Freys’ tips

Things to see and do in Stockholm

Freys Hotel provides the perfect starting-point for your visit to Stockholm. We always do our best to ensure that you, our guest, can get the most out of your stay here. We have therefore put together a list of personal tips for restaurants, cafés, and things to see and do – we hope you like it!


Many of us at Freys love going out to eat at a good restaurant. Our list of personally recommended restaurants is long. Read on for some inspiration, and please feel free to ask for more information!

A place where you can drink mead and get your Viking on, as all the serving staff are dressed in Viking clothes and welcome you with a French horn. The cutlery and glasses are just like the ones used in Viking times. Aifur serves real Swedish food.

Small and charming. The tasting menu is recommended. Not that big, so it might be hard to get a table.

Berns Asiatiska
Flavours from across Asia in magnificent surroundings. The atmosphere is an experience in itself. Always delicious, well-prepared food, and the brunch is one of the most reasonably priced in the capital.

Carls Deli
An Italian restaurant and deli on the entrance level of Hötorgshallen food hall. Serving exquisite food made with fine ingredients. Small and intimate.

Well-prepared food with flavours distinct from other Asian restaurants.

Big Margaritas and good food in an old wine cellar in Gamla Stan. Wonderfully cosy with a great atmosphere, this place has a little loft with floor cushions where you can enjoy a tasty cocktail

Serving vegetarian food and providing an amazing view of Stadsgårdshamnen harbour and Strömmen river.

A sky-bar offering delicious cocktails and tremendous views across the capital.

Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar. Delightful flavours and a festive atmosphere. The perfect place for after-dinner drinks, or even some dancing.

Meatballs for the People
A place that services meatballs of every possible kind. The bar is a great place for drinks, looking out over the dining room and open kitchen.

In the middle of Norr Mälarstrand, the beach on the south-east side of Kungsholmen island. Café, restaurant, bar and a great place to hang out, in a wonderful waterside setting. The restaurant mainly targets LGBTQ, but naturally welcomes everybody who wants to enjoy a great time both on land and on the pontoons. Great for coffee and cake, lunch or dinner, a glass of wine or a few drinks before hitting the town’s nightlife.

An excellent meat restaurant at Sickla retail park, just outside the city limits. One of few restaurants in Sweden to offer both Kobe and Wagyu beef from Japan. Well worth a visit.

A lovely place on the water, below the bridge to Djurgården island. Perfect for a relaxing drink and something nice to eat.

Swing by Golfbaren
Mini golf + food = a great combo! Offers both fine dining in the restaurant, and a more relaxed bar menu at the mini golf. The perfect evening activity for the whole family.

Close to Freys Hotel. Friendly staff, delicious food, lovely drinks and a fantastic view. In the summer they have a massive rooftop terrace where you can watch the sunset.

A super-fresh eatery with amazing food with Japanese and Korean influences. Plenty to choose from.

Serving timeless classics in a great setting. Our guests really love this restaurant.

A cosy waterside restaurant on Norr Mälarstrand, serving delicious Italian food.


‘Fika’ is a typically Swedish phenomenon that generally involves coffee and something sweet, often at a café. There are lots of cafés in Stockholm,but here are three of our favourites.

Founded in 1928. A great bakery and café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Vetekatten is just a few minutes’ walk from Freys Hotel and is a real Stockholm classic.

Gamla Stan is home to Café Kaffekoppen, where you can enjoy ‘fika’ in a 17th century cellar vault. A lovely, cosy café with a great and varied menu.

Flickorna Helin
Enjoy coffee with a homemade pastry, or a delicious lunch at this delightful café in the old Skånska Gruvan building. In the summer there’s outdoor seating with views of the Djurgården canal.

Views of Stockholm

Central Stockholm offers many great lookouts where you can enjoy views of Sweden’s beautiful capital. Here are some of the top ones.

Söder Mälarstrand
A walk along Söder Mälarstrand at sunset is hard to beat. Looking towards the City Hall with the sky at its finest is a truly magical experience. Well worth capturing on your camera.

