Stockholm, built on 14 picturesque islands scattered at the point where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren, is a city of stately waterfront buildings, expansive views, modernist houses, and tree-lined boulevards.
Every season brings an entirely different atmosphere and related things to do. In winter, go for Christmas-card scenes and frozen waterways. Go in late summer for long days and a winsome combination of art, food, and late-evening promenades around Stockholm’s harbors. Visit any time for copious cultural offerings and plentiful natural beauty.
Stockholm is a city that lives and breathes design and many of its attractions are easily accessible year-round. The cobblestoned, hilly Old Town—“Gamla Stan” in Swedish—and the creative SoFo neighborhood in the city’s Södermalm district, are each compact and filled with coffee shops, independent stores, and galleries. Many museums stay open until 8:00 p.m. (and the wonderful Fotografiska stays open till 11:00 p.m.).
We’ve gathered this list of the best galleries, museums, stores, and waterfront hangouts, ranging from classic to quirky and from centrally located to off-the-beaten-track. (Points are organized outward from the center of the city, roughly north to south.)