By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
March 18, 2016

To get your lay of the land, take a ferry around Stockholm’s many islands, or sail inland to see the royal palace and gardens at Drottningholm, and to pay your respects to Greta Garbo at Skogskyrkogården, or Woodland Cemetery.

If you dock at Djurgården, an island covered in acres of gardens, parks, and woodland, you can duck into the Abba Museum, the open-air Skansen Museum, or cozy Thielska Galleriet—a collection of Scandinavian and French artworks in a wealthy patron’s former home. More green spaces can be found at the well-manicured parks of Hagapark and Kungsträdgården.

Grabbing drinks at an overwater bar is one of the many fun things to do in Stockholm—along with picking up vintage, Scandinavian finds. We recommend Mälarpaviljongen, or a glass of wine at Gondolen, which grants guests sweeping views of Lake Malären.

When night falls over the city, you won’t have to look hard for what to do in Stockholm next. The Royal Opera House is home to regular performances, including classics like La Bohème, and your dinner. The red-and-gold theatre building also contains traditional Swedish restaurants Bakfickan and Operabaren. At the latter, order meatballs served with lingonberies and pickled cucumber.

Throughout your trip to Stockholm, you’ll want to make regular use of the word fika, meaning coffee break. Swedes are crazy for coffee and cakes, so make like a local and order a traditional almond-based Mazarin or a vibrant green slice of princesstårta with your coffee from either Bröderna or Fritzdorf.