Six hip spots to sun seek in Sweden's capital
The Local · 2 Jul 2015, 06:28
Published: 02 Jul 2015 06:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Jul 2015 06:28 GMT+02:00
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1. Hornstull beach, Södermalm
To the west of Stockholm's hipster island, Södermalm, Hornstull offers one of the most popular swimming (and posing) spots in the city. You can jump off several jetties and even test your upper body strength on an in-water climbing wall. All this, just 100 metres from Loopen, one of the city's hottest floating bars and right next to the suburb's weekly food and vintage market, which comes to life every Sunday throughout the summer.
Photo: The Local
2. Trädgården, Södermalm
The monarch of Stockholm's summer club scene, the multi-level Trädgården at Skanstull in Södermalm has a huge open courtyard and is currently offering daytime sessions on Saturdays, with free entry between 2pm and 4pm. You can avoid the queues, catch some rays, brush up on your ping pong skills and grab a scrumptious burger as well as dancing to international DJs. On Saturday July 4th, veteran British drum and bass and jungle DJ Shy FX takes to the turntables, while the following weekend disco dance duo Idjut Boys tops the bill.
3. Oaxen Slip, Djurgården
Something of hidden gem just off the tourist trail on Stockholm's Djurgården island, this award winning bistro has a huge wooden waterside deck where you'll find some of the city's most well heeled residents at this time of year (well, more likely wearying loafers or sandals when the sun is shining). Sharing plates at at Oaxen Slip start at 165 kronor, including Ox sausage, with kohlrabi, grilled king crab and rainbow trout. Between June 19th and August 16th, the bistro is open between midday and 11pm and promises to fit in thirsty drinkers if there is space alongside diners.
Photo: Eric Olsson/Oaxen Krog & Slip
4. Eriksdalsbadet, Södermalm
If fresh water isn't your thing, head to Stockholm's largest outdoor swimming pool complex in Skanstull, just a stone's throw from Trädgården.
While you'll find plenty of hot twentysomethings sunning themselves here - and perhaps even some famous Swedish swimmers - beware this is also a popular family destination, so be prepared for plenty of children making a splash around you. Entry to Eriksdalsbadet costs 70 kronor for adults and 20 kronor for children. The pool opens at 6.30am on weekdays and at 9am on weekends.
Swedish swimmer Terese Alshammar has been known to train at Eriksdalsbadet. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT
5. Solstugan, Kungsholmen
Kungsholmen isn't the trendiest spot in Stockholm but we're huge fans of Solstugan, a cosy, slightly hippy bar on a cliff top overlooking the island of Lilla Essingen. The menu includes scrummy sandwiches, burgers, baked potatoes, salads and cakes. It is open from 10.30am until 10pm throughout the summer, and remember to look out for live music nights. If things get chilly, there are plenty of heaters on the terrace.
6. Strandvägen, Östermalm
Have you checked out the luxury boats on Sweden's most expensive street? Luckily for you some of them are open for visitors. While a bottle of beer is likely to set you back at least 75 kronor, we guarantee this is one of the best locations in the city for people watching. From here, you can also on a cruise ship to several islands in Stockholm's archipelago.
Strandbryggan Sea Club is one of the most popular floating bars, serving up cocktails and seafood as its specialities.
Strandvägen. Photo: The Local
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