There's plenty to keep you entertained in between meetings in Stockholm, especially if you're a culture lover. By Michelle Margherita.
It may be a little touristy but the Vasamuseet on Djurgården houses the world’s only original 17th-century warship – a treasure worth braving the crowds for. For something quirkier, visit Hallwylska Museet, the late 19th-century palatial townhouse of the Count and Countess von Hallwyl, which will give you a glimpse into how the wealthy once lived.
Three hours to spare? Explore the Stockholm archipelago. There are more than 30,000 islands so you can’t see them all but an English-language boat tour will show you the best.
Stroll the cobblestoned streets of Gamla Stan in the evening for unrivalled views and a cool dining scene. Pubologi serves seasonal dishes and is Michelin-recommended; Bakfickan Djuret is a restaurant for meat-lovers; hip bar Pharmarium, as the name suggests, has a pharmacy feel; and Tweed has a brilliant summer rooftop bar that only locals seem to know about.
For some of the best Swedish meatballs in the city, go to Pelikan, a beautiful wood-panelled former beer-hall on Södermalm, Stockholm’s hipster island. Team classic meatballs (with a creamy sauce, gherkin and lingonberries) with aquavit or beer.
You’ll find designer shopping at Bibliotekstan. For upmarket mall shopping with stylish Swedish home and fashion brands, go to NK Stockholm or Mood. And walk Drottninggatan for fashion and homewares chain stores.
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