Stockholm is the largest city and capitol of Sweden. Made up of 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, this captivating Scandinavian city is a must see on any European adventure.
The city is divided into five main areas:
- Normalm – The central business area filled with major theatres, the central railway station, shopping and nightlife.
- Östermalm – This upscale neighborhood has several major tourist venues, the Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology.
- Galma Stan – Filled with narrow cobblestone streets and government buildings, the Old Town is where you can find the Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament.
- Södermalm – The south island is home to the best views and sights of the city. Make your way to the shopping district of Slussen to find a variety of cafes, restaurants and trendy boutiques.
- Kungsholmen – Is the eastern tip of the city where the Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset) is located as well as two smaller, residential islands with parks and beaches.
Eat & Drink
The area of Hornstull on the western tip of Södermalm is filled with eclectic bars and restaurants with some of the coolest places Stockholm has to offer. In the early 2000’s this area was transformed into the youthful neighborhood you see today, reflected by the shops and restaurants that line the major streets. If you’re looking for a delicious meal or an amazing cocktail, be sure to try:
Marie Laveau – (Hornsgatan 66) This hipster haven offers everything you need in one night with a restaurant on the main floor, a dance floor in the basement and the Love Food Cafe next door serving some of the best sandwiches the city has to offer. Enjoy the spicy Cajun inspired menu while sipping on a carnival inspired drink during happy hour every night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Judit & Bertil – (Bergsundsstrand 38) Named after the owner’s grandparents whose love story dates back to the 1930’s, this one of a kind restaurant and bar has a warm and cozy atmosphere. It bar offers something for everyone with a unique take on traditional items and a large drink menu. Be sure to try the seafood risotto with one of their freshly mixed cocktails.
Hornhustet – (Långsholmsgatan 15B) Located in the galleria by the metro station, this three-floor restaurant bar has become a local hotspot. On the main floor, relax with a glass of wine with one of their delicious deli items. If you’re in the mood for something Mediterranean, enjoy Greek food on the second floor or kick back and soak in the amazing view of the neighborhood in Enzo’s Italian kitchen and football bar on the top floor.
Barbro – (Hornstulls Strand 13) Situated right by the water, this gastro-lounge has creatively combined a delicious menu of Western-infused Asian cuisine with a lounge area that showcases films and local DJs. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their special tasting menu where the chef prepares for your party a variety of plates with accompanying drinks to showcase their unique culinary creations.
With fashion icons like Robyn and Lykee Li hailing from this Nordic capitol, it is no wonder that Stockholm is known for the unique and eclectic street style. The pedestrian street of Götgatan is lined with unique shops and trendy boutiques. Find your Swedish inspired fashion look at:
Monki – (Götgatan 19) A youthful women’s clothing line, known for it’s quirky combination of flirty feminine prints and unique patterns, showcasing the latest in eclectic Swedish street style fashion.
Weekday – (Götgatan 21) The Cheap Monday’s concept store offers the latest in progressive Scandinavian fashion trends where you can find their signature jeans along with a variety of contemporary and alternative Swedish brands.
Bruno Götgatsbacken – (Götgatan 36) The galleria filled with a variety of Swedish and International brands including Filippa K, Whyred and H&M.
Museums To See
When I travel, I love to explore the different museums a city has to offer. With over 70 museums to choose from, there is always plenty to see and do in Stockholm!
Kungliga Djurgården is the island in central Stockholm where you can find a variety of historical buildings and monuments, museums, galleries and the amusement park Gröna Lund. Accessible by tram or by boat, spend the afternoon wandering through the luscious green parklands which are part of the National City Park, or visit one of the many museums the island has to offer; including the Nordic Museum, Skansen open air Museum, the marine Vasa Museum and, my personal favorite, the landmark in Swedish cultural history –The ABBA Museum.
Stockholm’s Photography Museum, Fotografiska, was opened in 2010 on Södermalm. With four larger exhibits and up to 20 smaller exhibitions rotating annually, this museum is home to an amazing collection of contemporary photography. Located right on the harbor, the bistro on the top floor sells delicious saffron and cinnamon buns, and has one of the best views of the city.
Have you been to Sweden? What are your favorite spots to visit in this Scandinavian capitol?
Images via Caleigh Alleyne