24 hours in Stockholm: experience the city in one day
Updated 26 Jun 2020
Sweden's capital city isn't just growing size-wise - Stockholm also offers an ever-increasing choice of new restaurants, cafés and other great places to visit. All parts of town have their own particular charm and the central area is small enough to allow you to walk between destinations. Grab the chance to hop on a ferry, if you can, and experience Stockholm from the water. The choice of things to do is huge so if you've got a limited amount of time it can be hard to know where to start, and what not to miss. We've tailormade a special guide for anyone who just has a day, or 24 hours, to spend in Stockholm.
Hotel WithSveavägen 44, Norrmalm/City
Compact living in the heart of the city
Check in to Hotel With in the heart of the city, where the watchwords are smart, comfortable accommodation in a prime location close to all Stockholm's highlights. Their Sveavägen location means you're close to shopping, bars and restaurants in several parts of the city.
Clarion Hotel StockholmRingvägen 98, Skanstull/Södermalm
Spa hotel in Södermalm
This Clarion hotel by Skanstull includes the Eatery Social restaurant and Elements spa, which som looks out over the waters of Årstaviken. The hotel has small and large rooms and specialises in conferences and events. A handy starting point for Södermalm's shops and restaurants.
BliqueGävlegatan 18, Vasastan
Urban boutique hotel
Nobis Hotel's sister hotel Blique by Nobis is in Vasastan. This urban boutique hotel doesn't just offer accommodation, but also several restaurants, bars and a large roof terrace with views over the city. Interiors are modern and pared-back with industrial elements.
Grand CentralKungsgatan 70, Norrmalm/City
Glamorous and central
It doesn't get much more central than at Grand Central by Scandic, a stone's throw from Stockholm Central Station. This four-star hotel has an elegant atmosphere oozing glamorous Twenties vibes, with a modern touch. Rooms are comfortably decorated and there are several bars and restaurants, as well as an outdoor dining area.
Miss Clara HotelSveavägen 48, Norrmalm/City
Stylish in historic premises
This boutique hotel is centrally located in the middle of Sveavägen in a historic building that used to be a girls' school. Stay in architect-designed rooms within walking distance of all the city's main restaurant and cultural areas.
KaferangSkånegatan 81, Södermalm
Convivial café in Södermalm
This delightful café next to Nytorget is always packed with locals, both in winter and in summer when they sit outside on Skånegatan. Food is served all day, with a lunch menu that includes favourites such as chevre salad, falafel, soup and their popular American pancakes.
As well as his meat restaurant AG, celebrity chef Johan Jureskog runs two hamburger restaurants with a sustainable ethos. They offer a wide selection of both burgers and accompaniments and the bar serves both champagne and beer. The restaurants are in Vasastan and the city centre.
Taverna BrilloSturegatan 6, Östermalm
Central meeting place
On the corner of Humlegårdsgatan/Sturegatan you'll find one of Stockholm's best known restaurants. Locals drop by to pick up breakfast, eat lunch, enjoy a post-work drink, buy gelato or enjoy a blow-out Italian meal. Choose between the café, dining room or al fresco dining area.
Culinary inspiration at Eatnam comes from the food the owner's grandmother used to make in southern Saigon. Fresh herbs and noodles make a regular appearance on the menu and favourite dishes include Vietnamese beef stew, noodle soup and fried spring rolls.
BromsKarlavägen 76, Östermalm
Sociable lunch hangout
Broms is a foodie concept that incorporates a restaurant, deli and bakery under the same roof. They serve rustic lunch dishes with international influences in sociable, buzzy surroundings. Eat in or take away.
FotografiskaStora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
Fotografiska in Stockholm is a great choice when you want to treat yourself to a spot of culture. It's the place to come to see the latest photographic exhibitions, enjoy sustainable food and enjoy spectacular views over Stockholm. Spend a whole day here, or a few hours. Round off your visit with something good to eat or drink in the café.
ArtipelagArtipelagstigen 1, The Archipelago/Värmdö
Art in the archipelago
Whatever the weather, Artipelag is a fantastic place to experience nature, culture and good food out in the archipelago. There are activities and exhibitions for all ages, or simply take a walk in the beautiful surroundings. The restaurant serves a gastro buffet to a backdrop of stunning sea views.
Gröna LundLilla Allmänna Gränd 9, Djurgården
Amusement park for all
Whether you enjoy riding rollercoasters, drifting along in the tunnel of love or having a flutter on the lotteries and games, Stockholm's amusement park, Gröna Lund, won't disappoint. Walk out to Djurgården, or take the ferry across from Slussen or Nybrokajen.
The NestBrunkebergstorg 9, Norrmalm/City
Take the elevator up to the roof terrace of Downtown Camper and check into The Nest, the hotel's spa. There's a gym here with various exercise classes, a lounge with a kitchen and bar, a spa area and, most importantly, an outdoor pool which is open all year round. Enjoy the views and a relaxing moment high above the big city hustle and bustle.
