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Lifted restrictions - things to do in Stockholm


Restaurants, Christmas dining and activities

What has been the one thing that you’ve missed most during the pandemic, apart from spending time with friends and family? Is it going out to bars or restaurants, or maybe watch a musical or a show? Do you love football and have waited to watch a game live? We have listed some of the things you can do again when the restrictions are lifted on the 29th of September. At the bottom of this page you can find a map of where to find all of our tips.

The Government’s ”Stage 4” – this will happen

On the 29th of September the Government is planning to implement Stage 4 in easing the restrictions put in place during the pandemic. This stage will include:

  • The maximum allowance for participants during public events is removed
  • The maximum allowance for participants during private events is removed
  • All restrictions applying to bars and restaurants are removed
  • The guidelines to work from home are removed

Christmas dining in Stockholm

The Christmas buffet is one of Sweden’s most beloved traditions, and many are looking forward to being able to enjoy it with friends and family again this year. Why not book one in a unique setting to make the experience extra special?

Christmas dining cruise in the archipelago
Onboard one of Stromma’s classic archipelago ships you can enjoy a combination of views of the stunning archipelago in a winter setting, classic Swedish Christmas food and a unique atmosphere. This year you can book a Christmas buffet for lunch or dinner onboard classic archipelago ships M/S Waxholm III, S/S Stockholm and M/S Gustavsberg VII.

Tip – If your party would like to be seated in a more secluded area you can book your own salon onboard one of the ships (suitable for parties between 8 and 40 people). 

Christmas at historical Vaxholm’s Kastell
Every year a unique Christmas atmosphere is created under the arches in Restaurant Pansarbatteriet at historical Vaxholm’s Kastell. Here you can enjoy a generous traditional Swedish Christmas buffet with modern elements and vegetarian options. You travel to Vaxholm’s Kastell via boat that departs from Strandvägen in central Stockholm. On the way there you can lean back, enjoy the views and some mulled wine and gingerbread biscuits. 

Tip – For groups of friends, family or colleagues that like a challenge we highly recommend that you book one of the Christmas activities available, such as Prisoners at the fortress. 

Best restaurant tips in Stockholm

Whilst restaurants have mostly stayed open during the pandemic, certain things, such as number of guests allowed per table, have been restricted. This will now be a thing of the past – allowing you to invite friends or family for a meal at your favourite restaurant again!

Dining cruise onboard S/S Stockholm
Enjoy a fantastic meal onboard one of the most beautiful art deco ships in the city, S/S Stockholm. The evening will treat you to views over the Stockholm archipelago and dishes from the á la carte or one of the carefully composed three-course menus. All food is cooked onboard using the best seasonal produce. 

Restaurant Tapir on Östermalm
Restaurant Tapir is the perfect destination if you are looking for good food and a relaxed atmosphere. On the menu you can find everything from Tapir’s own shrimp toast with mustard sauce, dill and chopped egg to flank of deer and cauliflower gratin – there’s something for everyone! 

Shows, musicals and concerts in Stockholm

The entertainment industry was hit hard by the pandemic, and things like shows, musicals and concerts have been missed by many!

Saturday night fever at China Teatern
Finally you will be able to see the successful musical from Broadway and West End at China Teatern in Stockholm. It’s a colourful musical filled with music from New York in the 70’s and glittering disco outfits.

GES – Stanna världen en stund
Pop group GES (Glenmark Eriksson Strömstedt), became a great success in Sweden and have put together their first joint show at Cirkus in Stockholm. You can look forward to a grand, yet intimate, journey through their musical careers filled with their greatest hits. 

Wallman’s Stockholm – dinner & show
At well-known establishment Wallman’s you are the centre of attention and the experience starts as soon as you step through the doors. During the evening you will enjoy great musical performances and a well-composed dinner menu with delicious food and drink.

Activities in Stockholm – adventure & sport

Do you like adventure and activities? During the pandemic many sporting events and group activities were cancelled or replaced with outdoor activities, but here are some that you will be able to enjoy again.

Watch a football game live
Watching a football game live makes a huge difference to both the supporters and the players. You can finally experience a game live again and support your favourite team from the stands. You can see available games and purchase tickets here.

Prisoners at the fortress – group challenge
Enjoy a unique adventure with friends, family or colleagues and book the experience “Prisoners at the fortress”. The challenge consists of both mental and physical challenges and the goal is to together solve the puzzle by solving problems at different stations on the island and the team that reaches the treasure cage first wins! 

Map of things to do when the restrictions are lifted

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