My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Written and Published July 30, 2016


My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Things to Do in Stockholm - Understand


Stockholm is a city of 2 million people, near the Baltic Sea, with much better weather than you'd think given its northern latitude. Stockholm will impress you with its urban design, high-tech mantra and liberal thoughts.

The city has over 70 museums and more than its fair share of modern cuisine, third wave coffee and places where you can spend your last dollars on drinks.This ultra-modern city comes with good safety and has almost completely banished cars. It's very pedestrian-friendly and you should plan on long walks to explore the city.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

At almost 60 degrees north latitude, Stockholm has 16-18 hours of sunlight a day during summer; this alone is a huge motivation to see the city.

Things to Do in Stockholm - Safety


Safety is not an issue in the inner city neighborhoods at day or night. It might be different in a few select neighborhoods, though I doubt it. There is no real police presence; it seems crime has been wiped out together with cars in this city.

Things to Do in Stockholm - Get Around


You will see so few cars all over Stockholm it will make you wonder where everyone went. In fact, most traffic is banished to underground tunnels and hidden freeways. The little urban traffic that is left is restricted by a congestion charge and many closed roads and one-ways. So if you drive there, you will likely not encounter traffic, but parking and traffic violations may cost you.

The best way to get around is on foot or by using the metro.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Uber is in town, but it is expensive. Don't even think of using taxis, as the MINIMUM fare can be as high as $50 - don't do it!

There are a number of airport bus companies that get you downtown for $11 (if you pay for your ticket online or on your phone). The train is a bit faster and charges almost $30 one-way.

Things to Do in Stockholm - Sights


For a small city, Stockholm just has too much to see. The city has wonderful design, old and new architecture, many parks, bridges and those 70 museums, which all make it hard to just pass through and tick that 'Stockholm box.'

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

During my 24 hours there, I chose to focus on these sights.

Riddarholmskyrkan

The Riddarholm Church, located on the island of Riddarholmen, is Stockholm's only preserved medieval monastery church and where Swedish monarchs have been laid to rest. The entrance fee is SEK 50 for adults (less than $6).

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Nobel Museum

The Nobel Museum is right in the middle of the oldest part of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, and has a good exhibition about the history of the famous Nobel Prize. The admission fee is a hefty $12 per person and the museum is rather small.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Moderna Museet

This fantastic contemporary art museum is located on Skeppsholmen Island in a gorgeous setting. It hosts a huge selection of beautifully presented contemporary art. My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Admission is FREE for the permanent exhibition, though the temporary exhibition is priced at $18. For most of us, that money might be better invested in a healthy lunch at the lovely museum cafe.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Monteliusvägen

Monteliusvägen is a fantastic vista point where you cansee the old town of Stockholm from up above. The areaitselfhas a number of historic buildings too. It's a great way to discover yet another Stockholm neighborhood.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Things to Do in Stockholm - Eat & Drink


In general, you'll get fresh, high quality food if you search a bit in Stockholm. It's more expensive than in the US, but the portions are usually big. Most food I tried came out more bland than I wanted; spices aren't something you'll find easily here.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Keep in mind that alcohol tends to be expensive unless you lookfor cheaper places (I managed to find a beer in a bar for under $2).

La Neta

La Neta is a rustic setup with a few outdoor tablesandhas tacos and quesadillas for a fair price. This is a good option for a simple lunch or dinner.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Pizza Hatt

Pizza Hatt fetches tons of positive reviews for its pizzas and beers, but when I was there it was closed for a (one month!) vacation.



Kalf & Hansen

Kalf & Hansen rules this city for Swedish food inspiration at moderate prices. I did not have a chance to go, but I feel I would have loved it.



Drop Coffee

This very stylish interior and setup does not translate into superior coffee unfortunately. The staff are friendly and the tables are inviting for an hour of creative work, though.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Johan & Nysrom

This seems to be Stockholm's most interesting coffee shop and you'll drown in options for your favorite brew. Give this place a try.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

Sempre

Sempre is a decent Italian coffee shop in a good location and itserves delicious panini sandwiches as well.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

800 grader

This is another great option if you crave NY-style pizza in Stockholm.


Things to Do in Stockholm - Where to Stay


Stockholm is richly endowed with several Club Carlson properties. I chose the Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel, Arlanda Airport, which is just off the airport grounds (and has a free shuttle). It has excellent rooms and is fully equipped. The breakfast is fantastic too. I think it ranks in the category of some of the best airport hotels worldwide.

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm

My 11 Favorite Things to do in Stockholm