Your essential guide to where to stay in Stockholm
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.
The 20 best things to do in Stockholm
One accurate way to describe Stockholm would be to call it a gorgeously stylish fairytale. That ticks many of the boxes here, and you’ll struggle to find a city that straddles the line between futuristic innovation and quaint tradition like the Swedish capital. The best things to do here cover all that and much more, and it generally doesn’t take long for visitors to fall head over heels in love with the city sprawled across a cluster of islands where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. Stockholm is a compact city, a delight to explore, with a vibrant restaurant scene and some truly excellent museums. The best things to do in Stockholm? Let’s get into it.
The 20 travel tips every first-time Stockholm visitor needs to know
For even the most hardened of explorers, getting your bearings when arriving in a new city for the first time isn’t the easiest of tasks. That is as true in the Scandinavian capital of cool as it is anywhere else on the planet, so this selection of essential travel tips for first-time visitors to Stockholm will put you at ease. After all, where else will you learn how to get boozy in a city where buying a drink isn’t as simple as you might assume? Stockholm is a stunning city full of magnificent museums and excellent restaurants, and our guide will help you make the most of your time there. After all, Stockholmers are savvy, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be the same.
The 12 best places to go shopping in Stockholm
You can visit H&M and IKEA pretty much anywhere in the world at this point, so give the big names a miss when shopping in Stockholm. After all, the Swedish capital is brimming with one-of-a-kind gift shops, independent designers and all the rest. Vintage shopping is a big deal here, especially on Södermalm island’s village-like cobbled streets, while the antique shops of restaurant-packed Vasastan are worth a hearty amount of window-shopping time. The best places to go shopping in Stockholm cover all budgets, from the opulence of eastern Östermalm to the flea markets on Hötorget or Hornstulls Strand, outdoor spaces that blossom from early spring until the end of August. When the weather takes a turn for the chilly, head indoors for the Christmas markets. All bases covered? You better believe it. This is your guide to shopping in Stockholm. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Stockholm
The 14 absolute best bars in Stockholm
We’re all about the positives here, but sometimes you have to face the elephant in the room head-on. Yes, going out in Stockholm is an expensive business, but this is common knowledge at this point. After all, you pay for what you get, and what you get on a night out in Stockholm is caught up in the excitement of one of Europe’s most magnificent cities. The medieval cobbled streets and waterfront terraces of Stockholm are home to a litany of beautiful attractions and delicious restaurants, but the Swedish capital more than holds its own when it comes to the party as well. From the central islands to nearby suburbs, finding somewhere for a tipple or three isn’t hard in Stockholm. So yes, it is pricey, but we’d happily pay more to drink with these breathtaking views. The best bars in Stockholm? Let’s go. Drank somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars.
The 10 best brunches in Stockholm
Stockholm and brunch go together like magnet and steel. Those cold mornings aren’t dragging you out of bed too early, so catch a couple of hours of extra snuggling before heading into the beautiful streets in search of that magical combination of breakfast and lunch. Of course, we recommend getting up early to cram in all the awesome things to do here, but sometimes the lure of a hotel bed is just too strong. Anyway, brunch. 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: Full guide to the best restaurants in Stockholm
The 12 best restaurants in Stockholm
Whisper it, but Stockholm might be the most exciting upcoming foodie destination in Europe. The Swedish capital has always been a haven for those with curious appetites, but the city’s ever-increasing diversity has brought with it all manner of international cuisine, everything from Middle Eastern to American. When you add these spots to the impressive roster of traditional Swedish restaurants, you’ve got yourself a gastronomic city worth celebrating. Of course, fine dining in Stockholm comes at a hefty price. Scandinavia’s high prices are common knowledge, but a booming street food scene in the Swedish capital offers plenty of affordable bites for the penny conscious. Many bars here also have budget-friendly lunchtime buffets that pick up around midday, so make a point to feast out when you can. Whatever your budget, you’ll find something to love in our pick of the very best restaurants in Stockholm. Smalig måltid! Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Falloumi, a colourful street-food style restaurant on Ringvägen (the avenue that runs like a belt around the southern edge of hipster Södermalm) gets its name from combining falafel with halloumi. Order your wrap, pita or salad at the bar, and wait for it to be delivered while you drink a tap beer. All the sauces you’ll need sit on the bright purple benches, and fake laundry hangs above you from colourful balconies, as if you’re sitting outside on a busy middle-eastern street on a summer day. Time Out tip: Try the highly-rated homemade lemonade if they’ve made some. Perfect when mixed half-and-half with some tap beer!
Stockholm’s leading ice cream shop produces a delicious range of organic gelato and sorbets that includes both vegetarian and vegan options. They pop up all over the city centre in summer and, if the sun is out, there will be queues out of the door. You can take your ice cream to the window bar—perfect for people watching—or away with you to the nearest green space. Plus, there are even gluten-free cones (they really think of everything here). Time Out tip: Remember that during Swedish summer, the sun stays out late. Luckily, so do the ice cream shops: most Stikki Nikki outlets stay open until 8pm all summer.
On Stockholm’s southern island is a buzzing little venue where flavour is central. Omnipollo’s Hatt is all about craft beer and craft pizza. In one corner there’s a bar and in the other, chatty Ali stone-bakes pizzas to your taste. There are normally at least 13 varieties on offer, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Forget about plain old cheese and tomato, here you can put vanilla-marinated apricots, almonds, kimchi and pomegranate syrup on your pizza. It’s tempting to go mad with the options, but trust their recommended topping combinations. Time Out tip: Getting a seat here, especially on weekend evenings, can be a lottery. We recommend taking a bench outside if it’s warm enough: it’s sociable enough that people normally make space for you, and Hökensgatan street is perfect for people-watching.
There is surely nowhere better to enjoy a classic Swedish worker’s meal than at a traditional Stockholm ‘foodhall’ (similar to a German beerhall, but with the focus on the food). The western-central district of Vasastan hasn’t always been upmarket-hipster, something that Tennstopet is testament to. Here there’s un-crafted, Swedish lager on tap and everything on the menu is classically Swedish: served to you at white-linen-covered tables against wood-panelled walls. The hearty food comes in generous portions, on massive white plates. There are also a lot of mayo-based dips and dill, but it wouldn’t be authentically Swedish without them. Time Out tip: For a cheaper meal, opt for the fixed-price lunchtime menu, centred on the dish of the day, which is served between 11.30 and 14.30, from Monday to Friday.
The Scottish micro-brewery that has recently exploded across Europe now has two Stockholm outlets: including one on the avenue that circles hipster SoFo. With the chattiest bar staff in Stockholm (and it’s nearly always in English), an impressive board-game collection and 18 craft beers on tap, you might forget that you came here for the food. The menu, however, reels you in: you can get vegan hotdogs with curry mayo served with corn on the cob, or bratwurst with sauerkraut and macaroni cheese. Here, America meets Germany in Sweden, and it totally works. Welcome to one of your tastiest and most sociable nights in Stockholm. Time Out tip: Brewdog is the perfect winter hide-out, when they bring out the video games. Mario Kart on a vintage Nintendo with your fries, anyone?
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.