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Stockholm is a great city, and even if you only have one day here, in the biggest city in Scandinavia, you will be able to get to know its most famous sights and must-sees. Follow this guide to make the most out of your 24 hours, and get a taste of the real Swedish lifestyle.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
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  • Like a Local

11 Places

8 City Tips

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11 Places

Espresso House Konserthuset

Restaurants

Stockholms Stadsbibliotek

Libraries

Stockholm City Hall

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Government Buildings

Kungstradgarden Park

Parks

Royal Dramatic Theater (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern)

Theatres, Architectural Buildings

Kungliga Djurgarden

Scenic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tradition

Restaurants

Stockholm Old Town

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Islands

Sodermalm

Neighbourhoods, Islands

Vete-Katten

Restaurants

K25

Restaurants

cafespecific's City Tips

  • The best app for public transport in Stockholm is "Res i Stockholm." Well worth downloading when you arrive.
  • If you want to buy a local sim card to use maps or other apps, get one from Comviq or Halebop. Mobile internet is one of the few cheap things in Sweden.
  • You don't need to speak Swedish to navigate around Stockholm. English — and even Spanish — is usually enough to talk to the locals.
  • Swedes are very proud of their coffee and cake culture which is why you should definitely have coffee at least twice during your day in Stockholm.
  • In comparison to most other European countries, Sweden is quite expensive when it comes to food and drinks, However, this guide includes some money saving tips!
  • Day passes for public transport are available, however, if you only use the system one to three times a day, it's better to pay-as-you-go (reskassa) using your Access card, which is also cheaper than buying single rides.
  • Buy a public transportation card (Access card) to use buses and the subway. You can buy them at 7-Eleven stores or at the train station.
  • Even though it's scattered over 14 different islands, most parts of Stockholm can easily be explored on foot.
  • Espresso House Konserthuset
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    cafespecific Says:

    One thing you might notice when you visit Stockholm for the first time is that there is only one Starbucks. The reason? Swedes love their coffee, and have their own — much better! — coffee chains! Espresso House is one of the most popular of these. Not only do they sell great coffee and cakes, but they also distinguish themselves from other cafes by their exceptionally beautiful and cozy shop designs. The Konserthuset branch is one of the most beautiful in my opinion, which is why I recommend this place for breakfast.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Download the free Espresso House app to access to discounts, special offers and free drinks!
    • Espresso House offers breakfast deals with sandwiches and coffees!
    • It's easy to forget about the time when you hang out at this café. Remember you have some sightseeing to do!
    • Check out the Hay Market which is right outside the cafe.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #641 of 2,826 restaurants in Stockholm
    • Teenagers hogging tables, beggars, gypsies, pickpockets 09/12/2018
    • Sloppy, expensive, without soul 06/09/2018
    • Espresso House Konserthuset
    Address:
    43 Kungsgatan
    Stockholm 111 56
    Sweden
    Other:
  • Stockholms Stadsbibliotek
    Libraries
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    cafespecific Says:

    Just a short walk away from Konserthuset you will find Stockholm's city library. The building was inaugurated in 1928 and entices many locals and tourists through its doors to either study or simply explore its interesting architecture. You can enter the library without being a member and should definitely do so to discover that it looks even more interesting from the inside!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • When you leave Espresso House, turn right and then left again onto the big street called Sveavägen. Continue walking for about 10 minutes and you will reach the library.
    • The library currently houses 70,0000 books, including quite a large foreign language section. Have a look!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • an architectonic masterpiece of 'Swedish grace' 10/12/2018
    • 360 Library! A must see... if that's your thing. 29/11/2018
    • Stockholms Stadsbibliotek
    Address:
    Odengatan 63
    Stockholm 113 80
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 8 508 309 00
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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  • Stockholm City Hall
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Government Buildings
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    cafespecific Says:

    Stockholm's City Hall doesn't only impress visitors with its great architecture, but also with the great view you get from the building. Built between 1911 and 1923, the City Hall is a masterpiece of the Swedish National Romantic style, and is among Stockholm's most famous landmarks. Its central location makes it easy to swing by to take some photos of the building itself, and of the great view over Gamla Stan which you can enjoy from the terrace.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk here from the city library, or take the subway to either Stockholm Central Station or Rådhuset.
    • If you have enough time, it's worth going on one of the guided tours.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a Stockholm landmark 15/12/2018
    • Great tour, beautiful mosaics inside 09/12/2018
    • Stockholm City Hall
    Address:
    Hantverkargatan 1
    Stockholm 112 21
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 8 508 290 58
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$1
    Other:
  • Kungstradgarden Park
    Parks
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    cafespecific Says:

    Kungsträdgården is a park in the city center and main shopping area of Stockholm. The park is right across from the famous department store, Nordiska Kompaniet, and offers you the chance to sit down and relax for a moment, before continuing with your tour. Many Stockholmers come here to sit in the grass and have coffee or just enjoy the sun.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk along Klarabergsgatan to get here. On your way you will see the famous department store, Åhléns City, Stockholm's famous glass tower, and the house of culture (Kulturhuset).
    • If you feel like another coffee on your way, stop at Kulturhuset and go to the café on the 7th floor. Here you get coffee with an awesome view of the city.
    • You can walk here easily from the city hall, or you can take the subway to Kungsträdgården Station.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stockholm city center in December 07/12/2018
    • Nice park 01/11/2018
    • Kungstradgarden Park
    Address:
    Jussi Bjorlings Alle 5
    Stockholm 111 47
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 8 555 100 90
    Other:
  • Royal Dramatic Theater (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern)
    Theatres, Architectural Buildings
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    cafespecific Says:

