As the sun shows its rays over Stockholm, locals start warming up after a long winter. Follow this guide to a perfect sunny day in Stockholm – through local shops, parks, museums and and inner city beaches, you are guaranteed to soak up some sun while seeing the best of the city’s summery days.
The place is said to have the best coffee in town. Mellqvist Kaffebar is also famous for its cardamom scones and breakfasts. You should definitely try their egg sandwich – a real Swedish classics. It's a bit crowded during winter, for it is not too spacious. But in the warmer months, as the summer terrace is open, you can choose to sit where you like.
Papercut paper shop is stocked to the brim with lifestyle magazines, books, and stationery from up-and-coming publishers, as well as well established ones. Go for a classic in English, or try your Swedish with a newly published short story or magazine at this local gem, located just on the border of SoFo. Placed alongside a stretch of design stores and vintage shops, you are sure to catch a glimpse of the locals' styles and habits.
Söderbokhandeln is one of Stockholm’s oldest book stores, established in 1927. The shop is run by a crew of sweet staff members, and has stayed independent to this day. Offering a classic atmosphere and books in several languages, this is the perfect spot for picking up some holiday readings. This shop is located on Götgatan – a street commonly known for its hill shape, you will climb up and down one of Södermalm's most well visited streets.
This is truly one of Stockholm’s most iconic SoFo delis – well visited by locals with an eco friendly mindset. Urban Deli is run by a set of friendly staff members, and offers local produce, organic food, and delicacies from the world, as well as a bar and restaurant just around the corner. Enjoy a freshly squeezed juice from the shop's small hole in the wall-serving window, or buy a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. If you happen to be here in fall, make sure you enjoy one of Sweden's simplest delicacies – home grown apples.
Vitabergsparken (or "Vitan" – as the locals say) is located on a hill by traditional Swedish wooden houses in bright colors, right by the Sofia Church. Come here to see the young crowd of Södermalm take in the best of what Stockholm’s sunny days has to offer. On a quiet day, this will be a still sanctuary in one of Stockholm's most popular areas; and on other days, the park will be filled with locals happy to celebrate the start of a weekend.
Katarinahissen is a viewpoint letting you explore the view over the Slussen area, overlooking all the way to Gamla Stan and the City Central, as well as the iconic fluorescent lights. All free of charge, this viewpoint and elevator has been a main stop since it was built in 1936. While it used to be a private passenger elevator, walking from the top of the hill and skipping the elevator ride is nowadays more common, due to recent renovations. Come here on a foggy day and enjoy the look of dramatic clouds over the water, or see the buildings bathe in the sun, revealing their true, bright colors.
Fotografiska is one of the major museums of photography in Scandinavia. This museum is open all year round, morning until evening. It features some of the world’s most prominent photographers on several stories. Make sure to not miss the fantastic skybar and restaurant, with views over Djurgården, Slussen and Gamla Stan. In the summer, the outdoor patio is a great place for a drink.
Långholmen is a beach that is popular among the inner city inhabitants. If you prefer cliffs or docs, simply follow the path to the right to find the swimming spot that suits you best. The beach has been newly looked over by the city, making it even more pleasant to visit. Bring a bottle of water and some snacks, and enjoy them while looking over the water to the neighboring island.
Calexico’s is located right by the water on Hornstulls Strand, a popular area among locals who crave authentic Mexican food together with a couple of drinks. As the sun sets, have a seat on the outdoor patio. Calexico's serves authentic Mexican food and drinks in a cozy environment. It's well visited by the neighbors in Hornstull, and many make it here from across the city to get a taste of the delicious tacos.
Bar Brooklyn is owned by popular bar chain Debaser, and offers several of Brooklyn Brewery’s beers, alongside a generous selection of other craft beer. The menu offers light snacks and a summer menu. If you’re lucky, there will be a concert or a club during your night, luring an excited Södermalm crowd. Bar Brooklyn's dark colored walls and rough concrete floor gives a cozy yet industrial feel to this place, that might fool you of enjoying a beverage in a Brooklyn dive bar.
Take a cooling evening walk along the Strand area, and up to Bergsunds Strand to see the evening set, and beautiful views over the water. Hornstulls strand and the neighboring walk paths along the water is a place where boats doc for the evening, and runners go for the central location and beautiful view. The path can be enjoyed year round. In summer, stop by the flea market on Sundays. During winter, see the ice and snow try and freeze over the streaming water.
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