Stockholm is, in my opinion, one of the coolest cities in Europe. Located on Sweden’s east coast, this capital city is famous for its great restaurants, fun nightlife and beautiful people. And like the people, the city of Stockholm is also stunning.
This Baltic Sea archipelago boasts 14 islands and more than 50 bridges! With a population of roughly 910,000, Stockholm is the most populous city in the Nordic countries. But the magical architecture of Gamla Stan (old town) with its colorful buildings and cobblestone streets – along with the meandering waterways and beautiful parks – make this city feel small and intimate. Here’s a quick guide to Stockholm to help you make the most of your visit to the coolest city in Europe!
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN STOCKHOLM
Boqueria offers good Spanish tapas in a fun, upscale setting. Perfect spot to grab dinner and drinks before a fun night out on the town.
Mister French is for sure my favorite restaurant in Stockholm! This fab spot is right on the water with a fun party atmosphere, great food, and it turns into a club after dinner!
Lydmar Hotel is the perfect place to grab brunch or dinner in an upscale setting. Their restaurant offers delicious food and cocktails at their indoor dinning room, outdoor terrace, or on their beautiful patio across from the harbor. Just be sure to book in advance as they get very busy!
I am obsessed with Berns Asiatiska – a gorgeous restaurant hall with crystal chandeliers and mirrors everywhere, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner in an opulent setting! We had a big group dinner here with 12 people. The sharing menu has a great assortment and the staff does a good job at staying on top of requests. After dinner head over to their club to dance the night away! This place goes off till 4AM!
THINGS TO DO IN STOCKHOLM
- Walk the charming cobblestone streets and colorful buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town), home to a 13th-century cathedral, the royal palace of Kungliga Slottet and an array of cute restaurants and bars.
- Take one of the ferries or sightseeing boats that shuttle passengers between islands, beneath more than 50 bridges.
- Visit the Fotografiska, one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography.
- Stay out dancing all night long.
- Visit the Ice Bar for a cocktail at the world’s first permanent bar made of ice!
WHERE TO STAY IN STOCKHOLM
I love Berns Hotel so much that I stayed here on both of my trips to Stockholm! This boutique hotel dates back to 1863, mixing eclectic modern design with old school luxury, and has welcomed famous guests such a Rihanna, Noomi Rapace, Bill Gates and the Dalai Lama. Centrally located in front of Berzelii Park, close to the train station, waterfront and old town, Berns offers 60 individually decorated rooms and suites, two fantastic restaurants and several trendy bars that stay open into the early mornings hours, creating the perfect atmosphere for travelers looking for a lively hotel stay. I love the location, the fun party vibe, and the friendly staff who are always kind and helpful.
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Lydmar Hotel is a chic, luxury, boutique hotel perfectly located in the center of Stockholm with lovely harbour views and one of the best restaurants in the city. I have not stayed here but my friends did and they had nothing but good things to say about their experience.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option for accommodation in Stockholm check out AirBnB which has a ton of chic, affordable apartments for rent.
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I’ve sadly never left the airport in Stockholm, but have always heard wonderful things about the city. I loved all your bars & restaurants. We definitely have similar taste when it comes to having a good time!
We Are Travel Girls says
Thanks for reading and commenting Allison! Hopefully next time you head this way you get to explore beyond the airport since even the subways are pretty cool in Stockholm! XO, Becky
We Are Travel Girls says
Hi Allison! Thanks for your comments! You will for sure have to go back and spend a few days in Stockholm! The bars and restaurants there are all so fab! ;) You will love it! If you have questions when you plan your trip please let me know! XO, Vanessa
Emily Blanch says
Hi Vanessa, there are some great recommendations here! I have my one way ticket to Europe booked in just a few weeks. I decided not to make an entire itinerary or plan and just go with the flow while I am travelling. Stockholm has definitely now got a spot on my must visit list. Is it really as expensive as people say, in comparison to other European cities? Thanks again!
We Are Travel Girls says
Hi Emily! Thanks for your comment! Your trip sounds so fun! Stockholm is about the same pricing as other western European cities like Paris, London and Madrid. You can find affordable places to stay like AirBnB and affordable meals. Most of the places I listed are upscale and more expensive but there are a lot of other affordable options in the city. I think you will be really happy you visited Stockholm! Please let me know if you have more questions! XO, Vanessa
cengiz selçok says
O love it.. I have to go asap.