AsplundSibyllegatan 31, Östermalm
Inspiration and investment
If you're interested in contemporary Scandinavian design, Asplund is the place to come. The stylish store i is packed with furniture, decorative details and textiles and if your budget or baggage allowance doesn't allow for a purchase, you can always get ideas and inspiration.
KommendörenKommendörsgatan 7, Östermalm
No-frills neighbourhood restaurant
You'll find this popular neighbourhood restaurant in a lively part of Östermalm. Kommendören has a spacious bar for anyone (including four-legged friends) who wants to start, or round off, their meal with cocktails and a buzzy, relaxed dining room. The menu consists of international dishes in varying sizes. A great all-rounder, in other words.
ArtillerietArtillerigatan 13, Östermalm
Stockholm's hidden gem
This secret gem of a restaurant is right next door to the Armémuseum in Östermalm. There's a large dining room and terrace looking out over the spacious inner courtyard. Enjoy international cuisine in peaceful yet relaxed surroundings with stylish, modern interiors.
SpecerietArtillerigatan 14, Östermalm
Unpretentious fine dining
Treat yourself to a luxurious meal at Michelin-starred restaurant Gastrologik's little sister restaurant. Great prices and ambitious food in unpretentious surroundings. The cooking is innovative, with a rustic feel - and, best of all, they don't take reservations.
BarbroHornstulls strand 13, Hornstull/Södermalm
This extremely popular neighbourhood restaurant is often fully booked thanks to its great atmosphere and Asian-inspired menu. If you're lucky, you'll bag a free bar table without booking in advance. During the summer months, guests flock to the outdoor area and you can book the downstairs room for larger groups.
Hitting the town
BrasserietStrömgatan 14, Norrmalm/City
A night at the Opera
Round off (or start?) your evening in elegant surroundings. Brasseriet shares a building with The Royal Opera, which also houses Operakällaren Bakfickan, Café Opera and Operakällaren. The walls are gilded, chairs and banquettes are covered in velvet and the cocktails are as sophisticated as the decor.
TjogetHornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull/Södermalm
Tjoget, in the heart of buzzy Hornstull, has been featured on the list of the world's best cocktail bars. Take a seat alongside the bar counter and try out one, or several, of their famous innovative cocktails. There's also a wine bar and a beer bar under the same roof, and if you get hungry you can order a selection of creative small dishes.
Coquetel SocialBirger Jarlsgatan 20, City/Östermalm
Cocktails and culture
You'll find Coquetal just off Stureplan, run by the same guys as Calle P. Entering this bar is like diving into an exotic world of glamorous guests, Hawaiian shirts and classic cocktails. The atmosphere is buzzy but laid-back and if your stomach starts to rumble, you can order a range of snacks.
Cultur Bar & RestaurangÖsterlånggatan 34, Old Town
Buzzy wine bar
You'll find this arty wine bar among the cobbled alleyways of the Old Town. Drop by for a drink among tourists and regulars in fun, lively surroundings. Wine takes centre stage but if you're in the mood for something else they also serve cocktails and beer. Sit in the window, watch the world go by and enjoy the atmosphere.
HimlenGötgatan 78 (Skrapan), Södermalm
Stockholm from above
Sit 104 metres above ground, at the top of a skyscraper, while you enjoy classic cocktails, food and music in the sky bar. The location is unbeatable, with panoramic views over the entire city; a unique bar experience.
Brunch in the city
Rosendals TrädgårdRosendalsterrassen 12, Djurgården
Walk or take the tram out to Djurgården and Rosendals Garden. Wander among the borders and vegetable and flower gardens, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and learn about plants. The garden café serves sandwiches, pastries, salads and soup. When the weather allows you can sit outside under the apple trees.
DiplomatStrandvägen 7 C, Östermalm
Swing by one of Stockholm's best addresses, with views over the waters of Nybroviken. The Hotel Diplomat's restaurant is elegant yet cosy and relaxed. Take in the atmosphere, order a Bloody Mary and pick and choose from the classic brunch menu. During the summer months you can sit and eat outdoors with front row seats on Strandvägen.
Kung Carls BakfickaNorrlandsgatan 28, Norrmalm/City/Östermalm
Popular brunch buffet
You'll find this hotel restaurant just behind Hotel Kung Carl, just a stone's throw from Stureplan. A popular watering hold for tourists, hotel guests and regulars alike. The brunch buffet includes a wide selection of classic dishes, and everything you could possibly want to eat for lunch.
Brasserie BalzacOdengatan 26, Vasastan
Manhattan meets France at this popular brasserie. The atmosphere is friendly and lively, and guests range from families to groups of friends and couples. The menu includes light breakfast dishes along with more substantial lunch dishes. Oysters, steak tartare and Eggs Benedict are among the classic favourites.