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Madeleine Hyde

Madeleine Hyde

Contributing Writer, Stockholm

Madeleine Hyde is a writer, philosophy researcher and English teacher based in Stockholm, who regularly contributes to Time Out Sweden. She has also written for The Local Sweden.

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The 10 best brunches in Stockholm

The 10 best brunches in Stockholm

You can do brunch in Stockholm one of two ways. Option one is a traditional Swedish buffet, often served in a beautiful old ‘host house’, the perfect combination of history, culture and delicious food. If you’re not overly fussed about eating like a local, there is also a blossoming American-influenced brunch scene that puts health first but doesn’t skimp on the flavours. Book ahead for the former and just turn up for the latter. Either way, prepare for a gorgeous late-morning meal. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Stockholm🍴 The best restaurants in Stockholm🏛️ The best museums in Stockholm right now 🏠 The best Airbnbs in Stockholm This guide is by Stockholm-based writer Madeleine Hyde. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 20 essential travel tips for visiting Stockholm

The 20 essential travel tips for visiting Stockholm

You can plan out every minute of every day when visiting a city like Stockholm, and you’ll still get caught out by one tiny little thing. Train tickets. Cash only. That sort of thing. You might even get caught in an embarrassing foreign blunder, where you order a coffee at completely the wrong time.  Anyway, this is as true in the Scandinavian capital of cool as it is anywhere else. Want to know which stations to avoid, and what time you should eat cake? Do you bare all at a sauna, or keep your pants on? From metro tickets to how to say ‘hello’, here is every travel tip you’ll need for your first time in Stockholm.  RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Stockholm🍽️ The best restaurants in Stockholm🏘️ Where to stay in Stockholm🛍️ The best spots for shopping in Stockholm This guide was updated by Madeleine Hyde, a writer based in Stockholm. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 13 best bars in Stockholm

The 13 best bars in Stockholm

So let’s get one thing out of the way first: drinking in Stockholm ain’t cheap. The drinks here are mighty delicious and seriously well crafted, but don’t be expecting a night pinching pennies. But trust us, you’re going to feel okay about paying a little more for these surroundings. In the Swedish capital, you get what you pay for. Beautiful scenery, elegant bars, cobbled streets and waterfront terraces. Oh, and good company. The Swedes know how to have a good time. From outdoor beer gardens to quirky small plates and cocktails, here are the best bars in Stockholm right now.  RECOMMENDED:🛍️ The best spots for shopping in Stockholm📍 The best things to do in Stockholm🍽️ The best restaurants in Stockholm🏘️ Where to stay in Stockholm  This guide was updated by Maddy Savage, a writer based in Stockholm. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 11 best restaurants in Stockholm

The 11 best restaurants in Stockholm

It can get a little cold in Stockholm, but its restaurants? They’re hot. The Swedish capital has long been a haven for those with curious appetites, and the city’s ever-increasing diversity has made space for new restaurants and pop ups everywhere you turn. Now, the city is rich with both trendy and traditional spots – you just have to know where to look.  Here you’ll find Michelin-starred New Nordic spots, Middle Eastern gems, seafood and veggie neighbourhood joints. Oh, and you’re in Sweden. You have to sample the meatballs (even if you claim you’ve already tried them in IKEA). Here are the best restaurants in Stockholm right now.  RECOMMENDED:🛍️ The best spots for shopping in Stockholm📍 The best things to do in Stockholm🍽️ The best restaurants in Stockholm🏘️ Where to stay in Stockholm This guide was updated by Maddy Savage, a writer based in Stockholm. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

Where to stay in Stockholm: guide to the best areas

Where to stay in Stockholm: guide to the best areas

There’s nowhere quite like Stockholm. The Swedish capital is one of the most unique cities on the planet, a sweeping stunner made up of 14 islands that are packed with history, beauty and a seemingly endless supply of style. It is an outrageously friendly place, but getting to know it can be strangely daunting at times. Never fear, your old buddy Time Out is on hand to provide the perfect guide on where to stay in Stockholm, one darling neighbourhood at a time. Stockholm is all innovative restaurants, lofty attractions and charm, so make your list, pick your spot and have yourself a magnificent trip. RECOMMENDED🏨 The best hotels in Stockholm.🛏️ The best Airbnbs in Stockholm.  

