Stockholm is a city with great style and plenty of Abba! In the evening there are bars and restaurants to enjoy as well as plenty of culture in the theatres, concert halls and museums. It is fun to enjoy an early evening stroll in Gamla Sten (the Old Town) with its colorful buildings and cobbled streets before heading to Norr Mälarstrand to watch the sunset over Lake Mälaren and the spires of the Old Town. This is also a great vantage point at night for seeing the aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) during September- March.
1. Enjoy a great meal
Whilst in Stockholm take the opportunity to try some great Swedish dishes such as Kötbuller, Smärgåsbord, Renukav, and Raggmunk. Oaxen Krog & Slip restaurant is situated on the waterfront on the greenest island of Djurgården. With an appropriate nautical theme, the Krog offers brilliant fine dining and has two Michelin stars. Slip is a more relaxed and a really good brasserie. There are plenty of other restaurants with plenty of character including Häktet which is in an old prison and serves classic European dishes with a modern twist. There are excellent French restaurants and ones serving Asian fusion and the first Michelin-starred sushi bar in Sweden – Sushi Sho – which has an excellent seasonal 15 dish taster menu.
There are fun and quirky restaurants to enjoy too. Meatballs for People is in Södermalm and serves the national dish of meatballs, creamy mashed potato, lingonberry relish with lashings of gravy! Dog Food is another. The Swedish love hot dogs and this restaurant takes this staple food to dazzling heights by proudly serving each one with fresh herbs and an assortment of tasty relishes. If you are feeling hungry, the Grotto Restaurant has a challenging 20-course meal to enjoy!
2. Visit a museum
There are more than 20 different museums in the city and almost all of them are open late several evenings a week. You can really ‘make an evening of it’ as a number of them have really good restaurants too. The Fotografiska, for example, is open between 09.00-23.00 on Sundays and Wednesdays and has a popular organic and vegetarian restaurant. The Artipelag is a contemporary cultural center and its restaurant overlooks the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. In the summer, not only does it serve excellent meals, but it also sells picnics that can be carried out and enjoyed along its nature trail.
Other museums that are open in the evenings include the Museum of Ethnography (Wednesdays 11.00- 20.00) The KaknäsTower (Wednesdays 10.00-21.00) and Ank Des (Tuesdays & Fridays 10.00- 20.00). For full information, check the home pages of your chosen museum.
3. Explore the subways
Take a train journey anywhere so that you can see the incredible artwork in the subways of Stockholm! More than 100 stations have been decorated with quality and themed paintings, sculptures, and mosaics in what is advertised as ‘the world’s longest art gallery‘! The high standard of colorful artwork is impressive and the best known and most photographed is at Solna Centrum on the blue line which is a dramatic portrayal of ‘the gates of hell’. Another popular exhibit can be seen at Skarpnäck which portrays the prehistoric period and has granite benches representing Stonehenge.
4. Enjoy great classical music
Stockholm Sinfonietta is regarded as one of the top chamber orchestras in the world and they regularly perform at the Ridderhuest meaning ‘House of Nobility’ which is a beautiful building dating from 1674. Other classical music venues in the city include Stockholm Concert Hall, Berwaldhallen, Drottningholm Theatre, and Musikaliska.
5. Or some wonderful opera and ballet
The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera (Opèran) share the same historic building which dates from 1782. Both have a full program of performances that can be enjoyed in opulent surroundings.
6. Relax over a drink
Riche is a popular place to meet friends and relax over a drink in elegant surroundings. Created in 1896, Riche was modeled on Cafe Riche in Paris and is very stylish with wooden floors and glistening chandeliers and glasses and a warm relaxing ambiance.
7. Enjoy great cocktails
The stylish Cadier Bar is situated in the Grand HÔtel and enjoys fantastic views of the harbor, Old Town and the Royal Palace. With walls clad in dark wood paneling, high ceilings, and soft leather chairs, this atmospheric bar has a reputation for its great cocktails. Another popular place is Och Himlen Därtill which is an impressive bar covering two floors in a tower 100 meters above the ground. Needless to say, there are amazing 360º views of the city. The third really popular and impressive cocktail bar is at the Michelin-starred Fråntzén/Lindeberg restaurant.
8. Or a drink with ice
The Ice Bar in the city’s Nordic C Hotel is unique as its interior is created entirely from ice! Everything is made from 100% pure ice that is collected from the Torne River in Swedish Lapland. There are chairs and tables carved from ice and so is the bar and even the glasses! The bar is decorated with ice carvings and statues which are cleverly lit by colored lights. There is an entrance fee to get in which includes your first cocktail and on arrival, you are given a warm coat and gloves to wear. If you prefer a non-alcoholic drink there is a good selection and if you would like ice in your drink there is an ice bucket!
9. Dance the night away
Sturecompagniet is the city’s largest nightclub and also the most legendary! The club is spread over two levels and has four different halls that encompass a dramatic atrium. Each hall is classically styled with a modern twist and has bars and a dance floor and its style of music. The other well-known club is Berns which is a large complex of bars, clubs, and restaurants. There are good live performances of folk and Indie during the week and on a Friday and Saturday, there’s night lively disco music.
10. An evening at Café Opera
Even if you prefer not to go to the opera, Café Opera which is situated in the Royal Opera House is a really good place to spend the evening. Opened in 1980 as a brasserie, nightclub, and casino, Café Opera is well known and popular with many celebs. There are four restaurants to choose from, plus a trendy cocktail bar and wine cellar too.
Or the fun of the casino (Bonus)
Cosmopol international casino is the largest and most well known in Stockholm and is situated in a grand and luxurious building that was once a theatre. Cosmopol has 36 gaming rooms and a separate poker suite.