Stockholm Old Town

A Guide to Stockholm

Stockholm is a city that I can’t get enough of.  I love the colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, elegant palaces, endless canals, and the Swedish meatballs.  The most wonderful part of Stockholm is not the city itself, but the relaxed atmosphere. Stockholm is a city that requires no set itinerary and is best seen by exploring unrushed and with an open mind.  

Where to Stay in Stockholm

At Six

Brunkebergstorg 6, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden

At Six is hip, centrally located, and offers one of the best breakfast spreads I’ve ever seen at a hotel.  I loved how well designed the entire hotel was - from the rooms to the bars to the gym everything was as functional as it was beautiful.

The location was a perfect home base for exploring Stockholm.  It was walking distance to the train station, Gamla Stan, City Hall, and many great restaurants and bars. My favorite part of At Six was the incredible sauna in the gym.  I used it every day to unwind after exploring the city.

Generator Hostel Stockholm

Torsgatan 10, 111 23 Stockholm, Sweden

For a budget stay, look no further than Generator Hostel.  I love Generator because you get the community of a hostel with the style of a boutique hotel. Generator is centrally located and within walking distance to major sites and the central train station.

Things you must see in Stockholm

There are endless beautiful places in Stockholm.  The churches, palaces, and parks are all incredible.   If you do plan to visit a couple of palaces and churches I recommend getting the Stockholm Pass.   

Gamla Stan

No visit to Stockholm is complete without visiting the fairytale old town, Gamla Stan.  Wander through the cobblestone streets and visit some of the island’s famous churches: the German Church, the Finnish Church, and the Great Church.  While you’re exploring get a hot chocolate from Chokladkoppen and explore the narrow and windy streets.  If you have time, I recommend also visiting the Stockholm Palace.

Södermalm/Hornstull

Södermalm is the Brooklyn of Stockholm.  This trendy neighborhood is full of great shops and cafes.  Stop in Il Caffe for a coffee and pastry to fuel your explorations.  Two of my favorite shops are Grandpa and Swedish Hasbeens. On a nice weekend stop by the Hornstull Market. From April to September each weekend vendors sell antiques, handmade wares, and food along the river.

Swedish Hasbeens

Swedish Hasbeens

Östermalm

Östermalm is known for great restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. I recommend going to dinner in this area one night and checking out the bars after.

City Hall

Hantverkargatan 1, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

For the best views of the Gamla Stan look no further than city hall.  In the summer months, the view from the tower is incredible. During the colder months when the tower is closed, you can get a great view from the shore of the old town.

Drottningholm Palace

178 02 Drottningholm, Sweden

Drottningholm Palace is my favorite palace that I’ve visited.  Drottningholm is filled with light, airy, and bright rooms. The grounds surrounding the palace are incredible and well worth exploring.  I recommend spending a half day here.

Where to Eat & Drink in Stockholm

Kajsas fisk

Hötorgshallen 3, 111 57 Stockholm, Sweden

Kajsas fisk is beloved for their classic Swedish fish soup.  This popular spot is found in the basement food court of a building.  I recommend going early for lunch since there is usually a wait.

Östermalm's Market Hall

Humlegårdsgatan 1, 114 46 Stockholm, Sweden

Östermalm's Market Hall is comprised of stands serving everything from coffee to meatballs to sweets.  I recommend stopping here for lunch.

Östermalm's Market Hall

Östermalm's Market Hall

Meatballs for the People

Nytorgsgatan 30, 116 40 Stockholm, Sweden

Meatballs for the People is a restaurant by day and hip bar by night. As the name suggests, this restaurant is known for one thing - meatballs. Stop here for the best Swedish Meatballs in town (in this girl's opinion).

Restaurang Kryp In

Prästgatan 17, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden

Kryp In is a wonderful place to grab dinner in Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan.  The menu is comprised of traditional Swedish dishes including Reindeer.

Speceriet

Artillerigatan 14, 114 51 Stockholm, Sweden

Speceriet is a trendy restaurant with bench seating and communal tables.  Their menu features modern small plates that are designed to be shared. I had my first dinner in Stockholm here this past trip, and it was the perfect place to go for a low key evening.

Nisch

Dalagatan 42, 113 24 Stockholm, Sweden

If you are looking to splurge on a meal in Stockholm, look no further than Nisch.  Nisch offers two dinner seatings and a prefix seasonal menu. The restaurant is intimate, warm, and perfect for a date night.  Each course is served at the same time for all guests. The dishes use seasonal and classic Swedish ingredients such as Reindeer.

Restaurang Tegelbacken

Tegelbacken 2, 111 52 Stockholm, Sweden

Restaurang Tegelbacken is high on style and makes the best Pisco Sour I had in Stockholm.  This funky restaurant has a cocktail bar and dining area. We didn’t try the food, but the cocktails and atmosphere were incredible.

Glenn Miller Cafe

Brunnsgatan 21A, 111 38 Stockholm, Sweden

If you are looking to listen to great Jazz stop by Glenn Miller Cafe.

Hosoi

Brunkebergstorg 6, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden

If you are serious about music Hosoi is a must.  This Japanese inspired speakeasy bar in At Six is all about the music and features local talent weekly.  

Lokal

8, Scheelegatan, 112 23 Stockholm, Sweden

For a local vibe - no pun intended - look no further than Lokal. We had a ton of fun at this bar by night restaurant listening to music, people watching and sipping on drinks.  What I love about this bar is that there is space to socialize as well as dance.

Lemon

Scheelegatan 8, 112 23 Stockholm, Sweden

Looking to make a late night later? For a lively bar head to Lemon.  It’s conveniently located next to Lokal so its easy to hop between the two bars.

Getting Around Stockholm

To get to Stockholm from the airport, there are two train options: a commuter train and the Arlanda Express.  We opted to take the Arlanda Express because it’s only 20 minutes to the Central Station. Within Stockholm cabs and Ubers are readily available.   There is also a very reliable metro and bus network. For most of the places I visited in Stockholm I walked. The sites are very close to each other, and most things you will want to see are within walking distance if you chose a centrally located accommodation.