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24 hours in Stockholm: the perfect day in the Swedish capital

24 hours in Stockholm: the perfect day in the Swedish capital

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Stockholm is one of those destinations we can never get enough of – new stores, restaurants and exhibitions pop up like daisies all year round.

Visitors could easily explore its streets for two weeks straight and still not see it all. However, that doesn’t deter us from wanting to get a taste of Sweden’s ‘open city’ every now and then!

Thanks to Stockholm‘s excellent underground railway, it’s perfectly possible to dash around town and tick off several must-see places in a single day. Need some inspiration as to what to see (and where to be seen)?

You’ve come to the right place.

Wake up at Nobis Hotel

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Frankly, there are worse hotels to base yourself at | Photo: Nobis Hotel

Early morning, she wakes up, knock, knock, knock on the door! Now obviously you can’t just wake up anywhere. With its effortlessly designed rooms that make visitors feel right at home, Nobis Hotel is a sound choice for the sophisticated queer you are. Well, before nightfall, anyways!

The hotel’s refinement is no coincidence: its interiors were created by Claesson Koivisto Rune, the Swedish design company whose work has been popping up on everyone’s Instagram feeds.

Tuck into Nobis’ enviable breakfast buffet and make friends with the hotel’s friendly concierges James and Jonathan, whose mission is to make your every wish (within reason…) come true.

Get cultured at Fotografiska

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Fotografiska plays host to some of Sweden’s most talked about art exhibitions | Photo: Fotografiska

No, not like kombucha. Fotografiska is Stockholm’s only art institution entirely devoted to photography. Opened in 2010, the gallery has quickly made a name for itself, showcasing local newcomers alongside international powerhouses: Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle and Inez & Vinoodh have all exhibited here.

Commendably, Fotografiska’s shows tend to question the status quo, offering new perspectives and – unsurprisingly – drawing in the city’s LGBTI population.

Head there before June 10th to see Jesper Waldersten’s ‘All Over’ exhibition, which has opened to rave reviews! If all that culture gets you hungry, don’t worry: Fotografiska’s on-site restaurant serves Stockholm’s most photographable (obviously!) lunch.

Shop in Bibliotekstan

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Did anyone say ‘shopping’? | Photo: Bibliotekstan

Gucci, Gucci, Louis, Louis, Fendi, Fendi, Prada – and then there are all the Swedish designers like Filippa K and Rodebjer. Walk off your luscious Fotografiska meal with a thirty-minute stroll to Stockholm’s prime shopping destination of Bibliotekstan.

The area around Biblioteksgatan street (that’s not the same word, by the way) has been home to stellar shopping for a whopping 134 years.

Needless to say, Bibliotekstan’s stores know the drill when it comes to selling. So if you’re looking to make that black Amex burn (give us a call), you’ll be just fine here. Shoppers able to say Bibliotekstan fifty times in five seconds get 50% off.

Dine at Riche

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When it comes to artsy restaurants, Riche sets the bar high | Photo: Riche

Untie your tongue (did you really try?) and saunter down nearby Birger Jarlsgatan, one of Stockholm’s grandest streets, to arrive at Riche just in time for dinner.

The lively restaurant describes itself as ‘the heart of all things fun in the city’ and it’s easy to see why: Stockholm’s cool kids convene here every Saturday night to dine and drink together until 2 am.

While we’d happily order Riche’s divine baked turnip with pickled pumpkin, coco beans and ginger every night, there’s an extensive menu catering to all tastes. Also, the hip eatery boasts a drool-worthy wine list – Rosé all the way!

Dance at King Kong

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King Kong – what better place to show off that new outfit you bought in Bibliotekstan? | Photo: King Kong, Facebook

Still standing? Make your way down to King Kong in Mariatorget to celebrate a fabulous day in the Swedish capital alongside what we think might be half of its queer population. No seriously, this place gets packed!

King Kong is exclusively hosted on Saturdays by none other than the dynamic duo of Peter & Erik Present – you’ll have heard of them if you’ve researched Stockholm’s LGBTI nightlife. Schlager and Eurovision classics send dancing queens and drag queens into a frenzy here, often blowing first-time visitors away (hold on to your wig, sister).

Whatever you do, don’t head back to your snug bed at the Nobis Hotel before they’ve played ABBA’s Dancing Queen: it’s an offense around here.

This article was sponsored by Stockholm LGBT.

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