Ever since my first visit in 2015 I have a weak spot for the Swedish capital and many visits later that love is still growing strong. Strolling along the waterfront, visiting museums (tip: Vasa), shopping, have fika, take a boat tour or even take a dip in the water or go skating on the frozen lake, Stockholm has it all! The different districts Gamla Stan (the old town), Norrmalm, Östermalm, Södermalm, Djurgarden and Kungsholmen have very few secrets for me.
Stockholm is a city of contrasts. It is not just a trendy, leading place, the city also has a rich history. It is a cosmopolitan city and still has a very relaxed atmosphere. It is the city where fresh water (Mälaren) meets salt (Baltic Sea).
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Stockholm consists of 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges. The city is very green. One third of the city is water, another third is green and another third of the area are buildings. In Stockholm you never have to take more than 300 steps to be surrounded by nature!
One side of Stockholm is Lake Mälaren, the third largest lake in Sweden. On the opposite side you have the Baltic Sea with some 24,000 islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago. Other sources speak of 30,000 islands – I have no ambition to recount them ;-)
Stockholm city is home to approximately 850,000 people. In Greater Stockholm there are 2.4 million inhabitants. One fourth of the Swedish population lives in the capital.
History of Stockholm
In 1252 Stockholm shows up in literature for the first time. The city was probably founded by Birger Jarl. Stockholm’s name is a composition of ‘stock’ (piece of wood) and “holm” (island). Birger Jarl would have thrown a piece of wood in the water to see where it would wash up and what the best place would be to build a settlement.
With Kulturnatten I ended up in Skansen , on Djurgården. Their new attraction, Baltic Sea Science Centre, had just opened. Admission to the Baltic Sea Science Center is included in your Skansen ticket. In this aquarium and scientific center you will learn everything about life in the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea is the sea between Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Denmark. Because the sea has only a limited connection with the Atlantic, it is rather brackish water.
The Baltic Sea has a unique but fragile ecosystem. In addition to the aquaria (there is even a large aquarium where you walk underneath in a tunnel), attention is also paid to conservation and the future of the Baltic Sea.
Baltic Sea Science Centre
In the new aquarium, the different fragile ecosystems of the Baltic Sea found their place. There are aquaria that represent the shallow rocky coasts and aquaria of the open sea. Among other things, you see cod, herring, lumpfish, flatfish and sturgeons swimming around. Most aquariums are quite large and can be viewed from multiple sides. The showpiece is of course the tunnel tank. Here you literally walk under the fish.
In another part of the center you will get more explanation about the fragile ecosystem and the influence of environmental pollution and global warming on the Baltic Sea. The gigantic map where you can step across the Baltic Sea is impressive as well.
Baltic Sea Science Centre is part of Skansen. Admission is included in your Skansen ticket.
Sweden and flea markets, it’s a special thing. If you see the word ‘loppis’ popping up and do you have a nose for beautiful flea market finds, or if you just want to browse through all the old stuff, then you have to follow the signs. Loppis is Swedish for flea market. If you’re interested in visiting flea markets in Stockholm, just continue reading!
The Swedes are generally very environmentally conscious and are therefore regularly found on loppisar (plural of loppis), both as a seller and as a buyer. Their motto: give things a second life instead of throwing them away. Moreover, the loppisar are always very cozy, with fika stalls, sometimes even music and animation. It is a popular weekend activity.
Some tips for visiting a loppis as a foreigner
Bring some cash. You can pay with ‘swish’ at most flea markets, but since you cannot use this system without a Swedish bank account, cash will be the only means of payment as a foreigner. At some stalls you can pay by card, but these are more likely to be the exceptions.
An overview of all flea markets in your area (also outside of Stockholm) can be found at this Swedish website. At the beginning of spring, a number of large, one-off flea markets take place. In the list below, I have limited myself to the markets that take place several times a year.
Hornstull Marknad offers a mix of street food, food trucks, vintage, handmade items, … Without a doubt the hippest variant of a loppis.
