Stockholm city guide – discover gigs, parties and events:
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Things to watch out for in Stockholm
Airports – Stockholm has 4 airports and some budget airlines fly to the ones nearly 90 minutes outside the city (Skavsta and Västerås), which cost twice for transfers. It may work out cheaper (and quicker) to fly to Arlanda or Bromma airports, which are 20 minutes from the city.
Card-only – many restaurants and bars are card-only. I would definitely recommend only taking 30-50% of your spending money in cash, as every brunch spot and all the outdoor bars I went to did not take cash payments.
Expensive city – speaking of money: like most Nordic cities, Stockholm is hella expensive. But if you head there expecting to spend a bomb, then you will handle it better. On average, I found the beer to be around £6-7 pint (or as my pal Lucy puts it, “festival prices”) and the food was around 1.5-2 times the price of food in London. Some places were surprisingly cheaper, so head there armed with some of the cheap eats on this guide and you should be ok.
Summer – as is typical of Europe, many cafes and restaurants are closed for the whole of July and part of August or have very reduced hours over summer. There were still plenty of places to eat and drink when I visited in July, but it is something to be aware of. That said, summer is incredible here! So gorgeous and amazing!
Check out these places in Stockholm
Brunch – Pom & Flora, Greasy Spoon, and Cafe Pascal.
Irregular parties – Danceoke, Kaffe, Kaka och Karaoke, Boi Boi Club, Moulin Noir, Slick and Mums Mums.
Venues – Celezte, Laika, Södra Teatern and Trädgården.