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Insider advice for your Stockholm vacation


severina
Authentic Medieval Tastes 5 stars
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Where does one go to get an authentic medieval dining experience? This restaurant provides the genuine atmosphere, music, costumes, and tastes, with original recipes dating from the Middle Ages. The pea soup is a good starter, and the reindeer is highly recommended—it comes with a celery root mash that I’d never tasted before, but after one bite, I was a convert. If you go around Christmas time, then you’ll receive the traditional Julbord menu—the spicy korv (sausages) are very good, along with the roasted pear dessert. There is a bar up front near the entrance, and two rooms filled with tables and lit primarily by candles (and the odd “exit” sign- safety first!) it opens around 5pm or so, but go around 6pm or 7pm when it fills up for a more lively experience. Definitely my favorite restaurant in Stockholm, and a great place to take visitors to—it’s oddly enough not filled with tourists from abroad, but with Swedes themselves. It is on the slightly pricey side, but when you consider that you’re essentially paying for the atmosphere and authentic recipes, it is well worth it!

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severina
a secret cellar to snack in. 3 stars
Swedish for “the cellar”, this Gamla Stan restaurant is located in… a cellar! Serves traditional Swedish food that one can find nearly anywhere in Gamla Stan (baked potato with Skagen röra is always a good choice!) and has a bar and soft drinks. It’s a bit of a maze to find the bar to order at, but that lets one take in the eclecticness of the place—secret nooks, hidden windows, an authentic 13th century tapestry… along with a kitten tapestry that looks to have been manufactured in the 1970’s hanging directly underneath. Good prices, but don’t go too early—unless you enjoy having the place all to yourself!

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severina
quite simply THE nicest hostel in Stockholm... 5 stars
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Immaculately clean and located in Södermalm, just a block away from the Skanstull T-Bana stop, this hostel is perfect as a base to explore the city. There are a variety of rooms to choose from, with comfortable beds and priced accordingly; and many toilets and showers, all of which are not only spotless, but tastefully decorated with plants and bamboo benches and such. The main eating area is in the center of its maze-like corridors, and the kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, pots and pans, and utensils. Occasionally, there is some good free food leftover from previous guests, which saves a bit of money if you don’t want to eat out (although if you prefer buying some groceries of your own, there is a Hemköp nearby.) There is a key deposit upon arrival of 100 SEK, but you’ll receive it back upon checkout. *If you plan on checking out before reception opens, put the key deposit on a credit card, so that the money can still be refunded back to you.* Reception is very friendly and helpful, and bed linen is 40 SEK. There are lots of computers with internet access and even a phone to make local calls on, like arranging a cab for an early-morning pick-up to Stockholm Central.

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ogiovetti
Museum of Broken Relationships 5 stars
Croatian natives Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic have formed and curate the traveling exhibition the Museum of Broken Relationships, which has been steadily making its way across single, jilted and disillusioned Europe since last year. There are teddy bears. There's jewelry. There's a wedding dress. There's even a prosthetic leg AND an axe used by one ex to hack her ex-girlfriend's furniture to shards. And you thought not returning his yoga mat was catty. The coolest part about this museum is that you can donate your own bad memories to the cause (which is a perfect excuse to get rid of that Hootie and the Blowfish CD sitting in the back of your cabinet).

Your next chance to catch the museum on tour will be later this month (starting 4/26 to be exact) at Edsvik Hall in Stockholm. Pricing is yet to be announced, however we're betting that this will cost you less than a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a bunch of Sex and the City DVDs.


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kristin5683
Day 2 in Stockholm - begins with running late but things get better thanks to IKEA. 5 stars
Day 2 in Stockholm dawned way too early. We were staying at a different place that night, so we had to check out. And check-out was at 10:00am. By the time 9:45am had rolled around, I had just gotten in the shower, and I have very strong suspicions that my travel companion was getting a bit frustrated with me. In my defense, I was jet-lagged!

Finally, by about ten minutes past 10:00am, I got downstairs to meet my friend who had very nicely checked us out and was waiting patiently for me. Our first stop was the train station to store our stuff in the lockers there. I was worried that my giant backpack wouldn't fit. My worry should have been my ability to follow directions. We spent 100 kroner on a 50 kroner locker since I accidentally locked it before we'd actually put our stuff in. My bag did fit and there was room for her modest sized tote bag. It felt good to be rid of the backpack! Any traveller knows that a day with a backpack on is nothing compared to when you have the freedom of just carrying your wallet and guidebook!

