Stockholm is a historic and scenic city whose center is built upon fourteen islands lined by the shimmering blue waters of canals and Lake Mälaren. The city is famous for its mix of sleek designed modern buildings and classic Nordic architecture, and whether you want to spend time wandering its cobbled streets or dancing in one of its world-class nightclubs, you’ll be hard-pressed to not find a reason to extend your stay. But if you only have time for short breaks in Stockholm, then we will suggest some few tips to get you started. Stockholm is best explored during the long and light-filled days of summer, which will allow you to pack in as much as possible. Here are some of the best ways to spend your day in Sweden’s capital.
1. Nystekt Strömmingvagnen
Start your day with a meal on the go from this staple of Stockholm’s culinary scene. The herring wagon located in Södermalm Square, serves up a breakfast of skaning, or freshly caught herring on Rye topped with onion, dill, and mustard.
2. The Vasamuseet
The Vasa Museum is one of the top tourist attractions in the city, so arriving early is a great way to avoid longer queues. The Vasa is a maritime museum, whose main attraction is a fully intact, 17th century 64-gun warship named Vasa, who sank on her maiden voyage and lay preserved in the cold waters near Stockholm harbor until she was salvaged in 1961.
3. Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan translates from the Swedish to “Old Town,” and this area of Stockholm is replete with 17th and 18th century buildings that line its narrow and winding cobbled streets. In this area you’ll find a variety of cafés and pastry shops, as well as the Nobel Museum, which has been devoted to presenting the work of Nobel Laureates since 1901.
4. Tour Under the Bridges of Stockholm
Water makes up an important and vast part of the city of Stockholm, so acquainting yourself with its waterways, locks, and 15 bridges, is a great way to better understand the complex layout of the city. The tour is, however, about two hours long, so if you’re running short on time it might not be your best choice.
5. Södermalm Nightlife
Whether you’re looking for chic restaurants, boho bars, live music, or a club and dance-floor, Södermalm is the place to fulfill your eating, drinking, and partying desires. Begin your evening in one of the hopping outdoor beer gardens like Mosebacketerrassen, then move inside as the late-light dwindles and the music is turned up.
Even if your vacation time only allows you to fit short breaks in Stockholm, you’ll be amazed at all the city has to offer, and will undoubtedly be planning your return trip soon.