With romantic marina views, floating homes, sushi and more, Solna is a quirky and charming alternative to a long-haul weekend escape. Whether you're traveling or just want a break from your routine, here's what to do in the northern suburb.

Pontus in the Park

Pocket Solna via Website

Expect to be seduced by the gorgeous aromas of truffles and cakes at Pontus in the Park. The restaurant is a natural meeting place both for those who work in the area and those who live in Solna. The large, airy space is always lively and busy. If you're after a fresh and tasty lunch, the buffet is filled with colorful salads and fish, meat and a vegetarian dish. You can also grab a pre-packed meal for 60Kr. If you have a sweet tooth, trust us: Don't skip the pastries.

Where: Englundav. 7, 171 41, Solna
When: Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 



Aqua Villa via Website

Have you ever dreamed about having your own seaside property? If you’re after a special way of living, or are simply intrigued, you should know that AquaVilla housing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to live in Solna. For the unfamiliar, AquaVillas are floating homes — and they don't sacrifice style for function. Head to Pampas Marina on the weekend to scope out how the other half (that is, the aquatic half) lives. Pretty peaceful, we think. If you want more than a passing glance, get in touch to set up a personal viewing.

Where: Pampas Marina, Karlbergs strand 4 K, Solna


Raw Sushi & Grill

Raw Sushi & Grill via Website

As raw food becomes trendier, the typical Sunday brunch is getting nudged aside in favor of healthier alternatives, such as sushi. Raw Sushi & Grill has become a go-to hotspot for families, couples and even solo travelers. Try the Shake/Salmon Sashimi, which includes 12 pieces of sashimi served with rice, avocado, algsallad and octopus salad. There are steamed vegetarian dumplings with salad for the herbivores and plenty of fried options for anyone not looking to keep things light.

Where: Rörstrandsgatan 9, Solna
When: Brunch, Sat. & Sun., noon-4 p.m.


Sjökrogen Pampas Marina

Sjökrogen Pampas Marina via Facebook

We’re all suckers for a panoramic view, which is exactly why you should visit Sjökrogen. It overlooks the Pampas Marina on Lake Malarenmaking and is unbeatable if you're after a romantic midday meal. The menu offers fresh, seasonal produce with a buffet option for lunch. If you want to unwind after your meal, the restaurant is located near Karlberg Castle and Kungsholmen.

Where: Sjökrogen, Pampas Marina, Karlbergs, Solna
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.


The Public

The Public via Facebook

The decor is what really makes this restaurant special. The interior has an ornate yet modern feel, with details such as authentic rugs and cool books. Head to the tapas bar, Cava, where you can browse treats on a counter of patterned, colored stone. If you're after a more hearty meal, indulge in the beefsteak with chanterelle sauce paired with creamy mashed potatoes, or try the fish stew with aioli, garlic bread and boiled potatoes.

Where: Esplanaden 10, 172 67 Sundbyberg
When: Restaurant, Mon. & Tues., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Weds. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., noon-11 p.m. Cava Bar, Mon. & Tues., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Weds. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 3 p.m.-1 a.m.
How: Reserve a table (recommended) online, by emailing sundbyberg@thepublic.se or by calling 08-509266 10.

By Chanel de Yong

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