Travel Guide: Stockholm


Summary

The Swedish capital has a special sort of Scandinavian charm. The restaurants are amazing including Frantzén, ranked no. 5 in the world. The bars were the best that we've visited in Europe. A Top 50 bar called Tjoget was split into multiple rooms and segmented according to beer, wine or cocktails—a great experience. Although winters can be tough, Stockholm is a true winter wonderland and the city has adapted to it well, offering tons of activities and heated outdoor areas. Stockholm’s metro network is sometimes called the world’s longest art gallery and Stockholm is surrounded by a 30,000-island archipelago. Overall, this city is incredible—in summer or winter!


Food & Drink

Top Restaurants

1 Frantzén • No. 6 on the Top 50 restaurants list. Some dishes are prepared in front of you & their wine pairings are premium. Frantzén’s food is a tribrid of Nordic, Asian and international cusines—using both classic and modern techniques.

2 Adam/Albin • Gastronomic dinner experience. Nordic cuisine using outstanding produce and a focus on sustainability.

3 Grastrologik • A sleek modern restaurant. Inventive tasting menu made with carefully sourced seasonal produce, which makes dinner different and special.


Top Bars

1 Tjoget • One of my favourite bars, ever. Pronounced 'sho - get' (approximately). The place is divided into sections with a wine bar, beer hall and cocktail & dining room. The drinks are first-class and the food is incredible (Mediterranean-inspired). Ambience is industrial-style and very tastefully done. I cannot wait to go back here.

2 Bar Called Gemma • Walked in. Our names were written on the bar in permanent marker. Instantly liked this place. The bar was rowdy and busy, but tasteful and personal. The drinks were complex and amazing.

3 Lucy's Flower Shop • These guys know cocktails. They have an extensive menu and can make pretty much anything. The ambience is very refined and polished. Really enjoyed.



Other Food & Drink

Other Food • Arikultur, Ekstedt, Matbaren, Oaxen Krog, Woodstockholm, Eriks Gondolen (temporarily closed), Restaurant J, Restaurant Oaxen Krog & Oaxen Slip

Other Drinks • Bar Hommage

Coffee Shops • A few great coffee spots included Drop Coffeehouse, Johan & Nyström, Kaffekoppen and Café Pascal.



Activities & Attractions

Top Activities

1 Skansen Open Air Museum • Ferry to Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum. Festive occasions are celebrated throughout the year including concerts in the summer and Christmas markets in winter. Enjoyable to walk around year-round.

2 Hellasgården’s lakeside sauna • A sauna and recreation area inside Nacka nature reserve. Don't forget to take a dip in the (icy) lake!

3 Underground/Metro Art Tour • Stockholm’s metro network is often dubbed the world’s longest art gallery. Most stations have interesting art displays. The blue line has the most daring/experimental designs, including Kungsträdgården, which feels like a post-apocalyptic archaeological discovery.


Other Attractions (SITES, PARKS, Etc.)

Sites Gamla Stan (old town), SoFo district (Stockholm’s Brooklyn-inspired area), Nytorget square and views over Södermalm

Parks Tantolunden’s hillside & garden, Norr Mälarstrand (trail with views of the Old Town)

Other Activities Hornstulls Marknad (market & street food), Swim at Långholmen island, Ferry through Stockholm's 30,000-island archipelago (city center has 14 islands, but take a 3hr ferry to the furthest island, Sandhamn, to see the rest).



Stay

Areas/Neighbourhoods


Hotels & Airbnbs

H Haymarket by Scandic • Great hotel with a great location. Their entrance faces onto Hotorget Square in the midst of farmers' markets, cinemas and concert halls. Built in the historic PUB building with a 1920s ambience, this hotel exudes comfort and has the convenience of trendy restaurants and bars in the hotel. Bonus: it's a short walking distance to central station or the stylish area of Stureplan.

H Grand Hôtel • The Grand Hôtel has been home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants since 1874. Situated in the best waterfront location imaginable, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town.

H Nobis Hotel Stockholm • A modern-designed Marriott hotel in a prime spot at Norrmalmstorg square (which some call the most central and attractive location in downtown Stockholm).