On our travels from Denmark to Iceland, we had a short stopover in Sweden, which, despite uncooperative weather (blustery rains from start to stop), we really enjoyed.
We began by visiting the Vasa Museum, which houses the eponymous Viking warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Located on the island of Djurgarden (Stockholm is comprised of 14 islands), we then took the ferry to Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old city, and one of the world’s best-preserved medieval towns. Gamla Stan also is home to many of Stockholms best cafes and restaurants – and more importantly, the majority of the handful of restaurants open on a Sunday evening.
From Gamla Stan, we took the T-Bana metro back to Normalm, where we were staying, stopping at Icebar at the Icehotel/Nordic Sea Hotel along the way. Despite the kitsch, the atmosphere was fun and the drinks were cold (vodka + lingonberry juice, anyone?). With the summer sun, it was still light out when we left, creating the illusion our one Stockholm day was not as brief as it really was.
Where to eat: We loved Kryp In in Gamla Stan. Housed in a cozy space in Gamlsa Stan, this top rated restaurant serves beautifully presented traditional Swedish food, such as baked smoked salmon, dill potatoes, and bleek roe.
Where to stay: I’d aim for the neighborhoods of Normalm or Gamla Stan to be centrally located near the city’s top sites.