An unassuming 1960s former office block (that’s also currently home to student accommodation and a shopping centre) is the somewhat improbable location for one of Stockholm’s best-loved high-altitude drinking spots. Himlen is on the 26th floor of a skyscraper slap-bang in the middle of the artsy Södermalm district. The panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows take in the island’s most colourful park, Tantolunden, and the green nineteenth century spires of Sofia Church. You can also see the iconic Ericsson Globe (known to locals as Globen), the world’s largest spherical building, which hosts concerts and sports games. Himlen’s cocktails are fantastic: strong, well-balanced and presented with flair. The bar’s location away from Stockholm’s somewhat snootier districts typically draws a varied and interesting crowd.
Time Out tip: Head up to Himlen at sunset for the best photo opportunities, or sneak a peek over lunch, when the normally pricey restaurant area offers great value daily deals.