At this point, both of us were already feeling a bit tired. I was tired due to jet lag and I feel that my travel buddy was a bit tired at me since I was late getting ready and then cost us 50 kroner at the locker. But our spirits were about to life.

After we put our stuff away, we headed to the subway in T-Centralen. To our surprise and delight, there was an Ikea display in the center of the train station. Sweden was surpassing all expectations! There were loads of couches and chairs and tables, all the latest IKEA products. Commuters and travellers were taking a break on the luxurious (compared to most European cities train stations) seating. It seemed too good and too wonderful to be true. Of course, we posed for a number of pictures. How could we not??

I don't know if this display is permanent; I desperately hope that it is!


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kristin5683
First night in Stockholm - the tragic turns into the miraculous 5 stars
After cooling off at the Ice Bar, we decided to catch up on each other's lives at the nearby Bishop's Arms. We met when we studied in England, so hanging out at a British-style pub was only natural. It felt fairly authentic, as far as British pubs outside of Britain go. We had a good chat session, both of us bemoaning the men or lack thereof in our lives and celebrating the fact that we were out in Stockholm.

After our long night, we were getting a bit hungry. As we're both generally wary of food sold from carts on the street, particularly after midnight, we headed to the McDonald's. While some may think that may paint us as American imperialists, I maintain that I had been up for over 24 hours and there was nothing else open that wasn't a street vendor.

We had a quick munch and then headed to the nearby subway station. We saw a couple of guys running through the station and we joked that they were scared about missing the last train. As in fact, they were. We arrived to an empty platform and a timetable that advised that the next trains didn't start running again until the next morning. We were, as far as we could tell, screwed. (So for anyone travelling to Stockholm, realize that the trains stop running at 1:00am, even on Friday and Saturday nights!)

We consulted a map and decided that we could take the bus to a stop that was at least closer to our hotel. As we rode along, we assumed that we would know the stop name or at least recognize something. Then we got to the end of the line. We had no idea where we were. Both of us were on a budget, so we really didn't want to get a taxi. But it was also approacing 2am. All that we knew was that we were still in Stockholm. We asked the lady at the information booth for some advice. She stared at us, as though she'd never been asked how to get where we wanted to go from her particular location and at that particular time. She probably hadn't. After consulting 3 timetable books, she advised that we could try our luck with a certain bus. We thanked her and went outside. We decided to consult the bus schedule ourselves to try and get our bearings. To our overwhelming amazement, the stop that we needed was on the route of the next bus due into the bus station where we were standing. I didn't really know what we were going to do, or how much we would have to pay if we got a taxi. We spent the rest of the night marvelling at our good luck. We'd been blessed with good travel karma. As we crawled into our bunkbeds in our hostel, we weren't sure which gods to thank that we got there safely and cheaply.


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kristin5683
Finding our way to prison 5 stars
After about 5 to 10 minutes of wondering what in the world I would possibly do if I couldn't find my friend, we managed to run into each other. She'd been thinking the same thing about me! We hadn't seen each other in about a year, so it was a nice reunion. She had made all the reservations for our accommodation - she spoke some Swedish and was living about an hour from Stockholm so she was able to get some inside tips and navigate the websites better than I could.

For our first night, she booked us in the Langholmen Hotel. It was so amazing! It took us awhile to get there though. First, we took a short subway ride and then got lost a handful of times to our hotel that was under 10 minutes away! I was absolutely exhausted and this mixed with excitement led to a sort of giggly delirium. I was inexplicably pleased and amused by the fact that the elevator was labeled "hiss" - hiss in Swedish means elevator.

The Langholmen Hotel was a working prison until the 1970's. Now it's a hostel/hotel/conference center. The doors and hallways are decorated to play up the old prison feel. We paid the extra 20 to get a private double room instead of one of the dorm rooms. We had our own bathroom with shower. The room was narrow with bunk beds and a high window; that makes sense though, it did used to be a prison cell!

The beds were decently comfortable and came with a comforter and pillow though not with sheets and a pillowcase. It was wonderfully atmospheric.


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kristin5683
Arlanda Airport and getting into Sweden 4 stars
The flight from London to Sweden took about three hours. I was glad that it was daytime and not too cloudy so I could see my beloved England under me, and then I could see the islands and fjords of Sweden as we approached.

