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Stockholm City Break Summer

05/29/2024
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Stockholm, often called “Beauty on the Water”, is a summer paradise built on fourteen islands connected by fifty-seven bridges. This vibrant capital city attracts international tourists with its rich culture, world-class museums, stunning architecture, and globally acclaimed music scene. The city pulses with life, offering a unique blend of historical charm and modern attractions that make it a prime destination for a summer getaway. 

One of Stockholm's gems is Djurgården, a green oasis just outside the city. Here, you can visit the Vasa Museum, home to the world's only preserved 17th-century ship, or explore the ABBA Museum and Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum showcasing Sweden's history and wildlife. The picturesque Old Town (Gamla Stan) is a must-see, with its cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and the Nobel Prize Museum. Gamla Stan's charming shops and colorful facades provide the perfect backdrop for memorable photos and souvenirs, while Vasastan, an area trendy among the youth, offers lots of bars, restaurants and outdoor dining. With a range of watering from fancy to more relaxed, this off-the-beaten track area is perfect if you want to feel and eat like a Stockholm local. 

For fashion enthusiasts, Stockholm offers a minimalist and effortlessly chic style. Discover global brands like Acne Studios, Eytys, and Axel Arigato, or explore luxury fashion at NK Department Store in Hamngatan. Södermalm boasts the Fotografiska museum, a hub for contemporary photography, and Vitabergsparken, a popular picnic spot with great views. In Östermalm, admire the historical buildings and upscale stores, starting with Sweden's national theater and continuing along Strandvägen to Svenskt Tenn, renowned for its interior designs. Don't miss Moderna Museet, featuring modern art from Picasso to Dalí. Finally, indulge in Stockholm's culinary delights, from innovative modern Swedish cuisine to the best pizza and Italian restaurants, as recommended by local experts. 

TheFork welcome you to Stockholm, where every experience is a feast for the senses. Read on for our comprehensive guide to your summer break in the city. 

Norrmalm (City center) 

Vinfolket Drottninggatan

Nestled just steps away from the bustling shopping streets of Norrmalm, Vinfolket is a trendy wine bar offering an intimate, local atmosphere. Look out for 50% off food deals on TheFork, making it an affordable spot for wine lovers. Whether you're stopping in for a quick afternoon snack or settling in for a long dinner, Vinfolket promises good food and great wine in a cozy setting. 

Urban Deli Sveavägen 

Urban Deli Sveavägen is a trendy local favorite, featuring a rooftop bar with spectacular views over Stockholm. Ideal for a pre- or post-dinner drink, this outdoor terrace boasts an urban park vibe. Urban Deli also has a bustling location at Nytorget, surrounded by numerous bars and restaurants, making it a perfect spot to enjoy the city's vibrant nightlife. 

Gamla Stan (Old Town) 

Da Peppe 

Located in Gamla Stan, Da Peppe is an authentic Italian restaurant beloved by locals and visitors alike. With a 9.1/10 rating from over 5,000 reviews, it stands out from typical tourist traps. Highlights include the Bigoli alle vongole veraci and their sourdough pizzas, offering top-quality Italian cuisine in the heart of Stockholm's historic district. 

Cork Vinbar 

Tucked away in the heart of Gamla Stan, Cork Vinbar is a small, hidden gem for wine enthusiasts. Despite its size, it’s always bustling, especially during summer when the outdoor terrace is perfect for people-watching. It's an ideal spot for a refreshing snack and wine break from shopping. 

Sallys 

On one of Stockholm's oldest streets with medieval origins, you'll find Sallys, a new favorite on TheFork. This restaurant is guided by sustainability and quality, offering Italian classics with fresh Swedish ingredients. The combination of old and new, classic and innovative, makes Sallys a welcoming place, like visiting an old friend with professional service. 

Östermalm 

Canta Lola 

Canta Lola is an authentic Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Östermalm. Trendy and vibrant, it offers great cocktails and is conveniently located next to Stockholm's nightlife and club scene. 

Grandesse by Caliente 

Grandesse by Caliente offers a vibrant and fun atmosphere, perfect for groups or couples ready to party. This tapas fusion restaurant combines traditional Spanish tapas with innovative twists and amazing cocktails, creating a trendy yet relaxed dining experience. 

Djurgården 

Restaurang Eld

Located inside the Viking Museum, Restaurang Eld offers a unique dining experience with classical Nordic food and seasonal ingredients. Overlooking Wasa harbor and Skeppsholmen, it's an ideal spot for a lunch or romantic dinner, complete with a wide range of mead. 

Vasastan 

DalaNisse 

Hidden away on a small street, DalaNisse is a family-owned gem serving some of the best Swedish meatballs in Stockholm. With a 9.7/10 rating from locals, it offers Swedish classics with a fresh, modern twist. Start with Toast Skagen and follow with meatballs in cream sauce and lingonberries. The menu also includes great fish and vegetarian options. 

Hemma Vasastan 

Hemma Vasastan is a popular bistro next to Vasaparken, offering a relaxed atmosphere where you can feel at home. Whether you're dressed up for dinner or coming straight from sightseeing, you'll enjoy their great selection of cocktails and dishes catering to all tastes. It's a neighborhood favorite with lots of regulars. 

Södermalm 

Tabbouli 

Tabbouli is an authentic Lebanese restaurant in Södermalm, perfect for those craving a hearty meal of sharing dishes. With over 40 dishes on the menu and a cozy garden for summer dining, it's a local favorite with four locations in the city, ensuring you never leave hungry. 

Bryggans Kök & Bar 

Located by the water in Södermalm, Bryggans Kök & Bar offers a scenic dining experience with authentic Swedish dishes. A hidden gem outside the main tourist areas, it promises great quality and service, with a menu featuring a good selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian options. 

Archipelago 

S/S Norrskär, Vasastan

Experience a unique dinner aboard the S/S Norrskär while cruising through the Stockholm archipelago. With a small menu of classics and a fixed three-course option available on TheFork, the friendly crew and stunning views make this an unforgettable summer experience. 

Bistro Gustavsberg, Värmdö 

Perfect for a day trip, Bistro Gustavsberg offers waterfront views and delicious food outside the city. With a 9.3/10 rating from locals, it's an ideal spot for lunch next to the Porcelain Museum. The area also features an outlet for porcelain and glass brands like Costa Boda and Orrefors. Be sure to book your table during high season. 

If you have extra time during your summer holiday in Stockholm, be sure to explore TheFork's Top 100. Curated by our community and certified for their excellence, this list includes neighborhood favorites and local must-see spots. Add a few more names to your itinerary and discover the best of Stockholm. 

Check out our Stockholm Top 50 here!

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