Doing Stockholm in a few days
….without missing the good bits.
Some info about Stockholm: I really LOVE my city and I really would like you to love it too.
If the weather is good, Djurgården is marvelous. It’s a big island as well as a park right in the city. Take a long walk, go to some museums (the Wasa Museum, Abba Museum, Nordic Museum (“Harry Potter Castle” two of my guests named it), have a pick-nick, have a beer or a coffee. Go to the outdoor museum of Skansen.
You have to Fika, which is “have a coffee break” in Swedish. Avoid coffee chains like Starbuck’s, Espresso House and Wayne’s coffee. Go to a good, old Swedish café (I’ve plenty of suggestions), have a cinnamon bun or a piece of Princess cake and enjoy!
Gamla Sta’n, the Old Town is a must. Narrow alleys, buildings from the 16th century and onwards (and people actually live in them), good food, a lot of history and romance. Avoid the tourist-y street of Västerlånggatan with knick-knack shops (two good ones, though) and over-priced restaurants (one good café, though) in the same street. I’ll give you recommendations of restaurants, cafés and walks.
Of course you have to go to “hipster” Stockholm, an area on Södermalm around Nytorget (the New Square) where you’ll find many beards, a lot of tattoos, sourdough bakeries, good resataurants, interesting cafés and marvelous icecream. As well as contemporary Swedish design, vintage shops and fun decoration shops.
Since the island I live on is the first step into the Archipelago, there is the sea nearby as well as the woods – nice walks! And three tram stops away you can catch a boat out into the real Archipelago. With the sea, the seagulls, the beauty of it, the fresh air.
And a lot more, of course.
By the way – I strongly recommend that you buy a bus/metro/tram pass (you can do it in the Central Station among other places).
Very welcome to my beloved city of Stockholm!