly Asian fusion dishes, served with a style. We recommend you give the sashimi a try.
Once the dinner service is over, Kasai transforms into one of Malmoe’s go-to party spots. With internationally-known DJ sets and vibrant lights, you are guaranteed to have a perfect night out in the vibrant city.
KASAI IN THE SKY
Tyfongatan 1, 211 19 Malmö
If you’ve ever visited a skyscraper’s rooftop, you will know the feeling. 18th stories up, you can join the Steam Hotel for a spectacular view of Lake Mälaren, and invite your closest ones for an outside summer extravaganza.
With both options to spend time indoors or on the open deck, the feeling of warmth shines through every aspect of the Steam Rooftop bar’s concept.
Named Locavore Sky Bar & Restaurant, offering a mixture of Asian-inspired flavors, each dish, and member of the staff has an interesting story to share. For instance, one of the bar’s truly unique features is the large bar table - all built on an old firearm.
Dishes are served in a casual manner, suggesting to do what delicious food does to people - get closer, and share.
There’s also a luxe rooftop swimming pool, only open to the guests staying at the hotel.
Ångkraftsvägen 14, 721 31 Västerås
When The Winery Hotel in Stockholm opened in 2016, nobody expected it would turn into Stockholm’s favorite wine hotspot.
Swing by and enjoy a glass of fine wine over the setting sun, shining over Friends Arena. The decadent terrace is hip and modern, with industrial-themed decor.
The comfortable sunbeds allure visitors to stay longer than anticipated, whilst the edgy bar stools suggest a relaxing afternoon high above the suburb Solna.
Guests of the hotel can lounge by (and in) the heated rooftop pool. As a non-guest you can pay a daily pass for access to the pool, as well as a changing room and a trendy relax zone.
From the rooftop bar you can order simple pleasures such as pizza, cold beer and fresh juices, coming straight from the rooftop kitchen.
While the rooftop pool is open year round, the Winery rooftop bar is a summer destination. As a proof of quality, The Winery Rooftop was recently included in Forbes top ten new hotel rooftop bars in the world.
THE WINERY HOTEL
Rosenborgsgatan 20, 16974 Solna
Opened in the spring of 2019, hotel Blique by Nobis features an 11th floor rooftop restaurant and bar called Arc.
Located in Vasastan, off the heavy tourist track, it is the perfect spot to enjoy cool drinks under the hot Stockholm sun.
The indoor restaurant is open all year round, welcoming guests for a delicious lunch and dinner reservations. The rooftop bar, however, is in its full swing when the weather is warm.
The 360-view over Stockholm exposes pretty musch all there is to see, including the not so far Norra Tornen (Northern Tower) - one of Sweden’s capital most notable new landmarks.
The menu comprises mixed cuisines, inspired by Europe and Asia. Enjoy a set of signature cocktails, wines, bubbles, beers, and traditional Japanese sake.
ARC - BLIQUE BY NOBIS
Gävlegatan 18, 113 30 Stockholm
Located inside the city wall of the World Heritage town of Visby on Gotland Island, the Best Western Strand Hotel comes with a beautiful and quite hidden top floor gem.
Simply called Takbaren (the Rooftop Bar), the 4th floor terrace is intimate, lush and charming, and comes surrounded with fantastic views over the historical rooftops and church ruins, as well as over the ocean.
Just as the city, Takbaren is a summer hot-spot, perfect to start the evening with a drink before continuing out into the hustle and bustle of Visby.
The rooftop menu includes all the summerish drinks you need, from refreshing cocktails to sparkling wine and cold beers. There are also some classic Swedish dishes from the downstairs and year-round restaurant Matsalen (the Dining Room).
The 2022 season at Takbaren will start May 27 with weekend openings, and from June 26 to August 20, when the Swedish summer is really in full swing, it is open to enjoy daily from 4pm.
TAKBAREN AT STRAND HOTEL
Strandgatan 34, 621 56 Visby
Opened in early summer 2022, the impressive Scandic Göteborg Central is located a couple of hundred meters from Gothenburg Central Station, and the pulse from the city and the harbor district follows in through the glass-covered facade, past the large lobby, all the way up to the roof terrace and the rooftop restaurant Above.
Set on the 14th floor, this is the highest rooftop bar in Gothenburg, and the elevated position means amazing panoramic views over the river, Old Town, the Port of Gothenburg, and the ‘Lipstick’-building.
Not only the highest, Above is also the largest, combining a sleek interior lounge with a lush and spacious outdoor terrace, that is partly covered under a pergola, and partly open-air.
Both the interior design and the food and drink offerings at the rooftop bar take inspiration from Miami, spiced with a hint of the Caribbean, and here you can enjoy everything from creative cocktails to modern bites made perfect to share.
Filled with great music and a pulsating atmosphere, Above is open year-round and to all, and it is really a very exciting addition to Swedish rooftop scene.
Vikingsgatan 7, 411 04 Gothenburg
SUS, as locals call it, or Stockholm Under Stjärnorna rooftop bar is one of the newest above-ground spots to visit for a casual drink at Stockholm.
While the city itself is an endless fairytale to discover, with its gothic-inspired roofs, historical buildings and the surrounding water, SUS adds up to the underground jazz vibe while being perched atop the five star At Six hotel.
Located right in the middle of the city’s old district - between T-Centralen and the Royal Castle, SUS translates into Stockholm Below the Stars.
Featuring a 1200-square meter terrace with three bars, a rooftop gym, radio station booth and hidden panoramic spots, perfect for a casual chit-chat, it is one of Stockholm’s best viewpoints.
While taking in the beauty of the Swedish capital, choose between the differently themed areas within the bar - Molnet - sophisticated space that serves top-notch cocktails or Djungeln - an urban paradise with palm trees and sand in the middle of the Scandinavian capital!
Choose from a classical recipe, or try the Frozé Slushie. Foodies can indulge in an international street food.
SUS reminds of a rooftop park and has a fairly casual feel. The rooftop space doesn’t take reservations, so consider joining in early to catch some sunlight with a drink.
Later on, the vibes are high, and internationally-renowned DJs have landed for an unforgettable Stockholm party experience below the stars.
S.U.S - STOCKHOLM UNDER STJÄRNORNA
Brunkebergstorg 2-4, 111 51 Stockholm
Yet another party destination has been added to the Gothenburg rooftop scene. TaKeT (the Roof in English), is located on the 7th floor of Comfort Hotel Gothenburg.
Opened back in 2016, and located right next to the water, both the hotel and its rooftop have breathtaking views over the river Göta Älv.
Having stored the feel and vibes of old Gothenburg, the rooftop bar has a diversity of social events - from early yoga sessions to fine arts exhibitions. One of the most visited social activities is the brewery takeovers.
Friendly and relaxing in atmosphere, TaKeT has classic bar stools and tables, and a bunch of comfy lounge sofas. When the weather makes a sudden surprise, the retractable roof covers the naked area to keep all of its guests dry and comfy.
From up here you’ll get one of the best rooftop sunsets in Scandinavia. Add top notch service and vibe and you know that this rooftop is something extra! A must visit when in Sweden and Gothenburg.
Skeppsbroplatsen 1, 41121 Göteborg
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