48 hours in Stockholm

With its mix of functionality, minimalism and culture, Stockholm constantly ranks highly on the list of the world’s coolest capital cities. The vast range of shops, bars, galleries and cafés is continually changing and new places are always popping up to visit. At the same time, the classics live on and attract new generations of visitors year after year. The perfect Stockholm stay is a mixture of old and new, both the familiar and unknown. Here are some tips on places to visit in the Swedish capital on a city break or weekend away.

Kaffeverket – The only way to start your day

Kaffeverket on Sankt Eriksgatan 88. Image: Cesar af Reis

Breakfast has gone from being a home affair to an event that you eat out on the town. The range of trendy and niche breakfast places is perpetually growing, but some remain favourites every year. At Kaffeverket, they have excellent craft coffee as their raison d’être, but they also attract hungry patrons with their hearty porridge and delicious avocado sandwiches. The industrial premises with white tiles and bare light bulbs in the ceiling is an excellent place to people watch and soak up the urban atmosphere.

Kaffeverket | Sankt Eriksgatan 88 | http://www.kaffeverket.nu

Svenskt Tenn – Stockholm’s legendary interior design store

Svenskt Tenn has provided Stockholmers with beautiful design for almost a century. Image: Svenskt Tenn

What could be a better way to kickstart your stay than by paying a visit to the flagship store of Swedish design? At Svenskt Tenn you will find Josef Frank’s timeless classics together with innovative designs from contemporary designers and makers. Roam among textiles, furniture and beautiful ornaments or sit down in one of Carl Malmsten’s classic chairs in the Malmsten store which is just next door.

Svenskt Tenn | Strandvägen 5 | https://www.svenskttenn.se/

ArkDes – Architecture and design from new perspectives

The centre for architecture and design, also called ArkDes. Image: ArkDes

For many, Stockholm is synonymous with design and architecture. Arguably the relationship between the city’s inhabitants and design is one that is unique to Stockholm. Head to the Museum of Architecture and Design, or ArkDes, which is housed in the same building as the Modern Museum on Skeppsholmen. Discover new designers, look at conceptual models of city buildings before they were built, and go to exhibitions that twist and turn the notions of design, urban planning and architecture. Do not miss the fantastic sculptures by Picasso and Calder, among others, which stand just outside the entrance.

ArkDes | Exercise plan 4, Skeppsholmen | https://arkdes.se/

Fotografiskas Restaurang – Sustainable food in a beautiful atmosphere

Fotografiska’s restaurant serves vegetarian food. Image: Fotografiska

Before heading to your next design stop, make time for lunch. Take the ferry from Skeppsholmen to Slussen and walk along the water to the brick building where Fotografiska is located. Here you will find, in addition to world-class photography, one of Stockholm’s trendiest restaurants. The menu, developed by star chef Paul Svensson features seasonal dishes with a focus on vegetarian food and sustainability.

Photographic | Stadsgårdshamnen 22 | https://www.fotografiska.com/sto

Shop secondhand in Södermalm – Browse and hunt for unique treasures

Götgatsbacken is a popular shopping street on Södermalm. Image: iStock / Artesia Wells

Now that you are in Södermalm, voted one of the trendiest districts in Europe by several international sites, a tour around the island’s vintage and second-hand shops is a must. A good starting point on your hunt for unique and quirky objects is the area around Mariatorget and Hornsgatan where there are both simple secondhand shops such as Stadsmissionen and Myrorna and fancier vintage shops with carefully curated precious objects. Dive into the Mr Judit Fire Station where you will find exciting furnishings and various inspirations for your home.

Café Pascal – Make a coffee stop at the award-winning Stockholm Café

Café Pascal has two cafés in Stockholm: one in Vasastan and one in Södermalm. Image: Café Pascal

Ready for another pit stop? At the award-winning Café Pascal at Odenplan, you can treat yourself to a cup of fair-trade coffee of the highest quality, roasted by small coffee roasteries and is praised by caffeine connoisseurs. The cosy interior with its rustic brick walls, beautiful details and white painted floors gives the entire café an inviting and typically Stockholm-esque atmosphere.

Café Pascal | Norrtullsgatan 4 | https://www.cafepascal.se/

Craftsmanship – experience innovative Scandinavian food

Image: Restaurant Hantverket

The experience of good craftsmanship is something that permeates the restaurant Hantverket from its interior design to its dessert. The owner was once a carpenter and this is especially noticeable in the meticulously decorated dining room with its rustic tables and beautiful wood panelling. Creative and playful appetizers with a Nordic basic tone are served here, including stewed macaroni with truffles and home-made lamb sausages. The seats at the bar are first-come, first-served – making them a good alternative if you have not had time to book in advance.

Restaurant Hantverket | Sturegatan 15 | https://restauranghantverket.se/

Tyge & Sessil – enjoy a glass of wine

A stone’s throw from Stureplan is the wine bar Tyge & Sessil. Image: Stureplansgruppen

Ready for a glass of something? At Niklas Ekstedt’s wine bar, Tyge & Sessil, you will find an impressive list of bottles from small local producers that you won’t find elsewhere. The beautiful, Parisienne-inspired venue also serves French snacks to enjoy with your carefully selected glass. A tasteful rounding off of a joyful day of exploring.

Tyge & Sessil | Brahegatan 4 | https://tygesessil.se/