There is a one-hour time difference between the two countries. I had been preparing for my trip by going to bed super early and waking up super early so that I wouldn't be as jet-lagged. It worked, to a point. I also brought along a mild sleep aid since the most stressful part for me about jet lag is not being able to sleep when you need to and thereby exacerbating the feelings of tiredness.

Customs at Arlanda took about 30 seconds in total. The line wasn't very long for non-EU travellers, and the customs agent glanced through my passport and stamped it without any questions.

I began to smile to myself as I walked through the airport. I must have looked a bit crazed. I hadn't slept properly in around 20 hours; I hadn't showered in 24 hours; I had a camera dangling from my wrist and two jackets tied to my backpack and now I was grinning like an idiot. What pleased me so much was seeing the signs in Swedish. There is a moment where I get the simple, yet always thrilling, realization that I am in another country. Where signs aren't necessarily English and I really don't have any idea what is in store for me.

Getting from the airport into central Sweden is easy - take the Arlanda express. It's a bright yellow train and there is a dedicated platform for the train, so there is little chance of getting on the wrong one. It takes about half an hour and is easy to find. All the signs in the airport were in both Swedish and English, which was very helpful! I was still a tiny bit on edge since I was dealing with hunger and the onset of jet lag as well as worrying about meeting up with my friend. I had mistakenly thought that my American Sprint phone would work in Europe and now I had no way of contacting her! I had my fingers crossed the whole way that we would meet up!

When I arrived in the central station in Stockholm, I got off the train and began looking around. My friend was nowhere to be seen. Not a good start!


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Karrr
Overview 4 stars
Stockholm- what can I say- it's a great place to go if you want to breathe some clean, fresh air and generally get away from the hustle and bustle of dirty cities. There are loads of parks and nice, family friendly attractions to visit. The Old Town is probably the main bit you'll see if you are only on a short break as it's really the town centre- it's very well preserved, like you might expect from a Scandanavian capital. The new town is worth a visit as well as, like in many cities, it's the business/commercial district. I think I would recommed going in summer as it's a nice temperature and the winter is cold. Although, in the winter, Stockholm is definitely very pretty- a pity I'm a bit scared of skiing and snow/ice sports!

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Erica Johansson
The Old Town, Stockholm 3 stars
The Old town in Stockholm belongs to the area Södermalm, and is located between Södermalm to south and Norrmalm to north. The Old Town is as most European old towns the touristiest part of the city. Even though the area can be crowded with pensioners taking pictures and big groups of school kids, pay a visit at least once. We enjoyed walking there, it’s charming, a bit old fashioned, and you can find good stores without unnecessary tourist stuff. If you’re not much of a shopper, I would suggest you walk the street along the water rather than the popular main street.

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Erica Johansson
Östermalm, Stockholm 4 stars
Many people associate Östermalm with royalty and high status. The area is like the opposite of Södermalm. In general, if people in Södermalm wear second-hand and hip street wear, people living in Östermalm walk around in expensive designer outfits. Someone said that the most snobbish people in the city live in Östermalm.

Although I do recommend Östermalm if you like fancy designer shops, museums, and relaxing strolls along the water, the area is so much more than that.

I would compare Östermalm to Chelsea, Knightsbridge, or Mayfair in London.


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Erica Johansson
Norrmalm, Stockholm 4 stars
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I think Norrmalm is one of the prettier neighbourhoods in the city. There are some very attractive old buildings in this part of Stockholm, especially around Hötorget. The different parks - Vasaparken, Vanadislunden, Bellevueparken, and Observatorielunden – also add to its charm. If we travel to Stockholm by train, Norrmalm is always the first area we see because the central railway station is located there.

Apart from all the great theatres in the area, my favourite place in Norrmalm is the Culture House by the square Sergels torg.


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Erica Johansson
Second-hand Shopping in Stockholm 4 stars
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I love Tjallamalla at Bondegatan 46. They have almost 300 different labels including Rodebjer, Lovisa Burfitt and Whyred. The store is open Monday to Friday noon to 6pm, Saturdays noon to 4pm, and Sundays noon to 3pm. Another great second-hand shop is neighboring Lollapaloozaa at Bondegatan 48. It’s a very charming shop with clothes from Marc Jacobs and other designers, as well as a lot of cool accessories. Lollapaloozaa is open Monday to Friday noon to 6pm, and Saturdays noon to 3pm.

The spacious shop Beyond Retro at Åsögatan 144 is the best one. It’s Stockholm’s branch to London’s largest vintage-clothing shop and they are open all days from 10am to 6pm.


