Here you can find the best tips of what the locals in Stockholm love to see, do and shop. This guide is perfect if you are spending a couple days in the Swedish capital and have time for a few activities and some shopping – it also leaves plenty of time to spare to explore other things in the city. Visit the unique open air museum that is an all-year favourite with the people in Stockholm or enjoy a brunch cruise through the scenic archipelago – both perfect activities for families, couples, friends or single travellers. Shop popular Swedish design at Svenskt Tenn or Granit, or fashion at Filippa K and Calou. These are the top things that locals love to do in Stockholm!
One of the best ways to discover Swedish history in a genuine an animated way is to visit the open air museum of Skansen. This attracts a real mix of international visitors and locals – all there to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Skansen sports a unique mixture of traditional and modern, and here you can see historical buildings that have been curated from all over Sweden, as well as wolves, bears, wolverines and other native animals. One of the most popular things to see at Skansen is when the mother bear leaves the den with her brand new cubs at the very beginning of spring. Skansen has been around since 1891 and today it sports over 140 different buildings – the oldest one dates back to the 1300’s! There is also a shop that sells genuine Swedish handicraft based on what you can see in the traditional buildings. There is also a special Skansen edition with many beautiful objects.
Address: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51
Please note - Skansen is closing November 27 due to Corona.
The grand ship S/S Stockholm moors at one of the most renowned and affluent addresses in Stockholm, Strandvägen. The ship was built in 1931 and was originally used to traffic the stretch between Kalmar and Öland, Sweden’s second largest island. It has since then been renovated and shaped in to the beautiful art deco ship it is today.
Today it hosts one of the best brunches in Stockholm. Here you can enjoy a 3-hour brunch cruise every Saturday and Sunday all year around. During certain months it also hosts a dinner cruise. All cruises with S/S Stockholm are found on the website. The boat takes you through the scenic archipelago and out to Vaxholm, the capital of the archipelago. Onboard the ship’s restaurateurs have prepared a wonderful brunch buffet filled with classic favourites and traditional Swedish dishes. The dessert buffet is one of a kind so make sure you save a little bit of room until the end! S/S Stockholm is owned by Strömma Kanalbolaget, who are an official supplier to the Swedish royal family.
Address: Strandvägen, Berth 16
Svenskt Tenn is an interior design shop that was founded in 1924 by artist Estrid Ericsson. Along with designer Josef Frank they created design that is still popular today. Svenskt Tenn, and especially Josef Frank’s textile prints, have become increasingly popular all over the world. Many discovered his prints as they featured in a famous scene in the movie Mamma Mia, where Meryl Streep does laundry surrounded by some of his beautiful fabrics. All in all Josef Frank created around 160 prints, out of which ca 125 have been produced. In the shop you can admire (and buy) designer furniture, textiles and interior design.
Address: Strandvägen 5
Granit is a comercial chain that has several stores in and around Stockholm. It was founded in 1996 and has grown to become one of the most popular interior shops with stores in Norway, Finland and Germany. They specialise in timeless Scandinavian design and fashionable, smart storage solutions. Here you can also find light fixtures, pottery, bags, bedding and kitchen utensils. Their products are often made from sustainable materials such as paper, wood and porcelain in fashionably neutral colours – typical for Scandinavian design! The prices are very reasonable so no need to break the budget!
Address: Stores at Götgatan, St Eriksgatan, Kungsgatan, Humlegårdsgatan and Långholmsgatan.
Filippa K was founded by fashion designer Filippa Knutsson in 1993 and has since then established itself as one of Sweden’s most popular fashion brands. The clothes have a distinct Scandinavian minimalistic look but are made with booth fashion and comfort in mind. They are designed to be worn day to day and are simple, practical and comfortable. The brand has a sustainable outlook and encourages their costumers to build a high-quality capsule wardrobe that last for a long time - better for both future and environment. Filippa K has both men’s- and womenswear, along with shoes and accessories. There is also a relatively new line called Filippa K Soft that specialise in fashionable leisure- and activewear.
Address: Biblioteksgatan 2
Another trendy tip is to visit Calou and their store on Sigtunagatan. Clogs have a longstanding tradition in Sweden and are, unlike the Dutch ones that are made entirely out of wood, made out of both wood and leather. In the last few years clogs have become increasingly trendy. Calou is a Swedish family-owned company and offer clogs with a fashionable design. Whilst the sole looks like solid wood, it has been lined with a suspending material to make them comfortable for everyday wear. Calou has a wide range of clogs, boots and heels – all made for comfortable all-day wear.
Address: Sigtunagatan 7