This is the second post about my recent trip to Stockholm. If you are looking for a pretty quick guide, then this is the place for you! I’m going to go over what I did, where I ate, and some of my tips and tricks along the way!
Where to stay in Stockholm
I mentioned this in my first post, but I figured it was worth a mention again. The Hotel Diplomat is not only a previous royal residence, but it is centrally located as well. When we would look things up on a map, everything was about a mile away. While a mile may seem like something you have no interest in walking, Stockholm is so beautiful that you probably should.
Not only is the accommodations amazing, but the restaurant and bar are really great as well. Another amazing thing is that everyone speaks English, which came in really handy for me. You also should check out the afternoon tea if you get a chance. If you arrive there on a Friday, be sure to have drinks during happy hour with a live DJ!
An unofficial restaurant guide…
So…I love food. When I was looking at places to eat, I thought I had made some decently good choices. As much as I want to give you an honest review about some of the restaurants, I really don’t like speaking poorly. However, I will advise you where you should, and where you shouldn’t go. Mainly because two of the places were pretty expensive, and I would have rather gone to McDonalds. Not kidding! If you are looking for a quick bite, seriously check out Texas Longhorn. I know, it sounds super Swedish right? I’ve had a lot of burgers in my life, and this was one of the best. It is located in Östermalm’s Market Hall. There are a ton of food options in here, so if you are feeling more adventurous, go for it!
Next is Oaxen Slip which is a more causal version of Oaxen Krog. The location is really beautiful. It is right on the edge of Djurgården. It is a small restaurant with a really amazing vibe. Oaxen Slip actually reminds me of a place here that I love. I highly recommend getting reservations. It was completely packed out when we arrived, and it was a Tuesday.
Strandvägen 1 was not on the list! It was on our walk back from shopping, and it seemed like a really cute place to have lunch. Not only was the decor completely me, but it was actually amazing. We had. great view of the street so we could see everything, and it got us out of the cold for a minute as well. This place is seriously packed out at night too, so it must be a favorite.
The not so beautiful side of my dinner choices…
*Just to be clear: Everyone can have a bad day, and I worked in the food service industry when I was younger. While these restaurant may not have worked out for me, I suggest reading reviews, and checking out menus before you choose any restaurant. Traveling or not!*
We also went to B.A.R. which was conveniently located across the bay from us. This is primarily a seafood restaurant, and I’m not going to recommend it honestly. While it had an amazing interior, the service was not amazing. They do speak English, and they have a cool raw bar where you can pick out your select protein. After reminding our waitress twice about drinks (which we never received), and sitting there for forty-five minutes only to eat cold seafood, we paid and went back to the hotel to have dinner.
*Hey, another disclaimer here! If there are specific ways food is prepared in other countries, I’m not knocking any of those. I’ve never had that issue in any country that I have been in. I also could have just made some poor food choices!*
This is the last disappointing restaurant, I promise. This was probably the one I was most excited about. I love cool decor, and especially if there is food involved. The decor did not let me down one bit. The Grill offers room with varying decor, and the bar was pretty nice looking too. Before you get excited though…I took three bites of my food, and I was done. It honestly could be a cooking process that I am not familiar with (which is highly unlikely), or there could have been a food issue. Needless to say, I was not eating any more off of my plate for fear of getting ill. Stockholm and I have varying opinions on food.
Abba Museum & Mamma Mia: The Party
Alright fam, back to the fun stuff! The most important experience I needed was to go to the Abba Museum. I’m a super Abba fan, and have been since I was extremely young. Once I found out that I was going to Sweden, I booked tickets to the museum, as well as the dinner party one evening. If you love the band, or just love interesting history, I highly suggest this. It is located right beside of the amusement park Gröna Lund that is located in Stockholm, but that was not currently in operation. You can also get joint tickets to both attractions which is what we did!
So, I saw Mamma Mia: The Party on Better Late Than Never. Side note, if you have not watched that show, go get on Hulu right now! It is a dinner show that features Abba songs with the same theme as Mamma Mia the musical. I will warn you, the only English is the Abba songs. I have no idea what was happening other than that. It was a fun experience, and it turns into a dance party afterward!
Vasa Museum & Gamla Stan
I’m not usually a museum kinda gal. I typically save museums for when I travel with my family because they are really into them. The Vasa Museum was one that I absolutely had to see. In case you are unfamiliar, it is a ship from around 1628 that sank almost immediately after going on her maiden voyage. She was not built properly, and one gust of wind sent her down to the bottom of Stockholm harbor for 300 years. They pulled the ship out of the water 300 years later, and plopped it on land.This ship is so large it is almost unreal. It seems like something made for a film, or some elaborate prop by Disney. Since this lives in a temperature controlled room to prevent decay, go see this while you can!
Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. It is what Stockholm was before it is the city that you see today. It dates back to the 13th century, and is one of the coolest areas I have walked around in. You can visit the Royal Palace, Nobel Museum, and even see one of the oldest restaurants in the world. The surrounds have not changed since it opened its’ doors! I will say that despite the amazing architecture, it is full of tourists. There were cruise ships in and out every day that we were there, and I have a feeling all of those people are touring the old town. If you are looking for some typical tourist gear, this is the place to go.
Stockholm is pretty great
The shopping is said to be amazing in Stockholm, but having no room in my suitcase to bring anything home, I did not do too much of it. There is the first Icebar in the world which was a lot cooler than I imagined. Before you say anything I did not even mean that as a pun. At first we were not cold at all, but overtime it got pretty chilly, and they even limit your time in there. When you go in warmer temperatures, take time to enjoy nature. There are tons of beautiful parks to hangout in, as well as someone outdoor museums!
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