Stockholm, oh beautiful Stockholm, so noir yet so colourful – I’m trying to sound like Rixk Stein, in case you were wondering. The Swedish capital might not be the cheapest to visit, but trust me it’s worth your money if you’re looking for a perfect city getaway. We visited in December, when the Christmas lights were up and the white powder was on the ground. Here are some tips on how to spend your lovely weekend in Stockholm.

Weekend in Stockholm
Gamla Stan | © Crabs Move Sideways

Where to stay?

Of course there is Gamla Stan (Old Town), probably the most picturesque area of Stockholm, but with that comes the prices. We opted to stay in Södermalm, located south of the Old Town, district popular among young locals and many weekend travellers. The area is full of cool cafes and bars. It’s a great place to watch the modern life of the capital. For young couples we recommend Hellstens Malmgård hotel, great location and cosy rooms, set in a centuries-old building that oozes style.

Weekend in Stockholm
Stockholm | © Crabs Move Sideways

Getting around

It’s easy to travel around the city on the metro system, buses or ferries. Single-journey tickets are quite pricey on thier own so you might want to consider buying 3-day pass. The ticket works for all sorts of public transport.

Weekend in Stockholm
Vasa Museum | © Crabs Move Sideways

Things to do during a weekend in Stockholm

Even if you do not stay in Gamla Stan, the beautiful Old Town cannot be missed. To learn some history and save some cash, try the free walking tour. If going in the winter, make sure to wear warm and comfy shoes (walking around in trainers was quite a challange).

The famous Vasa Museum is a must see. A The massive warship that sunk in 1628 is one of the top attractions in Stockholm.

Östermalms Saluhall is an amazing historical food market, with antique stalls selling gourmet goods and foods. There are also some lovely cafes with great spots for people watching. Although the main hall is under renovation (until 2019) it’s still a great place to visit.

There are lots of nice parks in the city which are a great idea for an afternoon stroll or a midday picnic.


Meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce are the signature dish of Sweden. To try some of the best ones we recommend Meatballs For The People. If you’re veggie they have some great chickpea treats. There are also some amazing craft beers to wash it down with.

And, of course, to enjoy Stockholm in full, you can’t forget about Fika. There are plenty of amazing cafes around the city to enjoy your break for coffee and cake.