STOCKHOLM | WHERE TO EAT

Agnes
Norra Agnegatan 43, 112 29
+46 8 410 470 19

I would say that this was hands down our favorite meal in Stockholm. It’s a relatively new (June 2017), neighborhood spot that marries the best of Spanish-style Tapas with traditional Swedish dishes and don’t be concerned by the slightly unfocused menu — every dish we had (and I am ashamed to tell you we had them all) was spot on. Snag the Chef’s table if you can, where you can sit by the open kitchen and have a nice chat with the Chef while he cooks for you.

Babette
Roslagsgatan 6, 113 55
+46 8 509 022 24
Sometimes you need a break from Swedish food, and pizza, being the universal perfect food, is always a good choice. And the good news is that Babette's happens to be amazing.

Café Nizza
Åsögatan 171, 116 32
+46 8 640 99 50

Brought to you by former managers of Frantzén, Café Nizza is open 7 days a week  from 12-12 and is always busy. The three course lunch menu and four course dinner menu change daily, and both can be enjoyed in the huge outdoor area during the summer months.

Ekstedt
Humlegårdsgatan 17, 114 46
+46 8 611 12 10

Chef Nikolas Ekstedt grew up cooking on a grill, but one day became impatient and couldn’t wait for the coals to get hot, so he pushed his pan directly into the flames, and that’s how magic gets made. Today, he cooks at Ekstedt his eponomous restaurant, in a fire pit, a wood fired oven and a wood stove. And that’s it. And it’s amazing. The Setting is New Nordic, as is the food, and if you can snag a seat facing the kitchen, you’re golden.

Frantzén
26, Klara Norra kyrkogata, 111 22
+46 8 20 85 80
This is Stockholm's (maybe even Sweden's) most celebrated restaurant, with two Michelin stars and celeb Chef Björn Frantzén in the kitchen. Book in advance, though , because the restaurant only seats 23, and some extra cash to cover the $375 tasting menu. It's well worth any trouble, though, because the space and the food are spectacular.

Matbaren
The Grand Hotel
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 6, 111 48
+46 8 679 35 84

Michelin-Starred Chef Mathias Dahlgren makes damn good food at all three of his restarants, but Matbaren is my fave. It’s laid back, locally focused and gorgeous. And the location inside The Grand Hotel can’t be beat.

Nytorget 6
Nytorget 6, 116 40
+46 8 640 96 55

Set on a quiet street in trendy Södermalm, Nytorget 6 is a cozy bistro known for its Swedish meatballs, which should be the first thing you eat when you land, because: Ikea. Seriously, though, it’s cute and feels super authentic and not at all tourist-y. We had our first meal here, and didn’t disappoint.

Oaxen Krug
Beckholmsbron 26, 115 21
+46 8 551 531 05
Oaxen opened 21 years ago by husband and wife team Magnus Ek and Agent Green. They've come a long way since the early days and today

Fotografiska
Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45
+46 8 509 005 00

Located inside the city’s Museum of Photography (which is incredible, btw), this ain’t your average museum café. A well-known (and loved) restaurant in its own right, this is serious farm to table dining, with a focus on vegetables. Open for brunch (on the weekends) and dinner. 

Sturehof
Stureplan 2, 114 35
+46 8 440 57 30

Fish is the focus at this bistro located on the South side of Stureplan. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it’s always busy and with good reason. Its vibe is Grand Central Oyster bar (minus the tourists) meets any of Paris’ best bistros and it’s the perfect spot for a bottle of wine, a plate of oysters or sautéed sole and some really good people watching.

Svartgrens
Tulegatan 24, 113 53
+46 8 612 65 50

Everything here is made from scratch: They dry age their beef, smoke their own bacon, and base their stocks with bones from the same farms they get their meat (which is all locally sourced and butchered, btw). The menu changes daily but get a steak because it’s just that good.

STOCKHOLM | WHAT TO DO

The ABBA Museum
Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21
+46 8 121 328 60

Because, ABBA.
Seriously, though, if you ever listened to their music (or saw Mamma Mia), please go. It’s campy AF and so worth the entertainment.

Artipelag
Artipelagstigen 1Värmdö
+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.

Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm
+ 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.

Fotografiska
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.

Gamla Stan
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.

Humlegården
Karlavägen 32, 114 31
+46 73 685 56 07
This park on Ostermalm is a fave for a lazy afternoon picnic.

Östermalm
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)

Östermalms Saluhall
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.

Skansen
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.

Sodermalm
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.

Vasa Museum
Galärvarvsvägen 14
+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. 

STOCKHOLM | WHAT TO BUY

Acne Studios
Multiple Locations
Your favorite store actually hails from Sweden.

Asplund
Sibyllegatan 31, 114 42
+46 8 662 52 84

Danish furniture and then more Danish furniture. But you’re in Stockholm, so you might just want to move into the showroom.

DesignHouse Stockholm
Hamngatan 18-20, 111 77
+46 08 762 81 19

The name kind of says it all, but this is where you’ll find all if the Swedish modern design you can handle.

Grandpa Södermannagatan
Södermannagatan 21, 116 40
+46 8 643 60 80

Fashion, home décor and vintage furniture in one of the coolest spaces you’ll ever see. And the name is so perectly Swedish, you have to love it.

Jacksons
Sibyllegatan 53
+46 8 665 3350

Vintage furniture in Stockholm is almost a better score than the new stuff, and Jacksons is the place to find it.

Snickarbacken
Snickarbacken 7
+46 8 667 10 22

Located just on the border of Ostermalm, you’ll find everything from locally made jams to houseplants and art in this converted 19th century stable. There’s also a cute café serving breakfast and lunch.

Svenskt  Tenn
Strandvägen 5, 114 51
+46 8 670 16 00

This is one of Stockholm’s original design stores, showcasing some of the most beasutiful fabrics and pieces. They also have a beautiful tea salon if shopping if you need a break from shopping.