A few years ago I visited Malmö for work. It was my first time in Sweden however, you probably know it’s often difficult to have some spare time to explore a city when going on a business trip. Then finally in 2016 I made my first trip to Stockholm for leisure. I was quite excited and didn’t really know what to expect. I only had a slight idea of what Sweden looks like through travel programs. Or films like Millennium and my previous supersonic visit to Malmö. Yet Stockholm still remained a mystery to me.
Biking in Stockholm
Let me introduce you to Stockholm by taking you around the city by bike! Using the excellent system ‘Stockholm City Bikes’ was a cheap and easy way to explore this stunning Scandinavian highlight. Enjoy our travel video and don’t forget to scroll down to my personal tips for your perfect Stockholm citytrip.
Stockholm City Bikes rental system
Do you like cycling when going on a citytrip? Stockholm is the perfect place for you to get around by bike! I was surprised to notice that there are many bike paths and bike lanes scattered all over town. It’s also fun to use your wheels to quickly travel between the islands. And why not exploring Djurgården, an area of outstanding natural beauty. I can recommend you use the Stockholm City Bike which is commonly used by both locals and tourists.
With the Stockholm City Bikes you have two choices: you can either buy a Season Card or a 3 day Card. We chose the latter option.
Where: buy a card at a 7-eleven shop or at Pressbyrån stores near the bike stations.
What: there are more than 100 bike stands throughout the city. Check out the map >
How: check your bike into one of the bike stations every three hours. In this way you can continue to ride all day.
The cool thing about this system is that you can easily trade-in your wheels for a walk at any point. When you finish doing your walk, pick up a new bike at another designated bike stand. Easy!
WHERE TO SLEEP
Gamla Stan, the Old Town, located in the heart of Stockholm is one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. Although it’s a nice and central location to stay, it might be overwhelming with the large scale of tourists, shops and (tourist trap) restaurants. We preferred to get a better value for money. We chose to stay close to Södermalm. The vibe in the streets of Södermalm is relaxed, creative and trendy, especially in the Sofo area. Furthermore, we loved the great amount of trendy restaurants and nice boutique shops.
Motel L: stylish design and value for money
We checked into Motel L to avoid the busy city centre. The hotel is located in the south-eastern Hammarby Sjöstad neighbourhood. There’s a bike stand in front of the hotel which made it easy for us to cycle downtown. We loved the interior design of the hotel. The large hotel lobby is stunning, with cool design lamps and colorful decoration. The rooms have bright pink and blue carpets, trendy wallpaper by Swedish illustrator Lisa Bengtsson, and orange ceilings in the bathrooms. Another big plus is the extensive typical Swedish breakfast they serve (not included in price yet very cheap!). Also, the building is energy efficient.
Rooms from €77 per night
WHERE TO EAT
Orange Spots tips for Södermalm
It wasn’t really necessary to go to the old town to enjoy a typical Swedish dish at night. We preferred stay around Södermalm where delicious food and trendy restaurants were awaiting us.
Great meals for a modest price @ Grannen
Located at Skånegatan 51, Grannen is a real must do if you want to try the local Swedish cuisine. In summer time you can take a seat at the terrace and enjoy some good drinks and fabulous food like steak or salmon accompanied with freshly prepared vegetables. The interior of Grannen is cozy yet trendy and the bar is a real eye-catcher.
One of my favorite hangouts in the city. This multifunctional food palace is not only a high-end grocery store selling Swedish delicacies (to bring home), it’s a restaurant too.
We enjoyed the great atmosphere on the terrace (be there on time). Inside the restaurant you can choose either to sit at the bar or at a table. Order a glass of one of their finest wines and try a platter of fruits de mer! Schol!
Insider tip for the summer: buy some delicious drinks at the Urban Deli supermarket, some handmade crisps and enjoy a pleasant picknick at the adjacent park.
Address: Nytorget 4
A a true craft beer fan I couldn’t resist looking for a place where I could taste some local Swedish brands. Akkurat restaurant and beer heaven is the place to be when it comes to beer. They have an extensive menu on (local) beers which will make a beer fanatic quite happy. Besides, the food is very delicious! If you choose to have lunch at Akkurat, ask for their affordable lunch menu’s which mostly include a beer.
Addres: Hornsgatan 18
WHERE TO SHOP
Cool stuff at Grandpa
A store to fall in love with, that’s Grandpa. A rather unusual name that would state the opposite of cool. Grandpa however is a specialty store selling everything from fashion till accessories, gadgets, interior design, jewelry, vintage attributes and shoes. The service at the store is excellent and you will love the eye for details in everything.
Grandpa is located at a very lovely street and area in Sodermalm. Stroll the the side streets and have a drink or bite at the various surrounding restaurants.
Address: Södermannagatan 21
Foodie paradise @ Saluhall in Östermalm
Although being renovated at the time we visited the famous food hall Saluhall in Stockholm, I could see why this is heaven for tourists and locals. We were happy to find a temporary venue for the food market where we could see and taste the various Swedish delicacies we’ve read about.
Make sure to taste some fresh salmon and even moose meat!
There are special lunch menus which are fairly priced. Take it on your bike and cycle to the waterside to enjoy good view with a view.
Address: Östermalmstorg 114
Luxury shopping at Sturegallerian
Not far from the Saluhall you’ll find an exclusive galleria in the middle of Stureplan square. The building houses several fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafés and the historic Sturebad spa, which opened in 1885.
The beautiful late 19th-