Stockholm Bucket List!

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I never thought I would fall so in love with Scandinavia, especially in the form of a capital city… but Stockholm just has a way of capturing your heart. With old world charm and pastel buildings lining the Old Town, there’s a unique mix of old meets new when the city opens up from its’ heart, into newer, younger parts of the city where Stockholm Street Style reigns supreme. If you’re visiting Stockholm for the first time, here’s everything you absolutely must see and do!

streets Stockholm

1. Stroll through Gamla Stan

Although locals regard it as “touristy”, there’s no denying this is the most picturesque part of town. Gamla Stan is like stepping into a children’s fairytale book, complete with pastel coloured shop fronts and charming little doorsteps. There are also some beautiful little cafes here to pass the hours by, especially considering the Swedish excel in their cake + pastry offerings!

2. Visit the Vasa Museum

If you should make just one indoors visit during your time in Stockholm, you should make it the Vasa Museum. This maritime museum is home to an impressive collection and even houses an entire 17th century ship that has been salvaged and restored.

3. Walk through Skansen Open-Air Museum

Another museum worth your while couldn’t be any more different if it tried – the Skansen open-air museum is more of a zoo and home to a range of animals (great choice for the kids!) Catch the ferry to the island for the full experience and be sure to enjoy the views as you make your way by water.

View of stockholm

4. Pack a Picnic for Djurgården

As the island where Skansen Open Air Museum is located, often visitors to Stockholm are on a tight schedule and don’t take the time to enjoy their surrounds (remember its the journey – not the destination!) However if you do find yourself with a little time up your sleeve, be sure to stick around as this island is thoroughly enjoyable in the warmer months and offers a great opportunity for a picnic in the summer sunshine.

5. Take a Walk on the water’s edge

One thing I really love about Stockholm and I’m sure you will too, is that it is a city completely surrounded by water. Whether you’re walking from point to point or just walking for the sake of walking, be sure to pass by the water’s edge wherever possible, as this is where you can enjoy arguably the best view of the city – for free!

6. Visit Fotografiska Museum

A great walking route I found in the city was from my hotel, through Gamla Stan, and onwards to Fotografskia Museum. This is (as the name suggest) a photographic museum and has as fantastic gift shop at the end for photo lovers and enthusiasts.

street style stockholm

7. EAT a Cinnamon Roll for Breakfast

It’s no secret that Stockholm is FULL of great restaurants, though most of those will cost a day or sometimes a week’s paycheck to dine at! Instead, head straight for the first bakery you see and indulge in a cinnamon roll – BOY do they know how to make those things in Stockholm!

8. Sing your way through the ABBA Museum

Yes, I’m 100% serious. I visited Stockholm with my doting mother, who proclaimed prior to our trip that the only thing she wanted to do in Stockholm was to visit the ABBA Museum – and so we did. To my surprise I also (really) enjoyed the museum and would totally recommend it to anyone who has at least heard a couple of their hit tracks.

9. Walk the halls of Drottningham Palace

If one thing is for certain in Stockholm it is that no matter what route you take walking around the city, the gigantic Drottingham Palace is difficult to ignore. While the guards outside are worthy of a visit alone (who could pass up the chance to see a man in uniform!?), the inside of the Palace is just as exciting if you’re interested in the history of the royals.

Stockholm town

10. Indulge in a Gastronomic Affair

As previously mentioned, Stockholm is home to some fabulous restaurants and if you can cringe your way past the price list, you can enjoy one of the best meals of your life! The culinary scene in Stockholm is one of the best in the world and I can personally (highly – super, super highly) recommend Gastrologik.

11. Walk through the Golden Hall

The City Hall might not seem like an exciting place from the exterior, but inside lies this hidden beauty – a room made of gold – with over 18 million tiles to be exact!

12. Visit the Nobel Museum

Another great indoors activity in Stockholm is to visit the Nobel Museum, home to stacks of information and inspiration surrounding the Nobel Prize and its’ winners.

Stockholm water

13. Discover the Subway

As far as subways go, Stockholm has some pretty intriguing subway stations in the centre of the city to discover as works of art in their own right.

14. Sip a Latte at Drop Coffee

Its not often that you can say you’ve had a coffee at the world’s THIRD BEST coffee shop! Take up the opportunity at Drop Coffee and see what all the fuss is about.

