If you set out on a quest to find the most picturesque medieval town steeped in history, you would be hard-pressed to find anything that matches Sigtuna. With its quaint coffeehouses, decor shops, fashion boutiques and places to enjoy lunch with a view, Sigtuna makes for an idyllic day out from Stockholm. Here's what to do and where to go while you're there.

Cake and Coffee

Tant Bruns

Photo by Andreas Ivarsson

Thanks to its charming setting and cabin-like decor, Tant Bruns feels almost like a dollhouse for grown-ups (it's renowned for being one of Sigtuna’s oldest buildings, and you have to duck a bit to get through the doorway). Women dressed in traditional garb serve you coffee from a copper pot accompanied by homemade cakes. We recommend the sweet carrot cake  or if you’re after a more indulgent option, the chocolate cake with whipped cream is dreamy. Other treats range from sweet (pastries) to savory (sandwiches).

Where: Laurentii gränd 3, 193 30 Sigtuna

When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 
+46 859 250 934 


Fashion Boutique

20 Kvadratmeter

20 Kvadaratmeter via Website

A fashionista’s dream, 20 Kvadratmeter offers an eclectic, well-curated mix of accessories and fashion-forward pieces from haute couture labels as well as exciting designers that you won't find anywhere else. This stylish boutique is especially good for shoes, with a wide selection of heels, boots, sneakers, sandals and flats from brands like Ugg, Bruno Premi, Aspiga, Elvio Zanon and more.

Where: Stora Gatan 41, 19 330, Sigtuna

When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
More info: 
+46 704 401 940


Lifestyle Shop


OmBonat via Facebook

As soon as you walk into OmBonat (aka Snuggly in English), you will feel as if you’re in your most stylish's friend's cozy home. Really, the name says it all. You’ll find lovely personalized decor here, from lighting to art to toasters, as well as clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories. You could meander around the store for hours choosing bits and bobs for your home. If you’re stuck, you can even book a private consultation with an interior designer for a home visit.

Where: Stora Gatan 44, 193 30 Sigtuna
More info: +46 859 250 555



Stads Hotell Lobby

Stads Hotell Lobby via Facebook

After venturing around the cobbled streets of Sigtuna, refuel with a hearty lunch at the Stads Hotell Lobby. The minute you step into the hotel, you forget the hustle and bustle behind you and instead gaze at the stunning view of the waterfront. Health-conscious foodies will be happy to know that the lunch menu is sourced from the rich farming district around Sigtuna. Try the braised lamb shank with wild garlic pesto and butter baked carrots with rosemary gravy, or perhaps the baked salmon with poached artichokes and buttered spinach and mussels. There are vegetarian options, too, including a puff pastry pizza.

Where: Stora Nygatan 3,
193 30 Sigtuna

When: Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
More info: 
+46 859 250 100


Steninge Castle

Photo by Vitaly Makaganiuk

Surrounded by gorgeous botanical gardens, Steninge Castle was designed by the 17th- and 18th-century architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, also responsible for the Stockholm Palace. The grounds are ideal for wandering, and there's also stone barn from 1873 showcasing glass art and glassware by Kosta Boda. If you're not full from lunch, head to the restaurant for a warm cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

Where: Steninge Slottsväg 141, 195 91 Märsta
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

By Chanel De Yong

Chanel is a freelance journalist covering travel, lifestyle, showbiz and events. She is a keen cultural observer and loves traveling.