Stockholm in summer quickly moved into my top three places I could live list. This city rocks during summer and I know I need to give the other cities of Scandinavia a chance when the heavens aren’t pouring. But for now, let me tell you why you should dig deep into your pockets and head to the Swedish capital city this summer…
It is surprisingly green…
Stockholm knows nature. Cycling is in, grabbing a kayak down the river is game on and having a picnic in the park is a sure-fire way to cut your costs. During the summer months, this city comes alive and you kinda forget it’s a wealthy capital city as locals and tourists alike enjoy picnics, sports and those rays of sunshine they must really miss in the chilly winters.
…and wet in all the right ways
Surrounded by water, crazy for canals and jumping on a boat to visit the mighty impressive Stockholm archipelago is a must. Mixing a world-class city of grand architecture with water and nature is a guaranteed win in the day and perfect when sunset comes around and it’s beer o’clock.
You’ll be buzzing off your tits
If I remember correctly, the Swedes drink around 4-5 cups of coffee a day each on average which means getting you caffeine fix is not only easy but serious business in this city. Whether you take it alfresco or in a stylish coffee shop that looks nothing like Ikea you’ll have plenty of energy for shooting those jump in the air Instagram shots.
The neighbourhoods rock
Get away from hotels and grab an Air BnB. The neighbourhoods around the city with their independent stores, awesome restaurants and own quirks are too good to be missed out on. I stayed over the river in Sodermalm and going down the private apartment route saved about 50% off an equivalent hotel.
The Swedes nail stylish
These guys have design running through their blood. Whether it’s the hippest chair in the most random of places or the 47 lightbulbs hanging over your dinner plate you can’t miss it. One of the most modern and funky cities I have visited, even coming back with heaps of cool junk to litter my desk with.
Museums that are actually interesting
Who wouldn’t love an Abba museum? Me, actually. But between the photography museum, modern art displays and the nautical history on offer you will be spoilt for choice to find a place to while away the hours between soaking up the streets of Stockholm.