A Couple’s Guide to Stockholm

Couple | ©Vladimir Pustovit/Flickr
Judi Lembke

Stockholm is often called the Venice of the North, with the city’s 14 islands surrounded by water. For couples, this means you can enjoy everything from romantic waterside walks to candlelit dinners with achingly beautiful views. Once you’re done with that, take your pick of museums, shared sporting activities or simply wander the eminently walkable streets of this fantastic city. Read on to find out more about this wonderful city.

1. Mälarpaviljongen

1. Mälarpaviljongen
©Johan Lange/Flickr

Just a short walk from City Hall on the banks of Lake Mälaren, Mälarpaviljongen is where locals go to sip a cocktail and enjoy the view with their honey snuggled up beside them. Afternoons are the perfect time to visit – the sun is still strong, the urban garden emits gentle scents, and the evening crush has yet to arrive.

Mälarpaviljongen, Norr Mälarstrand 64, Stockholm, +46 8 650 87 01

Chill out with a drink at Mälarpaviljongen | ©Johan Lange/Flickr

2. Brunch Cruise

Enjoy Stockholm’s inner archipelago while sampling a variety of traditional Swedish specialties as you take in the sights. The charming ferry S/S Stockholm was built in 1931, and it costs just SEK495 for the three-hour tour. For a truly unique experience, take the cruise in winter – it’s positively magical.

Departs from berth number 16 at Strandvägen

A Stockholm steam ferry | ©Hugh Llewelyn/Flickr

3. Visit Centralbadet Spa

Building, Spa

3. Visit Centralbadet Spa
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Located in an Art Nouveau building in the heart of Stockholm, Centralbadet opened in 1904 and retains every bit of its original charm, including the fabulous garden courtyard, which was added in 1909. Take a dip in the pool before relaxing in the sauna or hot tub. Then it’s time for a massage before drinks at the bar.

Centralbadet. Drottninggatan 88, Stockholm, +46 8-545 213 00

Take some time to relax at Centralbadet | ©Helen Simonsson/Flickr

4. Views from Monteliusvägen

Hiking Trail

© Holger.Ellgaard / WikiCommons
Monteliusvägen is a short walking path in Stockholm’s Södermalm district that offers astonishing views of City Hall, Riddarholmen and Lake Mälaren. The 500-metre long path is lined with quaint cottages on one side and those fabulous views on the other. This is the ultimate romantic walk in Stockholm – and there’s even a tiny park with benches, where you can sit and drink in the sights.

5. Kayak Through the City

5. Kayak Through the City
©David Forsman/Flickr

Stockholm is a city built on water, so kayaking through the city is a great way to have fun with your partner while seeing it from a different perspective. Guided trips begin at Djurgårdsbrun, just at the mouth of Djurgården, or you can rent your own kayak and paddle from island to island. Be careful, though, as ferry and boat traffic is heavy in the centre of the city.

Kayak Stockholm, Djurgårdsbrun, Stockholm

Find your way around the city by water | ©David Forsman/Flickr

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