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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Stockholm in 3 Days With a Local

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Stockholm in 3 Days With a Local

Amber Hunter

Passported's Director of Travel, Monique, is headed to Stockholm, Sweden this week and she's sharing her ideal three day itinerary for exploring the beautiful city. Not only is she an expert in Scandinavian cool, she's married to a Swede born and raised in Stockholm so she has the local inside scoop. Spoiler alert: it contains a ton of great food! Click here for our Stockholm City Guide. 


DAY ONE

Get your bearings by exploring Ostermalm, the center of Stockholm. Start at ‘Stureplan’ walking along Birger Jarlsgatan, over towards Nybrogatan, stopping in the famous Saluhall food market for Swedish delicacies. Finish along the Strandvagen promenade and head into the stunning and quintessentially Swedish design store Svenskt Tenn (have tea in the upstairs Salon if the timing works!). Next, make your way towards Djurgården, an island in the center of town, hopping on the old school tram!

For a nibble or larger lunch, head to the easy and casual Oaxen Slip set on a canal just next door to Oaxen Krog (offering tasting menus and best for dinner). Once your appetite is sated, explore Skansen, an open-air museum and zoo depicting a miniature historic Sweden. And what would your afternoon be without a little pick-me-up? In the summer months, partake in an afternoon fika (coffee break) at Rosendals, a café, bakery and garden with incredible food all sourced on property and endless picture-perfect instagram opportunities. Finally, with the kiddies in tow--or not--dine at the classic Stockholm institution Sturehof, famous for it's shellfish and seafood. 


DAY TWO

Head to Gamla Stan, the old town in Stockholm, and take in the beautifully preserved medieval architecture. 

Before the hangry sets in, hop on the 30 min ferry to the island of Fjaderholmarna for an alfresco meal. And absolutely don’t miss the ice cream stand just outside before you start your wandering of this small island. Hop on the ferry back to Slussen and from there explore the neighborhood of Södermalm. (Be sure to have your concierge check the ferry schedules as they can often change). The area of SoFo and Hornstull are two of Stockholm's coolest neighborhoods, located in Soder. Sort through vintage stores, eclectic shops, and art galleries and don't forget to see the beautiful Nytorget and Mariatorget squares.

When nighttime finally arrives, there's a good chance your little ones will be tired so it's the perfect evening to hire a babysitter! Head to Nosh & Chow for drinks before grabbing dinner at the minimalist Gastrologik offering a surprising and inventive tasting menu guided by local Scandinavian produce. 


DAY THREE

Start your day with a visit to the Vasa Museum and take in the splendor of an almost fully intact 17th century ship. And the kids are sure to love Junibacken, a museum highlighting the stories of Astrid Lindgren (most famous for the Pippi Longstocking series) and other children’s literature; it's an absolute must.

Have lunch on the terrace at Skeppsholmen Hotel before visiting the Moderna Museet just around the corner. Once again, Stockholm brings us a kid friendly museum that offers interactive children's programming starting from age two. You won't want to miss out on wandering through the giant sculpture park. 

And to round off the day, have dinner at Adam/Albin, named for the owners, who are two of Sweden's most talented chefs. I recently dined with my husband and am still dreaming of the tartare, which we agreed was the best we've ever eaten. Ever. The space is small and intimate but feels super casual; polished wooden tables, no table settings and Tears for Fears playing in the background makes it perfect for those who want to eat well but don't want a stuffy atmosphere. 


Cover image courtesy Skeppsholmen Hotel