City Guide: Stockholm

In November and December of last year I had the pleasure of visiting Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, twice. I fell completely in love with this charming city and wanted to share a few of my favourite things to do.

DO

Fotografiska, Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm / +46 8 509 005 00

An incredible photography museum which showcases some of the world’s most famous photographers, as well as the work of emerging artists.

Free Walking Tour

I did the free city walking tour with this company and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Even though it was freezing cold (hello, -7*c) it was well worth braving the elements to learning about the fascinating history of Stockholm and see some of the cities best sites.

Explore Gamla Stan

The historical centre of the city, Gamla Stan is all kinds of beautiful and charming and can simply not be missed. An excellent place to wander and get lost, as well as enjoy Fika (Swedish afternoon tea). In winter it is home to the cities historic Christmas Markets where you can keep warm by ordering Glögg (mulled wine) and eating your bodies weight in cinnamon buns.

Katarinahissen, Statsgården 1, 116 45 Stockholm

Catch the metro to Slussen and then make your way up to Katarinahissen for some of the best views of Stockholm. At the time of writing the lift to the top was not working, but you could walk up and enter for free by going up the slight hill behind it. Just ask in the McDonald’s if you need directions.

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View of Stockholm from Katarinahissen. Worth loosing my fingers to frost-bite to take this photo.

ABBA The Museum, Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm / +46 8 121 328 60

Cheesy? Yes! Fun? Absolutely! A must for any die-hard ABBA fans this museum is an interactive exhibition dedicated to Sweden’s most famous band.

Take a day trip to Uppsala

Uppsala, one of Sweden’s oldest and most popular University towns is a perfect day-trip from Stockholm. Only 45 minutes by train its easily accessible from Stockholm with lots to offer a day-tripper.

EAT

K25 Kungsgatan 25, 111 56 Stockholm 

The perfect place for breakfast, lunch and dinner K25 is a high-end, modern take on food courts. With a variety of cuisines there is something to suit everyone. Well price, convenient central location, excellent quality/delicious food and just a generally awesome atmosphere.

Fabrique111 28, Lilla Nygatan 12, 111 28 Stockholm / +46 8 20 81 44

A wonderful bakery located on the historical island of Gamla Stan, I couldn’t resist returning to Fabrique again and again. I developed a very serious addiction for their kardemummabullar, a cardamon and spice bun.

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Kardemummabullar (bottom) all day, every day.

Urban Deli, Nytorget 4, 116 40 Stockholm / +46 8 599 091 80

A popular restaurant, bar and deli this a great value cafe for food lovers, located in the trendy SoFo district of Stockholm.

STAY

STF Långholmen Hostel, Långholmsmuren 20, 117 33 Stockholm / +46 8 720 85 00

A converted former prison this hostel is one of my favourites in Europe. A little on the pricier side I would consider it excellent value for money as the rooms were clean with great amenities and the location on the popular island of Långholmen, a few stops on the metro from both the city centre and the ‘hip’ area of Sodermalm, make it an ideal base for exploring Stockholm. It also benefitted from having lots of cool bars, restaurants and shops (including a huge supermarket and liquor store) nearby at the metro station which was only a 5 minute walk away.

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