Stockholm in a day? The vibrant capital city of Sweden has tons to offer visiting tourists and business travelers alike and it would be easy to spend a week here exploring the city. There are so many things to do in Stockholm, but what about those of us that are time limited? Is it possible to spend just one day in Stockholm and make a dent in all that the Swedish capital has to offer? I visited Stockholm in July 2016 for the Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference (TBEX), a business trip of sorts. Because of this, I was definitely in bleisure mode. Reflecting on my business trip to Sweden, I compiled a list of things I would include in a perfect one day Stockholm itinerary. Here are my recommendations for how to spend a day in Stockholm.
Start the Day with Fika at Vete-Katten, A Stockholm Institution
Start your 1 day in Stockholm with cake and coffee Swedish style with fika at Vete-Katten. Located in the heart of Stockholm City Center, Vete-Katten is a warren of indoor and outdoor seating areas and offers a few tempting pastry counters.
Pay for your coffee and a Swedish pastry (perhaps a cinnamon or cardamom bun or filled brioche?), grab a cup and saucer, fill it up with thick black coffee and make your way to the back patio if the sun is shining. There is no better way to fuel up for your day in Stockholm than with fika for breakfast at Vete-Katten.
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Grab lunch at Stockholm's Östermalms Saluhall
Factor in time for something savory on your 1-day Stockholm itinerary. Enjoy lunch at Östermalms Saluhall. The historic food hall was under construction when we visited but there was a modern wing across the street boasting all sorts of Swedish food specialties; from coffee and pastries to seafood and wine.
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Soak up the Sun in One of Stockholm's Pop-up Parklets
Shop for Souvenirs at Hötorgshallen on Stockholm's Haymarket Square
Haymarket Square in Stockholm features both an open air market during the day and Hötorgshallen, an indoor shopping area focused on gourmet Swedish treats. We stopped into Hötorgshallen and picked up some Swedish lingonberry chocolates, the perfect souvenir of our day in Stockholm!
Sample Lakrits in Stockholm's Södermalm Neighborhood
Take the tram to Södermalm, a hipster neighborhood in Stockholm known for artists and a high proportion of single residents. Södermalm is great for foodies. We browsed and sampled some of the amazing licorice creations at Lakrits Roten. I love licorice and took the opportunity to buy a souvenir for myself; some salty Swedish licorice.
Refuel with a Coffee at Johan & Nyström
Exploring a city like Stockholm in a day is hard work, especially since the Swedish capital is both widespread and vibrant. Stop for an afternoon coffee at Johan & Nyström in Södermalm. They sell some of the finest coffee in Stockholm. The shop has a smooth hipster vibe.
Soak in the Atmosphere in Stockholm's Gamla Stan
En route back to the city centre from Södermalm, make a pitstop in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town. Admire the colorful architecture lining the narrow cobbled streets as you zig-zag your way along.
Experience Swedish History at Stockholm's Vasa Museum
Today, the extremely well-preserved Vasa is 'docked' at the Vasa Museum. Stare in awe at the ship itself and then read more about the Vasa's history in the associated exhibits.
Take a Stroll on the Water During the Golden Hour in Stockholm
The Vasa museum sits on Djurgården, a small island in Stockholm. A convenient waterfront harbor connects the Vasa Museum with other points of interest including Gröna Lund amusement park. We stood mesmerized as screaming children and adults alike were spun and whirled on the various rides.
From this vantage point on Djurgården, it is also possible to see Stockholm's Kastellet. The Swedish flag flies above the tower of Kastellet every day that Sweden is at peace. The Swedish flag has been flying a long time...since the early 1800s.
As an alternative walk on your day in Stockholm, consider taking the bus to Kastellholmen for a closer look at Kastellet. Kastellholmen offers equally scenic waterfront views.
Get Your Disco on at Stockholm's ABBA Museum
Have a Drink and Steep in the Smooth Funky Vibe at the Gården Bar & Grill
End your day in Stockholm with a well-deserved drink and perhaps a snack at Stockholm's Gården Bar & Grill. Sit outside as the sun sets and listen to smooth funk tunes while sipping a Swedish craft beer.
There you have it, my recommendations for what to see in Stockholm in one day (albeit a jam-packed day!) If you have more time, why not get off the beaten track and do a day trip to Norrköping.