Where? Hornstulls Strand on Södermalm
When? Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, from during the first weekend of April to the last weekend of September (except for the midsummer weekend). There is also a winter version: Hornstulls Julmarknad.
A typical flea market where the objects are spread out on and around tables. Next to the locals who sell their own stuff, I also noticed a lot of stalls from semi-professionals who make a real trade out of it.
Where? As the title suggests, this loppis takes place at Karlaplan, the large round square on Östermalm on Karlavägen. The stalls are arranged in a circle around the square.
When? You can visit the loppis in Karlaplan on Saturdays from April 27 to June 15 and from August 3 to October 5. The stalls are set up from 11 am to 3 pm.
Where? Kungsholmstorg is a broad green avenue on Kungsholmen. The ‘square’ runs from Norr Mälarstrand all the way to Handverkgatan.
When? Every Sunday between 19 May and 9 June and between 1 and 22 September. The loppis runs from 11 am to 3 pm.
Loppisar or flea markets just outside of Stockholm
In 2016, this flea market conquered the world record when you could choose from no fewer than 1024 trunk boxes to find unique finds and make bargains.
Where? Bromma is located around 8 km from the center of Stockholm. The address is Travbaneplan 20, Bromma.
Backluckeloppis, what a wonderful word for a drive-in flea market.
Where? Huddinge is just south of Stockholm. The address for this loppis is Lissma Skolväg 6, Huddinge.
When? This flea market takes place every Sunday between the first weekend of April and the last weekend of October from 8 am to 4 pm.
Bakluckeloppis i Hågelby
This bakluckeloppis is the largest in the south of Stockholm. It can therefore be quite busy but it is a cozy loppis where there are extra activities for children.
Where? Tumba is located between Södertälje and Stockholm. The drive-in-loppis is to be found in Hågelby gård.
When? Every Saturday from 11 May to 12 October (except for midsummer) from 11 am to 3 pm and every Wednesday between 19 June and 14 August from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Pin for later: loppis in Stockholm
Disclaimer: this overview has been compiled with the greatest care, but local changes may still be made after this overview has been drawn up. If you notice errors or changes, please let me know! Even if you discover another loppis in or around Stockholm that is not yet on the list, just let me know.
Stockholm has (another) a new hotel: Blique by Nobis. The hotel is located in Vasastaden (on the border with the Haga district) and is located in a former Philips warehouse. After a thorough renovation, it is now a modern boutique hotel with 249 rooms, a rooftop terrace and a courtyard with a resident food truck.
The hotel’s designer is the renowned Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh. For those who sometimes watch Husdrömmar on SVT, Gert is the male half of the presenters’ duo.
There are different types of rooms, from budget-friendly single rooms to luxurious suites and rooms with kitchenettes. Some of the rooms got the ‘sleep tight’ or ‘sleep deeper’ label. There are no windows in these rooms. I had not really paid attention when booking, so I had a room without windows. Although I usually prefer a nice view, it doesn’t really bother me if there are no windows. Especially in the summer months when the nights never really get dark, a dark room can be a plus. In the end you are only in your hotel room to sleep. The money that you save is a nice extra for some more shopping or to spend on fika.
In the bathroom you’re spoiled with products from the Swedish brand Byredo. A special mention for the breakfast and especially for the extensive choice of smoothies. Talking about a colorful start of the day! In the basement there is a mini cinema for private screenings (max. 20 people) and a sauna. The hotel regularly organizes parties and events.
There is a rooftop bar / restaurant with a view over the city. The restaurant has already become very popular in a short time, so it is best to reserve your table in advance. On the menu you will find cocktails and Scandinavian-Asian inspired dishes.
Blique by Nobis, practical information
How do you reach Blique by Nobis?
The hotel is located in the north of Stockholm. The immediate vicinity of the hotel is less touristy, but with the metro (T-bana or Tunnelbana) you can easily reach the heart of the city. Download the SL app to view the local and fastest timetables on site. Personally, I found the stop at Torsplan the easiest.