When my dad and brother planned their trip to visit me in Europe and we started planning for some weekends away, I knew I wanted to visit Stockholm. I’d visited for work earlier this year, but had spent most of my time there visiting Intersport or XXL stores (yes, this is what you do when you travel and work in the sporting goods industry). The city had such a nice vibe, I knew I had to come back.
Stockholm feels more like a city to me than Amsterdam. The streets are wide, the buildings made of huge stone blocks, and so many of the buildings are spice colored – I imagine that helps the Swedes make it through their long winters. At first glance Stockholm doesn’t boast all the iconic sites like a Paris, London or Rome. But, that’s exactly why I wanted to visit Stockholm. To wander the streets, pop into boutiques, enjoy moments of fika… – make that many, many moments of fika.
If you don’t plan to visit Stockholm yet, let me inspire you…
Visit Stockholm for the architecture
Visit Stockholm for the food
There are three things I overindulged in when we visited Stockholm…
#1: Swedish meatballs. Yes, they are delicious, and better than the ones at Ikea 😉
#2: Fika. Ok, so fika isn’t really a food, but it is a Swedish word for that moment of the day when you take a moment to have coffee, usually accompanied by a delicious Swedish pastry. These people really know how to bake, trust me.
#3: Seafood. Again, the Swedes know how to do it right. An open faced sandwich with shrimp and salmon? Yes, please!
Visit Stockholm for the subway art
Yes, you read that correctly, there is subway art in many of the subway stations of Stockholm!
We spent one rainy morning going from subway station to subway station taking pictures – and for only €4 per person 😉 That was the only time we actually did spend money on the subway and it was so worth it!
For a full list of the subway station check out this list we used from Savored Journeys
What to know before you visit Stockholm
Stockholm isn’t known for being cheap, so be ready to have sticker shock from time to time. A single ride on the metro in Stockholm costs €4. We traveled with four people, which meant €16 in only one direction each time! If you’re traveling with 3 or more people, it is probably most cost effective to order an Uber.
We stayed on the outskirts of Sodermalm in a modern hotel which was actually affordable, but that meant that we needed to get into the city somehow since the walk wasn’t really do-able. We actually saved money by catching an Uber each way into the city.
Where to stay when you visit Stockholm
We stayed at Motel L just on the edge of Sodermalm. When trying to find a place to stay in Stockholm, I honestly had a pretty tough time finding anything decent and affordable… then I found Motel L. While it is not centrally located, it is still close enough to the center that you can get around pretty easily. It’s also just a few doors down from a Wayne’s Coffee, so you’ll have your fika chance every morning 😉
Motel L cost us about €100 per room per night – so all in all, not such a bad price to pay in Stockholm!
Looking for more in Stockholm? Here are the best places to take photos in Stockholm
What did I miss? What are your favorite things in Stockholm/
Gabby is a native (Northern) Californian who spent the majority of her 20’s living the expat life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, exploring Europe and beyond. 27 countries later, she’s relocated back to her home base in California where she explores her passions for the travel and the outdoors.