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A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

Recently I visited Stockholm, Sweden with my
boyfriend. And we were there for 4 nights, 3 days. As we were only there for a
short amount of time, we didn’t get to see all that Stockholm has to offer, so
here is a guide of what we did during our time there. From being in Stockholm
when the weather was getting cold, and daylight getting shorter, you can tell
that being there in winter will be completely different to summer
Where to stay – We stayed in an AirBnb (for me,
this is the best option) in Hammarbyhojden which was a 15 minute walk from
Globen Station which then a 20 minute metro journey to the centre of Stockholm.
For many, this may seem quite far away but if you’re on a budget and don’t mind
exploring further out of the centre then its great! For 4 nights, it costs us
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden
Food & drinks – For us this was the most
expensive part of the trip. Before heading to Scandinavia, I did a lot of
research of what to expect/do etc. And every single post mentioned how
expensive it was. We did want to try lots of new things and walked past some
pretty cool places, but as we were on a budget we didn’t be adventurous! There
was one place that we went to quite a few times and that was Wayne’s Coffee, if
you’re struggling to find one, google map it and there probably one around the
corner. One of the nights, we had a Wagamamas and decided to treat ourselves to
some alcohol. We ended up paying around £20 more than what we would of if we
were in the UK. (Small glass of wine was just under £8 and a small bottle of
beer was £7). I was sad that we didn’t try some Swedish meatballs, because IKEA
but if you did want to try some there’s a restaurant in Sodermalm called
Meatballs for the People which apparently is the best in Sweden, so check that
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

See & do – Before heading to Sweden as I do
with every trip I go on, I go crazy on Pinterest looking for guides and blog
posts, so I make list of the things I wanted to do/see whilst I was there and
we ticked off everything (apart from going on a boat island hopping – the boyfriend
doesn’t like boats).
Gamla Stan – Also known as Old Town. It’s like a
real life VSCO filter, everywhere you look are beautiful buildings and Scandinavian
goodness. Its home to the Royal Palace, lots of churches and has so many cute
little restaurants and historic buildings to visit, and if you’re looking for
gifts for people back home, this is where you want to be. Every time I go away,
I always buy a souvenir for my Nan (always) and at least 2 for myself, the
cobbled streets are littered with little quirky shops. Gamla Stan is also home
to the oldest restaurant in the entire world.
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen – Skansen was founded in 1891 which makes
it the world’s first open air museum. Skansen is 75 acres of historic
buildings, a zoo and gardens. We didn’t actually manage to go inside as it shut
about 20 minutes before we got there, but the surrounding areas were beautiful
and had an amazing museum (the building was insane). Entry £13/140SEK
Sodermalm – Sodermalm is the Jordan of Amsterdam
aka Hipsterville. There is a lot of regeneration work going on there at the moment,
so it was a building site and the views weren’t as glorious as the pictures. We
only stayed near the dock on Sodermalm near the photography museum,
Fotografiska. But further in, there are loads of cool and quirky restaurants,
and vintage shops/warehouses.
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

Museums – We aren’t one for museums, but we have
the ‘if we pass one, we’ll go in’ kinda vibe. As we were wondering around the
Royal Palace we saw a sign for the Medieval Museum and took a gander. Museum
was free entry (always good) and it was pretty cool and had lots of interactive
bits. They didn’t have any of the torture weapons in there (boyfriends a fan)
but it was interesting and good for a free entry museum. We didn’t go into
anymore as most of them had an entry fee and only accepted cash.
Royal palace – Located in Gamla Stan, the Royal
Palace is home to the His Majesty the King and is used for most of the monarchy’s
royal receptions. The Palace is surrounded by guards (saw a man get shouted at
pretty aggressively for getting too close) but some of them were happy enough
to have photos taken. Parts of the building itself is under refurbishment and
will take a long time to finish, but it’s a beautiful building. You can go
insane for a small fee and see the royal apartments and other bits.
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

Ice Hockey – If you aren’t a fan of Ice Hockey
then this may not be for you but near Globen they have an arena called HOVET
which is the ice rink (and also where we saw J COLE). We watched the local team
called Djurgardens IF play against another Swedish team. The arena was massive
and a lot bigger than the hockey arena we have in Cardiff, the atmosphere was
insane, so if you are ever stuck for something to do in Stockholm, go watch
some ice hockey (and for the ladies, you really wouldn’t want to miss good
looking Swedish men fighting on  ice,
Nightlife – Sweden is well known for its EDM and
DJ’s, and has a lot of famous nightclubs, but I’m a 20 something women going on
60 so clubbing just isn’t my thing. We did struggle with things to do in the
night, even after some research we just couldn’t find anything. But whenever I go
to a new place, I feel like you never truly know what it’s like until you’ve experienced
it at night. Walking through the streets didn’t feel safe but it didn’t feel
unsafe either. We took a walk through Gamla Stan to the famous square and my
gosh it was even prettier at night with all the little restaurants and music.
In Gamla Stan they offer free/paid ghost walking
tours, but we didn’t find out until it was too late L.
SkyView – SkyView is part of the Ericson Globe which
is located near Globen. It’s basically a ball on the side of the building that
takes you up to the top to see the entirety of Stockholm. £14.50/150SEK for a
30 minute journey.

A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden
A Small Guide to Stockholm, Sweden
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