Wondering whether you should travel to Stockholm this Summer? Stockholm is a tremendous city to visit year around if you ask us (as this is our hometown, we might be a bit biased). The Summer of 2018 is going to be no exception. Here are a few reasons to why you should choose Stockholm as your weekend getaway destination this Summer.
The Swedish Summer – A must experience
It’s perhaps known to you that we in Scandinavia can have quite rough Winters. Well, 2017 – 2018 was no exception. With lots of snow and cold, we’re rooting for a great Summer. A great Summer day in Sweden means 25 degrees, sunshine, and the scent of winds coming from Lake Mälaren. You’ll find the Swedes happy outdoors, having a drink at the outdoor seatings, picnicking in parks and going for a dip in the many bathing spots found around the city.
The events in Stockholm Summer 2018
The city is filled to the max with fun stuff do to during the Summer. 5-10th of June, Kungsträdgården becomes a food mecca when the food festival Smaka på Stockholm (A Taste of Stockholm) takes place. Food trucks gather with restaurateurs to inspire and foodies who love to try out new food. From 27th of July to 5th of August, Euro Pride Stockholm 2018 takes over the city. EuroPride is a festival that takes place in Europe every year with the mission to fight for equal rights for everyone. This year, the festival is split into two host cities: Stockholm and Gothenburg. There will be party, politics and pride parades. From 14-29th of August, Stockholm Culture Festival kicks off. The festival, celebrating culture of all kinds, usually have about 750 000 visitors every year. This year’s theme is Canada!
The 30 000 islands of Stockholm’s archipelago awaits
The islands, islets, and rocks that make up the archipelago in Stockholm is a true treasure. You are allowed to discover it as you please, thanks to Allemansrätten (Right of public access). This is how many Swedes prefer to spend their Summers, and you’re welcome to do the same. Take a ferry out to the islands, stay a night in a hostel and then continue, or go for a week’s vacation in one of the many islands. On Stockholm Archipelago’s website, you can explore your options before you go.
Photo by Spritmuseum
It’s the last month of Winter and Stockholm is bursting with things to do. Whether you are into Champagne or gardening, we got something for you. Check out our list of things to do in Stockholm in March 2018.
Stockholm Malt, Food & Distillate fair at Stockholmsmässan
At the biggest fair venue in Stockholm – Stockholmsmässan – a fair focusing on malt, food, and distillation will take place from Friday, March 16th – Saturday, 17th. Visit exhibitioners from restaurant owners to microbreweries and importers and have a taste. You purchase your ticket here, and on spot, you buy the tasting samples. The samples are for sales from SEK 10 and up.
Signature guitars – Pop up exhibition at ABBA The Museum
For music nerds, ABBA Museum’s next pop up exhibition will be one of a kind. They are exhibiting a collection of signature guitars. It’s the Swedish music profile Claes af Geijerstam who’s providing his extraordinary collection with guitars from artists like Sheryl Crowe, Eric Clapton and Slash from Guns n Roses. The exhibition is part of the ticket for ABBA the Museum.
The 90’s Party
If you’re spending your days missing the 90’s music and everything else the 90’s had to offer, the 90’s Party on March 9th will probably be the best night of your night (since the 90’s, that is). At Kungliga Tullhuset at Stadsgårdshamnen (Slussen), there will be DJ’s, a lounge area, light installations and naturally lots of people dressed after the 90’s. Read more about the evening and purchase yourself a ticket here.
Indulge in Champagne at Spritmuseum in Stockholm
Who doesn’t like to treat themselves with little bubbles every once in a while? At Spritmuseum, the liquor museum in Stockholm, you can truly indulge in Champagne when their exhibition Champagne! is on. It’s about the details of the production and its spot in trends and popular culture. On the 10th of March, you can also go to their tasting in Champagne. We can imagine worse days of our lives. Read more about it here.
Hobby- and professional gardeners gather at The Nordic Garden
Whether you have green fingers or just want to learn more about gardening, you’ll probably appreciate this fair. The Nordic Garden offers everything from seminars to tips and suggestions, greenhouses, barbecues, inspiration on balconies and garden space. The Nordic Garden fair takes place from March 22-25. Read more about the Nordic Garden here.
