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10 Things I Enjoyed in Stockholm

7 Jul

I visited Stockholm in July when my eldest son, Miguel, toured Europe for his soccer tournament, the Gothia Cup, a World Youth Cup. We savoured all of Stockholm’s 14 islands spread through its archipelago and connected by bridges!

Here are 20 things I enjoyed while staying in this busiest Scandinavian capital:

1. Historic tour of medieval Old Town, the Gamla Stan.

Gamla Stan

Colorful buildings with different necks! We managed to meander through the maze of winding alleyways, cobblestoned streets, small squares and ancient churches. We found local taverns and yummy traditional restaurants in this ancient city.

od town

Sometimes the alleyways can get crowded so watch out for those shops or you’ll miss those wonderful Swedish design-ware shops!

2. Enjoy the different waffles and ice cream, called Glas, with your friends!

waffles in Gamla Stan Treating ourselves with ice cream with our friends, Eliza, Billy and kids after our cultural tour.

waffle bar

A Glas shop (ice cream shop)

waffle conesDifferent varieties of waffle cones to choose from, from plain waffle to almond/chocolate crusted ones.

ice cream in stockholm

Stockholm is home to the most delicious waffles and waffle cones and the best tasting ice cream in the world. Taste one or two flavors everyday!

3. Visit the Vasa Museet (Museum).

vasa 2

This is Sweden’s most prized heirloom which was salvaged from the murky deep waters of the Baltic Sea in 1961. This 69-meter long 380-year old Viking warship VASA sank just 20 minutes from its maiden voyage in 1628.

Viking warship

 Climb aboard for a lesson into Swedish history!

 4. Taste the goodness of smorgasbord of Northern delights in Ostermalms Saluhall, the world’s best food hall.


Have a sampling of smorebrod or open faced sandwich at the bar.

saluhall 2

One can smell the varying smell and goodness of fresh produce…

tasty bread

…To delicious pastries!


…And the freshest of salads.

5. Catch a ferry and take the Island Canal tour with 14 islands to visit and be wowed with Swede’s architecture.

island canal tour

Joining a throng of tourists and enjoying the sights of the 14 islands.

Sweden architecture

Colorful architecture by the canal.

6. Visit Swedish royalty in the Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace, and see how the kings and queens live.

drottningholm 2

Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

royal palace

The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, the official residence of the Swedish Royalty.

7. Try a Swedish traditional meal in an authentic Viking restaurant.

trad Viking resto

Aifur, a restaurant dedicated to the gastronomic heritage from the Viking Age.

Viking interior

Traditional interiors, with hats, armors and even cutlery is reminiscent of the Viking Age.


With traditional meal: a sampling of moose meat

 Viking meal

Delectable lamb chops!

 dwarfed chicken

 (Not so) dwarfed chicken, good for sharing.

8. Treat yourself to a Michelin starred restaurant.

sheratons 360 degree

Sheraton Hotel’s 360 Degrees is a 3 star Michelin Restaurant.

meat balls

Most famous Swedish meatballs “kottbullar”

 sea bass

…and delicious Sea bass with ravioli pasta.


Tenderloin steak grilled to perfection! Superb dining for a tiring day.

9. Join the Nobelity! Take a peek at the Nobel House.

nobel museum

The Nobel Museet (Museum) proudly displays its eminent laureates and their achievements.

10. Take out a pair of Borgs! Buy souvenirs to take home to friends and family.


Check out Bjorn’s collection at the mall.

 Swedish souvenirs

Lovin’ those Viking hats, too!

Life is Amazing!


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