Destination Guide: Stockholm
Scattered islands, terracotta houses and minimalist
Hop from bridge to bridge over the Baltic Sea to the cobbled old town. Visit medieval churches and find a cosy café for fika(coffee and chat), and local fish dishes.
Seek out traditional brasseries or quaint cafés. Wooden tables fill the 13th-century interior at Gamla Stan's popular Kaffekoppen café. Fashion-conscious locals dine at classic brasseries with smart white tablecloths on Östermalm's bustling square, Stureplan. Try local delicacy strömming(Baltic herring) in Södermalm.
Discover the islands' medieval beauty and contemporary charm. Meander Gamla Stan's medieval alleyways to spot creepy gargoyles atop the Tyska Kyrkan church. Local art fills new galleries in St Eriksplan. Spot Stockholm's pastel-coloured houses from Kaknästornet tower or stroll around leafy Millesgården to see statues by local sculptor Carl Milles.
Choose chic designer fashions and edible delights. In shopping hub Norrmalm, buy Swedish crystal and jewellery at treasured department store NK. Browse antique and second-hand record stores in Vasastaden, or bohemian shops in Södermalm. Östermalm has everything from local designers to pickled herring at the Saluhall market.
Sleek cocktail bars anda vaulted casino. Sip cocktails in Stureplan's design-conscious bars or settle in Södermalm's laid-back krog café-bars for cold beers and live indie music. Dress up for an evening in under the elegant arched roof and vast chandeliers of the Cosmopol- Stockholm's only casino.