Due to its watery location, being built over 14 islands, Stockholm has quite a few beaches to explore nearby. Two of the most popular spots can be found right in the city centre and these are Langholmsbadet and Smedssuddsbadet. Each spot is geared up for visitors, and has spots to grab a bite to eat or drink, as well as toilets if you need to use them. In the summer, they can get pretty busy as they are so popular, so be sure to get down early to ensure you have the best sunbathing spot.
Just outside of town, a short bus ride away, you’ll find Stockholm’s largest open-air bathing place, Lake Flatensjon, which can be found in the borough of Skarpnack. If you enjoy a bit of an adrenaline rush, there’s a diving tower here ready for you to take a plunge into the waters below. There’s also a jetty you can lounge on, as well as the beach, so there’s plenty of places to kick back and relax. For fidgety little ones, you’ll be pleased to know they’ll be kept occupied by the climbing frame and mini golf that are right by the lake.
There are also a handful of boat tours that you can enjoy from Stockholm, and one of our favourites is the trip to Sandhamn. It is the furthest island away from the centre of Stockholm, and although its beach is pretty small, it’s one of the most beautiful! It’s called Trouville and is about a 20 minute walk from the harbour, it’s well worth a visit.
Fika, otherwise known to Brits as afternoon tea, is a much-loved daily ritual in Sweden, and Stockholm’s A* food scene definitely does not disappoint when it comes to the mid-day treat. As you wander around the city, you will come across a variety of cafes that put their own twist on fika. Menus can include everything from flat whites to fruity teas, saffron buns to rye open sandwiches.
Though not one for everyone, pickled herring is a firm favourite when it comes to Swedish holiday buffet spreads. Don’t be put off by its super smelly fermented herring cousin from Scandinavia, pickled herring comes in many forms and is a staple of Swedish cuisine. If you feel brave enough to give it a go, it’s usually enjoyed with boiled potatoes or on rye bread.
Unsurprisingly, one of the tastiest dishes to come from Sweden is the meatballs. As many Brits will know, no trip to IKEA is complete without chowing down on the meaty delights as a mid-shopping treat. When visiting Stockholm, it’s a must to try the dish in the furniture store’s home country. While meatballs may not be authentically Swedish, serving them with mashed potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jam has become a staple in Swedish cuisine.
If you simply can’t visit a city without checking out its shopping scene, then you’re in luck in Stockholm. Whether you’re looking for a budget friendly bargain or want to treat yourself to a high end designer piece, there’s a wide range of shops which cover all bases. Each Saturday and Sunday afternoon, you can enjoy the wares in the Hotorget flea market which has all sorts on offer from second hand clothes to books and bric a brac. Ostermalm is the place to be when it comes to pricey items – silky soft knitwear and eye-widening jewels are on offer here.
Are you more of a laid back evening person or a lively soul who likes to party all night? Either way, Stockholm’s nightlife will definitely excite you. Fasching is Stockholm’s most famous music venue and here you can enjoy plenty of jazz filled evenings. You can enjoy a year-round programme of artists, so no matter when you plan to visit there’ll be lots of shows to enjoy. The jazz club also turns into a nightclub at midnight if you’re ready to carry the night on. Tradgarden is a popular outdoor club that brings all the best festival vibes, you’ll find it under Skanstull Bridge. You can dance the night away to live music here, all while enjoying drinks, burgers and even a game of table tennis. Of course, since it’s an outdoor venue, it’s only open in the summertime.
If you’re keen for a dose of culture, take a peek at Stockholm’s long list of museums. The ABBA Museum plays tribute to the famous Swedish band’s costumes, music and performances. The Vasa Museum is also a must-visit – it’s home to a warship with a pretty impressive backstory.