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Stockholm Off the Beaten Path

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Swedes, and Stockholmers in particular, love their coffee. In order to really experience the life of the locals, you need to find the places where Swedish dads hang out during their parental leave to enjoy a fresh brew; where quintessential hipsters go to get their inspiration; and where relaxing is taken more seriously than anywhere else in the world. This guide will help you find the more off-neat places you need to visit in order to become a real Stockholmer!

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  • Foodie
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9 Places

Monteliusvagen

Historic Walking Areas

Taxinge Slott

Taxis & Shuttles

Espresso Sosta Bar

Restaurants

Yasuragi

Hotels

Kaffe

Restaurants

Gripsholm Castle

Castles, Historic Sites

Fargfabriken

Art Galleries

Nytorget Urban Deli

Restaurants

Kaffebar

Restaurants

Johannes F's City Tips

  • It's easy to navigate around Stockholm if you speak English. No need to study Swedish before you get here!
  • Even though tipping isn't as compulsory in Sweden as it is in the US or UK, a waiter's salary in Stockholm doesn't make you rich either, which is why tips are always appreciated.
  • Credit cards are accepted pretty much everywhere in Stockholm. No matter whether you're buy a TV or just a cup of tea, it's usually enough to just carry plastic rather than cash.
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    Monteliusvagen
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Johannes F Says:

    Monteliusvägen is an observation path on Stockholm's southern island of Södermaln. The path was built in 1998 and has attracted many locals and visitors since, who come to enjoy the view over Stockholm. From here you get a great view over Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen.

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    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's free!
    • You can walk here easily form Slussen, Mariatorget or Zinkensdamm metro stations.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 232 things to do in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a plain view on Stockholm 30/07/2015
    • Excellent view 28/07/2015
    • Monteliusvagen
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    Taxinge Slott
    Taxis & Shuttles
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    Johannes F Says:

    Taxinge Slott is one of those little oases that Stockholmers visit when they want to escape their busy city lives. It's only 45 minutes by car from Stockholm but feels like a whole different world. The 200 year-old castle is located right next to Lake Mälaren, and is surrounded by a little forest, which can almost make you feel like you are in a Disney movie. Many people come here just to take a walk around the beautiful area or to have coffee inside the castle.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can bathe in Lake Mälaren during the summer.
    • The castle is famous for its cake buffet, which pretty much covers all traditional Swedish baked goods. Try a princess tårta or a chokladboll.
    • This place is quite popular. Come before 3pm to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Nykvarn
    • Nice country manor café... But rather disappointing service & high prices 19/07/2015
    • Beautiful grounds by Lake Malaren 11/07/2015
    • Taxinge Slott
    Address:
    Nasby 52
    Nykvarn
    Sweden
    Phone:
    0159-701 14
    Other:
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    Espresso Sosta Bar
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe)
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    Johannes F Says:

    It is no secret that Swedes love their coffee. This also explains the vast number of coffee shops you find in Stockholm — the only question is, where do you go to get the best roast? Espresso Sosta Bar definitely belongs to the top coffee shops you can find in Stockholm. Truly authentic Italian espresso and delicious pastries — what more can one ask for?

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    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • This place doesn't only serve good coffee, it's also much cheaper than most other coffee shops in Stockholm.
    • Try their espresso. Even if you usually don't drink espresso, now is the time to start!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,923 restaurants in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretentious espresso bar 30/07/2015
    • Top 29/07/2015
    • Espresso Sosta Bar
    Address:
    Sveavagen 84
    Radmansgatan T-bana
    Stockholm 113 59
    Sweden
    Phone:
    08-6121349
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Yasuragi
    Hotels
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    Johannes F Says:

    If you are looking for the best spa in Stockholm, visit the Yasuragi Spa and Hotel in Nacka. Only 30 minutes by train from Stockholm Central Station or 40 minutes by boat from Gamla Stan, Yasuragi offers the possibility to experience traditional Japanese hot springs, massages, and yoga classes in beautifully designed facilities. In addition, Yasuragi makes it possible to extend your visit and stay in one of their lovely hotel rooms, eat in one of the Japanese restaurants, or just have drink at the sake bar. Yasuragi is a truly authentic Japanese-style hotel spa and an absolute must for everyone who is looking for the ultimate spa experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You get your own yukata when you visit the spa, and you are allowed to keep it!
    • It's worth coming here just to use the beautifully designed facilities.
    • Check out their website for promotions. They usually offer packages which include a treatment, dinner, and a night in one of their hotel rooms.
    • Yasuragi is rather on the pricey side, however, it's worth it if you are looking for a great experience.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Nacka
    • Worst Swedish massage in Sweden! 14/07/2015
    • Relaxing 12/07/2015
    • Yasuragi
    Address:
    Hamndalsvagen 6
    Nacka 132 81
    Sweden
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    Kaffe
    Restaurants (European, Swedish)
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    Johannes F Says:

