A bowl of hot chocolate topped with a cloud of whipped cream and paired with a slice of dessert is the perfect compliment to the cold of Swedish afternoons, and Chokladkoppen in Gamla Stan Stockholm is a wonderful locale in which to enjoy this coalescence of sugary delights. Chokladkoppen and its sister cafe Kaffekoppen sit at the foot of two row houses (provincial-hued and erect like the husband and wife from American Gothic) in Stortorget, the central square.
Stortorget, the oft-photographed cobblestone square, is the old heart of Stockholm. An old well, with gargoyles spitting water, serves as the midpoint and the old stock exchange now the Nobelmuseet, the Nobel Museum, and other small shops rest along the square’s boundary.
We ducked into the warm, low-ceilinged chocolate shop and squeezed into one of the small tables. Purchasable art adorned its squash-tinted walls—the artist’s theme seemed to be sad clowns, which was slightly unnerving yet intriguing—and the shop was very busy. The hot chocolate hit the spot, as hot chocolate tends to do on a cold day, and the rich cake completed the warming effect. Our sugar-rushed bodies were once again ready to brave the Swedish winter.