24hr Guide to Stockholm, Sweden
I moved to Sweden to play professional hockey and experience the Scandinavian style of living. As an Alaskan suddenly immersed in the Swedish culture, I fell in love with the unique, eventful city of Stockholm. I would fill my days with training and exploring the city, going from one cafe to another as a self-proclaimed professional “Fika(er).” Fika is my favorite Swedish term, which means having a coffee and pastry over conversation with someone (“lets go fika!”). Discovered by my own exploration of Stockholm throughout my two short years there, here are my top spots to check out during a quick visit!
Urban Deli Takparken- Rooftop Bar & Deli
Located in the heart of downtown the Urban Deli is a hotel, restaurant, and fresh produce store with a rooftop bar located on the top floor. Enjoy the birds eye view of downtown Stockholm with a glass of wine while playing yard games or just lounging on their 360º wooden boardwalk deck.
Mellqvist Cafe- The “Local” Cafe
Tucked in the Sankt Eriksplan square is a quaint little cafe that will make you want to stay all day! In addition to their amazing chocolate filled croissants, kanelbulle, homemade soups, sandwiches, and fresh juices, the employees make you feel so welcome calling guest by their first names and remembering their orders. This cafe perfectly exemplifies the environment of a cozy swedish culture and a room full of “regulars,” including myself.
Gamla Stan- Stockholm’s “Old Town”
The historic island is filled with cobblestone alleys, cafes, shops, and the location of the Royal Swedish Palace. The old colorful buildings, sculptures, and castles surrounded by water make for the best photos and optimal swedish culture experience. Because Gamla Stan is one of the biggest tourist attractions, I suggest going early in the morning to avoid the crowds and catch the beautiful sunrise.
Rosendals Trädgård- “Hidden Eko Gem ”
Rosendal is an organic market garden with vegetable fields, vineyards, garden cafe, plant/farm shop, bakery, nursery, greenhouses, flower beds, and much more! This “Biodynamic Gardening” compound is hidden in the woods on the Djurgarden island, accessed by train or car and a short walk through the woods. The crops directly feed their onsite cafe and shop with the freshest, most abundant ingredients. Take time to walk around, and get their fresh daily soup with artisan bread from their wood fire oven!
Drinks/Nightlife- (Both located in Gamla Stan)
Mister French- is a very modern, fancy and popular place with amazing Swedish food and excellent cocktails with a view overlooking the water. They have plush suede seating, candle lit tables and fur accents. They provide the perfect combination of both, restaurant and modern/hip lounge with a live DJ in the evening. Try their pot of garlic infused mussels with a glass of bubbly!
Tweed- is an old fashioned, prohibition themed cocktail lounge with a dark ambiance, leather seating, and broad selection of fine cigars. In the summer they open their outdoor courtyard/terrace bar upstairs where you can sit in the open air by water fountains, share large dishes under string lights, and listen to music surrounded by old yellow buildings. Make sure to try their old-fashioned whiskey and lamb, potato/vegetable dish.