48 hours in Stockholm: A Scandinavian tapestry of history, culture, and culinary delights

ByAndrea Thompson

May 28, 2024

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a city that effortlessly weaves together  history and  modernity. Nestled across 14 picturesque islands, it invites travellers to explore its cobblestone streets, savour culinary delights, and immerse themselves in a rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re here for a winter wonderland or a sun-kissed summer, Stockholm promises an unforgettable 48 hours.

Day 1: Unveiling the Past

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

Begin your journey in Gamla Stan, where narrow cobbled streets lead to the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, and captivating museums. The 13th-century architecture whispers tales of kings and queens, while hidden corners reveal quirky treasures like the 5.9-inch Iron Boy statue.

Fotografiska Museum

Located in a former royal customs house, Fotografiska is a haven for contemporary photography. Explore its changing exhibitions featuring world-famous and emerging artists. The museum’s waterfront views and award-winning restaurant make it an ideal evening destination.

Akkurat: Beer and Whisky Haven

After a day of sightseeing, unwind at Akkurat—a wood-panelled gastropub near Slussen. With an extensive beer menu (including craft brews) and a selection of whiskies from Scotland, it’s the perfect spot to toast to Stockholm’s spirit.

Day 2: Modernity and Green Spaces

Strandvägen and Djurgården Island

Stroll along Strandvägen, a 19th-century esplanade lined with elegant mansions. Cross the bridge to Djurgården Island, once a royal hunting park. Here, lush greenery and waterfront views create a serene escape.

Fika: Coffee Break, Swedish Style

Embrace the Swedish tradition of fika—a leisurely coffee break with friends or family. Slow down, savour sweet treats, and enjoy quality time. Originally, it meant having 7 different types of cakes or buns—a sign of a good housewife.

Gastronomic Delights

Stockholm’s culinary scene is a fusion of tradition and innovation. Seek out local restaurants serving Nordic cuisine—think fresh seafood, reindeer, and lingonberries. Don’t miss the chance to try gravlax (cured salmon) or Swedish meatballs.

ABBA Museum and Cultural Landmarks

For music enthusiasts, the ABBA Museum is a must-visit. Dive into the iconic band’s history, costumes, and interactive exhibits. Explore other cultural landmarks like the Vasa Museum (housing a 17th-century warship) and the Royal Opera House.

Stockholm’s Allure

As you bid farewell to Stockholm, you’ll carry memories from the beauty to culinary delights, and the harmonious blend of history and modernity. Whether winter or summer, this Scandinavian gem leaves an indelible mark on every traveller’s heart.