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Erica Johansson
Shopping in Stockholm 4 stars
Stockholm is a great city for shopping. Many stores are located around the square Hötorget in the center of the city. This place is especially crowded during afternoons and Saturdays, so if you don't like too much people, go somewhere else. I like the famous shopping mall NK where you can find all the big designer names. NK is rather expensive though, so I used to go to the area Söder to mix my expensive purchases with some second-hand. There are many small and personal shops on the streets Götgatan, Bondegatan, and Skånegatan.

If you enjoy Christmas markets, visit Stockholm during December when all the shop windows are beautifully decorated.


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Erica Johansson
Organic Green, Norrmalm 4 stars
Organic Green is one of the city’s best spots for vegetarians. It’s a restaurant and health food shop located at Rehnsgatan 24 in the area Norrmalm. The place only consists of one room, so it’s a bit cramped but definitely worth a visit. Their almost vegan buffet with rice, potatoes, pasta, vegetables, hummus, beans, lenses and salads is very tasty, as are the soups (Miso soup, Lenses soup, Minestrone soup) and salads (like Greek Salad and Avocado salad). They also serve lasagna and veggie sandwiches. The food is good and healthy, not spicy. I like to sit at Organic Green’s open-air restaurant during the summer.

Organic Green is open Monday to Thursday 8.30am-8pm, Friday 8.30am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.


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christine
Eating traditional swedish cakes, Semlors 4 stars
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In sweden on the 20th of Februrary lots of swedish people runs down to the bakery to buy their vital Semlor. A cake that is connected to this day. It consists of a roll of bread with cinnamon taste with a mass of almonds inside and cream on top. It's a very heavy and very lush small dish - but lovely...And very popular. My friend started screaming when she realised that they have started selling the cakes already even in the beginning of Janurary....taste it!


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milandutch
Changing of the guards Stockholm 1 stars
The changing of the guards in Stockholm is fit for a viewing audience of children from the ages of 4 to 7 years old. I regret having thought of putting it on my schedule of things to see and waiting around in the cold for 30 minutes until the appointed time. It mainly consisted of teenage Swedish boys and girls standing at attention and a goofy deputy of the cadets reading out a short history of the changing of the guards in Swedish and English. Two flags were brought our and opened and two groups of guards went in opposite directions, each group going to a separate guard standing in the booth, one guard from the group shouted some things are him and then he was replaced by the one shouting at him. At this point, I don’t know if it ended or I just left because I was so unimpressed and bored of the whole thing.

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milandutch
Stockholm 4 stars
Having recently been to Riga and Gdansk, Stockholm had the same pastel colored buildings as these cities with other buildings that reminded me of Venice, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. I tried to pinpoint what was architectural Swedish but couldn’t. Perhaps it was because I was seeing Stockholm after having seen everything else in Europe that made Stockholm remind me of Dutch shopping streets with Baltic buildings, the occasional Venetian copy and oddly enough the American convenience store chain 7 eleven everywhere. The only thing that made me think could be specific to the city was the Nordic Light and its people. I found the people extremely nice, friendly and helpful and the sky which outfited itself with the most beautiful hues, patterns and clouds I’d ever seen. Outside of the sky and the people there were all the islands interchanging themselves with bodies of water and patches of trees, I thought this was also specific to Stockholm.

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cosmoclaudio
Stockholm 5 stars
Stockholm is the largest city and capital of Sweden. Distinguished among Stockholm's many theatres are the Royal Dramatic Theatre, one of Europe's most renowned theatres, and the Royal Swedish Opera, inaugurated in 1773. Other notable theatres are the Stockholm City Theatre, the Peoples Opera, the Modern Theatre of Dance , the China Theatre, the Göta Lejon Theatre, the Mosebacke Theatre, and the Oscar Theatre. There is many more to do in Stockholm but if you are there just visit the old town. You might be surprised to find out that you’re the best photographer by night.

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Erica Johansson
Astoria-Sandrew Metronome, Östermalm 4 stars
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Astoria is located at Nybrogatan 15 in the area Östermalm. It’s a truly charming cinema salon with 501 seats.

I really like this cinema, but haven’t been here for ages now. The latest time I was here was with my parents, my sister and my grandmother about five years ago. We came to see Dragonfly with Kevin Costner.

We were the only people in the whole salon (the movie wasn’t that good) but the seats were comfortable, the staff was friendly and as long as we choose a good movie I’d be happy to return.

Don’t miss the café adjacent to the cinema.


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