Summer Solstice in Stockholm
The endless days – sunset at 10 pm and sunrise before 3 am are just one of the amazing things about Stockholm in June! Add to that crisp breezy days, exquisite fresh seafood,stunning art and emerging neighborhoods and I had plenty of reasons to love Stockholm.
I used Spotted by Locals for restaurant recommendations in Stockholm and scoured the internet for the best advice on hotels, museums and attractions!
- A chic boutique hotel in the center of Stockholm
- The lobby lounge is very impressive. Rooms are small but nice, and had very good curtains which blocked out the summer midnight sun!
- Found on Jetsetter
- Booked on American Express Travel
Getting to the Hotel
Eat & Drink
- Oaxen Krog & Slip: Bar at Slip = favorite!! Bright and airy, a sort of converted industrial space on the water
- Nytorget Urban Deli: Bohemian chic restaurant/bakery/deli/grocery store in Sodermalm. I love these sorts of places
- Sunday brunch + plane snacks! (There are tons of other cute restaurants, bars, cafes in this area).
- Sture Hof: A Nobis Hotel concierge recommendation.
- Pickled herring served 5 ways, Swedish cheese and simple, fresh cod and char.
- Nobis Hotel Gold Bar: bar scene & fun cocktails (strawberry basil smash). Reminded me of Clink at the Liberty in Boston
On the list for next time:
- Matbaren: A food bar – casual little sister to Matsalen (formal restaurant next door).
- BAR: Every article and blog post mentions it! Sadly closed for Midsummer
- Ostra: Located in Stureplan, known for high quality seafood.
- Durjet – “whole pig” restaurant in Gamla Stan. Could be a nice change from fish.
- Restaurant Frantzen – sit at the counter at Restaurant Frantzen, view the food preparations
- Lots of bar recommendations all over Stockholm on Spotted by Locals
To Do by Neighborhood
- Historic neighborhood, little restaurants and shops, some touristy some cute and appealing. Classic European 16th century architecture.
- Visit the State Apartments and the Crown Jewels in the Treasury
- Ciry-esque, the central train station is here. Not much activity during Midsummer holiday!
- National Museum – art and other cool stuff
- City center is full of luxury boutiques, hot bars, and one of the best food halls ever!
- Ostermalm’s Saluhall – go here for breakfast, lunch, early dinner, a snack, to buy fish or meat to cook, really anything.
- Gentrified neighborhood, reminds me of Soho/Chelsea/Shoreditch but cleaner and shinier since its Stockholm
- Fotografiska: Photography museum in a former customs house. Tourist highlight.
- Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis exhibit and Dana Sederowsky’s Doctor Dana series.
- Restaurants (Oaxen Krog & Slip), shops, gardens, etc.
- Rosendals Trädgård: Botanical Gardens.
- Skansen – Zoo / park / mid summer holiday celebration grounds
- Vasa – 300 year old warship, the largest battleship of its kind when built in 1628
- Smaller Island – visit Moderna Museet art by by Francis Bacon, Matisse, and more, as well as many of their Swedish contemporaries
- Quick day trip on the Stromma ferry leaves from near Nobis Hotel at noon, and returns at 4:30 or 8:30 pm. Its 1½ hour trip so makes a nice day! People actually take the ferry just for the tour, lunch and dessert!!
- Island visited in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A two-hour ferry ride from central Stockholm. Popular destination for summer weekenders.
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