When the days are short the Queen of Light, Lucia, brightens up the dark winter with candle light and singing on December 13. The city becomes snuggly. It transforms into a fairy-tale Narnia all embedded in cotton-white snow. Even the smallest café offers a candle light experience to remember.
Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden.
Read more about the tradition of celebrating Lucia at http://sweden.se/traditions/lucia/
The Thiel Gallery is blossoming! Nature is on the museum’s doorstep with the woody glades, flowering meadows and seasonal changes of Djurgården. Now the Thiel Gallery is opening the doors to floral delight of another kind, with handmade flowers made of glass beads and wire.
Eternal Bloom! Bead Art and Crafted Nature
3 October, 2015 – 14 February, 2016
Read more at: The Thiel Gallery
Moxy offers special parties throughout the year, which often pull in thousands of women of all ages and types. Moxy believes that behind every successful party is a collection of good DJs, so make sure to wear your dancing shoes.
Moxy strikes again: more info>>
A block from busy Odenplan, on a quiet corner, you’ll find Café Pascal. In January Café Pascal won the prestigious Gulddraken award for best café in Stockholm. Great coffee and the sandwiches with shrimp or porchetta are not to be missed!
Café Chokladkoppen in the heart of the Old Town was one of the first openly LGBT friendly establishments in Stockholm. Located at idyllic Stortorget Square, not far from the Royal Palace in the medieval Old Town. Exquisite sandwiches and pastries, and in summer a popular alfresco section.
For years now, Stockholm has not only become a favorite destination of the tourist in search of the latest trends, culture, fashion, design, music, entertainment, good food and relaxing atmospheres, it has also become a favorite spot for gays and lesbians who want more than just a neighborhood with gay-friendly bars. Some people say that if there was ever a capital city designed by gay people for gay people to enjoy, Stockholm would be it!
Check out our Gay Guide, Lesbian Guide, and our Shopping Guide.
Around All Saints’ Day, thousands of people visit the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm. The national holiday is celebrated with candles. Lots and lots of candles. Do not miss a visit to The Woodland Cemetery if you’re in Stockholm in the beginning of November.
When The Woodland Cemetery, Skogskyrkogården, was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original – a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.
Today, The Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Try different types of hot and cold baths, have a refreshing spa treatment, or get a classic Swedish massage. Swimming and saunas are part of Swedish tradition, so why not try some classic bath houses. Here is a selection of spas and bath houses in Stockholm.
Selma Cityspa, a branch of the highly regarded Selma Spa in Värmland, is located at the top of the Clarion Sign Hotel. Selma Cityspa offers spa treatments, a gym, sauna, and a popular outdoor pool on the roof terrace. www.selmacityspa.se
Enjoy this luxury spa milieu from the 1800s with pool, exercise equipment, and spa treatments from head to toe. Parties of up to 20 persons can also hire the private Turkish bath floor. www.sturebadet.se
Stockholmers love spending a couple of hours on the weekend having brunch with friends or family.There are many places to choose from when deciding where to go, and that makes is easy to find the place perfect for the mood you’re in. Here is a selection of great brunches that we like.
With a view
With the location on a hill and with unobstructed views over the city and the harbor, Fåfängan is always a very nice place. On the weekends however, they pull out their trump card: a mouth-watering array of brunch dishes. Gluten-free.
Meet the locals
Legendary restaurant, bar and waterhole with a century’s history, in the old blue-collar district of Södermalm. Good mix of dishes with Swedish flavors and perhaps the best Bloody Mary in town.
Fotografiska boasts both extraordinary views over Stockholm and first class photography exhibitions. Combine this with their nice brunch and you have yourself a feast for both the eyes and the palate.
Hotel Rival is a long runner in brunch-Stockholm and has consistently provided hungry guests with a generous and well-prepared brunch buffet in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Weather permitting; enjoy your meal on the balcony overlooking the park.
This chic design and boutique hotel is a legendary venue for entertainment in Stockholm. In their historic grand dining hall, a popular Asian-style gourmet buffet is served every weekend.
When crossing the bridge over to Skeppsholmen Island you leave the bustling city behind you and enter a calm oasis. The delicious brunch buffet offered at Hotel Skeppsholmen is just as soothing as the surroundings.
This grocery store meets deli meets bar meets restaurant in the heart of Sofo is a lively meeting place with cool design and great produce. Join the crowd for a high quality meal, either from the a la carte-menu or one of the special brunch dishes.
Hellsten is like those classic gumball machines you can find at Supermarkets: all the colors of the rainbow, something for all taste buds – and really, really sweet. From the jazz nights in the bar and the exquisite conservatory used as breakfast room to the individually decorated rooms with specially designed beds that will improve your sleep – this hotel is perfect for everyone in search of impeccably good taste.
Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, +46 8 661 86 00
SoFo’s sweetest candy store. Step in and be instantly transported back to the 1930s. The most delicious fudge is baked here all year round according to old-time recipes and with all natural ingredients. Try one of the latest flavors in the line while enjoying the jazz music coming from the speakers. www.parlanskonfektyr.se