City Manager Stockholm

City Manager Stockholm

Lina Muchardt Smith

lina.muchardt-smith@mycityhighlight.com

Good To Know

1. The city of Stockholm is often referred to as the “Venice of the North” because of it’s very scenic atmosphere. The city is completely built on 14 islands, connected with 57 bridges, meaning that the water is never far away. Stockholm is sometimes also called the “Capital of the Scandinavia”, although it is a self-proclaimed title, it is not completely without ground. Stockholm is located right in the middle, the heart of Scandinavia and is one of the most flourishing economies in Europe whilst also being a city of great historical importance.

2. Have you even visited Sweden if you have not had a fika? A fika is a very typical Swedish tradition, which basically means having coffee and cake or sandwich. A staple at any fika is the “kanelbulle”, cinnamon bun. Fika is available in any café or restaurant, and sometimes even in shops. What matters is not what you eat or drink during a fika, but that it is a chance to catch up and talk with friends.

3. Throughout Sweden, there is a law called “Allemansrätten”, meaning ”every mans right”. As long as one does not destroy anything in nature, one may camp, swim, hike etc anywhere in the country. However, since Stockholm is an urban city, I would recommend going to the suburbs outside of Stockholm for an outdoors or camping experience in the genuine Swedish forests. Alternatively, take a boat or ferry out into the archipelago and enjoy one of the many beautiful islands.


Fastest way: The fastest way is to take the Arlanda Express train, taking only 20 minutes to the central station. It costs about 150-300kr, depending on your age and how far in advance you book.

Cheapest way: The cheapest way is to go by public transport (commuter train), which takes about 40mins to the central station and costs 150kr for adults and 43kr for children (under 18 years old).


Police: 11414.

Ambulance: 112.

Taxi: 08-15 00 00 (Taxistockholm), 08-57151557 (Taxi08), 020-20 20 20 (Taxi020).


Stockholm is easily and enjoyably mostly walkable. However, sometimes public transport is nice after a long day or if you do not have a lot of time. One can buy a single ticket in the SL app, at most stations or at convenient stores, which costs 43kr and can be used for unlimited travels within 1.5h. It is also possible to get 24h (120kr), 72h (240kr) and 7 day passes (315kr). Another possibility is to get a 3-day unlimited city-bike pass (165kr), where you can pick up and return bikes from all over the city 24/7.


Specialties of the town to eat: Meatballs with mashed potatoes, cream sauce and lingonberry jam, lobster with seasonal Swedish potatoes, smörgåsbord/ julbord, Falukorv (typical Swedish sliced sausage) with macaroni cooked in milk as well as a tray/ platter with a selection of very typical Swedish food such as; pickled herring, crisp bread, smoked salmon and a selection of cheeses.

Specialties of the town to drink: Snaps, Glögg (Mulled wine), Äppelmust (typical Swedish apple juice) and beers or ales from local breweries.

Tipping: Service charges are most of the time included in the prize, hence, tipping is not mandatory in Stockholm.

Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap: Yes, Stockholm actually has some of the cleanest water in the world.


A cup of coffee in the restaurant: 35kr
A lunch menu in the restaurant: 80-200kr
A ride in a taxi: start fare around 45kr


Where to go out: The widest range of bars and clubs can be found on and around Stureplan, this is one of the most popular and trendiest places to go for a night out. However, for some variation, a very good option can be the more secluded clubs and bars around Södermalm. These clubs and bars tend to have more of a theme and be slightly cheaper.


Shopping areas: The biggest shopping areas in Stockholm are Drottninggatan, Mall of Scandinavia and Götgatan/ Medborgarplatsen.

Opening hours: Opening hours can vary a little between the different areas but most stores will be open from about 10:00-18:00/19:00 on weekdays and 11:00-17.00 on weekends.


Ica, Coop, Hemköp, Willys, Lidl, City Gross.


