Undoubtedly one of the ‘coolest’ cities on the European continent, Stockholm is known for its effortless style and modern design. Keeping its finger on the pulse of global trends, the city holds an exciting international perspective while simultaneously staying firmly rooted in its Swedish traditions. Although tiny in comparison to other European capitals, Stockholm is the largest of the Nordic cities and really packs a punch when it comes to culture, art, design, shopping and gastronomy. Set across 14 islands on the archipelago, the city balances intimate small-city hospitality with big-city energy, offering all visitors a distinctively Scandinavian experience. Our snapshot travel guide features the best places to stay, eat and see during your visit to this capital of cool.
"Home Away from Home" is likely to be the most clichéd term used in travel writing but when discussing boutique hotel Ett Hem, it would seem odd not to. Directly translating to "At Home", here guests are treated like old friends and attention to personal preference and comfort is absolutely paramount. From the building itself, (the hotel is housed in an Arts and Crafts townhouse originally built as a private residence), to the warm and human-centred interior design by Isle Crawford, everything about Ett Hem oozes homeliness. The 12 rooms are individually furnished with a combination of contemporary pieces and Scandinavian antiques creating a cosy and eclectic space to come back to after a day of exploring the city. Guests are encouraged to spend time in the communal areas such as the lush green courtyard, the formal library and even the open kitchen where everyone is welcome to help themselves to any snacks and drinks during their stay.
Lydmar: Located right on the harbour, this trendy boutique hotel features striking stylish decor and attentive service.
Haymarket by Scandic: A comfortable and cosy hotel ideally situated in the centre of town.
Nobis: A contemporary hotel housed in a restored historical building famous for being the setting of the 1973 Stockholm syndrome bank robbery.
In recent years, Scandinavian cuisine has captured international taste buds and Stockholm specifically has established itself as one of the top destinations for foodies on the quest for something a bit different. More than just berries and foraging, the region's cuisine incorporates some of the biggest culinary trends today such as plant-based dishes, sustainably sourced ingredients and the gut-balancing health benefits of fermented and pickled foods. Home to a blossoming restaurant scene, Stockholm is packed full of eateries serving exciting and innovative approaches to Swedish cuisine, one of which is Rutabaga. Dining here is unique in that there are only two options on offer – the 'Large' menu or the 'Small' menu. Make a decision based on your appetite and let the chefs surprise and delight you with course after course of outstanding lacto-ovo vegetarian cuisine. We would be delighted to book you a seat at the chef’s table to watch the team work their magic in the kitchen.
Pom & Flora: The best breakfast place in town. Opt for the scrambled eggs on toast – simple but scrumptious.
Tyge & Sessil: A cosy wine bar with an impressive selection of wines and cheeses. The staff here are knowledgable and happy to make recommendations based on your taste.
Oaxen Slip: A unique take on traditional Swedish bistro cuisine – expect hearty comfort food designed for sharing.
During the summer months in Stockholm, the city turns outwards, leaving behind its cosy nights indoors for bright summer mornings luxuriating in the lush outdoors. One of the best places to enjoy the summertime in Stockholm is Millesgården. Located on Lindgö island just 20 minutes away from central Stockholm, the art museum and garden is located on a property once belonging to married artists Carl and Olga Milles. The stunning terraced grounds are perched high on a cliff giving spectacular views of the city below. The property features a small art museum and serene sculpture garden where you can spend hours with a good book and picnic basket basking in the Swedish sunshine.
Old Town/ Gamla Stan: A historic cobblestoned neighbourhood of Stockholm characterised by its colourful architecture, boutiques, bars and top-notch restaurants.
Bageri Petrus: An institution in itself, this is one of Sweden’s favourite bakeries – expect long queues but trust us, it's worth it.