11 Magical Spots in Stockholm That Are Perfect For Winter

Stockholm is truly beautiful in the winter
Stockholm is truly beautiful in the winter | © Falco Ermert / Flickr
Jozef Brodala

Winter in Stockholm can be both amazing and tough, as it is simultaneously beautiful and bleak. If you are the kind of person that wants to avoid the cold and find pleasant spots indoors during winter, then Stockholm has you covered. If, on the other hand, you want to embrace the cold, experience the chill and have an interesting adventure during the Swedish winter then the city has some great places to check out. Here are some spots to experience Stockholm’s winter magic.

1. Cafe Koppen's Cellar

Cafe, Coffee, European

Café Kaffekoppen is the first café on the left here in Storatorget|
| © Dennis Jarvis / Flickr
When the wind is blowing outside and snow is falling, sometimes all you want is a warm, cozy, and calm place to enjoy a sweet treat and a warm drink. In Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan, the beautiful central square Stora Torget is home to a cafe called Cafe Koppen, whose candlelit downstairs seating area is one of Stockholm’s most mysig(cozy) places. Stepping down the stairs feels like going back in time. They serve a range of hot drinks and food, including sandwiches, lasagna, and baked potatoes.

One of Stockholm’s wonderful soup restaurants

There is nothing better as a winter warmer than a delicious and hearty bowl of soup. Stockholm’s range of places to get soup is absolutely vast, with many Stockholmers engaged in an ongoing quest for the perfect bowl. Fish soup is, of course, particularly good—with the offerings at Kajsas Fisk being a particular standout and a real favorite of Stockholmers. If you are looking for something other than fish, then Sibiriens Soppkok is excellent and has all manner of different soups, ranging from pea to beef to veggie.

Kajsas Fisk, Hötorgshallen 3, Stockholm, +46 820 72 62

Sibiriens Soppkok, Roslagsgatan 25, Stockholm, +46 815 00 14

Stockholm excels at Soup

On a boat

The Stockholm archipelago and its various small islands are wonderful to explore in winter and can provide a beautiful way to pass a day. Being wrapped up warm inside the boat and having a glass of the traditional Swedish mulled wine, or “glogg,” while you sail through ice floes with a view of snow-filled banks is very special. Many tours will even provide special warm clothes and blankets for people bold enough to go outside. It’s an enjoyable way to see a great deal of Stockholm and the archipelago—wrapped up warm but still experiencing the thrill of a traditional Swedish winter.

A winter boat trip in Stockholm is amazing

2. Fotografiska

Art Gallery, Museum

Courtesy of Fotografiska
A photography gallery so popular that they are opening another branch in London, Fotografiska is a great place to escape the cold and to experience one of Stockholm’s best cultural centers. They have a series of rotating exhibitions often featuring work by renowned international photographers as well as rising and established Swedish stars. It also has an award-winning restaurant and café that has beautiful views of the island of Djurgarden. It is an uplifting creative hub that helps to reinvigorate you during dark winter days.

Christmas Market Gamla Stan

Stockholm has a number of Christmas markets spaced across the city but the one in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old city, is particularly special. Granted, it’s a little touristy and can get quite busy, but it’s also atmospheric, full of delicious food and drink, and blessed with a brilliant selection of beautiful handmade Swedish handicrafts. It is held in Stora Torget, the main square in Gamla Stan opposite the Nobel Museum, and in the shadow of the royal palace. It’s a cozy, calm, and charming and fun place to spend a winter’s day or evening.

Gamla Stan’s stunning Christmas market

Inside a Sauna

While not quite as ubiquitous as in Finland, many Swedes will flock to a sauna during the colder months to get an injection of heat and be transported to warmer climes. Stockholm has a number of great sauna options, with some Swedes taking a dip in a freezing lake before hopping into the sauna. One of the best options is Centralbadet, which is in central Stockholm and offers spa services as well as their excellent sauna. In addition, the above Hellasgarden has a sauna right next to their ice swim hole, so you can experience the thrill of extreme cold before relaxing in a welcoming warm sauna.

Centralbadet, Drottninggatan 88, Stockholm, +46 8545 213 00

Hellasgarden features an outdoor Sauna much like this one

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