It’s so easy to be sweetened by Sweden, especially when you have great friends living in Stockholm.
Unfortunately I had less than 24 hours to truly experience a city filled with sophisticated locals mixed with a powerful history. There wasn’t enough time to fully indulge in Stockholm’s rooftop bars and a colorful café culture. If I had more time, I would’ve spent a few hours in these establishments that might pique your interest:
- Skansen – The world’s very first open-air museum that everyone raves about.
- Fotografiska – One of the biggest gathering places for modern photography.
- Abba Museum – Who doesn’t love a fabulous throwback to Dancing Queen?
- Nobel Museum – Because we all need to be inspired by extraordinary people.
- Royal Palace – Since it’s the one component America will never have: a royal family.
- Drottningholm Palace – I’ll take any chance to stroll through the Versailles of Sweden.
Sometimes, it’s a blessing in disguise to cut a trip shorter than it should ever be. It gives all of us the excuse of hope and return. I can’t wait for my next trip in Stockholm, not only to check off more items on this list, but to dive deeper into a culture that opened my eyes to a different way of life.
EAT: Taverna Brillo
Sturegatan 6, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden
Taverna Brillo is where influencers and Stockholm’s posh crowds hang out. It’s the city’s most popular hotspot during weekend brunches, if you’re one to see or be seen, then grab a table and top it with a glass of chilled chardonnay. The tasty menu is Italian-influenced, developed by local celebrity chef Tommy Myllimäki. This stylish restaurant’s main dining room is surrounded by two bars, in addition to a pizzeria, bread shop, charcuterie, deli counter, orangery and an ice cream parlor. If you’re not too hungry, Brillo is a fantastic place to start your night out with a few glasses of wine.
Götgatan 78, 118 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Himlen sits on the 26th floor, with a spectacular panorama of Stockholm. The restaurant / bar features high-end Nordic and French cuisine, meanwhile the skybar attracts urbanites with artisanal cocktails. On any week night, come here for an espresso martini, while taking in the city’s breathtaking view.
SHOP: Gamla Stan
Cobblestone streets, medieval alleys and North German architecture are what makes Gamla Stan undeniably charming. Also known as the Old Town of Stockholm, this is where you’ll find cute shops and one of the oldest restaurants in the world: Den Gyldene Fredon. Gamla Stan sits on the island of Stadsholmen and boasts deep Swedish history. Before Stockholm’s later expansion, Gamla Stan was referred to as “the city.” One of the most notable events which occurred in Gamla Stan’s main square was the Stockholm Bloodbath when Swedish noblemen were killed by Danish King Christian II in 1520, the massacre led to Sweden’s civil war and the election of King Gustav I. Today, you’ll find: the old Royal Palace, Stockholm Stock Exchange Building, the Stockholm Cathedral…and many other significant sites.
SEE: Stockholm City Hall
Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden
Constructed in the early 1900’s, the Stockholm City Hall is most notable as a venue for the Nobel Prize banquet. During its twelve-year construction, eight million red munktegel bricks were used, these monks’ bricks are the traditional materials typically used in Swedish monasteries and churches. The Blue Hall is also the dining area that holds the famous annual Nobel Prize award ceremony, featuring the largest organ in Scandinavia. Sitting above, is the Golden Hall with mosaics made up of more than 18 million tiles that depict stories from Swedish history.
SEE: Vasa Museum
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum is arguably one of the most visited museums in Scandinavia, since it centers around a 64-gun warship which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and killed 150 people. Once it was salvaged 333 years later, Vasa was masterfully restored. Today, it showcases more than 95% of its original form, the ship is also the sole preserved 17th century ship in the world. You can get up close and personal with hundreds of carved sculptures.