Seeing Stockholm: A Weekend Getaway


Seeing Stockholm: A Weekend Getaway

By Nicole
I love Stockholm. After my quick trip there, I knew I had discovered one of my favorite cities in Europe. First off, Stockholm is undeniably charming – the cobblestone streets of the old town, Gamla Stan, are lined with colorful buildings. The city is perfect for biking, which we did while exploring the islands and waterways of Stockholm. I ordered Swedish meatballs as many times as I could, and I still wanted more! Everything about the city, from the architecture to the people, was perfect.

Now, more than ever, it is easy and affordable to make the trip to Sweden’s capital. Norwegian Airlines offers nonstop flights from New York to Stockholm on newly constructed Boeing 787 Dreamliners, often for around $500 roundtrip. (Tip for booking with Norwegian Airlines: Make sure the aircraft you book is the Boeing 787 when reserving your ticket; Norwegian also throws older planes into the mix, which from experience are not very nice at all).

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Accommodations: Nobis Hotel
Before you go: Make dinner reservations – I used Bookatable, which made booking restaurants easy

♦♦♦ A Must   |   ♦♦ Recommended   |   ♦ Point of Interest

Day 1: Arriving in Stockholm

♦♦♦ Arlanda Express – From Arlanda Airport, we took the Arlanda Express, which I highly recommend over taking a taxi because taxi fares in Sweden are not regulated. One-way adult tickets are SEK 280 (around $30), and it only took us 20 minutes to reach the city center.

♦♦♦ Nobis Hotel – I loved staying at the Nobis Hotel. Located in Norrmalmstorg square in two refurbished historical buildings, the hotel was beautifully decorated with spacious rooms and free breakfast and within walking or biking distance to the major shopping and sightseeing areas. The hotel’s Gold Bar is also a great place to grab a delicious drink. I highly recommend the Nobis Hotel.

♦♦ Kungsträdgården – With limited time in Stockholm, we dropped our bags off and immediately began exploring, starting with Kungsträdgården right across from our hotel. Kungsträdgården is a park in the center of the city lined with cafes to enjoy some fika.

♦♦♦ Gamla Stan – The old town of Stockholm is perhaps one of the most charming places I have ever visited. The winding cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque shops and cafes. The Old Town’s history dates back to the 14th century and is one of the largest, most well-preserved medieval city centers in Europe. We found ourselves walking back through Gamla Stan several times over the weekend, completely entranced by the Old Town’s allure.

♦♦ Riche – For dinner, I made reservations at Riche, a bistro serving traditional Swedish food in a lively atmosphere. I ordered meatballs, and they were delicious. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. One perk of dining here is that connected to the restaurant is a very popular bar that you can get into after eating without waiting in the lines outside!

  • Kungsträdgården


  • Gamla Stan

    Gamla Stan

  • Gamla Stan

    Gamla Stan

  • Stockholm water view

    A View of the City

Day 2: Exploring on our Bikes

♦♦♦ Stockholm City Bikes – We rented bikes through Stockholm’s City Bikes program. Although the website lists 7-Eleven and Pressbyrån as retailers for the bike cards, we had no luck buying them at the several locations we tried. Ultimately we were able to purchase the cards at the booth in the Gallerian.

There were docking stations conveniently located around the city to pick up and drop off the bikes as we pleased. On our bikes, we rode through Östermalm and Djurgården.

♦♦ Vasa Museum – Located on Djurgården, the Vasa Museum is home to the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged. The ship is the focal point of the museum, but the floors surrounding it display many of the artifacts recovered from the wreck and the stories of those who were onboard.

♦♦ Blå porten – Hungry from riding around, we stopped for lunch at Blå porten, a self-service cafe with a relaxing outdoor seating area situated in a beautiful garden. It felt as if we had stumbled upon a secret, finding this gem of a restaurant hidden unassumingly behind wrought iron gates. This is a great place to stop by for a quick bike in the area.

♦♦♦ Fem Små Hus – For dinner, we opted for a more traditional experience and made reservations at Fem Små Hus. Located in the heart Gamla Stan, the restaurant has a culinary history dating back to the 17th century and is actually constructed from five different buildings that have been connected to create a charming, intimate dining experience. Specialties include the veal fillet, reindeer, and potato gratin.

  • View of Boulevard Strandvägen

    View of Boulevard Strandvägen in the Morning

  • Biking in Östermalm

    Biking in Östermalm

  • Östermalm, Stockholm


  • Djurgården


  • Vasa Museum

    Vasa Museum

  • Blå porten

    Blå porten

  • Dinner at Fem Små Hus

    Dinner at Fem Små Hus

Day 3: Stortorget & Royal Palace

♦♦♦ Stortorget – We had inadvertently waited until the last day of our trip to visit some of the essential sites of Stockholm, including Stortorget. The most iconic square in Stockholm, Stortorget is the city’s historical center and home to the Stock Exchange Building. It is here you will find the red and yellow buildings that are perhaps the most famous symbol of Stockholm.

♦♦ Royal Palace – Although the Royal Palace can be seen from many vantage points in the city, we only visited it up close on our final day in Stockholm. Stockholm’s Royal Palace is one of the largest in Europe and has more than 600 rooms. The Palace as it stands today is largely built in the 18th century, and its five museums are open to the public for 150 SEK.

  • Stortorget Stockholm Sweden


  • Royal Palace Stockholm Sweden

    Royal Palace

Stockholm is among the loveliest cities I have visited in Europe. From its beautiful architecture to its graceful waterways, Stockholm charmed its way into my heart in less than 36 hours. Although I felt I had seen so much over only a few days, my short trip left me wanting to discover even more. These days, I find myself casually scanning Google Flights for tickets back to Stockholm, just waiting for the chance to visit this magical city again.

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