The ABBA Museum
Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21
+46 8 121 328 60
Seriously, though, if you ever listened to their music (or saw Mamma Mia), please go. It’s campy AF and so worth the entertainment.
+46 8 570 130 00
Think of this as Stockholm’s version of DIA Beacon, except it’s in Stockholm so it’s infinitely cooler. Located about a 20 minute drive outside of the city (you can get there by boat in the warmer months), on the island of Värmdö, the modern art mecca was opened BabyBjörn founders Björn and Lillemor Jakobson in 2012. With more than 100,000 square feet of interior art space plus walking trails that snake endlessly through the island’s pine trees at the water’s edge, this is a place you have to see. You just have to. The space includes a design shop, two restaurants and endless inspiration.
+ 46 8 402 62 80
Don’t be surprised if the home of the Royal Family looks a lot like a mini-Versailles. It was, in fact. inspired by it, and it’s just as beautiful as its French counterpart (this one, though, is on UNESCO's World Heritage list). To get there, you take It’s about an hour boat ride you take to get there, complete with A classic sight an hour boat ride from the city and a beautifully maintained mini-Versailles that was inspired by 17th-century French architecture and has incredible, untouched Gustavian interiors.
Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45
+46 8 509 005 00
I’m a huge fan of photography, and this museum exceeded all of my expectations. The exhibits are decidedly cutting edge and with their incredible restaurant, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Royal Palace of Stockholm
Gamla Stan Slottsbacken
+46 8 402 61 30
The Swedish are good at royalty, so a visit to their Royal Place is a must. Although the Swedish royal family now resides in Drottningholm Palace, the Royal Palace still holds an important role, both as a historic monument and as the host of banquets and receptions, and it’s pretty fun to look at.
Stockholm’s Old City is well worth a tour. Dating back to 1252, it’s one of Europe’s best preserved Medieval cities, full of twisty narrow streets and grand buildings.
Karlavägen 32, 114 31
+46 73 685 56 07
This park on Ostermalm is a fave for a lazy afternoon picnic.
This is where you’ll find the highest land prices in all of Sweden, so you can imagine the types of homes, shops and restaurants you’ll find here. This is where the bulk of the great design stores are (See WHERE TO SHOP)
Östermalmstorg 114 39
This is considered to be the world’s 7th best food hall, and it’s a must-see. You’ll find everything here, plus enough Swedish treats to bring hone with you.
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21
+46 8 442 80 00
Skansen is the world’s oldest open air museum. Which is what, exactly? Glad you asked. Basically, it’s 150 historic homes in a park setting. You can go into the houses (some of which date back to 1600s) and see the stunningly preserved interiors. We didn’t go (because, winter), but this is from our friends at Indagare Travel, who I trust implicitly: The residences were collected toward the end of the 19th century, when scholar and folklorist Artur Hazelius rescued 150 outstanding traditional houses and placed them here among gardens and allées. Of special note: Skogaholm Manor, built in 1680, has superb Gustavian interiors with decorative pale gray paneled walls. There’s even a plaster bust of Gustav III in the salon.
This is the hip, artsy area of Stockholm (Fotografiska is located here), full of cute cafes and shops. In the summer you can even swim off the small beaches in Tantolunden park.
+46 8 519 548 00
The warship Vasa sank just minutes after launching in 1628 and spent the next 333 years under water. In 1961 the ship was salvaged and the Vasa Museum was born. It’s oddly (or not, if you’re into old ships, which I’m not) incredibly interesting and one of those Stockholm institutions you just shouldn’t miss.