2 Days in Stockholm

As with any new city, I was very excited to visit Stockholm, but I must say, Sweden’s capital surpassed my expectations! Stockholm is rich in history, food, culture, and lots of great shops! Here’s how we spent 2 days in the city.

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Day 1 // 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This day technically started in Copenhagen, where we hopped on a 5-hour train direct to Stockholm! By the time we actually pulled into the Stockholm train station, the sun was already starting to go down (which happens around 2 p.m. in winter) so we hustled over to our hotel to check in and drop our things.


Arriving at Stockholm’s Central train station, we were literally steps away from our hotel, which made it incredibly easy from a (non) transportation perspective!

Day 1 // 2:45 – 7 p.m.

The first thing we wanted to check out after dropping our bags was Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town! In the midst of wandering, we ducked into a cafe for a pastry + cappuccino and to plan out the rest of our evening since the weather was starting to take a turn (rain, rain, go away).

In Gamla Stan, we located the Nobel Peace Prize Museum (unfortunately it had just closed for the day), a cute Christmas market, and lots of fantastic little shops to duck into!

For dinner, we found a quaint restaurant that seemed like a popular locals spot, and were excited to finally try a dish with Swedish meatballs that wasn’t at IKEA! This was the real deal and oh so good!

Day 1 // 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Despite the on/off rain, we opted to stick with our original plan of joining a Ghost Walk in Gamla Stan after dinner. The spooky stories are always fun to hear, but the tour also featured a lot of history and fun tidbits about the Old Town area, so it was definitely worth it to us! Plus, our tour guide was a hoot and a half, dressed in old timey clothes and carrying a lantern around. Gamla Stan is one of the oldest preserved “Old Town” areas in all of Europe (fortunately it remained out of harms way during the wars), so you better believe there was a lot of ground to cover!

Day 2 // 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

After fueling up at our hotel’s delicious breakfast buffet, we were off to Gamla Stan (again) for our free city walking tour. Since there is a separate walking tour for the Old Town area, we didn’t spend long here and quickly started making our way over to Parliament, The Royal Palace, Opera House and many other major city sights.


One of the coolest sights? A statue of Margaretha Krook, one of Sweden’s most beloved actresses of the 20th century. It’s said that Krook didn’t want a statue made, since statues are usually cold and unapproachable. So to honor her, the statue was designed to be heated year-round! Visiting in winter, we definitely appreciated that! Everyone was clamoring to stand next to the statue!


My favorite part was learning about the origins of “Stockholm Syndrome” and seeing the location where it all took place! In case you’re not familiar with the story, bank robbers took some hostages and the hostages ended up bonding with their captors while holed up and defended them once they got out! Even crazier, the hostages ended up marrying their captors! Wild!

Day 2 // 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Next up for us was some lunch! We popped into a cafe that had a medieval-era cellar (but obviously spruced up) for a couple sandwiches + dessert and enjoyed being the only ones in the downstairs area with the cozy Christmas decorations!


Then we hailed an Uber (I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have this service in Europe and work just like it does in the US) over to the museum side of town, where our first stop was the Vasa Museum. This had been on the top of my list of things to see in Stockholm and there are no words to describe seeing the Vasa ship in person. The ship set sail in Stockholm in 1628 and sank before it even left the harbor. 300+ years later, the ship was located and was still in tact. AFTER 300 YEARS! Of course some restoration needed to be done, but it’s completely mind-blowing that something so big and so old could still be around in the shape it is!

Day 2 // 5:15 – 7 p.m.

We were so relieved that the last museum + big attraction on our list was open a little later, because it was definitely something we had to see before leaving. The ABBA Museum! Hands down one of the biggest and most influential groups in pop music, ABBA originated in Sweden and is clearly a group the country still holds near and dear to their hearts. And I must say, I really liked ABBA pre-visit, but post-visit I’ve downloaded even more songs and have a new appreciation for the group! The museum had several interactive exhibits too – we had a BLAST singing and dancing our way through it!

Day 2 // 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.

We hadn’t thought ahead to dinner but by the time we got out of the ABBA museum we were starving, so we pulled up our trusty TripAdvisor app to see what had good reviews nearby and settled on Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. Ironically, my Timehop pointed out that exactly 2 years prior, we had visited Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant. How crazy! To me, you can never go wrong with a pasta dish!


After dinner we thought we needed to do some serious walking, and followed Stockholm’s Path of Light, where we could see beautiful Christmas light displays as we made our way back toward the hotel. So, so beautiful!


And we couldn’t end our time in Stockholm with one last stop for dessert, so we popped into a popular Scandinavian coffee house chain for some blueberry pie!

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  • Candy Kage

    I envy you getting to visit Stockholm. Maybe one day. Love seeing all your photos of the different old and historical buildings. The great looking food.

    • It was such a cool city! I hope you can explore it yourself one day!

  • Jennifer Nordine

    Wow this trip looks amazing! You certainly made the most out of it! Need to bookmark these tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • It was incredible! I’m all about maximizing time when traveling :)

  • Your time in Stockholm sounds perfect! I love that you not only went to the ABBA Museum, but that you also got to see the site where we get the term “Stockholm Syndrome”!

    • Yes! It was the coolest. They had an incredible Christmas light display too that was the cherry on top :)

  • Looks like you had a great time in Stockholm! I’ve heard great things about the ABBA Museum. It would be so much fun to go there! The Vasa Museum sounds great too! And I was nodding in agreement when you talked about Uber. I’ve used it while traveling and it’s been such a lifesaver to easily get from one place to another. I finally realized I should also use it in my own city! I don’t have a car (intentionally) and sometimes it’s just easier to pay $10 and get someplace in $15 than to take the bus and train and get someplace in an hour.

