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Biggest Cities In Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Sweden's three biggest cities are rich in Nordic culture and cuisine. Explore the architecture, art and design, and other facets of these beautiful cities.

by madelineraeawayAbout Me:Madeline Rae Away is a travel and lifestyle blog created by Madeline - A Canadian living in Sweden. read more

EuropeSweden7 days / June - July - August 2020

Highs & Lows

Swedish fika culture

Visiting Sweden is a bit expensive - especially food and drinks

Itinerary Overview

Many people think that Denmark is the capital of cozy, but Sweden is pretty cozy too. Swede's are often coined as being some of the happiest people in the world, and after visiting the three biggest Swedish cities, you'll understand why.

Everything in Sweden is very "lagom" - which is a Swedish term that translates to "not too much, not too little, but just the right amount." These cities are rich in Nordic culture, have beautiful architecture, world-leading design and innovation, and are coffee-obsessed.

In this guide you'll find the best things to do and eat in Sweden's biggest cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. This itinerary is easily done by public transport and I'd recommend spending at least a week to complete this itinerary. 

  • 3 Nights: Stockholm
    Stunning old town, museums, and amazing street art
  • 2 Nights: Gothenburg
    Historic neighbourhoods, waterfront, and great food culture
  • 2 Nights: Malmö
    Canals, waterfront, and beautiful old town

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    I've included lots of restaurant recommendations in each individual city guide. You'll probably notice food in Sweden can be quite expensive. If you're looking for some cheap eats, grab a falafel or kebab. Sweden is actually very famous for both and they are cheap (normally around 3-4 USD for a wrap).

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Sweden is an almost cashless country. Most places will not take cash, so don't you don't need to take money from the ATM. Instead, I would just use a debit or credit card to avoid getting stuck with cash that you can't use.

  • Packing tips?

    The weather in Sweden is very unpredictable. While the summer is normally quite mild and sunny, it has also been known to have cold and rainy days. So make sure you bring layers and a rain jacket.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The best way to travel between cities in Sweden is by train. You can book your train tickets using the SJ app. For the most part, these cities are not super big and are therefore very walkable. If you want to get to your destination faster like the locals do, I highly recommend renting a bike in Malmö and Gothenburg - they are both very bike-friendly. All three cities have amazing public transportation systems. In Malmö, you can take the bus. In Gothenburg, the city is connected by a mix of trams and buses. And in Stockholm, you can use buses, trams, or the subway. In order to use public transit, you'll need to download the respective transportation app for each city to buy tickets....Read More

  • Any surprises?

    The liquor laws can be quite shocking for new visitors. If you are looking to save a bit of money and buy alcohol from a store, you'll need to head to the state-owned liquor chain called "Systembolget." But keep in mind, because it is state-owned, the hours are very limited. On Saturdays locations normally close by 3pm, and all locations are closed on Sundays.

  • Booking details?

    Sweden is very tech-friendly, which means virtually everything can be easily booked online or through apps.


  • Collector's Lady Hamilton Hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm's Old Town (Gamla Stan). This quirky boutique hotel has an amazing location and offers an amazing morning breakfast.

  • Gothia Towers is a massive popular hotel and conference centre that is centrally located in Gothenburg, and offers nice rooms at affordable prices.

  • Ohboy Hotell is a trendy, sustainable hotel located in Malmö's harbour. They also offer you bikes to cycle around this bike-friendly city. Other great hotel options are Clarion Malmö Live and MJs Hotel.