    The Royal Dramatic Theater, also known as Dramaten, was built in 1908 and is Sweden's national playhouse. Its impressive architecture makes it stand out — even among the many other beautiful buildings in the same area — and it's worth taking a peek inside at the stunning interior decor too. The theater hosts about a thousand performances each year, and its acting school has produced many world famous actors, including Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Catch a play if you have the time (and can get tickets). It's worth experiencing the beautiful interior of the theater.
    • Many Stockholmers like to sit on the theater's stairs during the summer and have coffee, while watching the boats in the habor.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant building 31/08/2018
    • Beautiful exterior 21/08/2018
    • Royal Dramatic Theater (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern)
    Phone:
    +46 8 667 06 80
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kungliga Djurgarden
    Scenic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    cafespecific Says:

    Djurgården is an island in the city center of Stockholm and is home to Sweden's most popular open-air museum Skansen, the amusement park Gröna Lund, and many more historical sites and museums. Walk along Strandvägen to get here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for the Nordic Museum while you are in Djurgården. It's quite an impressive building.
    • Visit Skansen if you have more than just a day in Stockholm.
    • Take the ferry to Gamla Stan. It departs from the ferry terminal next to Gröna Lund and is included in your public transport day ticket or can be paid with your Access card.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • beautiful gardens 22/11/2018
    • Walk around Djurgården 06/11/2018
    • Kungliga Djurgarden
    Phone:
    +46 8 402 60 00
    Other:
  • Tradition
    Restaurants (Swedish)
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    cafespecific Says:

    Once you have taken the ferry to Gamla Stan, it might be time for lunch! If you only have one day in Stockholm, you should definitely try traditional Swedis food, and there is no better place for this than the aptly-named, Tradition. As the name implies, this restaurant specializes in traditional Swedish food, which goes much further than just meatballs!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book a table in advance, to make sure you don't miss out.
    • Vegetarian options are available.
    • Even if you have eaten meatballs at Ikea before, try them at Tradition. They are beyond awesome!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 2,826 restaurants in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • First meal in sweden 12/12/2018
    • Nice modern spot 09/12/2018
    • Tradition
    Address:
    Osterlanggatan 1
    Stockholm 111 31
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 8 20 35 25
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$28
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Stockholm Old Town
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Islands
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    cafespecific Says:

    Gamla Stan (the Old Town) is Stockholm's most historic part, dating back to the 13th century. The small island is located between Södermalm and Norrmalm, and is also home to the Royal Palace. The historic buildings and small alleyways on this island can almost make you feel like you have traveled back in time — take a walk around the island after your lunch and explore the Royal Palace and the beautiful architecture on display throughout the island.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Instead of going to the rather touristy cafes on the main square (Stortorget), check out the smaller side streets and alleys.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take the time to wander 16/12/2018
    • Quirky and authentic 16/12/2018
    • Stockholm Old Town
    Phone:
    +46 8 411 11 88
    Other:
  • Sodermalm
    Neighbourhoods, Islands
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    cafespecific Says:

    Södermalm is Stockholm's southern island and home to many young people. The island is quite large and has many interesting neighborhoods to simply wander around. If you come from Gamla Stan you can easily get to Slussen on foot, crossing the bridge between the two islands. If time allows, I recommend you visit both the areas around Hornstull and Nytorget to get the best impression of Södermalm.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • When you come from Gamla Stan, walk up Götgatan, which is right next to Slussen Station. You will pass many interesting shops, the City Museum and lots of cool people.
    • Walk along Nytorgsgatan. This area is called SoFo (south of Folkungagatan) and is very popular among the younger generation.
    • Take the subway from either Medborgarplatsen or Slussen to get to Hornstull. You will find many hip cafes, restaurants and shops there.
    • Walk along Monteliusvägen to get an awesome view of the City Hall.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 271 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An ordinary pub 04/11/2018
    • The City 01/11/2018
    • Sodermalm
    Other:
  • Vete-Katten
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Swedish, Scandinavian)
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    cafespecific Says:

    Before you head out for dinner, you should have a final 'fika' (coffee and cake) in a traditional Swedish cafe, and there is no better place than Vete-Katten to explore the art of Swedish baking (which isn't just cinnamon buns!) This place isn't very obvious from the outside, which is why you should keep your eyes open for their blue sign!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try a princess cake!
    • This place is extremely popular among the locals which is why you might have to wait to get a table.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 2,826 restaurants in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • For gourmets 13/12/2018
    • Slightly overrated 11/12/2018
    • Vete-Katten
    Address:
    55 Kungsgatan
    Stockholm 111 22
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 8 20 84 05
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • K25
    Restaurants
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    cafespecific Says:

    K25 is a great place for dinner, after having fika at Vete-Katten. Located at the other end of Kungsgatan, K25 is an independent food court with a bunch of really great restaurants and food stalls to choose from. Come here to enjoy nice food in a hip and young environment, without spending a fortune!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Vigårda Burgers are really good at K25!
    • If you can't find a table right away, just wait a couple of minutes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #159 of 2,826 restaurants in Stockholm
    • Large chicken pieces in curry 17/11/2018
    • Food hall with different options 02/11/2018
    • K25
    Address:
    Kungsgatan 25
    Stockholm 111 56
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 8 24 22 40
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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