It's rare that you can say a capital city truly acts as a microcosm for the country it represents, but with Stockholm, it might just be true. The capital of the Scandinavian nation of Sweden, it has it all: a rich history, a thriving cultural scene, a modern and dynamic approach to life, and an abundance of outdoor opportunities. If we had to sum it up quickly, we'd say this: effortlessly trendy, and yet warmly welcoming. Stockholm is also the perfect place for a city break; check out our Stockholm weekend trip guide for things to do, places to see and food to eat.
While it would be easy to think that Stockholm is a land of health-conscious dishes or warm pastries and coffee, it would also be lazy. With literally thousands of restaurants, in a city of just 1.5 million residents, the options are almost endless. The meal smörgåsbord actually originated in Stockholm and is offered by many restaurants and hotels, so be sure to take full advantage; a traditional one will include a selection of herring, salmon and eel.
Unfortunately, eating in Stockholm can be pricey, with alcohol being particularly expensive, but most restaurants do carry a lunch offer, known as a "dagens ratt", so look out for that if you're on a budget. On the opposite end of the scale, Stockholm also has a surprisingly high number of Michelin star restaurants for a city so small.
Stockholm has four airports, and all are connected to the city centre by airport coaches or high-speed train services. The biggest of these four is Arlanda, and is 40km north of the city.
The weather in Stockholm is a story of contrasts, and while there's no bad time to visit they city, it's true that different months will afford different experiences. From June to August the weather is warm, and the days are long - to the point that the sun almost never sets - so during this time, you can take advantage of the city's many beaches and outdoor spaces. The winters, on the contrary, are long, dark and harsh; don't be deterred though, because from late November, Christmas markets will spring up across the city, and it will be covered in a layer of snow that makes everything look cosy.