The best hotels, dining destinations, and things to do in Stockholm – the A-WAY
In the heart of Stockholm’s Brunkebergstorg Square, sits Hotel At Six. Sleek, sophisticated, and cool, this hotel is somewhere that you want to be seen. Blackened steel and sawn stone features make this 5-star hotel feels like a contemporary art piece itself. Expect a clean, modern design in At Six’s suites with marble desks and crisp, white sheets on the king-sized beds. The showstopper in the suites is the balconies; the city streets spread out below give a glimpse of all there is to get out there and discover.
At Six’s central location makes it a great hub from which to explore Stockholm. The independent shops near the hotel and are worth a morning’s browsing before heading to a café for a well-deserved coffee break. At Six’s neighbour and sister hotel, Hobo, should be on your Stockholm to-do list as well. This boutique boho venture is a convenient central place to meet and grab a drink before a night out in the city.
At Six’s Dining Room
When you’re visiting Stockholm, you have to try the seafood. Thanks to the city’s location, you know what you’re eating is incredibly fresh. At Six’s Dining Room was the perfect place to dig into some standout seafood. On offer there is a host of internationally inspired dishes cooked by executive chef, Andreas Askling, and his talented team.
What to Order
The fresh prawns and lobster are great to start with, but we were really wowed by the baked pike-perch from Hjälmaren. This delicious dish is for two to share and comes with fried cauliflower, pickled tomatoes, almond butter, and boiled potatoes.
French and Swedish influences inspire an eclectic menu of seafood here.
Nytorget Ubran Deli
Expect a great range of charcuterie, along with a delicious seafood platter including lobster, crab, shrimp and oysters.
With origins in Stockholm’s archipelago of the same name, it offers a 6 or 10 course menu of Swedish cuisine.
Be warned – don’t expect to be fed in Stockholm between 2 and 5pm as even though many restaurants are open they won’t be serving food during these hours. You don’t want to end up rushing to McDonald’s in a hangry frenzy at 3pm – it’s not a good look, trust us on that one.
Stockholm’s Old Town
Hidden within this multicultural city is a small glimpse into Stockholm’s past. Narrow cobblestone streets filled with quirky shops and independent restaurants open out into squares with churches that have stood there since the Medieval Era. Old buildings painted in shades of gold fill the area with fairy tale-esque character. If you have time, stop off at Österlånggatan 17. Set beside a fountain, surrounded by trees and old-fashioned street lamps, dining here has a touch of magic about it.
Sightseeing By Boat
Forget jumping on a packed bus like we might do here in Manchester, in Stockholm, you get around by boat. The city is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, so to really see Stockholm, you’ve got to take to the water. For a dose of history, opt for the ‘Historical Canal Tour’: starting at City Hall, passing by Långholmen and Reimersholme, and ending at the second largest island in the city, Kungsholmen, you’ll learn all about how Stockholm has evolved over the years.
ABBA The Museum
One of the world’s favourite Swedish exports is, of course, ABBA: no trip to Stockholm would be complete then without visiting the ABBA Museum. Not only can you see their legendary stage costumes and loads of memorabilia, but you can actually take the stage with ABBA themselves, well, 3D avatars of the famous foursome. Sing your heart out to your favourite ABBA jams and come away with a video of your epic performance.
The city is home to a fascinating piece of nautical history. In 1628, the Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm. After 333 years on the seabed, the Vasa was salvaged. Shipworm and other microorganisms that usually cause ships to decay weren’t present in the water where the Vasa sank, meaning that it’s incredibly well preserved. Even the once colourful carvings of warriors and Roman emperors are still visible for visitors of the Vasa Museum to take in, along with coins, tools, and personal belongings of the crew that were recovered from the site where the Vasa sank.
This stylish galleria is home to a great mix of niche boutiques, like Rodebjer and Posh Living, as well as international brands like Ralph Lauren, along with loads of cool restaurants. Make sure to save time to look at the gorgeous modern art dotted around the building too.
Every Saturday from August to October, the Södermalm district plays host to a farmer’s market. Live like the locals and see traders selling organic, locally produced fruit and vegetables. Homemade honeys and jams make for a scrumptious souvenir from your time in Stockholm.