Sweden's three biggest cities offer the best of Nordic living. This idea is designed to give you a taste of Nordic city life!
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Europe7 days / June - July - August 2020
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Swedish fika culture
Visiting Sweden is a bit expensive - especially food and drinks
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sweden is very tech-friendly, which means virtually everything can be easily booked online or through apps.