Lifestyle in Stockholm

With all the options expats have when it comes to lifestyle and shopping in Stockholm, a weekend in the city never has to have a dull moment. From museums and restaurants to entertainment for the children, there is something to interest every personality and age group.

Expats can eat and drink their way through the city, or educate themselves about Swedish history and culture. They can shop to their heart’s content at upmarket shopping centres or at quirky markets.

Either way, expats living in Stockholm won't be disappointed with the city’s leisure activities. 

Shopping in Stockholm

Stockholm has great shopping, but it doesn’t come cheap. The classic Swedish items expats should look out for are glass products, blonde wooden furniture and ceramics. A favourite shopping area in Stockholm is Gamla Stan. Västerlånggatan is the street to visit and expats will see many beautiful antique shops here; however, they can be very expensive. 

Kungsgatan is also a major shopping district in Stockholm. Here, expats can find the Drottninggatan pedestrian mall. The mall is home to popular high-street stores as well as smaller speciality stores.

Fashion-conscious expats should visit Bibliotekstan near Östermalm to discover what Swedish designers have to offer. Here one will find brands of unique Swedish companies. Birger Jarlsgatan in Östermalm is where expats can get their luxury fix, with most high-end designers having stores here. 

The most eclectic of all the city’s shopping areas, the famous SoFo district is in Södermalm. SoFo stands for South of Folkungagatan and this area is full of quirky, trendy and creative boutiques. 

Shops in Stockholm are generally open from 10am to 6pm, with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Nightlife in Stockholm

Expats in search of exciting nightlife in Stockholm will not be disappointed. There is a multitude of bars and clubs in the city and many stay open until late, but expats should expect high prices for entry and drinks.

The areas known for having the best nightlife in Stockholm include Stureplan, Södermalm and Djurgården. Expats should not miss the Ice Bar, a permanent feature near Central Station, with an interior that is made completely of ice from a river in northern Sweden. Thankfully, guests are able to borrow a warm hat and gloves. 

Stockholm also boasts theatre and jazz scenes for expats with more sophisticated tastes, while adventurous expats might want to explore the country’s famous heavy metal scene. 

From classic gourmet cuisine to experimental modern cooking and relaxed dining, there is also enough of a variety of restaurants in Stockholm to cater to any expat’s tastes.

Sports and outdoor activities in Stockholm

The city’s famous green spaces and waterways mean that there is no shortage of outdoor activities in Stockholm to enjoy. Expats will get to take part in a wide range of activities, from hot-air ballooning and golf to fishing and hiking the nature trails on its outskirts.

The easiest way of getting around Stockholm is on two wheels, but the city’s many cycle paths and bike lanes are also one of the best ways to see the city’s sights. Expats can easily rent a bicycle and explore areas such as Djurgården, which is home to a variety of attractions as well as breath-taking natural beauty.

Recent arrivals wanting to explore their new home can also hire a kayak or canoe and paddle between the city’s many islands. Expats could hire a boat and paddle past some of the city’s most recognisable sights, enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Mälaren and settle down for a bite to eat at the end of their adventure.

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