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30+ photos of Stockholm that will make you want to move there immediately

Tell me, what’s your favourite place in the world?” is a question I get asked more often than I can count. And I completely get why. As a travel writer, people are intrigued by my seemingly worldly lifestyle and are curious to get the dirt on certain iconic destinations (yes, Venice smells like sh*t, and in fact, so does Paris!).

Without missing a beat, I immediately answer that my favourite place in the world is, actually, Scandinavia. And that is in large part due to beautiful Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden and a picture-perfect archipelago dotted with coffee shops, indulgent bakeries, stylish blonde models and an insatiable appetite for life.

Not one… but two royal palaces!

Kungliga Slott, the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan
Kungliga Slott, the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan

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Drottningholms Slott (meaning the Queen’s Islet) is the Royal Family’s private residence, just an hour outside of Stockholm by boat—a historic, century-old steamer.
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Archipelago city

As it spreads over 14 different islands and islets, Stockholm is, consequently, literally surrounded by water —in fact, over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways— even more so considering that the capital city is effectively wedged between the mouth of Lake Mälaren to the west and the Baltic Sea to the east.

photos of stockholmWhy yes, that is someone fishing in downtown Stockholm, NBD. The water is *that* clean!

photos of stockholmOne of the many quaint Swedish cottages scattered along the archipelago’s waterfront

photos of stockholm photos of stockholmOne of the many quaint waterfront towns near Stockholm

photos of stockholmStockholm City Hall in all its splendour

Panoramic shot of Gamla Stan from Ivar Los park in Sodermälm
The view from the steps of City Hall, admiring Gamla Stan

Looking onto Strömkajen, Stockholm’s main harbour

Stunning Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is Swedish for “old town” and is, arguably, the most popular and best-looking part of Stockholm. Founded in 1252 and having changed very little since, it’s one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe; it’s filled with narrow cobblestone streets, colourful facades and impossibly Instagrammable angles.

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Things To Do In Stockholm
Stortorget, Gamla Stan’s most famous square
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The longest art gallery in the world: Stockholm’s subway

Although Stockholm has no shortage of things to do on the ground level, it does have an underestimated masterpiece hidden deep beneath the 14 islands that make up the famous archipelago. Only the Swedes could make an otherwise rather dull public transit system so riveting; indeed the Stockholm metro has been deemed the world’s longest art gallery numerous times, at 100 kilometres long and stretching over 90 stations.

* Additional reading: Inside the Stockholm Metro – The Longest Art Gallery in the World

An amazing food & coffee scene

Fika at Gubbhyllan, inside Skansen Museum

There’s a certain art to (the altogether quite popular) fika, I found out.

It’s not simply about engulfing as much cake as possible within a 15-minute timeframe; it’s about finding a cosy space, perhaps even with a friend or a coworker, where you will indulge in Sweden’s love for everything sweet, take the time to appreciate the good things in life, laugh a little, and wash it all down with a cup of coffee that’ll keep you going for the remainder of the workday. That, ladies and gentlemen, is fika. One of the most cherished customs in Sweden. One that tourists are quite fond of, and, understandably, are quite quick to adopt.

Who in their right mind would willfully argue against having baked goods every day?

* Additional reading: Treat Yo’Self to Fika in Stockholm

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Fresh shrimp smørrebrød at Fotografiska

photos of stockholmMy favourite café, Snickarbacken

The best meatballs in the world are at the hip Bakfickan, the restaurant inside Stockholm’s Opera House

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