Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Stockholm, Sweden

What to see, do and explore in the Venice of Scandinavia.


Ready to book a trip now?
Get exclusive savings on hotel rooms.


WHAT TO DO — STOCKHOLM ATTRACTIONS


DAY TRIPS

Sigtuna Turism AB
Stora gatan 33

Box 117
193 23 Sigtuna
46-08-594-806-50
www.sigtunaturism.se
The cutest little town you can imagine. And Sweden's oldest—founded in 980.

Strömma Kanalbolaget
Skeppsbron 22
Stockholm
46-08-120-040-00
bokning@stromma.se
www.strommakanalbolaget.com
www.cinderellabatarna.com
The company that holds the key to the archipelago for people who don't own their own boats.

MUSEUMS

Historiska Museet / Museum of National Antiquities
Narvavägen 13-17
Stockholm
46-08-519-556-00
www.historiska.se
Not as dusty as you might think. Offerings include Vikings and gold, as well as modern history. And if the weather is nice, its café Rosengården is hard to beat.

Vasa Warship and Museum
Vasa Warship and Museum

Junibacken / The World of Astrid Lindgren
Djurgården
Stockholm
46-08-587-230-00
www.junibacken.se
This tribute to Lindgren's characters is probably the best place in Stockholm if you're traveling with kids. Can get a bit noisy and crowded, but the young ones will love it.

Nobelmuseet / Nobel Museum
Börshuset
Stockholm
46-08-534-818-00
www.nobelmuseum.se
Smack in the middle of the Old Town, this museum tells the history of what is probably the world's most prestigious award. Seven hundred have been handed out so far, so pace yourself.

Skansen / Open-Air Museum
Djurgårdsslätten
Djurgården
Stockholm
46-08-442-800-0
www.skansen.se
The world's first open-air museum, from 1891, was based on the idea of showing all aspects of the country in one place. Hence buildings, animals and general culture is on display from all over Sweden.

Vasamuseet / Vasa Museum
Galärvarvet
Djurgården
Stockholm
46-08-519-548-00
www.vasamuseet.se
Stockholm's most spectacular museum showcases the world's only surviving warship from the 17th century. Not to be missed, no matter how pressed for time you are.

NIGHT LIFE

Inside the Absolut Icebar Stockholm
Absolut Icebar Stockholm

Absolut Icebar Stockholm
Nordic Sea Hotel
Vasaplan
Stockholm
46-08-505-630-00
www.nordicseahotel.com
A bit of northern Sweden (the frozen-solid bit) transplanted to the capital. Everything is made of ice except the people and the vodka.

Casino Cosmopol
Kungsgatan 65
Stockholm
46-08-781-880-0
www.casinocosmopol.se
Help the Swedish welfare state balance the budget by gambling away your hard-earned vacation money. Or just watch other people do it.

The White Room
Regeringsgatan 61
Stockholm
46-08-545-076-65
This intimate club near the heart of the Stureplan entertainment district boasts the best club sound in town.

GOVERNMENT LANDMARKS

Högvaktsavlösning / Changing of the Royal Guards
Garnisonsenheten
Stockholm
46-08-402-631-7
hogvakten@royalcourt.se
Regiments from all over Sweden take turns guarding the Royal Palace in Gamla stan, even though the royals themselves no longer live here.

Boats fill Stockholm harbor near City Hall
Boats sail near City Hall
Kungliga Slottet / The Royal Palace
Slottsbacken
Stockholm
46 08 402 6130
info.stockholms-slott@royalcourt.se
www.royalcourt.se
Its six hundred rooms make Nicodemus Tessin's Roman baroque castle from 1754 one of Europe's largest.

Stadshuset / Stockholm City Hall
Hantverkargatan 1
Stockholm
46-08-508-290-58
studyvisits@stadshuset.stockholm.se
international.stockholm.se
It took architect Ragnar Östberg eight million bricks to finish his greatest work. Today the site of the Nobel Prize dinner.

SHOPPING

Ahlens
Various locations
www.ahlens.com
Great one-stop-shop site for everything you might need as long as it's mainstream.

The shops and restaurants of Storget
Storget
Castor Konsthantverk
Österlånggatan 27
Stockholm
46-08-216-251
Cooperative owned and run by artists working in glass, ceramics, wood, metal, textiles and leather.

DesignTorget
Various locations
www.designtorget.se
Everything you never knew you didn't need, but still want. Inventory changes quickly, so if you snooze, you will lose.

Grandpa
Södermannagatan 21
Stockholm
46-08-643-608-0
www.grandpa.se
Gadgets, interior design, clothes and furniture on funky Södermalm. Like the rest of the area, it stays open late (9 p.m.) the last Thursday of every month.

