Europe

72 hours in Stockholm

How to enjoy a trip to Sweden’s capital city

Clean, fresh and simple, Stockholm is the epitome of understated cool. Laid back but efficient, stylish but androgynous; the city has a Baltic, utilitarian charm that is straightforward almost to the point of indifference. But far from being unpleasant, the local penchant to err on the side of aloof only adds to the refreshing, relaxed vibe. And with Nordic cuisine becoming ever more popular, the time is ripe to go and sample some of the best in the world – reindeer carpaccio and all. Throw in a proper Swedish massage, some truffled game sausage and a trip to the Abba museum and you have yourself one hell of a city break. Here’s how to eat well, rest up and party hard Scandi-style.

Where to stay

It’s the lounge that clinches it for Stockholm’s Nobis design hotel (www.nobis.se/en). That and a near-perfect central location on one of the city’s most show-stopping squares. But really it’s all about the lounge. The combination of contemporary, minimalistic furniture dwarfed by a spectacular 28m-high ceiling in a vast white courtyard-style space is a real show-stopper. Particularly in contrast to the historic façade of this 19th-century building. And…

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