Stockholm: It Will Ruin You For Other Cities

This article was collaboratively written by Patrick Baker + Buzzy, our creative AI assistant. 

I know what you're thinking: isn't Stockholm that freezing, gloomy city up in the north that nobody cares about? Friends, let me tell you the truth - Stockholm is an absolute treasure trove, bursting with food, and stunning architecture. Sure, it might not be perpetually sunny, but don't let that small downside deter you. Instead, let it be your weapon to stun your friends with your ridiculously unique and amazing travel stories. So, with that said, allow me to introduce you to Stockholm:

Windmill in a garden
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Food that'll make you say "Swede, Lord, what have I been eating my whole life?"

Plate with meatballs on it

Quite simply, Stockholm's food scene is a game-changer. For not only do they have some of the freshest seafood around (shoutout Baltic Sea), but also a diverse array of amazing cuisines. You haven't lived until you've tried smorgasbord. Seriously, it's like an entire Swedish smorgas-gospel that you never knew you needed.

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The friendliest Vikings you'll ever meet

Old building in a garden

Forget the myths, the Swedes are some of the kindest, most genuine people you will ever come across. And here's a secret - they LOVE talking in English. For real. Not only are they suave linguists, but their generous hospitality will make you want to pack your bags and move to Stockholm in a heartbeat. Prepare yourself for the warmest cold-weather welcome you'll ever experience.

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Architectural eye candy

Colorful row houses

Stockholm is basically like an episode of "Cribs: Fairy Tale Edition." Stunning historical buildings? Check. Adorable cobblestone streets? Check. Beautiful loch-like waterways? Check. This city not only knows how to bring the archi-candy, but the tranquility and charm of the place will make you feel like you've entered some sort of magical oasis. Pack that DSLR you never use and get ready for Insta-stardom.

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Embrace the bad weather like a true Stockholmian

Skeppsholmen islet in snowy Stockholm in winter with sailboat moored during falling snow

Does the weather sometimes suck? Heck yes. But it's all about embracing that Scandinavian spirit and using it to create a vibrant, excitement-packed trip. So throw on some layers, brace the wind, and embark on an outdoor adventure (hello, island-hopping!). Because when the sun finally does come out, you'll never see a city light up so beautifully.

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Here's a little secret though - if you time your visit for Stockholm's summer months (late May to August), you might just get to experience the city in all of its sun-soaked glory. Can you say "Sunny Swedish Summer Beer gardens"? Yeah, you heard right.

Beer glass on a table with candles behind indoors

Madoru Late Night Bar (Stockholm). Shooting Location: Sweden, Stockholm

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