10 Reasons to Visit Stockholm
With its historic Old Town and medieval architecture, Stockholm is every bit as picturesque as it’s said to be. As well as being postcard pretty, Stockholm has all the cool that you would expect from a Scandinavian capital. The city boasts a slick shopping scene, modern art galleries and a host of new wave restaurants gaining international acclaim in the foodie world. If you’re still not convinced, then here are 10 reasons why it ought to be on your list of top European destinations to visit.
Perfect on a balmy summer evening, this waterside bar has an outdoor terrace located directly on the river. Swedes flock here as much for the refreshing drinks as the spectacular views over the medieval city of Stockholm.
If the sun is shining, pack a picnic and head straight to the beautiful Djurgården. There are plenty of pretty spots underneath willow trees and close to the water with coloured flower displays close-by. The large green space also house the Nordiska museum.
Fit in with the locals and learn to enjoy a ‘fika’. Tricky to translate, in essence it means taking a moment to enjoy a coffee and a pastry with friends.
The dining scene in Stockholm is exceptional, so indulging in at least one celebrated meal is a must. The ethos behind Gastrologik is quality produce, locally-sourced Swedish ingredients and innovative recipes. The result is an ever-changing 18-course meal which will blow you away.
For spectacular views over the medieval part of Stockholm, climb to the top of the bell tower. A maze-like ascent takes you through the City Hall, where you eventually reach the top and are greeted with breathtaking panoramic views.
Located on an island in the centre of town, Gamla Stan is known as Stockholm’s Old Town. The area is full of picturesque streets and ochre-toned houses, a favourite street to explore is Prästgatan. This is also where you’ll find the Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral.
Freshly baked and generously dusted in cinnamon sugar, the cinnamon buns in Stockholm are not to be missed. You'll find them in most local bakeries throughout the city, frequently enjoyed by Swedes during 'fika'.
The city of Stockholm is made up of 14 islands and surrounded by water, so it makes sense that the harbour is the heart of the capital. For quintessential Stockholm, make sure to take some time walking around the harbour, or even better hop on a boat and cruise the waters.
The City Hall has become an emblem of Stockholm and one of the most recognisable silhouettes in the city. Beautiful from the outside, but even more impressive is the Golden Hall inside, with its 18 million gold mosaic tiles.
The best way to see Stockholm is to walk around the city, crossing its many bridges which offer breathtaking views over the islands and the archipelago. One bridge not to miss is the Västerbron which has become an emblem of Swedish design and offers one of the best vantage points in the city.