The 21 best things to do in Stockholm

The 21 best things to do in Stockholm

Ready for some Scandinavian chic? Stockholm has it all, from picturesque cobbled streets dotted with independent shops to seriously impressive architecture and art nouveau design. Sure, it’s most popular for its ABBA and open air museums, but it has a lot more to say for itself than that. Stockholm is also bursting with a load of unmissable attractions and idyllic restaurants and bars, from traditional Swedish food to lunch on an allotment. So whether you’re here for endless shopping, people-watching or to hit the clubs for a big night out, Stockholm has something for you. And no, you don’t have to be a dedicated ABBA fan to love the city, if that’s what you’re thinking (but it helps). Whether you’ve got two days or two weeks, we’ve devised a list of the 21 best things to do in the city. And to make your life that bit easier, we’ve ranked them for you too. Enjoy! RECOMMENDED: 🍽️ The best restaurants in Stockholm🍷 The best bars in Stockholm🏘️ Your essential guide to where to stay in Stockholm🏛️ The best museums in Stockholm right now 🏠 The best Airbnbs in Stockholm

The 12 best places to go shopping in Stockholm

The 12 best places to go shopping in Stockholm

Stockholm is one of those places which is effortlessly cool, and effortlessly good-looking. Minimalist but chic. Trendy but not try-hard. And how do you think they do it? Well, with a ton of great shops to choose from all the time, obviously. So if you’re in the Swedish capital for a trip, you’d be crazy not to see what all the fuss was about.  Here, there’s everything from cosy bookshops to vintage stores, so you can spend an entire day mooching around and bagging bargains. Or spend your Sunday checking out a flea market for some hidden gems. And if you’re more of a home decor person, never fear. Stockholm is home to the biggest IKEA in the world. Yep, you heard us. Here are the best places to go shopping in Stockholm right now.  RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Stockholm🍽️ The best restaurants in Stockholm🏘️ Your essential guide to where to stay in Stockholm🏛️ The 12 best museums in Stockholm right now 🏠 The best Airbnbs in Stockholm Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.

The 10 cheap hotels in Stockholm that give you the most bang for your buck

The 10 cheap hotels in Stockholm that give you the most bang for your buck

Stockholm is not a budget destination, and the prices of its best hotels often reflect that. Finding somewhere to stay in the city that gives you real value for your money can be a daunting task. Luckily, we’ve done some digging for you to locate the best cheap hotels in the city. In the Swedish language, there is no difference between staying and living somewhere, and the places on this list will show you why. From a restored 19th century ship to the latest additions to Stockholm’s thriving suburbs, there are several affordable and comfortable places to lay your head in this city. With generous buffet breakfasts, in-house saunas, cozy bars and thoughtful touches like mini-bars full of complimentary drinks, you may not even feel the need to check out Stockholm’s many restaurants and bars – these truly are hotels to feel at home in.

Os edifícios mais bonitos de Estocolmo

Os edifícios mais bonitos de Estocolmo

A arquitectura de Estocolmo reflecte a história da Suécia. De majestosos edifícios do século XIV na cidade velha até às construções clássicas nórdicas e modernistas espalhadas pelo centro da cidade, há muito para descobrir na cidade. Esta lista inclui algumas das melhores obras, nem todas consensuais como é o caso do estádio de 1980 que em tudo se parece a bola de golfe gigante. Numa visita a Estocolmo, não deixe de passar por aqui. Aproveite e siga este roteiro para dois dias traçado pelos nossos colegas da Time Out Estocolmo. 