Photo by Basid
Perhaps you have heard about it before, that weird country where you have a special store for alcohol…? This is the case in Sweden. If you’re wondering where to buy alcohol in Stockholm, keep reading!
That weird store is actually a monopoly of stores called Systembolaget, and is owned by the state. Why, you ask? Their purpose is, without having profit as a motive, to minimize alcohol-related problems. This by selling alcohol in a responsible way, without any campaigns or buy 2 for 1-kinda deals.
Systembolaget stores are available throughout the whole country (approx. 430 stores, Feb 2018). In, Stockholm around 80 stores. A full list of stores available in the capital can be found here, on Systembolaget’s website. Have in mind that all stores have limited opening hours. On Saturdays, all stores close at 15.00, and it’s completely closed on Sundays.
Do you like to go running on your vacation? Stockholm is an excellent city to go for a run in. Here’s where to go for a run in Stockholm.
Combining workout and sightseeing is like music to our ears (or should we say muscles) – we love to go running in a new city. It’s a great way to get to know the nearest area (and perhaps find some things to check out later?). If you’re staying at a hotel in central Stockholm, you have a couple of options to choose between. Our favorite, since we love to look at stuff while we run, is the route around the bay Riddarfjärden in central Stockholm. Being approx. 7 kilometers / 4 miles long, the route around the area called Riddarfjärden offers a view of three city districts: Kungsholmen, Södermalm and Gamla stan (Old Town). Amazing, huh? Below is the approximate route. Expect to meet locals on their way to work, tourists by the City Hall and to see a big glimpse of what daily life looks like in Stockholm. What else could you want for your run in Stockholm?
Photo by Peter Segemark, Nordiska museet.
Do the sounds of manchego, parmesan, mozzarella, brie, and feta make your stomach smile? From the 16th to 18th of February, you can indulge in cheese at Stockholm’s most cheesy festival, Ostfestivalen 2018.
Centrally located at Münchenbryggeriet on Södermalm in Stockholm, cheese producers, press and cheese lovers will be able to meet for two days of cheese indulgence. There will be exhibitions, seminars, tastings and wine tastings. If you haven’t had enough cheese when its time to go home (just kidding – it can never be enough), you can buy some home. The entrance fee for the cheese festival costs from SEK 180 and tickets can be bought here.
Remember, sweet dreams are made of cheese!
Photo by OURWAY Tours
The early months of the year most often mean unpredictable weather in Stockholm. It can be snowing, raining or just bloody cold. To hide away from the cold, do as the Swedes do, go for a fika. Here are three cafés in Stockholm that’s perfect for that.
Bageri Petrus, Swedenborgsgatan 4B
Located centrally by Mariatorget on Södermalm lies the bakery Petrus. Once you’ve started walking on Swedenborgsgatan, the smell might hit you – freshly baked! This little gem is hugely popular with the locals, which is totally well deserved. The coffee is by far some of the greatest you’ll find in the city and the pastries melt in your mouth. Drool over goodies on their Instagram before you go, it’s hard to decide what to get as it is… Might as well come prepared!
Mr Cake, Rådmansgatan 12
When Mr Cake opened in 2017 it was an instant success for the locals. One of the owners is a pastry chef famous from TV, Roy Fares, who with his tv-shows have made people crave bun after bun. Both owners have also been awarded “The Pastry Chef of the year”. Naturally, when they opened on Rådmansgatan (Vasastan), people were in a hurry to run there. They call their place a mix of American café culture meets Swedish fika with a twist. Check out Mr Cakes Instagram here.
Petite France, John Ericssonsgatan 6
For a taste of France in Stockholm, this is your go-to place. Petite France lies on an alleyway in Kungsholmen, with a big outdoor seating area during Summer. It’s just as cozy during Winter. Offering both breakfast, lunches, and dinner but also pastries, Petite France really has the French feeling all around it. For a fika, try one of their delicious macarons, mini-tartelettes or a classic crème brûlée. Scout what to eat on their Facebook-page.