15. Get a Swedish Hot Dog from a Street Vendor

As far as street food goes, Stockholmers have surprisingly good offerings, in the form of hotdogs. If you’re a sucker for the old and faithful, this is a great cheap eats alternative in a city that will quickly drain your pocket!

Stockholm Metro

16. Walk the Bridge over to Sodermalm

As Stockholm is a city surrounded by water, it should come at no surprise that there are many bridges connecting the city together! Be sure to walk over to Sodermalm and if you can, catch a sunset here at one of the many viewpoints – they’re to die for!

17. Catch a Boat Ride at Sunset

One thing you absolutely cannot miss before leaving the city is a boat ride around the city and its’ many pockets, particularly at sunset!

Stockholm gold room

Stockholm 5

Old Town Stockholm

Brooke Saward in Stockholm

Have you been to Stockholm before!? What were your most memorable moments to share with readers?

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    Mdu times
    July 14, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Do not miss the archipelago! Totally stunning!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    July 3, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I’ve never explored this part of the world, I would love to go one day. Your guide is very interesting! Stockholm must be such a great city…

    Bridget @ A Traveling B
    June 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Great recommendations! I’m so happy to hear you loved Stockholm. I had tentatively put it on my list for next year and a couple of people had recommended taking it off for Copenhagen. Glad to hear there is so much to do – it’s back on the list!

    June 29, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Beautiful pictures. I love Stockholm and also enjoyed day trips to Uppsala, Saltsjöbaden and Gustavsberg. I hope to go back pretty soon.

    June 28, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Love Scandanavia but have never been to Stockholm! I need to sort that out ASAP and get there. This guide will definitely come in handy 🙂

    June 28, 2016 at 2:23 am

    One of my friends visited Stockholm and loved it! Will have to see it for myself someday 🙂

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    June 28, 2016 at 2:15 am

    just recently published my post on Stockholm:) loved wandering around Gamla Stan:)

    June 28, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Hi! Great article but the palace that you are referring to as the Drottigholm Palace is actually the Stockholm Palace and is located in central Sthlm by Gamla Stan, Drottingholm palace is another palace 20 minutes drive outside of the city where the King and queen live! Two different palaces just FYI to avoid readers’ confusion!

    June 27, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Yay! My hometown! Love it here but can totally agree about it being so expensive here, even for a local. One thing I can recommend about Stockholm is to take a ferry to one of the islands in Stockholms skärgård. It’s so beautiful during the summertime!

    June 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Try Swedish meatballs at Riche and visit Himlen on Söder for an amazing view accompanied by drinks!

    June 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Stockholm is an amazing city to visit, despite the rather large price tag associated with it. However there are always alternatives! Scandinavia is a treasure for hidden charms, if you’re in Sweden look further to towns like Goteburg, or if you are brave enough travel north to Kiruna for the Northern Lights in winter, or the Midnight Sun in summer. Also the kanelbullar (cinnamon roll) you mentioned is only the start of Swedish sweets, next time you are in Sweden you must try Semla! That’s just the start of what I learnt in 6 months abroad there. Otherwise great post, enjoyable reading!

    Vanessa Rivers
    June 27, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I love Stockholm! For dancing and drinks check out Berns Hotel! I am headed there this week! X

    June 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I really wish to visit Stockholm ! It seems like such a lovely city

    June 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Great list! Stockholm is one of my favourite cities. I can’t wait to go back next month and check all these things off my list 🙂

    Kate |

    sara mcavoy
    June 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful pictures, this isn’t a place i’d ever thought to go but this post has opened my eyes up to how lovely it is!


    June 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Hi! I’ve been to Stockholm many times and it’s such a beautiful city! If you’re ever visiting again I could also recommend heading over to the Åland Islands (it’s a 2,5h ferry ride to the small autonomous region of Finland), and if you’re there absolutely go on a couple days trip to one of the smaller municipalities in the archipelago (such as Kökar).

    June 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for some really lovely reading about my hometown 🙂 Just a small correction though; the drottningholm palace is located 15 kilometers outside of Stockholm in Ekerö, the castle located in the old town is simply called The Royal Palace.

    kate wilson
    June 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Ahh, I’m so desperate to go to Stockholm!