Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Stockholm – top tips


List of romantic things to do with your loved ones

Give some love on Valentine’s Day – it’s probably extra appreciated this year! Sometimes the smallest gesture can mean a lot so think about who means a lot to you and could do with some extra appreciation (and not just for Valentine’s Day). Here you can find inspiration of romantic things to do in Stockholm on February 14th – digital cards, brunch cruise, picnic and a romantic meal at a restaurant or at home. You can also read more about why we celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the 14th of February around the world. It started as an American tradition and didn’t arrive in Sweden until the 1900’s. Celebration of the saint Valentinius originates from the Catholic church and the connection to love and romance stems from medieval times when societies in England, Scotland and Northern France paired up the local teenagers in couples ahead of the spring and summer festivities and dances. That led to the young people thinking about who they would be coupled up with for the coming year, who would be their “Valentine”. The oldest Valentine’s greeting recorded was sent in 1477 by the young Margery Brew to her fiancé John Paston. 

Romantic dinner at Restaurant Tapir

Located in the fashioanble area of Östermalm you can find cozy Restaurant Tapir – perfect if you love relax atmosphere and food that is delicious without being pretentious. On the menu you can find goose liver terrine from Rougiè, Bouillabaisse with grated gruyere and toasted baguette, lemon crème with a chocolate merengue and fresh raspberries. Book your table today – on Valentine’s Day they open their doors early at 4.30 pm.

Spoil someone you love with a brunch cruise

Onboard classic archipelago ship M/S Östanå I from 1906 you can spoil your loved ones with a luxury brunch combined with stunning views of the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. The brunch is served as sharings directly to your table. To start with you will be treated to four appetizers, followed by the main course such as classic Swedish potato cake with seared salmon and browned butter and crispy chicken breast for the second serving. This is followed by an assortment of delicious desserts – churros with chocolate sauce and panna cotta with browned butter and cinnamon. The brunch cruise is available to book Saturdays and Sundays all year around. 

Surprise with an outdoor picnic

Pack a picnic basket with your favourites and spend Valentine’s Day outside with your loved ones. There are plenty of different things you can pack – hot dogs, luxurious sandwiches, hot chocolate and maybe some home baked buns? Often it’s the personal touch that is most appreciated. During the pandemic this is also a safer way to spend time with your loved ones.

Romance at Waxholm’s Hotell

Take a trip to the archipelago town of Vaxholm and celebrate Valentine’s Day at renowned Waxholm’s Hotell. Stay overnight or book a table in the restaurant. The weekend is filled with romantic gestures. Try a luxury two-course lunch, afternoon tea with mimosas or a dinner with a seafood plateau – the choice is yours! It’s an incredibly atmospheric establishment looking out over the water – especially romantic at night with views over beautifully lit historical fortress across the bay.

TIP Take the boat to Vaxholm – departs Saturday and Sunday at 12pm! Travel with classic archipelago ship M/S Östanå I from Starndvägen in central Stockholm all the way out to Vaxholm. Relax and enjoy the beautiful archipelago views. There is a cafeteria serving drinks and snacks – why not start the weekend with a glass of bubbly onboard? Please note that the boat departure ice free period.

Cook at home with Stockholm Food Market

Order a special weekend grocery bag and enjoy restaurant quality food at home. Stockholm Food Market has composed a fantastic Valentine’s day bag containing a four course dinner for two. Beef tartar, langoustines, turbot and a baked dark chocolate – sounds tasty, right? They also have a recommended wine list that you can purchase to accompany the food. Make sure to order in time as there is a limited number available.

Weekend stay at Krägga Herrgård

Escape the stresses of everyday life and enjoy a quiet, romantic weekend at Krägga Herrgård – located only 45 minutes from Stockholm. Here you can enjoy the relax atmosphere, take a bath under the stars and enjoy good food and wine. There are Valentine’s Day packages available depending on which day you want to check in. There is something to suit everyone – Afternoon Tea, champagne and canapes, seafood evening, four course dinner and much more.

Send a love letter

During the current pandemic it is hard to see all the people that we love. Why not surprise someone you care about with a message? The online service “Riktiga vykort” gives you the chance to create your own digital postcard, and you can easily upload your own pictures from your mobile phone and tailor a message. The greeting is then printed and delivered directly to the recipients mailbox.  

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