Marco Polo’s top tips for Stockholm on a budget!
Many restaurants serve a dagensrätt (daily special) at lunchtime. It usually consists of a hot main course, salad, bread, a non-alcoholic beverage and coffee and prices start at around 70 SEK – great value, considering the usually high restaurant prices.
You will find multicultural fast food (e.g. Indian, Greek, Lebanese) at a reasonable price in the Kungshallen ‘snack temple’. Kungsgatan 44 | Norrmalm | Green line: Hötorget | www.kungshallen.eu
Fast-food classics with many different kinds of fried herring – as a burger, on crispbread or with mashed potatoes – are served at Strömmingsvagnen Slussen. In summer, daily 10am–8pm, at other times 11am–6pm | Södermalmstorg | Bus 2, 3, 43, 53, 55, 76: Slussen | Red and green lines: Slussen
HERMANS TRÄDGÅRDSCAFÉ: This garden restaurant not only provides a wonderful view of Stockholm but also has a good vegetarian buffet with dishes from all over the world. Grill evenings in summer (Wed – Sun 5–9pm). No alcohol! Fjällgatan 23B | Södermalm | Tel. 08 643 94 80 | Bus 2, 3: Tjärhovsplan | www.hermans.se (go to “International Visitors”)
ÖSTGÖTAKÄLLAREN: No matter whether you order Viennese schnitzel, pickled knuckle of pork or roast lamb, the motto ‘rustic, substantial and inexpensive’ applies. Large servings! Östgötagatan 41 | Södermalm | Tel. 08 6 43 22 30 | Green line: Medborgarplatsen | www.ostgotakallaren.gastrogate.com
China and stoneware has been produced in Gustavsbergs Porslinsfabrik since 1827. The outlet sells seconds at a discount of between 30 and 50%. The Fabriksbutiken next door also sells reduced articles made by Rörstrand, Iitala, Arabia, Hackman, Höganäs Keramik and Boda Nova. Mon–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat–Sun 11am–4pm | Chamottevägen 2 | Gustavsberg | Bus 474 from Slussen to Hemmesta: Farstaviken (around 20 min) or by Strömmakanalbolaget ship from Nybrokajen | July–mid-Aug daily 10.30 am (around 2 hours), return 1.45pm | Return fare 200 SEK | www.gustavsbergsporslinsfabrik.se
The 65 shops in the Stockholm Quality Outlet Barkaby offer discounts of 30-60% on the goods they sell. Daily | Majorsvägen 2 | Barkaby | Local train from the main station to Kungsängen or Bålsta: Jakobsberg, then bus 567 to Outlet | www.qualityoutlet.com
Students of the Royal Music University give regular classical, jazz and folk concerts that are either free or very reasonably priced. Kungliga Musikhögskolan | Valhallavägen 105 | Tel. 08 16 18 00 | Bus 4: Musikhögskolan | Red line to Mörby: Stadion | www.kmh.se/english
Those who are more interested in the music than the action on the stage can buy a ticket for a lyssnarplats (hearer’s seat) at the Kungliga Operan for 40 SEK (60 SEK, Fri–Sat). Information and tickets Tel. 08 7 91 44 00 or www.operan.se
Monday is cinema day at the Zita repertory cinema – tickets cost only 70 SEK each. Birger Jarlsgatan 37 | bus 1, 2, 55, 56: Stureplan | Red line: Östermalmstorg | www.zita.se
Many hotels offer rooms at greatly reduced prices at weekends and in the Swedish summer holidays. It’s a good idea to check individual homepages to find out current rates! You will also frequently be given additional discounts for internet bookings.
