The Ultimate Guide To A Weekend In Stockholm
Think of Sweden and the thought of beauty won’t come far behind. The Scandinavian country is renowned for its beautiful women, its delicious meatballs, and ABBA. So naturally it has a pretty special capital city too.
Stockholm is every bit as beautiful, its restaurants are more than delicious, and like Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, and Frida it’s a city you really should take a chance on.
Split over 14 islands, the city is surprisingly walkable, although with something to gaze at in awe on every corner, it may take a while to get through. From innovative design to stunning parks there’s so much to see and do, and at alpharooms we’ve created a list of simply musts to create the ultimate weekend in Stockholm…
Until 1980, Gamla stan was simply known as Staden mellan broarna, meaning the town between the bridges, but since it’s become recognised as the old town and is one of Stockholm’s star attractions.
Dating back to the 13th century the town is filled with cobbled streets, stunning archair architecture, and medieval alleyways which have seen many invasions. At the centre of the town lies Stortorget, the oldest public square in the capital.
The Stock Exchange stands proudly at the northern end of the square and is one of the prettiest buildings in the city and is now home to the Nobel Museum and Nobel Library which honours the founder of the prize Albert Nobel, and the laureates from the past and present.
When Ostermalms Saluhall opened in 1888 it was thought of as one of the best food halls on the planet. To this day it is still thought of in the same regard. Containing many of its original features, the hall is full of amazing produce ranging from groceries, to traditional Swedish delicacies, and a host of different restaurants perfect for a spot of lunch.
You’ll find plenty of seafood in the building, a staple for the people of Stockholm, with Gerdas being one of the finest in the hall. Elsewhere Husmans Deli offers some of the finest cured meats in the city. It’s the perfect stop off in between a busy day in the city, just a stone’s throw from the National Library of Sweden and a short walk from Strandvagen.
One of the city’s most famous and historical islands, Djurgarden is a must for anyone visiting Stockholm and the perfect post-lunch destination, where you can walk around the gardens and large stretches of forest, taking in the serene surroundings in the heart of a bustling city.
There are tons to stroll by on the island including art galleries, a theme park, and the Vasa Museum, one of Stockholms largest attractions.
Pictured is the Nordic Museum which is dedicated to the cultural history of Sweden and is one of the grandest buildings in the country showcasing over 1.5 million objects in its collection.
Founded by Bengt Wedholm, a legend of Swedish cooking, the restaurant combines traditional Swedish cuisine with contemporary techniques to produces some of the finest dishes in the city including grilled king scallops and turbot with parmesan and Champagne sauce – a real delight.
Over the years the restaurant has been a favourite amongst both food and art lovers with a gallery also situated in the building housing exhibitions from some of the finest Swedish artists.
Toast The Evening At Kvarnen
Of course after a sumptuous meal at Wedholms Fisk, you’ll most likely want to continue your evening in style and in Stockholm it’s almost impossible not to. One of the best places to raise a glass is at Kvarnen, a beer hall which has been pouring pints since 1908.
The bar was mentioned in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and has an incredible selection of beers on offer. For the partygoers it’s the perfect place to kick off an evening, whilst it also stays open late at 3am for those wanting to while away the evening.
In the old town you’ll find plenty of locations which offer fine wines with the likes of Corvina Enoteca and Gaston Vinbar two of the most perfect little wine bars. The former has a fantastic atmosphere, tucked away just off Kornhamnstorg, with a wine cellar that rivals any on Gamla Stan. It’s the perfect way to cap off a weekend in Stockholm and toast an unforgettable city.