A vast archipelago laced with waterways, Stockholm is an ideal spot to spend the warmer months and as the mercury rises, locals waste no time in hitting the beach. From lively urban beaches to tranquil lakeside retreats, there are plenty of places to cool off in Stockholm this summer, but to get you started, here’s our guide to the city’s best beaches and swimming areas.
With its rich maritime culture, grand shopping boulevards and tranquil green spaces, Sweden’s second city makes an enchanting proposition for a city break, and Gothenburg’s easy-going attitude and legendary hospitality convince many travelers to stay longer than planned. Whether you’re weekending in the city, visiting as part of a multi-day tour or stopping off on a Scandinavian cruise, here are some ideas for how to spend one day in Gothenburg.
With its lively urban beaches and almost 24-hours of sunlight, Stockholm is a magical place to spend the summer months and there are special events, street parties and festivals held almost every week from June through August. From international music festivals to dazzling street parades, here’s a rundown of Stockholm’s best summer festivals.
The British have afternoon tea, the French enjoy croissants with their coffee and the Japanese have their tea ceremony, but for Swedes, meeting friends in a cafe means one thing – Fika. The Swedish tradition of Fika dates back to the 19th century and supposedly takes its name from an (almost) anagram of ‘Kaffi’, the old Swedish word for coffee. It’s essentially the local term for a ‘coffee break’, but it’s also an important social tradition – a time to sip coffee and chat with friends while munching on an array of traditional Swedish cakes and pastries.
From taking a scenic cruise around the archipelago to discovering the city’s legendary nightlife, you’ve probably got a long list of ideas on your to-do list for Stockholm. There are plenty of must-see attractions like the Vasa Museum, the Royal Palace and the Old Town of Gamla Stan, but before you finish planning your itinerary, here are a few tips for what not to do in Stockholm.
With the emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce and innovative recipes based on classic Nordic dishes, Swedish cuisine has much more to offer than its ubiquitous meatballs, and a new crop of top chefs has put the capital firmly on the map for food-lovers. Whether you’re looking to dine in stylish surroundings, tuck into traditional Swedish fare or snag a table at the hottest new venue, these are some of the best restaurants in Stockholm.