Your stay in Stockholm will be less expensive if you take advantage of the Stockholm Package. It can be booked for one to three days and includes hotel accommodation and the Stockholm Card – which includes free admission to over 80 museums and attractions plus free public transport (www.destination-stockholm.com). The Stockholm Tourist Center will also help you find a rooms (Vasagatan 14 | Tel. 08 50 82 85 08 | www.visitstockholm.com
HOTEL TRE SMÅ RUM: This mini-hotel in the basement of a residential building is cheap, simple and clean. The shower and WC are shared with other guests and you prepare your own breakfast. 7 rooms | Högbergsgatan 81 | Södermalm | Tel. 08 6 41 23 71 | Red line: Mariatorget | www.tresmarum.se
STF VANDRARHEM FRIDHEMSPLAN: In addition to the obligatory multi-bed rooms, Stockholm’s most modern youth hostel also has private rooms for 1 to 4 guests that almost reach hotel standards. They have a TV and free internet access and their own WC and shower. 390 beds including 100 double rooms. With International youth hostel membership card | St. Eriksgatan 20 | Vasastan | Tel. 08 6 53 88 00 | Bus 1, 4, 62: Fridhemsplan | Blue and green lines: Fridhemsplan | www.fridhemsplan.se/en
The half-mile long Monteliusvägen footpath stretches along pretty Södermalm. Although rather narrow, it offers a fabulous view over Lake Mälar, Stadshuset and Riddarholmen. www.spottedbylocals.com/stockholm/monteliusvagen
You only have to pay 40 SEK to climb the 365 steps of the City Hall tower in the Stadhuset and you will be rewarded with an incomparable view of the city. June–Aug daily 9am–5pm, April Sat–Sun 10am–4pm | Hantverkargatan 1 | Bus 3, 62: Stadshuset | Blue line: Rådhuset | http://international.stockholm.se/City-Hall/Guided-tours-of-the-City-Hall/The-City-Hall-Tower/
Ice-skating fans have a heyday during Stockholm’s winter. You can skate on the artificial ice rinks in Vasaparken and at the Östermalm sporting complex every day, free of charge. Nov to first week in March Mon, Fri 8.30am–6pm, Tue, Thu 8.30am–8pm, Wed 11am–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm | If you don’t have your own skates: skate rental 50 SEK/hour | Bus 52, 55, 62, 69, 76; S7 | Blue line: Kungsträdgåden
A small park in the Vasastan district brings back memories of one of the best known Swedish jazz singers Monica Zetterlund. If you want to hear her voice, all you have to do is sit down on the big wooden bench and the music begins automatically. Roslagsgatan/corner of Surbrunnsgatan | Bus 2, 4, 42, 43, 53, 72: Roslagsgatan | Red line: Tekniska Högskolan
Can’t do without your favourite newspaper even when on holiday? You can browse through more than 30 international dailies, free of charge, in the Stadsbiblioteket (Public Libary). Mon–Thu 9am–9pm, Fri 9am–7pm, Sat–Sun noon–4pm | Sveavägen 73 | Bus 2, 4, 42, 53, 59: Stadsbiblioteket | Green line: Rådmansgatan
Changing of the guard
High up on horseback and with a military band: the changing of the guard and parade ceremony in front of the Royal Palace is a real crowd-puller in Stockholm. But His Majesty’s soldiers are not there for fun: they are on sentry duty and protect the royal family. (In summer Mon–Sat 12.15pm, Sun 1.15pm, at other times Wed, Sat 12.15pm, Sun 1.15pm). Mid-Sept to mid-May Tue–Sun noon–4pm, mid-May to mid-Sept daily 10am–5pm | Slottsbacken | Entrance fee from 100 SEK | Bus 2, 43, 55, 71, 76: Slottsbacken | Green and red lines: Gamla Stan | www.royalcourt.se
Rikdagshuset: The monumental Parliament Building and the national bank on Helgeands holmen were opened in 1905 and 1906 respectively. Free tours (in Swedish and English) October to mid-June Sat–Sun noon, 1.30pm, mid-June to August daily noon–3pm | Riksgatan 3 | Tel. 087 86 48 62 | Bus 3, 53: Riddarhus torget | Green and red lines: Gamla Stan | www.riksdagen.se/en
Buy the Stockholm Marco Polo Guide