Admire the views from Katarinavägen 
The lookout on Katarinavägen at the north end of Södermalm island looks out over Gamla Stan, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården. There are some amazing views from here, with boats and big ships cruising by.

Lunch with a view
Whether or not you’re into modern art, we recommend lunch or ‘fika’ in the Moderna Museet restaurant. It offers one of Stockholm’s best views of Djurgården, through a huge glass wall.

Skinnarviksberget lookout
On Södermalm island, we recommend Skinnarviksberget lookout to get a great view of Stockholm. Perfect for a picnic in fine company!


There’s a lot to experience and discover in Stockholm and its environs. Here are just a few suggestions.

Rosendals Trädgård
A lovely garden to visit for a day, whatever the season. It often hosts activities for families with children.

The Hallwyl museum
Enjoy a guided or unguided tour in this national museum of cultural history, showing what a wealthy home looked like at the turn of last century. If you go on the guided tour, you also get to see the top floor and more of the house. After your visit, we recommend taking the tram to Waldemarsudde to stroll through the beautiful park.

In the warmer months, the archipelago town of Vaxholm is a lovely place for a day out with a nice jetty, little boutiques and some excellent restaurants. Boats leave from Strömkajen and Nybrokajen and take between 45 and 75 minutes.

The Fredhäll Rocks
At the western end of Kungsholmen island, you’ll find these lovely waterside rocks. With their south-west location, these bare rocks get the sun all day long, and you can watch the sunset later on. Take a picnic, a nice bottle of wine and maybe even a portable barbecue, and enjoy a balmy summer’s evening. And don’t forget to take your swimming stuff for a dip in the water. Get there by taking the Green metro line west. Get off at Kristineberg, walk through the tunnel and take a right towards the water. You’ll be there in just a few minutes.

Stockholm on two wheels – Road Bike Stockholm

Explore Stockholm on a guided bike tour. Choose from a morning ride, half- or full day ride. Bring your on bike or rent a bike. Thomas who will take you out on the roads will pick you up at the hotel. The activity can be booked for 2- 4 people.

Walking tip 1
Walk along Strandvägen to the bridge over to Djurgården, or take the tram. Stop on the bridge and enjoy the stunning view. The current bridge was finished in 1896, the same year the Freys brand was established. Walk across the bridge and turn left. After five minutes you’ll be at Flickorna Helin. Enjoy coffee with a homemade pastry, or a delicious lunch at this delightful café in the old Skånska Gruvan building. If you’re up for some singing, dancing and nostalgia, the brilliant ABBA Museum is just a stone’s throw away. From here you can carry on to Gamla Stan on the Djurgården Ferry (use your SL ticket or pass), or take the tram back to Hamngatan and visit the Hallwyl Museum, a grand old home with collections of art, weapons and antiquities. The museum also has interesting temporary exhibitions. In the summer you can finish off with a drink in the museum’s lovely courtyard.

Walking tip 2
Walk to the Drottninggatan shopping street and head down towards Gamla Stan, passing the Royal Palace on the way. If you like, stop and see the guards’ parade and experience the small alleyways. When you reach the end of Gamla Stan, at Slussen, you can take a ferry to Djurgården, home to the Vasa Museum, Skansen open-air museum and zoo, and Gröna Lund theme park. This will all keep you busy for hours. On the way back, take the metro to T-centralen and finish off with a short walk back to the hotel. This will take up an entire day and show you many different parts of central Stockholm.

Picnic on Djurgården
Take the bus a way beyond Skansen and Gröna Lund on the green island of Djurgården. When you get off walk towards the water and find your own perfect spot. There are many green parks and waterside rocks to enjoy in Stockholm and they’re all great for picnics – please ask at reception for more information.

Good to know

Our capital has a lot to offer. We are happy to share tips with you to help you make the most of your stay in Stockholm. Please stop by in reception and we’ll find something to suit your wishes and requirements. Welcome to Stockholm and Freys Hotel!