In Sweden, you can only buy alcohol in the state run monopoly, Systembolaget. There you must be at least 20 years old to purchase anything. However, to be served alcohol in a licensed facility you are only required to be 18 years old.


Hello: Hej.
Thank you: Tack.
You are welcome: Varsågod.
Goodbye: Hejdå.


Free wifi is available in most cafés, bars, restaurants and malls. There is also a Stockholm city wifi network for guests, which you can use at the biggest sights and museums, which is run by the state. Additionally, using the "With free wireless" filter, you can easily find highlights that offer free wireless.


My souvenir recommendations

Dala Horse

Dala Horse

The Dala horse has become an extremely typical symbol for Sweden, getting it’s name from the area of “Dalarna” in Sweden. Since it doesn't really get more Swedish than a Dala horse, I believe it should be a staple after any holiday in Sweden. Whether you get a handmade and handprinted one, make one yourself at a workshop or buy one at the airport, it will be a reminder of a great holiday in Sweden.

Liquorice

Liquorice

Liquorice is definitely an acquired taste, but it is very Swedish and hence, it should probably be in your luggage when you go home. You can buy some standard commercial liquorice in any store or you can buy some more luxurious homemade liquorice in a more exclusive candy shop or a special liquorice store.

Swedish Design Porcelain/Glass

Swedish Design Porcelain/Glass

Throughout the ages, Sweden has always been manufacturing a lot of glass and today, many of Europes leading brands of porcelain/ glass are Swedish. Because Swedish porcelain is so typical, I believe bringing home some designer porcelain is wonderful after a trip to Stockholm.

City Managers favorite places

STHLM Brunch Club

Restaurants

STHLM Brunch Club is an all day brunch restaurant. It is a very cozy place to sit with cool furniture and above all, excellent food. The menu includes a wide range of fruit/ oat/ chia bowls, sandwiche...

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Skinnarviksberget

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Skinnarviksberget is the highest natural point in Stockholm and is a very popular place for picnics and outdoor parties. The view includes the Old Town, Stockholm City Hall and many other beautiful pl...

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4/5

Djurgården

Sights

Djurgården is a beautiful area of Stockholm with plenty of bare nature, lovely parks, museums, cute cafés, excellent restaurants and much more.

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5/5

Café String

Coffee, Tea, Bistros and Gelaterias

Café String is an exciting combination of café and antiquity trading. The café has a charming atmosphere filled with colours and light, and all of the beautiful furniture and decorations are for sale,...

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5/5

Herman’s Vegetarian Garden Restaurant

Restaurants

Herman’s Vegetarian Restaurant is located on a hill and has a flourishing, very comfortable garden overlooking the water. The food is of high quality and suitable for anyone who enjoys great cuisine,...

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5/5

Humana Second Hand Store

Shops and markets

Humana is a second hand store located in a basement in one of the trendiest areas of Stockholm. The clothes are all of extremely high quality and a lot of it is brand name.

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Top 10 for first-time visitors

5/5

The Old Town

Sights

The Old Town is one of the largest and best preserved medieval cities in all of Europe. Needless to say, it is an absolutely gorgeous part of Stockholm and is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. Toda...

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5/5

Fotografiska Museum and Gallery

Culture

Fotografiska is the leading museum for photography in Stockholm. The Museum offers several exhibitions (4 major exhibitors and 20 smaller ones are featured each year), a shop and an excellent restaura...

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Siggesta Farm

Adventure, Leisure Time, Guided Tours

Siggesta farm is a large farm offering many great facilities. To name a few they have cafés, restaurants, stables, golf courses, play parks for children and of course lots of animals such as sheep, ho...

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Fjällgatan

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Fjällgatan is a street in Stockholm of great historic importance, where most of the buildings are from the 1700s. It is located right off the edge of a cliff and offers an extraordinary view.

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Berns Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

Berns Asian Restaurant was the first Chinese restaurant in Sweden, when established in the 1940s. Today it continues to impress with very high quality food and drink from all over Asia. They offer bot...

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