Stockholm is one of my favourite cities in the world!
Beautiful green spaces, islands, galleries, stylish designs, great food and the chance to linger on bridges under big Nordic skies…this city got all the hygge stuff you need in life!
Stockholm is the perfect place to visit for a long weekend, and you can easily get a good feel for it in a few days!
To help you make the most of your time in Stockholm, here are my top tips and recommendations.
Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town) | Start exploring Stockholm with Gamla Stan, which is the old town of Stockholm. It’s an area of town that dates back to the 13th century and is home to medieval narrow lanes and old buildings. Exploring Gamla Stan on foot and just walking around is one of the best free things to do in Stockholm. There are lots of cafes, shops, guest houses, churches in Gamla Stan.
The oldest square in Stockholm – Stortorget (pictured below) is one of my favorite places in the city. It’s the best place to sit back, relax, have coffee and watch the world go by. And don’t forget to get a delicious cinnamon bun (kanelbullar in Swedish) and coffee when you are there!
Vasa Museum | One of the most famous and most visited museums in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum, which is all about the Vasa ship which sunk off the coast of Stockholm in 1628. The original battleship is placed in the center of the Vasa Museum, while there are exhibitions surrounding that explain about the ship and how it was salvaged.
Medieval museum | Located underneath the Royal Palace, it’s fairly small, essentially consisting of a few of wide corridors and one gigantic, underground room, however, you could easily spend a couple of hours here and learn about medieval Sweden and life in Stockholm. Free admission.
Livrustkammaren | The Royal Armoury is housed in the spectacular and beautiful cellar vaults of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. For almost five hundred years items once in the possession of Swedish monarchs and their families have been kept in the Royal Armoury. Free admission.
Sodermalm | Generally known as Soder, is something of a city in itself with its own character, charm, and dialect. This area is all about old wooden cottages, chilled vibes, and scandi style quirky places. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants in Soder – and one of my favorite places Fotografiska is here too.
Monteliusvagen | When in Sodermalm, walk to Monteliusvagen for one of the best views of the city. This is a mile-long walking path that offers fantastic views of Lake Mälaren.
If you’re with someone special – go there around sunset time – it’s so very romantic!
If you’re traveling solo – it’s still a great spot to relax and re-energize after a long day.
Fotografiska | This warehouse turned museum has a great location and stunning views over Stockholm. I love photography and this museum is a heaven for photography lovers. I could totally live there! Fotografiska only features photography exhibitions, which rotate throughout the year. I went to the Swedish House Mafia exhibition there a few months ago – which was absolutely mind-blowing. You can always check online to see what will be there during your visit. You’ll end your tour in the Fotografiska cafe on the top floor, which I highly recommend as an ideal spot to enjoy a nice Fika.
Sightseeing Boat Tours | You haven’t really seen Stockholm if you haven’t explored the neighboring islands. Stockholm is surrounded by beautiful islands and waterways.
There are regular boat tours going from the harbour. Hop on one, and get to see Stockholm from the water.
I’ve absolutely enjoyed the Royal Canal Tour as it allowed us to see Stockholm from a different vantage point. They depart from Strömkajen in the centre of Stockholm and continues the journey through the Djurgården canal.
Art in subway | Stockholm’s metro is reliable, simple and often eye-catching. Get a day travel card, and get around metro stations checking out the art in the subway. More than 90 of it’s 100 stations have been decorated by artists.
Stockholm rooftop | Want some good views while having a drink? Then head to Takpark by Urban Deli. Great rooftop views guaranteed.
Eating out in Stockholm can be ridiculously pricey, but here’s a list of affordable options that won’t break your wallet that badly.
Urban Deli | The Swedes love to eat open-faced sandwiches, and this place has plenty of them. It’s both a shop and a cafe filled with amazingly fresh, artisan foods.
Prinsen | The most highly recommended spot in Stockholm for meatballs. And oh my…there were absolutely delicious.
Nytorget 6 | Located on the corner of a quaint street in a residential area, Nytorget 6 (which is both the name and address of the restaurant) offers a modern Swedish and Mediterranean menu.
Meatballs for the people | Yes, you guessed it right. They serve meatballs.
Brunch Club | The most Scandi brunch place you’ll get. And the coffee is delicious.
The restaurant at Fotografiska | Located on top of Fotografiska, their restaurant offer plant-based menu which is developed seasonally. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are the highlights of the restaurant.
There’s always plenty to do in Stockholm. Whatever you do, make sure you slow down and enjoy it to the fullest.
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