June 15, 2017

The Café Tram

Now for something a little different...
Café Tram - Cafévagnen
I have mentioned several times, and even wrote a blog article back in 2011, that an easy way to get out to the island of Djurgården (where many of the main Stockholm attractions are located) from downtown Stockholm is the Djurgården street car/tram. They are in the process of extending the route on both ends, but currently the tram runs from Sergels torg in the downtown area out to Waldemarsudde on Djurgården and back.
Route map of Djurgård trams
By Stadscykel, OpenStreetMap contributors - own work and openstreetmap.org, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11229277
This line is trafficked by modern trams. However, they do still have some of the vintage trams running. These run  between Norrmalmstorg (in-between Kungsträdgården and Nybroplan on the map above) and Waldemarsudde. One of these vintage trams is the Café Tram (Cafévagnen), which is easily recognized by the coffee cup on its roof... though the overall look does change from year to year depending on the sponsor. The Café Tram is exactly what the name suggests: a mobile café. Surely you have heard of the Swedish tradition of the "fika" (socializing over coffee/tea with pastries)? Well, this is a great way to experience fika while sightseeing!
While the regular trams are part of the public transportation system and can be accessed using the transport (SL) card, the Café Tram is not. You pay your fare (and fika) on board the tram. A single adult fare, for example, costs 35 SEK. Full fare list here. The trams run on Saturdays and Sundays only, between the end of March and end of December.  The fika is perhaps basic, but the service is very friendly and the route/views are great. Definitely an unusual and fun way to get around the city.
Modern trams!
By AleWi - Eget arbete, CC0,

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