    • We did! I’m not normally much of a museum person but those were amazing! And totally agree about Uber – especially when you don’t have a car!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    SOOOO jealous! I’ve always wanted to to here – the food looks great too. That restaurant in a cave-looking this = WAY cool!

    • Definitely a place to add to the bucket list! It was one of our favorite stops!

  • Bernetta

    Your day looks amaziiiingggg!! Seriously, it looks like a vacation to remember!

    • It absolutely was! I wish we had more time to explore!

  • As always, I am impressed by how much you do in a short amount of time! Love it! The food looks amazing — that cellar dinner!!

    • Thank you, Marlynn! All of it was incredible, but you’re right, that cellar was pretty unbelievable!

  • All the desserts look amazing but you absolutely had me at that last blueberry pie!! It’s my absolute favorite kind of pie!! Amazing capture of your ghost tour guide!! Love that photo!! I really loved Stockholm for the short time I was there – I would love to go back!

    • I don’t think I’d ever had blueberry pie before then (and I love blueberries)! Now I’m a fan for life :) What was your favorite part of the city when you visited?

      • I need to send you my recipe!! I loved wandering the old town and the contrast with the fall leaves and the bright buildings! I also loved the Vasa Museum!

  • Stockholm is on my bucket list! I’ll have to try some of the places you mentioned when I finally make it there!

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    • It’s a great place for the bucket list :) I hope you can get there soon! What’s at the top of your list to see/do?

      • My next big trip is probably going to be a Greece/Italy/Croatia trip, but after that it has to be making a Norway/Sweden to stay in an igloo hotel to see the northern lights haha. I’m super excited for both! Hopefully soon!

  • looks like such a fun trip!

  • Pennies In My Pocket

    I always try to find a free walking tour when I visit a new city. I have not been to Stockholm yet but its definitely on the list.

    • Same! It’s a great way to get an overview of the city’s culture and history!

  • Christina

    How yummy all of that food is seriously making my mouth water!

    • The food was SO good! That’s always a highlight of visiting new places for me, haha.

  • Such cool things to see! All that food looks so delicious!

    • There were! And the food was incredible! It’s a good thing we did a lot of walking, haha. We couldn’t resist all of the desserts!

  • It looks like you had amazing time, city looks so beautiful and this food is pretty good too xoxo

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  • Stockholm looks amazing! I hope I get to visit one day!

    • It is! I hope you get there too – Scandinavia is just unbelievable!

  • Thanks for this post. I’ve been looking at city breaks and I think this could be going on my list now.

    • I love hearing that! I’d definitely recommend a visit!

  • Alexis Schroeder

    I’ve never been, but plan to one day!

    • It’s a wonderful place to explore! I hope you get there soon!

  • It looks like you had an incredible trip! What a beautiful, historic city :)

    • We did! I loved hearing about all of the history! If only the buildings could talk!

  • Such a pretty city! All those amazing buildings, what a beautiful place.

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  • Janel Berchielli

    Such a beautiful city. The architecture is fabulous, I would probably get lost just wandering the streets and alleyways.

    • It is! If we didn’t have so many things set in our itinerary we definitely would’ve!

  • wow what an amazing trip! I would love to go to Stockholm in the future! Everything looks like so much fun – the Christmas market, the food, that incredible ship, and I love the story of Stockholm Syndrome – I didn’t know that! Thanks for sharing :)

    • It truly was! Thanks for reading, Tianna. I hope you’re able to get there one day to see it all yourself!

  • Stockholm looks beautiful, love the architecture!

    • It really is! Amazing that their Old Town has held up so well after all this time!

  • I love looking at the photos! Sounds like a great trip!

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  • kelly

    I visited my best friend while she was living in Stockholm and fell in love with it! Your pictures make me want to go back!

    • How cool! Did you have a favorite part when you visited? I already want to go back and it’s only been a few months, haha.

  • Loved looking at your pictures! The cafe with the Christmas decorations looks especially cozy!

    • Thanks, Whitney! That was one of our favorite finds too!

  • Leah Hall

    Wow, great pictures, and sounds like you had a fantastic trip! Stockholm is on my bucket list, and that restaurant “cave” part looked amazing!

    • Thanks, Leah, we did! I hope you can plan a trip one of these days. It was one of our favorite cities to visit!

  • Wow amazing photos. i would love to visit one day. What beautiful building.

    • Thanks, Anna! It’s absolutely worth the trip – such a fun city!

  • stephanieabills

    I’m super jealous of your trip!! I cannot wait to go to Stockholm. Your shots are amazing.

    • Thank you so much! It’s a fantastic city! Fingers crossed you’re able to plan a visit soon!

  • i so badly want to visit Stockholm after being in Copenhagen. I would love to see all the other Scandi countries.

    • That’s exactly what we did :) Scandinavia is amazing! I would’ve loved to have more time in each place but we opted to go fast track to see more of the region.

  • Rachel Golden

    Your trip looks so awesome! I didn’t know ABBA originated from Sweden!? Thats so cool. & I love the Old Town pictures! Historically preserved areas like that are my favorite!!

    • It was SO much fun! I have an even greater appreciation for ABBA after visiting the museum – we couldn’t stop singing all the songs :) And YES! Old Town was our favorite area of the city to wander!

  • Sweden is super high on my bucket list! It looks like you have a fun trip. I am so jealous of all your travel adventures.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • So glad to hear it, it’s an amazing place! I’d love to get back to see more of the country! You should absolutely plan a trip!