Guide to lovely walks in Stockholm
Updated 4 Sep 2019
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Carefree days when you're free to wander around town exploring new places may just be the best kind of days. When you don't have a schedule to stick or, or somewhere you have to be. You take life as it comes and a breakfast can lead to a stroll, which can lead to lunch, a spot of spontaneous shopping and a cocktail in the city. If you're new to Stockholm or just looking for a new area to explore, we've put together some great city walks that include food, drinks, shopping and other experiences if you feel like stopping off along the way.
Gröna Gången 1, City
Enjoy watching the ferries and boats come and go in Stockholm harbour as you wander around the island of Skeppsholmen. Stop at the hotel for breakfast, brunch or lunch in the restaurant or on the outdoor dining area if weather permits. Extend your outing in one of their sun loungers before setting off for a stroll around nearby Kastellholmen.
Perfect strolling distance
A perfect walk for anyone who wants to enjoy stunning views over Stockholm. From here you can look out over the Old Town and Södermalm, as well as Djurgården and Östermalm. The fortress is only open to pre-booked parties, but that doesn't mean you can't take a look at the beautiful building.
Exercisplan 4, City
Art at its heart
One of Stockholm's most popular cultural destinations for locals and tourists alike. Moderna Museet is beautifully situated on the highest point of Skeppsholmen, with spectacular views from the restaurant. If you want something simple to eat, have a coffee and cake or an ice cream in the garden, and don't miss the museum shop before you leave.
Round off the day on one of the city's best outdoor dining spots. The sun shines here for most of the day, so in good weather it's often busy with a fun, buzzy atmosphere. Things get extra lively when musical artists and live bands take to the small stage.
Berzeeli Park to Gärdet
Berzelii park 10, Norrmalm/City
Modern and cosy
Kick off the day with brunch or lunch at Calle P. There's an inviting outdoor eating area with comfy sofas, but if the weather turns there's also space for plenty indoors. The menu consists of international medium-sized dishes and the bar can mix you up a fab cocktail, if you're in the mood.
Strandvägen 5, City/Östermalm
Classic design store
Stroll past Nybroplan and stop off at Svenskt Tenn. The store was founded in 1924 and sells classic furniture, textiles, lamps, china, and interiors details - the store is best known for Josef Frank's famous textile designs. Tourists and Stockholmers alike make the pilgrimage here to buy interiors and gifts.
This hotel occupies one of the best spots in the city, with stunning views and conveniently located close to everything. The restaurantäs outdoor dining area is a wonderful sun-trap looking out over the entrance to Stockholm harbour. The menu includes lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Have a beer, a cup of coffee or share a bottle of wine as you take in the chic surroundings.
Etnografiska museet, Sjöhistoriska & Tekniska museet
Round off your day with some culture and knowledge. Etnografiska (The Museum of Ethnography), Tekniska (The Museum of Technology) and Sjöhistoriska (The Maritime Museum) are all located on Gärdet, half way to Djurgårdsbrunn. Choose the one that best suits your interests, or tick all three off your list - you're sure to learn something new.
Rosendalsvägen 8, Djurgården
Homecooking and classic Swedish cuisine. For many Stockholmers it's a bit like coming home when you visit Ulla Winbladh. Their large outdoor dining area always has plenty of space, as does their indoor dining room. Fuel up for your walk with a traditional Scandinavian meal - meatballs and herring are always on the menu.
Beckholmsvägen 14, Djurgården
Waterfront archipelago café
Walk along the boardwalks past Vasamuseet, Nordiska museet and Spritmuseum. Once you've passed Gröna Lund and the fishing boats you'll find yourself at this charming little archipelago-inspired café. Fill up with a fika here and extend your walk with a stroll around nearby Beckholmen island before you continue exploring Djurgården.
Sjötullsbacken 8, Djurgården
Ernest Thiel's art collection
Keep walking past Waldemarsudde and take in the beautiful natural surroundings. If you walk along the waterfront you'll be rewarded with a particularly lovely walk leading out towards Blockhusudden and the majestic Thielska Galleriet. The collection includes art from Nordic artists including Carl Larsson, Edvard Munch and Bruno Liljefors, as well as works by Gaugin and Rodin.
Rosendalsterrassen 12, Djurgården
A must when visiting Djurgården. The gardens house glorious flowers, plants and vegetables and the café serves organic, locally-produced food. Sweet-toothed visitors will find a buffet table groaning with cakes and pastries and they also serve wine and beer. Stop by the store for some homegrown vegetables or freshly baked bread before you leave.
Skanstull to Hornstull
Haga Tårtcompani & Bageri
Torsgatan 75, Vasastan
Kickstart your outing with breakfast at Haga Tårtcompani och Bageri, right next to Skanstullsbron. This charming little café serves freshly baked bread with various fillings, coffees and juices. If you're in need of a sugar hit there's a wide range of pastries, cakes and cookies - perfect for taking along with you on your wanderings.
Hammarby Slussväg 20, Skanstull/Södermalm
Swimming for everyone
One of the city's largest swimming baths. There are workout areas here as well as an adventure pool with slides and a wave pool. During the summer months they open the outdoor pools and if you don't want to swim you can hang out on the grass and sunbathe. There's an outdoor gym alongside if you fancy squeezing in a quick workout.
Close to nature
Walk along the Årstaviken waterfront and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. On one side is Lake Mälaren, jetties and boats and on the other, leafy parkland and allotments. There's a sandy beach at Tantolunden if you fancy a dip in the lake, or you could just find a nice grassy spot for an afternoon nap. .
Hornstulls Strand 3, Hornstull/Södermalm
Food, drink and a movie. Bio Rio is a historic cinema which has retained its retro interiors. The restaurant serves food at both lunch and dinner, and the bar offers a classic selection of drinks which can be enjoyed both indoors and out. The movie theatre itself shows a carefully curated programme of classic and new films, for both adults and children.
Frescativägen 40, Norra Djurgården
Animals and nature
Take the kids along, or rediscover the child inside you, at the Natural History Museum. Learn lots of new thingsand go to the fantastic IMAX cinematic experience Cosmonova. Buy something from the cafeteria, or take your own packed lunch with you and enjoy a picnic in the gardens.
Stockholms universitet , Norra Djurgården
18th century gardens
Right next to Brunnsviken (where you can also have a swim) you'll find this beautiful botanical gardens - a museum for living plants. Its history goes back to the 18th century and it provides a place of both learning and relaxation.
Homecooking in homely surroundings
You'll find this charming inn surrounded by beautiful nature and with views over the waters of Brunnsviken. Take a pew in the garden or in the dining room and enjoy a delicious meal. The menu includes a classic selection of Swedish favourites - traditional homecooking at its best.
Haga Trädgård, Solna
Thousands of butterflies
Continue your walk towards Haga Park and Fjärilshuset (Butterfly House). On the way there you'll pass by Haga Palace, the home of the Crown Princess and her family, and if you're lucky you might spot the odd royal passing by. The butterfly house is an 800 square metre large tropical greenhouse containing several thousand butterflies. If you can't get enough of animals and nature, the Haga Ocean aquarium is right next door.