A Guide to Stockholm

Often referred to as ‘Beauty on Water’, Stockholm is a vibrant Scandinavian city where old meets new. This unique capital, spread across fourteen islands, has a historic core dating back to the 13th Century, which remains well preserved to this day. Gamla Stan – the Old Town – is renowned for its narrow, winding, cobblestone streets and snug restaurants, all within close distance to the Royal Palace. Working in perfect harmony with this old charm is the modern and dynamic cultural life which radiates throughout the city. With a plethora of restaurants, world-class shopping, a diverse music scene and seemingly endless, beautiful scenery just outside the town, it is no surprise that Stockholm is a must-visit on our bucket list.

 

Stay

Miss Clara by Nobis

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Once home to a girl’s school in the early 1900s, the unique building that houses Miss Clara by Nobis now offers a perfectly elegant, Art Nouveau backdrop for this hotel. The 92 bedrooms and suites have been created with simple, Swedish design in mind: they are at once both minimal and yet effortlessly chic. Well located to explore the city, these comfortable rooms are the ideal place to relax after a busy day in Stockholm.

Sveavägen 48, 111 34 Stockholm, Sweden

Hotel J

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Just thirty minutes from the centre of Stockholm, this waterfront hotel offers a picture-perfect escape from the city. It effortlessly exudes the classic elegance of the American summer houses, taking inspiration from the US sailing town of Newport. Well-placed nautical touches throughout and comfortable furnishings create a space that is at once refined yet homely. Guests are also treated to a stunning waterfront dining experience at Restaurant J; overlooking the Nacka Strand Marina, the Summer terrace is not to be missed for a truly memorable dining experience. Finish off your stay with a trip to the Njuta Spa, the perfect place to relax and indulge before returning to the city.

Ellensviksvägen 1, 131 27 Nacka Strand, Sweden

 

Eat

Oaxen Krog & Slip

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Also nestled on the banks of Djurgården island, this waterfront restaurant (really, two restaurants – Krog and Slip) is the perfect blend of charming Swedish design and refined, gourmet dining. Head to Oaxen Krog for internationally-acclaimed, 2 Michelin Star dining where Nordic ingredients, carefully-sourced from sustainable agriculture and humane animal husbandry, create a modern, vibrant menu. For a more casual affair, head to Oaxen Slip for hearty, bistro-style dishes and an informal atmosphere.

Beckholmsbron 26, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

Rosendals Trädgård

Photo courtesy of Rosendals Trädgård

Head over to Djurgården island to enjoy the garden, shop, bakery and café at Rosendals Trädgård. The charming greenhouse café offers an idyllic spot to enjoy a long lunch with friends or family. During the Summer months, the café spills out onto a stunning terrace and their orchard. Dine off their biodynamically grown vegetables and other ingredients from local suppliers, as well as bread and pastries fresh from their artisanal bakery. After lunch, pick up some produce in the farm shop or enjoy a walk around the gardens before returning to the city.

Rosendalsvägen 38, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden

 

Do

Gamla Stan

Explore the cobbled streets of Stockholm’s Medieval centre, Gamla Stan. From its golden-hued buildings to the glimpses of water beyond, this area of the city is a truly beautiful place to spend time. Whether dining in one of its charming, local restaurants or searching for handicrafts and souvenirs, visitors will not be disappointed. The pièce de résistance, make a trip to the Royal Palace which features over 600 rooms across 7 floors.

Moderna Museet

Photo courtesy of Moderna Museet

Head to Moderna Museet for your fill of culture. Its prolific collection of contemporary and modern pieces features works from the likes of Picasso, Dali and Matisse. Visitors can explore photography dating back to the 1840s as well as paintings, sculptures, prints and more from the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden

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