Stockholm is the beautiful capital city of Sweden and (in my humble opinion) is one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia. Made up of fourteen islands, gorgeous medieval architecture and a deep rooted history, Stockholm is a city you will fall in love with as soon as you visit.
Although there is an endless number of things to do and see in Stockholm, a two day trip is the perfect amount of time to make sure you can squeeze in the real highlights.
Here is your ultimate guide to two days in Stockholm, including advice on where to stay, eat and drink.
Where to stay in Stockholm?
Gamla Stan (otherwise known as The Old Town) is Stockholm’s medieval centre and remains one of the most beautiful and most popular parts of the city. Here you’ll fine Parliament, the Royal Palace, bright colourful houses, medieval architecture, cobbled streets and a wealth of history. Gamla Stan is easily accessible from almost anywhere in central Stockholm, making it a perfect base for your weekend in the city.
Södermalm is a very trendy little neighbourhood located to the south of the centre and Gamla Stan. There are a ton of different accommodation options to choose from, alongside numerous restaurant, café and bar options. Even if you don’t stay in Södermalm, I’d highly recommend a visit regardless!
Djurgårde is located to the east of the city centre and is one of the quieter places to stay, making it the perfect location if you are travelling with family. It’s close to the ABBA museum, Skansen and the Nordic Museum and also boats a lot of outdoor open space for opportunities to relax and picnic in the sun.
Best Things to do in Stockholm:
Go for Fika
Start your morning by honouring one of Sweden’s most important customs- Fika! Fika is the art of taking time out of your day to enjoy coffee and a cake (most commonly a cinnamon bun) with friends or family. There are so many amazing fika spots in Stockholm, but these are some of my absolute top picks:
Skeppsbro Bageri is located right on the waterfront, with beautiful views. Coffee is excellent and they make their own pastries in house! Cinnamon bun can’t be missed.
Chokladfabriken is a beautiful spot with amazing smooth coffee and more brilliant pastries.
Café Pascal serves some of my favourite coffee (and of course, more amazing pastries).
Explore Gamla Stan
Once you are fuelled up on coffee and cinnamon buns, head to Gamla Stan (otherwise known as the Old Town) for a few hours of exploring the medieval quarter. Wander the labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets, admire the tall coloured houses and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Make sure you also visit the Royal palace, one of Europe’s largest palaces and the official residence of the Swedish Royal family. Try and catch the Changing of the Guards as well – this takes place every day from the end of April to the end of August at 12:15pm (other than Sundays when it is at 1:15pm)- and lasts around 40 minutes.
Visit the Armoury Museum
While you are there, take a trip to the Armoury Museum. The museum is based around Swedish military history and showcases a fascinating collection of royal costumes, armour and weapons while providing an insight into the rich history of Sweden. It’s a must see for history buffs!
Go Museum Hopping
Spend the rest of your morning visiting some of the best museums in Stockholm. There are so many that there is truly something for everyone- if you are into music then pay a trip to the ABBA museum, if you are keen to find out more about Swedish heritage then the Nordic museum is for you and interested in learning more about maritime (and to see an original 17th century ship!) then head to the Vasa Museum.
Swim at Tanto Beach
If you are visiting Sweden during the summer then you have to go swimming. There are a ton of different swimming spots around the city, but one of my favourites is Tanto beach. It’s super central and easy to get to and even has toilets and food vendors! Spend the afternoon sunbathing under the Swedish sun and swimming in the fresh water lake.
Enjoy the food
That evening, head out for one of the best things you can do in a new city- eat!
Here are some of my favourite dinner options:
800 Grader does an amazing, authentic Italian pizza. This is rated super high on Google reviews and definitely deserves its rating
The aptly named Resturant Tradition serves straight up classic (and delicious) Swedish cuisine in a cool and unfussy Nordic setting.
If you fancy some quick fast food, try out the Swedish answer to McDonalds- Max. If you are on a budget and looking for something quick yet surprisingly tasty, I’d recommend giving Max a go.
Go Island-Hopping in the Stockholm Archipelago
Spend your second day island hopping! The Stockholm archipelago is a true natural gem, made up of over 30,000 islands, islets and skerries. Many ferry companies offer guided tours or regular services to the surrounding islands, making it a super easy day out.
I would highly recommend starting your day with a visit to Grinda Island, located around 1.45 ferry journey from Stockholm (though it is possible to pay for a faster ferry). The island is a stunning nature reserve, with just a few buildings (hotel, café and shop) and is a popular camping spot too. Bring your swimming costume and spend a few hours sunbathing at one of the many beautiful swimming spots, before heading off on a short walk around the island.
Next, jump back on the ferry and head to Vaxholm, an idyllic archipelago town with many historic and well preserved houses from the last century. Vaxholm is much busier, with numerous restaurants, cafes and shops. Spend another few hours wandering the beautiful streets or, if you are feeling more adventurous, there are also options for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing.
Finish your evening at Vaxholm with dinner at the Thai restaurant Dee Dee Thaikök. The portions are huge and so delicious- the best Thai food I’ve found in Stockholm!
Stockholm is such a stunning city to visit, with so many different areas to explore. Whether you are exploring Gamla Stan, savouring the local fika tradition or immersing yourself in history on museum island, there is truly something for everyone in this gorgeous capital city.
Let me know if you found this blog useful, and add your own recommendations to the comments!
Lots of love,