1.3 miles from downtown
From the bars and shops of Götgatan to the niche restaurants of SoFo, “Söder” is Stockholm’s hipster playground. Grab a cocktail around trendy Mariatorget, then tuck into a hearty dinner at Soldaten Svejk. When summer arrives, Trädgården outdoor club attracts the young and the restless with its incredible DJs and famously long queue.
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1.4 miles from downtown
After a lie-in, Kungsholmen is a quiet area that's waking up to city life. Light up the barbecue and play a game of Kubb in Rålambshovs Park, have some drinks on the lake at Mälarpaviljongen, or stroll the water’s edge under the towering city hall. For something a bit hip, you'll find the city's BrewDog bar on Sankt Eriksgatan.
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0.1 miles from downtown
The sights, the sounds, the free bus to IKEA! Norrmalm is the face of modern Stockholm. After coffee at the famous Vete Katten bakery, pick out a hand-painted Swedish Dala Horse at NK department store, or croon some karaoke classics at the Golden Hits bar. Go classily local at Rolfs Kök for dinner, with salmon, oysters, and even reindeer.
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0.9 miles from downtown
“Home to the crème de la crème of Stockholmers”. You’ll likely hear this announced as the metro arrives at opulent Östermalmstorg. Peruse the boutiques on Nybrogatan and recharge with a coffee at Tures Brasserie. To crown your day, book yourself a seat at the “community table” in Gastrologik to taste fine, new Nordic cuisine at its best.
Places to stay from $66 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
SoFo’s regulars are cooler than polar bears. This area “south of Folkungagatan” is crammed with gimmicky hipster hang-outs, like Garlic & Shots and the kitschy Vampire Lounge. Bone up on the latest local trends at Grandpa boutique, wander the weekend street markets, then feast on one of Bar Central’s roasted pork knuckles.
Places to stay from $31 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
This huddle of colourful medieval buildings is Stockholm’s heart and history. Take in the grand parliament and palace from Norrbro Bridge. Wind your way past souvenir shops and craftwork boutiques towards Sundbergs Konditori, the city’s oldest café. Warm up in winter with some mulled wine at the Stortorget Christmas Market.
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0.9 miles from downtown
If you want to chill, head to Vasastan. The bustle of the centre is just a few metro stops away, but the dinky bars and laid-back restaurants scattered around Odenplan attract a relaxed and more local crowd. Discover the essence of Swedish “mys” (meaning “cosiness”) with dinner at Fondueboden or a handmade dessert from Storstad.
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1.6 miles from downtown
Into museums? Djurgården will be your wonderland. Step back in time at Skansen’s museum village then hit the stage at the ABBA Museum. The Vasa Museum’s colossal 17th-century warship and its accoutrements will leave you speechless. If the Sun’s on your side, head for Josefina’s lounge terraces looking out over the water.
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Stockholm is one of the world’s cleanest and most compact capitals – even though it's spread across 14 islands. Some islands are connected by bridges for cars and pedestrians, but you'll have to take a ferry or the "tunnelbana" (metro) to visit others.
Regardless of how you're moving around town, you’re in for a treat. The picturesque old town, Gamla Stan, dates back to the 13th century. Here you’ll find old squares and narrow, cobblestone streets lined with gold-tinted buildings and fresco-filled churches. Stockholm Palace has over 600 rooms and several museums, making it one of the world’s largest, and the daily changing of the guard is a popular Stockholm attraction.
Learn more about Sweden’s medieval history at Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo, as well as the Vasa Museum – a near-perfectly preserved warship that sank only minutes into its maiden voyage in 1628. Over three centuries later, the ship was excavated up from the Stockholm seabed and turned into a museum. Take the guided tour to learn the story of its demise and resurrectio through short films and exhibitions.
Stockholm’s contemporary culture is just as interesting with plenty of bohemian cafés, designer boutiques, and museums like the Moderna Museet and Spritmuseum.
Take a day-trip ferry out to Stockholm's archipelago, famous for its pristine natural beauty and perfect for hiking, swimming, and fishing in the summer.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||SEK 10 = $1.10|
|Average weekend price||$137 per night|
|Average weekday price||$129 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Stockholm is such a beautiful city. I have walked a lot despite the below freezing weather and made little use of the public transportation, but it is there and very handy. You can download the public transportation app and it will help you a lot with planning moving around the city.
It is great to use one of the many e-scooters to explore the city center! - It is mostly safe riding on the cycle paths and can save you some steps over the day, and also give you more orientation than via public transport. My favorite spots: Djurgaarden (1. Skansen, 2. Vasa Museet, 3. Liljevalch Gallery, 4. Waldemarsudde, 5. Nordiska Museet (have not tried Abba Museum yet) Gamla Stan (1. Old Town, 2. Changing of the guards, 3. German church, 4. Slott) Södermalm (galleries shopping, walks such as the Montelius Vägen or the guided walk on Stieg Larsson's books) Moreover: Running around Mälaren bays, Drottninggatan/Norrmalm and Hötorget market place, bioscoop there, National Gallery..
Amazing city with lots of things to see and do. Plenty of vegan options for lunch & dinner if that's your thing. The people are very friendly, and if you're learning Swedish, definitely try to order things in Swedish! In my experience they'll talk back in Swedish, but switch to English when you don't fully understand what is being said. Great fun!
Stockholm is an ideal destination. Super-modern. Always in action. Provides excellent transportation and uncountable museums/bars/restaurants. You can not stop strolling around to discover every corner of the city. The parks, the rivers, the monuments define this place. Weather might be a problem, but only from December till late March. I definitely suggest it.
Stockholm is great city with beautiful landmarks and scenery. Easy to get around in and lots to see. And also good destination for a shopping trip as well as culture. Djurgarden is a good idea for both museums and amusements. Nordiska Museet is an interesting building with lots to see and Gröna Lund ticks all the boxes for the adventure seekers. A visit to Gamla Stan is wonderful, so nice to wander around the old steets. For a quick but good dinner or lunch Vapiano is always a good idea. And if you want to go to a more fancy locations I totally recommend Eataly, La Piazza - great food and good atmosphere.
Do not make the mistake to book a room in City Lodge. I can recommend City Hostel though. The Lodge is a total nightmare, while the other one is pretty good. What I loved most in Stockholm is that in the entire city the buildings are very very nice. There is a great architecture and when it does not rain the town looks so alive, it is colorful. The prices are a bit cheaper than In Copenhagen for instance, so being used to those, I found Stockholm ok. Overall I really liked that city. There are also quite many places to have fun, bars and clubs.
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