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.
Places to stay from $14 a night
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.
Places to stay from $26 a night
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.
Places to stay from $19 a night
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 $64 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.
Places to stay from $11 a night
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 $13 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 10 = $1.08|
|Average weekend price||$141 per night|
|Average weekday price||$135 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Stockholm is a very nice place to be with both a cosy beautiful old city centre with great little streets to explore as well as modern parts of town with nice architecture, shops and all other things you expect from a modern city today. The whole city lies within a super surrouning with lots of water and room for nature.
Stockholm has a lot of places worth seeing - museums the Nobel museum, structure - avicci globe largest dome and an engineering marvel, botanical gardens, fotogrpahiska etc…the city is fused with classical and modern. It was a surprise for me. Only drawback is almost all of them close by 4pm or so except fotographiska Planning is needed if you want to see all places and spend time. Good transport system - metro and busses. Overall it was worth the visit.
We came for the holidays because we wanted a quiet, cozy and relaxing vacation and Stockholm in December was just that! We got to experience our first white (snow) Christmas while exploring the area. Stockholm is full of unique hidden gems from restaurants to cafes to cute shops (especially in Old Town!). The museums are never ending but only warning coming right before Christmas, many have changed hours or closed so plan accordingly. Overall we loved it and hope we can come back again.
Was in Stockholm over the Christmas weekend, so many things were closed. My main reason for going was museums. The Vasa Museum is a must see. The Viking, Ship Wreck, and Spirits museums were very disappointing. Walking along the water and seeing the mix of old and new architecture is beautiful, albeit something that should be done in warm weather as the wind in the winter is bitterly cold.
Stockholm is my home city and it’s just fabulous. It’s for young, old, singles, couples, families with young kids or teenagers - there is stuff for all to love and enjoy! You can shop to you drop - expensive brands to cheap second hands. Store Shaines and independent shops. Massage, fitness - Friskis&svettis day pass, coffee places to die for! You can spend the day just coffee jumping from one cake 🍰 to another. Love it. They are as delicious as the ones in Paris! Loads of take outs if you’re tired and just want to chill on the room. Museums and expos and loads of musical events. I live in the UK and love that, but Stockholm always has a massive part in my heart ❤️ Best times to go: around Christmas, then May - September. A no no time to go is November, February- to March as that’s just depression total. In the summer - hardly always light 💡 and just LOVELY. You can swim always all over Stockholm and take a boat out in the archipelago! Sandhamn is gorgeous. Enjoy!
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.
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