The 10 most Instagrammable places in Stockholm

The 10 most Instagrammable places in Stockholm

The visual appeal of Sweden’s capital, nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North,’ speaks for itself. The bridges connecting the inner-city islands make fantastic spots for a shot of the lakes and city all in one (and probably some snow), but there are plenty of other sights worth capturing. Here we’ve collected the top ten dazzling, visually stunning places in Stockholm that will light up your Instagram account. (Or, if your feed is exclusively for food, take a look at our list of the finest restaurants in Stockholm.) Some are outdoor, summer locations like Gröna Lund or Skansen park; others are iconic and beautiful buildings and attractions like the city hall and Stockholm’s city library. We’ve also included indoor retreats: cafes with award-winning design and even artist-curated metro stations—the Stockholm metro system is not called the world’s longest art gallery for nothing. Grab your smartphone or camera and start exploring at these top spots for ‘gramming. Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset)  A post shared by Beata (@suebsekreb) on Mar 11, 2018 at 2:32pm PDT Stockholm City Hall—with a spire that sticks out above old-town Stockholm’s skyline, at the tip of Kungsholmen island and just opposite Central Station—is by far Stockholm’s most iconic building. And it’s more than just the seat of local politics: it also hosts Stockholm’s most important events, including the annual Nobel Prize banquet. You can mingle like a laureate on a tour of this 1920s red-brick hall, whi

How to eat like a local in Stockholm

How to eat like a local in Stockholm

You’ve probably tried Swedish meatballs at IKEA, and you may have even heard of Swedish cinnamon buns. But asides from that, what is Swedish cuisine? Ask most locals, and they’ll respond saying that a typical dish at one of the best restaurants in the city is one that starts off simple, then gets unexpected flavors added in—think cardamom, saffron and spoonfuls of jam in unusual places. And then there’s the fast food; Swedes love it, and Stockholmers especially—as such an international city, we have some of the best take-away restaurants in the land. Stockholm is also leading the street food scene with artisan burgers and craft pizzas; even the humble hot dog has had a makeover, and you can easily grab these snacks on the go on your way to the city's top attractions or before hopping on a local tour. When eating like a local in this city, the trouble is not in deciding where to start, but where to stop!

The 10 most beautiful buildings in Stockholm

The 10 most beautiful buildings in Stockholm

Stockholm is a city that has exploded outwards from just one tiny island, and its architecture reflects that journey. From majestic 14th-century buildings in the old town to the Nordic classicist and modernist constructions spread across the inner-city, including familiar attractions and plenty of other Instagrammable places, the variety of Stockholm’s architecture is best explored to help visitors understand how different eras have shaped this city. This list includes some of Stockholm’s finest, starkest and most controversial architecture, from a 1980s stadium that resembles a giant golf ball to wooden cottages that housed working-class Stockholmers centuries ago. Ticking them all off is one of the most satisfying things to do in Stockholm, a truly unique Nordic capital.

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City Backpackers Hostel

City Backpackers Hostel

Just ten minutes’ walk up from the central station is one of Stockholm’s hottest hostels, that embraces all that is Swedish. City Backpackers have their own sauna, but if you feel like trying a few more, there’s Viking-themed sauna tours on offer. At City Backpacker’s, you can start your day like a local: the breakfast is a simple Swedish affair of yoghurt, muesli and sandwiches. You’ll also find traditional meals of meatballs, herring and pickles on offer next-door. This hostel welcomes backpackers in the traditional dormitory-style accommodation, of course, but if you want to go a little more upmarket, there are also private double rooms available at a decent price.  NeighbourhoodCity backpackers sits on the quieter side of the border between Norrmalm and Vasastan, districts of central Stockholm which combine the modern with the traditional. Vasagatan street leads you there from the Central station, lined with pubs, cafes and restaurants that keep this vein of inner-city Stockholm pulsing day and night.  Nearby1. Vigårda, Vasagatan 14: For burgers and DJ sets on a Friday night.2. La Neta: For Stockholm’s best Mexican food.3. Bonniers Konsthall: For contemporary art at an independent gallery. Time Out tipCity Backpackers hostel owns the neighboring Swedish bar and restaurant, Nomad. That means that guests get a discount on their meatballs and locally-sourced tap beer, well worth taking advantage of.

