Things to do in Stockholm
Wondering what to do in Stockholm? Prepared to be blown away by the number of enticing options. As the corporate and cultural headquarters of Nordic Europe, Stockholm is in the spotlight on the international stage. Medieval ruins and verdant parks share space with museums, important cultural institutions, world-class eateries.
Stockholm is one of the most museum-dense cities in the world—in all, there are over 100 museums in the city alone. The most famous is the Nationalmuseum, which holds Sweden's largest collection of art and artifacts. It is the primary caretaker of local artistic heritage, showcasing Swedish masters like Alexander Roslin, Carl Larsson, and Anders Zorn alongside other European painters like Rembrandt van Rijn. Sweden's Moderna Museet, or modern art museum, is also worth placement on any list of things to do in Stockholm. Visit it to see works by Picasso and Dali, amongst others. Stockholm's art scene is vibrant on the gallery level, too. The city is home to a number of internationally-recognized commercial galleries, the best of which are in the gallery district Hudiksvallsgatan.
Here's something outside the ordinary for your list of things to do in Stockholm: ride the metro. The Stockholm metro opened in 1950, and its stations are renowned for being artfully and creatively decorated. The 65.7 mile long system has been called the “longest art gallery in the world.”
Still wondering what to do in Stockholm? Try attending a sporting event. The national football arena, home of Sweden's beloved soccer team, is just north of the city center. Afterward, you can explore the old streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town and one of the few places in the city not transformed by modernism. The streets of Gamla Stan are still on the medieval layout and are the site several old churches, palaces, and mansions.
The market transforms an anonymous corner of the hip Södermalm neighborhood into a bustling weekend fair, filled with vendors selling everything from antique embroidered linens to exquisite wooden dolls by Swedish toymaker Fredrik Hillerborg.
An entire island is given over to this peaceful park, full of shaded walkways and encircled by paths that run along Baltic shores. Within its canopy of trees lie a zoo, theater, several museums (natural history, Nordic art), and restaurants with outdoor tables.
Echoing the scene outside, the interior is snow-white and theatrically lit.
The UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as Woodland Cemetery, is one of Stockholm's most surprising architectural landmarks. Its rolling pine forest landscape holds memorials designed by two of Sweden's most important Modernists, Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund.
Launched last September by publishing powerhouse Bonnier, the 20,300-square-foot gallery is the latest addition to the city's art scene.
Stockholm’s most exclusive club includes V, a 250-person VIP section.
The boutique (whose name means the House of Organic in Swedish) sells sophisticated clothing such as designer Camilla Norrback's wool knits and fine cotton dresses; tailored, chemical-free jackets from Stockholm-based designer Anja Hynynen; and founder Johanna Hofring's own linen shirts with croc
You can spend an entire night at this three-story restaurant, bar, and concert venue. Start with a cocktail at the standing-room-only Entrée lounge; then move upstairs, where long-haired, leather-booted hipsters chat beneath tulle-shaded lamps; the third floor hosts Stockholm's latest bands.
After 10 p.m., move on to Laroy, a decadent bar-club that pulls in a fashionable set.
Three royal palaces—including Haga Palace, where the current monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf, was born—can be found in this sprawling 6,700-acre conservation tract (complete with roe deer, owls, and pine martens) right in the center of the city.
After 11 p.m., the black-and-white–“walled pan-Asian restaurant turns into a nightclub with techno beats, sexy lighting, and a creatively named cocktail menu. Don't leave without trying a Polish Waitress: peach liqueur, Campari, lemon, sugar, and orange juice.
This shop carries an eclectic range of accessories by Swedish designers, including hand-printed dish towels and colorful kids' toys.
A meal among the city’s elite in Café Opera a gilded and frescoed salon with a rich, seafood-heavy menu, is a must. Then head through to the Opera House to catch a performance.
If you're lucky, you can catch a classical music concert at Stockholm's central cathedral. Take a seat on a wooden pew and enjoy the dusky evening light as it filters through the leaded glass windows and shimmers off the golden angels on the high brick ceiling. Divine.