In my attempts to conquer Europe, I've been looking for a lot of local's guides to different cities. Most of them I've found very helpful. Now, in a sudden attack of love for my hometown, I felt like writing down some of my best budget tips to Stockholm. I'm a 22-year-old, usually poor, vegan student who likes arts, vintage clothing, history and cosy cafés. So that's what my best tips will be all about.
3-day or 7-day travel pass from SL, the local traffic, is the cheapest and easiest way to go. Those are valid on all buses, tram, underground and the Djurgården ferry. Use www.sl.se/reseplanerare to find the best way between destinations in town.
Stockholm is generally vegetarian friendly, with lacto-ovo meals to be found at about every café, restaurant etc. Fast food is overall boring, the safest cards being falafel, sushi or thai food (beware of hidden oyster sauces etc, though). If you want burgers, the local chain Max (Vasagatan near Central station/Kungsträdgården) makes them a lot better than McDonalds. The best vegetarian sushi is found at Kokyo (Sveavägen 105), where you can get a lot of different vegan japanese meals, including tofu ice cream for dessert.
Café 60 (Sveavägen 60) is about the only café in town that keeps open until late (about 1AM), and a really cosy place. About 100 different tea blends, giant pastries and cakes. Free wifi.
A slightly more expensive choice is Hermans (Fjällgatan 23B), that serves a big vegetarian buffet (165-195SEK). Some hot meals, lots of raw food and fantastic pastries and cakes for dessert. Student discount: eat 2, pay for 1. Vegan Wednesdays. At summertime, dinner is best eaten in the garden, with a great view over Stockholm. Lunch is cheaper (100SEK) and usually less crowded.
About a block from Hermans lies Kafé 44 (Tjärhovsgatan 46), legendary straight edge vegan punk club. The clientel is mostly anarchists, socialists and different alternative people. Food and coffee are extremely cheap (coffee 10SEK, lunch 55SEK, sandwiches 30-45SEK, pastries 15-20SEK), and there are bands playing in the basement a few nights a week.
Jerusalem Kebab (Götgatan 59) serves the cheapest falafel (29SEK) or veggie mix plate (55SEK) in town. Open until very late!
Kafé Klavér (Rutger Fuchsgatan 5) is the perfect place when you're tired or have work to do. The café has a lot of guests for lunch and dinner, but inbetween it's usually almost empty. Have a cup of tea, a beer or a sandwich, sit an hour or two and relax. Of course there's free wifi. Evenings usually includes singer songwriter-acts, plays, poetry and different cultural events.
The easiest way to eat cheap is, of course, to find a good grocery store. Well-assorted and cheap ones includes Hemköp City next to Sergels Torg, and Coop at Medborgarplatsen.
Goodstore (Skånegatan 92) is a great ecological and vegan food store at Södermalm. Well worth a visit.
It is not possible to buy wine or other alcohol in ordinary grocery stores in Sweden, but the governmental monopoly Systembolaget is found all around town.
The market at Hötorget will offer fresh fruits, berries and vegetables monday-friday. Drop by when they close around 5PM to get good discounts.
Pubs and clubs:
Not really my cup of tea. But generally, the fancy night clubs are found around Stureplan (City), while cheap beer is found around Fridhemsplan or Södermalm around Medborgarplatsen.
Things to do:
My no 1 museum of Stockholm is the Modern Arts Museum at beautiful Skeppsholmen island. But if you want to look at art without paying entrance fees, the galleries of Hornsgatan (near Slussen) is a quite nice alternative.
If you're interested in history, I recommend open air-museum Skansen at Djurgården island. One can easily spend a day there, among beautiful old houses in the museum and nordic animals in the zoo. National holidays is often celebrated here. Bring a pique-nique and enjoy some great views. Nordiska Muséet, also located at Djurgården, is mostly worth the visit for the big collections of clothes and textiles. Free admission wednesdays 17-20 (except from june-august). Stockholm's medieval museum (Strömparterren 3) is a nice little place with free admission near the Royal palace.
Compared to many european cities, Stockholm is a city full of water, built on islands as it is. Even in the city, the water is clean enough to take a bath in it. Many inhabitants will spend their summer days at Långholmen island, either at the beach or the cliffs. Nice alternatives is Rålambshovsparken across the water, or taking the subway to Brunnsviken near Stockholm University Campus.
The best view for a pique-nique, a long, bright summer evening, is found from Ivar Los Park or the rest of Mariaberget: Take the subway to Mariatorget and start walking up the slopes. Breath-taking!
In general, the international big chains such as H&M will be found very central around Drottninggatan and Sergels Torg. Souvenirs and handicrafts in the tourist district of Gamla Stan, while smaller and more original stores will be found mostly at Södermalm.
A cheap and nice sortiment of beautiful photo books, papers and office materials, and the cheapest postcards in town will be found at Drottninggatans bok & bild (Drottninggatan 9).
Hedengrens bokhandel at Stureplan is a siecle-old and beautiful bookstore with a big international sortiment, and a lot of interesting books you didn't know that you needed.
Retro soft drinks, candy, teas, ice-cream, and original presents is found in the beautiful old-style grocery store Alla Tiders Handelsbod (Österlånggatan 20).
Vintage store Beyond Retro has three stores around town (Åsögatan 144, Brännkyrkagatan 82, Drottninggatan 77), with a wide range of American vintage clothes, tulle skirts, beautiful dresses, jeans, crazy party wear and accessories.
A true vintage gold-mine is Old Touch (Upplandsgatan 43) near Odenplan.
Now that's all for now, with my Stockholm tips. Hope that anyone will find them useful!