Stora gatan 33
193 23 Sigtuna
The cutest little town you can imagine. And Sweden's oldest—founded in 980.
The company that holds the key to the archipelago for people who don't own their own boats.
Museet / Museum of National Antiquities
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.
Warship and Museum
/ The World of Astrid Lindgren
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.
/ Nobel Museum
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.
/ Open-Air Museum
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.
/ Vasa Museum
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.
Nordic Sea Hotel
A bit of northern Sweden (the frozen-solid bit) transplanted to the capital. Everything is made of ice except the people and the vodka.
Help the Swedish welfare state balance the budget by gambling away your hard-earned vacation money. Or just watch other people do it.
This intimate club near the heart of the Stureplan entertainment district boasts the best club sound in town.
/ Changing of the Royal Guards
Regiments from all over Sweden take turns guarding the Royal Palace in Gamla stan, even though the royals themselves no longer live here.
/ Stockholm City Hall
It took architect Ragnar Östberg eight million bricks to finish his greatest work. Today the site of the Nobel Prize dinner.
Great one-stop-shop site for everything you might need as long as it's mainstream.
Cooperative owned and run by artists working in glass, ceramics, wood, metal, textiles and leather.
Everything you never knew you didn't need, but still want. Inventory changes quickly, so if you snooze, you will lose.
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.
Great handicraft shop on the main shopping thoroughfare in the Old Town.
Knitwear—never really in fashion, but never really out of it either. This Old Town shop offers the best quality merchandise in Stockholm.
near Gamla Stan
Art glass from Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Målerås, Lisa Larson and Venini. Works with UPS to ship your beautiful but heavy purchases back home.
Huge store with all the big names in modern design, both Scandinavian and international.
Birger Jarlsgatan 27
Beautiful stuff for the home a stone's throw from Stureplan.
As the name suggests, this is where you go if you're satisfied with yourself and want to celebrate with a bookshelf or something.
Lots of the usual Nike fare, but you can also pick up a pair of retro sneakers from newly hip Swedish shoemaker Tretorn.
Various locations around Hötorget
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.
Modern, hip designer stuff—everything from cutlery to sofas—for the non-grungy consumer.
The epitome of elegance in home furnishings. For those days when money is no object, this is where you go.
A public agency promoting Swedish literature in translation, and books about Sweden. Located in Gamla stan near the royal castle.
Twist & Tango
Grev Turegatan 20
Two friends started this women's clothing company in the late Nineties, and they're still going strong.
Well-informed hotel information center strategically located in the main train station.
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.
Oddly named site, but the best one for up-to-date info on what the city has to offer.
Sverigehuset, Hamngatan 27
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.
/ Sweden Shop
Sverigehuset, Hamngatan 27
Souvenir heaven, both for tacky bric-a-brac and high-quality handicrafts.