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!

Hotel

Nobis Hotel

  • 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

  • Arlanda Express to Stockholm Central Station 
  • Train leaves approx every 15 minutes from Between terminal 2 and 3 and costs 260 SEK ($40) 
  • Short walk from Stockholm Central Station to Nobis Hotel. Free wifi on train

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

Gamla Stan

  • 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

Norrmalm

  • Ciry-esque, the central train station is here. Not much activity during Midsummer holiday!
    • National Museum – art and other cool stuff

Östermalm

  • 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.

Södermalm

  • 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.
Djurgarden
  • 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

Skeppsholmen

  • Smaller Island – visit Moderna Museet art by by Francis Bacon, Matisse, and more, as well as many of their Swedish contemporaries

Day Trips

Vaxholm
  • 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!!

Sandhamm

  • Island visited in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  A two-hour ferry ride from central Stockholm. Popular destination for summer weekenders.

Map

Info to know

Currency

1 Swedish Krona = .15 USD (150 SEK = $22)
1 Swedish Krona = .09 GBP (150 SEK = 13 GBP)

Language

Hi = hej (hey)
Thank you = Tack

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