    One of my favorite coffee shops in Stockholm is Kaffe, a very Swedish and down-to-earth place with great coffee and cake. Located close to Slussen metro station, it's easy to get here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • You won't find a decent cafe that is cheaper than Kaffe!
    • Try their coconut and chocolate cake!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #205 of 1,923 restaurants in Stockholm
    • So relaxed and friendly on a Sunday 05/11/2014
    • Perfect staff and delicious caffe au lait 25/10/2014
    • Kaffe
    Address:
    St Paulsgatan 17
    Stockholm
    Sweden
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    Gripsholm Castle
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    Johannes F Says:

    Gripsholm Castle was built in 1537 and hosts one of the world's most important portrait collections today. The castle is located in a small town called Mariefred and attracts many visitors each year. The castle is open to the public and provides guided tours in both Swedish and English. It's not located in the most convenient location if you are in Stockholm, but is definitely still worth a visit if you have time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a boat service from Mariefred to Taxinge Slott, in case you want to combine those two attractions.
    • Make sure to take a walk through the city of Mariefred as well. This quintessential Swedish town enchants visitors from all over the world.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Sodermanland County
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A marvel; wonderful castle, exceptional portrait collection and a gem of a theater 29/07/2015
    • Sensory overload 19/07/2015
    • Gripsholm Castle
    Address:
    Gripsholms Slott
    Mariefred
    Sweden
    Phone:
    46 159 101 94
    Other:
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    Fargfabriken
    Art Galleries
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    Johannes F Says:

    Färgfabriken (color factory) is a gallery/museum/coffee-shop/convention center/popular hipster hangout, located in Stockholm's Liljeholmen, right by the water front. The former factory attracts visitors with its continuously changing events and its great coffee shop. Stockholmers love to come here on a weekend to join in a discussion or just have coffee in a nice environment.

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    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Located within walking distance of hipster heaven Hornstull, just cross the bridge next to Hornstull metro station and you are nearly there.
    • Check out their website for events and exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 232 things to do in Stockholm
    • Kul och intressanta utställningar samt ett trevligt café 03/08/2014
    • Förgyller dagens lunchtimme 13/06/2014
    • Fargfabriken
    Address:
    Lovholmsbrinken 1
    Stockholm 117 43
    Sweden
    Phone:
    +46 4686450707
    Hours:
    Thu
    11:00 - 19:00
    Fri - Sun
    11:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Nytorget Urban Deli
    Restaurants (European, Swedish)
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    Johannes F Says:

    Urban Deli is a restaurant/supermarket at Nytorget on Södermalm. This area is known for its hip restaurants, cafés and shops, and Urban Deli is definitely one of them. At Urban Deli you can enjoy very good food in a leisurely environment, or you can come here to buy your groceries/picnic supplies.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This is also a great place to just have a drink at the bar.
    • If you plan to come for dinner, make a reservation. This place is very popular.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #183 of 1,923 restaurants in Stockholm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Breakfast Experience 26/07/2015
    • Excellent atmosphere and food 21/07/2015
    • Nytorget Urban Deli
    Address:
    Nytorget 4
    Stockholm 116 40
    Sweden
    Phone:
    08-599 091 80
    Other:
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    Kaffebar
    Restaurants (Cafe)
    Johannes F Says:

    Mellqvist Kaffebar today belongs to the more established independent coffee shops in Stockholm and is a famous destination for young people who live on Södermalm. The café offers typically Swedish cakes and sandwiches and makes really great coffee.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • It can be tricky to get a table if you come here on a weekend. Come early if you plan to have breakfast here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,361 of 1,923 restaurants in Stockholm
    • Hipster's Low 30/06/2015
    • Hipsters coffeebar 30/10/2014
    • Kaffebar
    Address:
    Hornsgatan
    Stockholm 118 53
    Sweden
    Phone:
    768752992
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 - 18:00
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