Il Caffè

Il Caffè

This Stockholm establishment is so popular, it has even opened a branch in Los Angeles, California. Luckily for us, the rest of its cafes are in central Stockholm. A local favourite is in the middle of Södermalm island; what it lacks in robot murals (you have to go to Norrmalm for that) it makes up for with the smell of flowers, as there’s no wall between the café and the plant boutique next-door. The staff are chatty, the coffee top-rated and the fika is simply delicious. Grab a pistachio and blackcurrant bulle and a friend, or your laptop for some light working, and blend in amongst the Stockholmers. Time Out tip: Besides the coffee, Il Caffe also does great leaf tea. There are no teapots, but you can ask for it in a coffee filter instead.

STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen

STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen

The Swedish word for a hostel, ‘vandrarhem’ (literally, a wanderer’s home), evokes images of coming home from a country walk to a warm fire. No wonder: the term was coined by the Swedish tourist association, STF, originally formed by a group hiking enthusiasts. STF still runs many hostels across Sweden today, including this one, on-board a 19th-century ship moored on Skeppsholmen island. The AF Chapman has simple bunkbed cabins that have been lovingly restored to keep their original features and style. If you feel more like a Captain than crew, splash out on the Superior Navigation cabin, which comes with an en-suite bathroom. NeighbourhoodSkeppsholmen (the ship island) is perfectly positioned between the old town on one side and the opulent east end of Stockholm on the other. There is even an off-shoot island, Kastellholmen, with its own small castle. Skeppsholmen is easily accessed on foot or by bus from the King’s Gardens (Kungsträdgården), which has a metro stop on the blue line. Nearby1. Moderna Museet: For Stockholm’s biggest modern art collection. 2. Stallet: For Stockholm’s major world music venue. 3. Kungsträdgården park: For the cherry blossom in Spring, and mini-festivals on weekends throughout the summer. Time Out tipArrive in style to your boat by boat, without spending any extra crowns! Any SL (Stockholm’s transportation company) ticket includes the passenger ferries running between Gamla Stan, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården islands. Look for the SL sign on the boa

Hobo Hotel

Hobo Hotel

As you might have guessed from the name, Hobo Hotel doesn’t play by the rulebook. On the brutalist square of Brunkebergstorg is a slick and modern hotel with rooms put together by a Berlin designer, centered around the theme of adventure travel. Each room comes with a board of pegs loaded with useful things for travelers: maps and local info, bags and umbrellas. There are also speakers that you can stream your own music through, and the occasional decorative cactus. Pay a bit more for the bigger rooms on the top floors and you get your own panoramic view of central Stockholm. NeighbourhoodNorrmalm, where Stockholm’s train lines meet, is also where Sweden’s biggest commercial and cultural institutions have gathered. Sweden’s latest high street fashion outlets can be found along Drottningatan and countless pubs and bars along the parallel avenue of Sveavägen. The two roads meet at Sergel’s Torg, a concrete mess or a wonder of brutalist architecture, depending on your viewpoint.  Nearby1. The Royal Opera House: For Sweden’s biggest and grandest opera and a nightclub, Café Opera. 2. Kulturhuset: For arthouse cinema in English.3. Tak at Six: For drinks with a rooftop view in summer. Time Out tipBook a ‘popcorn Sunday’ to get two cinema tickets and a 20% discount at the restaurant with your superior room (double or twin) on a Sunday night for just €55 per person. Popcorn, of course, is included.

