Looking to book your next trip? Consider Stockholm, Sweden’s picture-perfect capital. Not only does Stockholm welcome visitors from all over the world (FYI: 1.8 million international tourists visited in 2021 alone!) to walk through its culturally preserved streets or try its highly regarded cuisine, but the city is equal parts calm, vibrant, and charming — in all the senses.
Whether you’re staying in Stockholm for a few days or a full week, turn to this travel guide to ensure you’re making the most of your time in one of Europe’s most-loved destinations.
What to Do
A museum with all kinds of photography exhibitions. Art is also available for purchase.
Take a small ferry from Strandvägen to Sandhamn, Fjäderöarna, or any other island in the archipelago (during the summer!) for a real Swedish experience.
Known as “the old town,” Gamla Stan marks the origin of Stockholm over 700 years old. The neighborhood extends over three islands and boasts its rich, preserved heritage, making it a perfect place for a stroll.
One of the biggest shopping streets in Stockholm. If you’re looking for skincare reinforcements, step into Sephora, which sells Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment. (Tip: It can get crowded, so I advise going during a weekday when there’s less tourists!)
A high-end multi-brand store with hand-picked pieces from the world’s biggest fashion maisons to the latest smaller brands in Ibiza.
A wellness destination that offers Pilates, sound baths, and retreats, among other offerings. Bonus: Sunday Riley face oils (including Juno, U.F.O., C.E.O. Glow, and Luna) are available to use in the changing rooms.
Where to Stay
A classic that never goes wrong, this hotel overlooks Stockholm’s waterfront, Strandvägen, facing the ferries that take you out to the archipelago. Neighboring restaurants and greenery lead guests in the direction of Djurgården.
Ett Hem translates to “a home” — an accurate representation of this intimate setting. It’s built out of three private houses and has a courtyard that currently mimics a real winter wonderland; they also have a stunning orangerie at their restaurant.
A newly opened hotel and meeting place, Villa Dagmar is a great option thanks to its spacious, modern, and bright rooms. Meet your friends or co-workers and enjoy a nice lunch at the courtyard. (Tip: Order the mini pizzas!)
Where to Eat
A Michelin star restaurant that focuses on locally grown crops and produce.
A social and laidback meeting place, where you can enjoy seafood (Kalix Löjrom is a Swedish must-have!) and a glass of white wine or champagne, until late evening.
Think: gastronomy with a festive, international twist. Enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar and all the good vibes that come with it. Open until 2:00 a.m.
A newly opened restaurant that features French cuisine and a cozy brasserie ambiance. Stumped on what to order? We recommend the Moules Marinière (mussels cooked in white wine)!
A post-lunch, pre-dinner tradition is Sweden is treating the palate to something sweet. Stop by for what’s considered by some (including myself) to be the best cinnamon bun in town.
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