Get the most out of your visit to Stockholm with our guide to the perfect mix of activities – enjoy sustainably produced meals, discover Stockholm’s fashionable side, take a walk on the beautiful park island Djurgården, and learn all about the city’s fascinating history. All this in 24 hours? Not a problem with our top tips!
Start the day with a real treat: a delicious breakfast at the trendy café Pom & Flora, located in the SoFo (South of Folkungegatan, for those in the know) area on the island Södermalm, Stockholm’s hipster mecca, or the somewhat more upscale neighborhood Vasastan. Here, you get sustainably prepared breakfast foods all day round – choose your favorite start in the day from smoothies, vegan options, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, egg dishes, and lots more. Due to the popularity of the place, we recommend that you come here early – doors open at 7 A.M. throughout the week and 9 A.M. on the weekends, which makes for the perfect start to an exciting day!
Address: Bondegatan 64
Following this, we’re off to the day’s next destination: the art museum Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. Those of us who are looking to burn off some calories from breakfast can do so with a 75-minute walk there along the water through Gamla Stan, the Old Town, and down Strandvägen, Stockholm’s most exclusive street, down to the Djurgården which rewards you with some truly spectacular views. If you’d rather take it a bit easy but still would like some maritime vistas, you can even take the ferry from the station Slussen directly to Djurgården, cutting the walk down to 20 minutes. Originally, Waldemarsudde was home to Prince Eugen (1865-1947) before being turned into one of Sweden’s most popular art museums. The striking building is as captivating as the art exhibited in it and you shouldn’t miss out on taking a stroll through the enchanting park surrounding it.
Address: Prins Eugens väg 6
After enjoying inspiring art and relaxing in the park surroundings, it’s high time to head out to the next magical spot: Rosendals trädgård, which translates to Rosendal’s garden. Only a 15-minute walk away from Waldemarsudde, this has been a favorite spot for generations of Stockholmers of all ages. Stroll along the flower beds and see what treasures you can find in the garden shop before treating yourself to the main reason you’ve come here: a delicious lunch in the garden café. Depending on your mood – and the weather, of course – you can sit out in the shade of the apple trees in the orchard or in the remodelled green house. For the last year and a half, Rosendals has even tested new ways of preparing food with various kinds of produce that’s as delicious as nutritious. Moreover, everything that’s served here has been certified by KRAV, the Swedish eco label, and the kitchen even uses their own biodynamically produced herbs, vegetables, and fruit.
Address: Rosendalsvägen 38
After lunch it’s high time to head back to town – either a 40-minute walk or a short ride on one of the many SL public transport buses – and to Strömkajen. Once you’re there, we recommend you enjoy the view across the water before joining Stromma’s classic boat sightseeing tour Under the Bridges of Stockholm. Over the course of the next two hours, you’ll discover Stockholm from its most beautiful side – the water. Listen to the audio guide tell you everything you need to know about Stockholm’s past and present or go for a real Swedish fika – an afternoon snack of a cup of coffee and a baked treat, often a cinnamon bun – from the boat’s café. The perfect tour to get to know Stockholm and its attractions or to see them from a whole new point of view.
A day out and about in town can’t possibly be complete without at least some shopping, you may think. In this case, head over to Sturegallerian, an upscale mall in the posh Östermalm neighborhood, or to NK, short for Nordiska Kompanie, Stockholm’s most fashion-forward department store. Here, you’re guaranteed to find trendy clothes and accessories or, if you’d like to give your wallet a little breather, enjoy some window shopping. In the surrounding area, you’ll also find some more high street fashion geared towards us people with a regular income but still with a Swedish twist.
Address: Sturegallerian, Stureplan. NK, Hamngatan 18-20. Gallerian, Hamngatan 37.
Before rounding off the day with a great dinner, take the opportunity to grab a drink in a real art deco setting that’s sure to transport you back in time. The BAR S/S Stockholm is located, as the name would suggest, aboard Stromma’s flagship, the S/S Stockholm, that lies moored along the boulevard Strandvägen. This classic archipelago beauty was built in 1931 and has been renovated in its original style. The bar is open from 5 P.M. on several days a week. At 7 P.M., the boat takes off on a dinner cruise in the archipelago. Continue with dinner on board or, if you’d rather feel firm ground below your feet after spending two hours at the bar, aim for one of Stockholm’s new rooftop restaurants.
Address: Strandvägen, kajplats 16.
Conclude your day of discovery at the restaurant TAK, Swedish for ceiling. Centrally and conveniently located, it also offers an unforgettable panoramic view over the rooftops of the city. The food served here is an exciting modern take on Scandinavian culinary classics combined with tastes and techniques borrowed from the Japanese cuisine. The perfect way to end a day full of activities, food, and culture!
Adress: Brunkebergstorg 2-4