Motel L

Motel L

You won’t find this motel by a highway, but on the high street of the newly-renovated marina area of Hammarby, just south of central Stockholm. Motel L is a colourful addition to this carefully curated area. The rooms, including bathrooms, are in bright and bold patterns, decorated with wall illustrations designed by local artist Lisa Bengtsson. The beds are designer too, as well as the rainfall showers in your bathroom. If you can tear yourself away, head downstairs to enjoy your buffet breakfast, use the hotel’s gym or head into Pipes bar for pub food and tap beers. NeighbourhoodThe waterside district of Hammarby, a bridge away from Södermalm, has won awards for its architecture and town design. This modern suburb has a growing centre of its own, but should you want to explore further, Hammarby is served by both trams and ferries, and is walkable from Gullmarsplan metro station. Nearby1. Nya Carnegiebryggeriet: For beers brewed in-house. 2. Nobelberget (across the bridge at Sickla): For vintage markets and live music. 3. Globen Sky View: For a panorama of southern Stockholm.

Clarion Hotel Amaranten

Clarion Hotel Amaranten

The Clarion Hotel Amarenten is the Nordic Choice hotel group’s offering on Kungsholmen, a central island just west of Stockholm’s main station. Not only are you well-positioned here, but this is a hotel that really takes care of its guests. Rooms are in a simple Swedish design but with colourful fabrics that create an at-home feel. The breakfast offers many organic options, and use of the gym is for free. For something a bit naughtier, there’s the in-house bar, Tap Room, which is not the beer-based establishment it sounds like: here, mixed cocktails are served on tap. NeighbourhoodKungsholmen, ‘the royal island’ is the gem of central Stockholm’s west side. Here, avenues of colorful apartments meet pristine parks, all ending up on one of the island’s many gorgeous waterfronts. Nearby1. Stadshuset: For tours of Stockholm’s most iconic building, City Hall.2. Restaurant Agnes: For high-end, Mediterranean-inspired dining.3. Brewdog, Sankt Eriksgatan: For killer IPAs and hot dogs.  Time Out tipYou always get a discount on Nordic Choice hotels if you get a membership, even more of an excuse to keep returning to Scandinavia!

Långholmen Hotell

Långholmen Hotell

What was once the home of criminals now houses a joint hostel and hotel, a theatre, a gallery, a restaurant that does an elaborate afternoon tea and a museum with guided tours. That makes it all sound rather busy; but once you get the key to your own cell, you have your own piece of this historic building. Rooms are tastefully renovated with modern Scandinavian design, whether you are taking a budget bunk in the hostel or have splashed out on your own elite cell in the hotel block. NeighbourhoodThese must have been the best-placed prisoners in Scandinavia. Långholmen island sits by a quieter corner of trendy Södermalm. No public transport goes onto the island itself, but you can hop off a bus at Västerbron (the western bridge, with its own magnificent view of the city) and walk onto Långholmen in just a few minutes. Nearby1. Il Caffe: For ‘fika’ (coffee and cake) at this Stockholm staple.2. Carlshälls Gård: For lunch in regal surroundings.3. Långholmens Klippbad (bathing rocks): For doing summer like a local. Time Out tipFor a full and cultural evening-in at Långholmen, you can buy a single ticket which gets you a two-course dinner, a guided tour and a museum visit, as well as entry to their latest theatre performance.

Story Hotel Signalfabriken

Story Hotel Signalfabriken

The Story Hotel Signalfabriken, a recent addition to Sundbyberg in north-western Stockholm, is a boutique hotel that thinks outside of the box. All rooms come with work spaces, rain drop showers, a mini bar filled with complimentary drinks by Vitamin Well and a highly-rated breakfast which offers juices that you couldn’t even imagine. There’s also a popular bar and a branch of the acclaimed Phil’s Burgers in-house. Even better, the double rooms really are doubles here, not just two beds pushed together. For extra comfort, upgrade to the ‘Lagom’ King or Queen rooms (lagom means something like ‘just the right amount’ in Swedish!). NeighbourhoodThe north-west of Stockholm has a new epicenter in Sundbyberg. Major banks and businesses have recently moved their headquarters here, bringing with them a wave of young professionals, alongside cafes to serve them. With a shiny new commuter rail connection that gets you into the centre in under ten minutes, alongside all the trams, buses, metro and regional trains that stop here, Sundbyberg is one of the best-connected suburbs in Stockholm. Nearby1. Signal Fabriken: For shops and bars in a former lamp factory. 2. Marabouparken: For thought-provoking exhibitions by local artists. 3. Delibruket Flatbread: For delicious pizzas and salads in an old water tower.

