Summer has finally arrived — and you don't have to keep quiet about the fact that it's the season you've been waiting for. With the city heating up, we put together a roundup of the best places to lounge in Stockholm this summer.

Watch the World Go By

Photo by Rolf Svedjeholm

A few moments alone are important. Why spend your "me time" on the couch when you can be surrounded by botanical gardens and water? Just in front of the stunning neoclassical building known as Karlberg Palace is a large wooden deck adjacent to Stockholm’s Vasastaden district. Relax and enjoy the summer sunshine, or have a deep think in a magical setting.

Karlsberg Strand, outside the Karlberg Palace, Karlbergs Slottsväg 1, 107 86 Stockholm


Scenic Serenity

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Is it possible you've teleported to another planet? Storholmen is an island so still (yet bursting with panoramic views) that you’ll forget about all the hustle and bustle of the city. Don’t expect to hear any urban noises here — nature reigns supreme. Arrive by boat for a long, lazy Sunday afternoon and enjoy a picnic with friends ... or by yourself. 

Where: Storholmen Lidingo Kommun, Storholmen, 181 30 Lidingö


Swim or Sunbathe

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On a hot summer day, nothing refreshes like a dip in Stockholm’s clean water. For a social scene, head to the small island of Långholmen, which is renowned as a green oasis (trivia: it was once home to a prison) filled with gardens and historic shipyards. At the Långholmen Pontoon you'll find a wide deck with plenty of space to relax before or after you jump in the water.

Where: Långholmen, Ekerö, Stockholm


Tropics in Sweden

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It's not untrue to say that in Stockholm we spend a lot of time talking about our chilly weather. We can’t go a day without discussing it, and it’s safe to say we all long for Caribbean sunbeams at some point. Hallelujah, then, for Loopen’s floating bar, whose atmosphere is so tropical you might actually forget you're in Sweden. Head to the bar on the pontoon, where you’ll find palm trees and reggae music to go with your beachy cocktail — and decidedly Swedish dishes like poached cod, fried herring and meatballs with mashed potatoes.

Where: Hornstulls Strand 6, 117 39 Stockholm
When: Summer hours, daily, 11 a.m.-10 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.