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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0.2 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 $57 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 $27 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.
Places to stay from $11 a night
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||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||SEK 100 = $9.41|
|Average weekend price||$3 per night|
|Average weekday price||$3 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
It is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to. I really enjoyed walking around the city even though it was January. The weather was nice. All the attractions were pretty close to each other. I liked the old town. I visited the Royal palace.
Amazing city with really good food and very helpful people. Beautiful things to see and so much history to unpack. Also very cold but that is to be expected in January but inside every place it is really warm. People are helpful and there are so many elements to see in this city comprised of old and modern architecture on islands connected. The city is also so well connected that it is very reachable by walking if you are staying in the centre but the metro stations are a sigh to look at with each telling a different story.
Stockholm is what I would call a 'pretty city' - stunning landscape, and the lights at night and during winter really make it come alive. All of the Swedes that I encountered were friendly and helpful and a joy to talk to. I visited during January so I can't comment on the warmer months, so I would recommend making sure you bring LOTS of warm clothing as it regularly falls below 0C there. The public transport system is awesome and can get you around with no problems, if you want to do sightseeing stay near Central Station - it gives you the most options for getting around; train, bus or (my favourite!) - walking. If you don't mind the cold you will not regret your trip here.
We tended to stay close to the Gamla Stan as this was the centre of the Christmas markets and the reason we were there. The city centre is just like any other. The ferries around the other islands were within easy walk and cheap to travel on. You could not buy tickets in advance when we were there but just tapped in your card before you boarded. I would recommend the ABBA, VASA & Viking museums all very good. I would like to revisit in the summer to really get a better feel of the whole of stockholm.
Interesting metropolis, lots to see. I recommend walking through Djurgården, walking through Gamla Stan, depending on your interests, choose one of the many museums. It is mandatory to turn to Fika every day, recommended Vete-Katten. For local food: restaurant Nomad
Falling in love is the best phrase to describe my experience and feelings about Stockholm. Stockholm is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world I have ever visited. For sure< I will come back again to visit Stockholm in a different season.
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