The Insider's Travel Guide: Stockholm
Posted on 21 June 2017
With its long summer nights and shops that take hipster to a whole new level, Stockholm is the capital of nordic cool. Europe's most forward-thinking city is packed with restaurants, bars, galleries and even underground barbershops. We've compiled an insider's guide to the innovative city that never stops creating something new.
WHERE TO EAT
If there’s one thing that Swedes do better than anyone else, it’s seafood. When visiting Stockholm you could easily stick to fish and shellfish for the entire time. If fishing for your own seafood isn’t your thing, Blasieholmens Akvarium och Restaurang (B.A.R.) let’s you pick out live lobsters and raw fish for cooking.
Run by world-renowned chefs Henrik Norström and Peter Johansson, the restaurant has an authentic market feel to it, offering sea bass, Arctic char, salmon and crab as well as a wide variety of raw seafood by the kilo to take home after dinner!
Did someone say Swedish meatballs?
Pelikan serves the traditional Swedish dish homemade in cream sauce with lingonberries. There's also sill, elk and even pig knuckles the size of bowling balls on its authentic menu. With old- school Scandi decor and murals that date back decades before Södermalm's recent makeover, you'll think you've stepped into a 1940s saloon. It doesn’t get much more Swedish than Pelikan.
Homes don’t get more decadent than 17th-century Drottningholm Palace, which was Sweden’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nowadays the palace is mostly used for state affairs, but Drottningholm is where Sweden’s royals lay their heads to sleep when they’re in town.
You can catch a one-hour trip offered by Stromma from Stockholm City Hall and arrive at the palace located on the beautiful shores of Lake Mälaren. Spend the day exploring its exquisite gardens and the nearby Chinese Pavilion.
The Nobel Museum
For the English speaking geeks among us, The Nobel Museum offers free guided English tours. Showcasing the history of Alfred Nobel and the Nobel prizes, the museum also features information about other Nobel Laureates and their many, many accomplishments.
Hjalte Jewellery was born in Stockholm but is now based in London. Inspired by Sweden, the land of rock music and endless forestry, Hjalte create pieces that are well-polished but also crude, harnessing the spirit of the nation. Who better to accompany you on your Scandinavian adventure?
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