Updated: Nov 6, 2020
In Sweden, Midsummer Eve is one of the most important days of the year, rivaling Christmas. Traditionally, Midsummer was celebrated on June 24th, the feast day of St. John the Baptist, but the holiday has its roots in a pre-Christian "pagan" solstice festival. Midsummer Eve is typically celebrated in the countryside with family and friends. Kids are out of school and there is dancing around the Maypole, making wreaths, and eating & drinking.
With over 20 hours of daylight and moderate temperatures this was an optimal time for me to be in Stockholm to see "The Carters" On the Run II Tour. The concert was the icing on the top of an absolutely amazing trip to Stockholm. I loved the people, food, weather, and scenery. Here are some of my picks on where to stay, play, and eat & drink.
I had the opportunity to stay in two hotels and they happen to be located directly across from the other. These hotels are centrally located and within a short walk to all major attractions and the train station.
My first stop was the Hotel At Six, which is the newest urban luxury hotel in Stockholm. The contemporary interior, comfortable rooms, and dining options make this hotel a "highly recommend". In addition, the full size gym with a hot sauna and
the fact that it is attached to a mall was an added treat.
The next stop was the Downtown Camper by Scandic, which is designed for urban explorers. Emphasis is placed on the hotel's common areas. Daily activities ranging from fun and social running and yoga to wellness workshops are offered. The organic-certified buffet breakfast was included and was quite an elaborate spread. The highlight for me was the rooftop infinity pool, lounge and spa.
Stockholm encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago and Lake Mälaren. Therefore, a boat tour or cruise is essential to experience the essence of the city.
Gamla stan, "Old Town" is one of Europe's largest and best preserved medieval city centers. A stroll down the cobblestone streets will lead you to the Royal Palace and the Nobel Prize Museum, where you will see many familiar faces. In the restaurant look for chair #47 with President Obama's signature. For fun stop by the Ice Bar for a drink and photo ops.
EAT & DRINK
TAK is a restaurant, rooftop bar, sushi raw bar and one of my favorite spots in the city. The views of the city are unparalleled, the food was delicious, and the bartenders talented and attentive. Note: TAK is a part of Hotel At Six mentioned above.
Nisch (formerly Smorgastarteriet) is a small restaurant; yet the tasting menu was carefully curated. We were a part of the second seating and enjoyed all of the courses and the wine offerings.
The Royal Opera House has a bar overlooking the water and the Royal Palace. The service and views were amazing. Try to combine your visit with a tour Opera House which is truly splendid.
Pharmarium is a quaint cocktail bar located directly across from the Nobel Prize Museum in Old Town. The quirky "old school" decor gives the place a surprisingly sexy vibe. If you are hungry order meatballs from their restaurant next door.
The Cadier Bar at the Grand Hotel is open late (2am) and the service, food, and drinks were good. The decor is elegant yet comfortable. While most spots were closed we were fortunate enough to get a comfy couch and table after the concert.
Scandic Continental Hotel has a beautiful rooftop bar with sweeping views and an extra large screen to watch the game. The service and drinks are good.
Miss Behave Bar is a fun and friendly bar along the water.