Handkraft Swea
Västerlånggatan 24
Stockholm
46-08-200-636
Great handicraft shop on the main shopping thoroughfare in the Old Town.

Knits
Österlånggatan 12
Stockholm
46-08-210-855
knits@telia.com

Knitwear—never really in fashion, but never really out of it either. This Old Town shop offers the best quality merchandise in Stockholm.

Shopping near Gamla Stan
Shopping near Gamla Stan

Nordika Kristall
Österlånggatan 1
Stockholm
46-08-107-718

Kungsgatan 9
Stockholm
46-08-104-372

Art glass from Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Målerås, Lisa Larson and Venini. Works with UPS to ship your beautiful but heavy purchases back home.

Nordiska Galleriet
Nybrogatan 11
Stockholm
46-08-442-836-9
sofia.vw@nordiskagalleriet.se
www.nordiskagalleriet.se
Huge store with all the big names in modern design, both Scandinavian and international.

Norrgavel
Birger Jarlsgatan 27
Stockholm
08-545-220-50
stockholm@norrgavel.se
www.norrgavel.se
Beautiful stuff for the home a stone's throw from Stureplan.

Posh Living
Sveavägen 41-43
Stockholm
46-08-235-155
info@poshliving.se
www.poshliving.se
As the name suggests, this is where you go if you're satisfied with yourself and want to celebrate with a bookshelf or something.

Sneakersnstuff
Åsögatan 124
Stockholm
46-08-743-032-2
www.sneakersnstuff.com
Lots of the usual Nike fare, but you can also pick up a pair of retro sneakers from newly hip Swedish shoemaker Tretorn.

PUB
Various locations around Hötorget
Stockholm
www.pub.se
Paul Urban Bergström's department store on Hötorget has several claims to fame. This is where Greta Garbo worked as a checkout girl, and where Lenin bought a suit in April, 1917, to look good for the coming revolution.

R.O.O.M
Alströmergatan 20
Stockholm
46-08-6925-000
www.room.se
Modern, hip designer stuff—everything from cutlery to sofas—for the non-grungy consumer.

Svenskt Tenn
Strandvägen 5
Stockholm
46-08-670-160-0
www.svenskttenn.se
The epitome of elegance in home furnishings. For those days when money is no object, this is where you go.

Sweden Bookshop
Slottsbacken 10
Stockholm
46-08-453-780-0
www.swedenbookshop.com
A public agency promoting Swedish literature in translation, and books about Sweden. Located in Gamla stan near the royal castle.

Twist & Tango
Skånegatan 90
Stockholm
46-08714-002-2

Grev Turegatan 20
Stockholm
46-08-667-270-7

Götgatan 9
Stockholm
46-08-714-572-0
www.twisttango.com
Two friends started this women's clothing company in the late Nineties, and they're still going strong.

TOURIST SERVICES

Hotellcentralen
Centralstationen
Stockholm
info@svb.stockholm.se
Well-informed hotel information center strategically located in the main train station.

Stockholm Harbor
Stockholm Harbor
Smart City Shopping
46-08-611-560-0
If you're pressed for time, these people will guide you to the best shops and brands. Prices differ, but hover around $40/hour, plus transportation.

Stockholm Visitors Board
Stockholm
46-08-508-285-08
www.stockholmtown.com
Oddly named site, but the best one for up-to-date info on what the city has to offer.

Stockholm Tourist Centre
Sverigehuset, Hamngatan 27
Stockholm
info@svb.stockholm.se
Super-centralized, super-efficient and super-located. Make a long list of everything you need to know, then go tick off the boxes one by one.

Sverigeshopen / Sweden Shop
Sverigehuset, Hamngatan 27
Stockholm
www.stockholmtown.com/shop
Souvenir heaven, both for tacky bric-a-brac and high-quality handicrafts.


MORE STOCKHOLM INFORMATION

* Absolut Ice Bar and Stortorget photos by AlphaMedia.
Other photos courtesy of
Stockholm Visitor's Board. Sailboat photo by Christer Lundin, Vasa warship and small frozen harbor photos by Richard Ryan, Shopping photo by Alexander Dokukin, Stockholm Harbor photo by Henrik Trygg.

P011807
UBLS052710

Whether looking to travel across the Australian Outback, the Canadian Rockies or historic Europe, these opulent trains will let travelers see the countryside in comfort.
Enter to win a trip to the posh Waldorf-Astoria Chicago, including round-trip airfare, daily breakfast and a credit for a luxe spa experience.