NOFO Hotel

NOFO Hotel

This excellently-located boutique hotel puts you right in the centre of Södermalm, one street away from SOFO (hence, it calls itself NOFO). There’s colour and patterns throughout, but it’s always stylish and tasteful. Local art, quilted headboards, fluffy throws and feature walls give the rooms a luxurious look. There are the little things too: a kettle with tea and coffee and a spread of magazines makes a difference. Breakfast is included and is a feast, including homemade breads and freshly squeezed juices. Just as much detail goes into the wine bar, which also serves a range of locally-sourced beers. NeighbourhoodSOFO describes the streets directly south of Folkungatan, an avenue at the heart of Södermalm. Like the districts of London and New York its name echoes, it’s a hub of all that is vintage, hipster and diverse. At its epi-centre you’ll find Nytorget, a green space surrounded by old houses and some of Stockholm’s favourite cafes and second hand shops. Nearby1. Kvarnen: For a traditional Swedish pub experience.2. Ugglan: For games of shuffleboard and table tennis with your pint.3. Coffice: For coffee and buns and getting some emails done.

Elite Palace Hotel

Elite Palace Hotel

Elite is a brand of four-star hotels across Sweden which come without the high-end prices. One of them is on the buzzing avenue of Sankt Eriksgatan, which runs diagonally through inner-city Stockholm’s west side. The affordable double bedrooms here are in a classic Swedish design. Breakfast is always included and is a hearty, very Swedish affair of breads and jams, muesli and yoghurts. If you’ve left room after your morning meal, head downstairs to The Bishops’ Arms, their in-house, English-themed pub, and try their afternoon tea with a Swedish twist of scones served with fig jam and cheese. NeighbourhoodVasastan is one of the most sought-after postcodes in Stockholm. Here, avenues of gorgeous apartments in pastel colours meet park squares where children clamber on rocks and parents drink coffee outside all summer. This part of town is mostly served by the green metro line. Nearby1. Kaffeverket: For the cake and chai lattes.2. Fondueboden: For a taste of the Alps in central Stockholm.3. Lilla Ego: For innovative Swedish cuisine.

Lådan

Lådan

Lådan (meaning “the box”) is the new street food concept bar from the guys who brought burgers to Stockholm. Based in buzzing Norrmalm, here at Lådan the Fliipin’ Burgers team sell the famous sliders from their food truck, alongside Chicago-style pizza slices, sweet potato chips and an insanely extensive craft beer menu. There are no plates, so you’ll eat directly off your tray, and décor is just a few colourful posters against corkboard and exposed piping. Here you make and pick up your order yourself before taking a seat at a bench, as if you’re at a festival, yet amongst the flow of Stockholm commuters kicking back after work. Time Out tip: Food at Lådan is made for sharing: portions of everything, including the burgers themselves, are deliberately small. So take a few friends, order a big tray and try out the delicious array on offer.

Boulangerie Cafe, Vaxholm

Boulangerie Cafe, Vaxholm

Seafood is surely best enjoyed by the sea, and Vaxholm island provides the perfect setting. Vaxholm is the gateway to the archipelago, accessible from the city centre by bus. Boulangerie cafe sits opposite one of Vaxholm’s harbours, with outdoor seating that looks straight onto the passenger ferries. Inside, it is an intimate setting: a traditional-looking bakery, with a make-it-yourself corner of loose leaf teas and tempting piles of cakes at the cashier. The staff are just as inviting as the place itself. Just keep an eye on when the buses leave, which may be just once or twice an hour on weekends. Time Out tip: Come to Boulangerie for the shrimp sandwich but stay for the cakes. As an added bonus, many of the cakes are available lactose-free.