The sun never entirely goes down in Sweden during the summer, and the long daylight hours make it an ideal time to visit Stockholm. Sprawled across 14 islands where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, the city strikes the perfect balance for city dwellers fond of outdoor recreation. From the leafy island of Djurgården to the cobbled streets of Södermalm and the lively bars of residential Östermalm, each island has its particular character and charm.
To fully appreciate the changing characteristics of the islands, give yourself a few hours to walk around to take in the city at a slower pace. This week, we’ve gathered a list of places that cover the geographical gamut - sharing some of our team’s best-hidden gems in Stockholm and their favorite summer essentials.
If you just got off a long train ride, the idyllic green island of the Royal Djurgården and the channel side walk along Djurgårdsbrunnsviken is a perfect way to spend a relaxing day in Stockholm – getting both natures, cultural spots, and cafés in the same area. Our Head of Operation, Estelle, often makes a stop at Kungliga Motorbåt Klubben for a cup of cappuccino and croissant to enjoy the tranquil scenery during the weekend. We also recommend stopping by Strandhäxan, if you’re in the mood for an early lunch. It’s a sandwich bar that made all the Stockholmers come en masse for their grilled cheese. Throw on a white T-shirt with a pair of hard-wearing jeans for a fresh, pared-back look.
After a long lap around the perimeter of the island, it’s time to experience the great splendor of the city center. Before exploring the city, drop in for a quick bite at Schmaltz Bar & Delicatessen. Nestled between embassies and boutiques in the Östermalm neighborhood, our Product Developer Johan loves to stop by for a glass of aperitif or have a late lunch of potato kugel with trout roe when he's in the city. To prepare for the changeable weather, switch your top with a Long Sleeve T-shirt or layer a light jacket like an Overshirt — the coastal winds can bring a chill even on the warmest days.
In the heart of Stockholm, you will find Södermalm, the city’s most densely populated island. It was once a humble working-class quarter but is now the stamping ground for hipsters. Before the sun sets, follow the charming cobbled street on Monteliusvägen at Mariatorget and enjoy the magnificent view of the city. After the walk, stop by Alba at Nytorget or Stockholm’s oldest gay bar Side Track for a few late afternoon drinks. Our Art Director, Liza, and Quality Manager, Alex can vouch for these hidden gems.
To make the most of your Swedish summer, take a book and sunbathe at the beach Smedsuddsbadet. You can also walk to Rålis Kajak to rent a kayak with your friends and family. After a long day out in the sun, head to Eden to cool off with a cold pint of beer. It’s a newly renovated outdoor bar opened by the founders of the open-air club Trädgården. Next to the bar, there is also a pop-up restaurant Fuego. Taking cues from Mexican and French cuisines, they serve a wide range of small dishes with their French wine selections.
To avoid the hordes of tourists, sweltering temperatures, and long lines, head over to the southern suburban part of Stockholm, Gröndals Båtklubb. Beautifully situated by Hammarbyleden opposite Reimersholme in Stockholm, our Data & Technology Manager, Vidar often visits this swimming spot to relax by the water and respite from the buzzy city life. You can also grab a quick bite from the curbside trucks like Café Cul de Sac to experience Stockholm’s street food scene.
If you’re around the city, visit our store at Norrmalmstorg 1 and browse our permanent collection (check out our packing guide for inspiration). Located in the town square in central Stockholm, the area was known as Packartorget, and it was a spot for fishermen to inspect and repackage their goods back in the 18th century. The square is also famous for the 1973 Norrmalmstorg robbery, best known as the origin of the term Stockholm Syndrome.
Photos by Oscar Nord, Daniel Welsh, Thulfiqar Ali, Eden, Fredrik Ohlander