Spreading idyllically across a Baltic Sea archipelago of fourteen islands, it’s easy to see why the Swedish capital of Stockholm has acquired the nickname “Venice of the North.” It seems as if wherever you look, your gaze is met by water. Located on Sweden’s southeast coast, Stockholm’s weather changes according to four distinct seasons. Summers are warm – sometimes quite hot – and it rarely gets dark during summer nights. The winters may be mild and rainy, but they can also be quite cold and snowy. The colors of autumn are spectacular in the city parks, and spring is welcomed by locals, wrapped in blankets and sipping drinks at outdoor restaurants and cafés.
The city is easy to get around on foot or by public transport, and its various districts have their own unique vibes—the island of Södermalm has a laid-back air and is a draw for the creative set, while Östermalm is the picture of refined elegance. Nestling between these two areas, Norrmalm is a busy and vibrant downtown spot, and you’ll find the charming Old Town (Gamla Stan) south of Norrmalm. Sweden is known internationally for its strong profile within creative disciplines, such as design. You’ll find a diverse array of stores selling everything from ceramics and textiles crafted by young artisans to furniture classics created by some of Sweden’s most renowned designers.
Stockholm offers a smorgasbord of art and culture, from world-class museums and historically fascinating royal palaces to niche galleries and intimate artist houses. Stockholm is a foodie destination offering a wide culinary span with an increasing focus on sustainable cooking methods and ingredients. New restaurants emerge continuously, mingling with more traditional eateries. x