Stockholm is a beautiful city. Many people say it reminds them of Sydney, and I can see why. Everywhere you go, clean, clear blue water is not far away. Ferries take you from island to island with ease, transporting you from the main city centre to smack dab in the middle of lush green forests and quiet, peaceful rivers.
Day 1: If you want to eat by the water, J Restaurant (part of J hotel) is a good option. The food is beautiful, as is the view, and after satisfying your hunger you simply need walk about twenty paces to an array of sun-loungers where you can bask in the warmth and take a quick nap. Or simply enjoy watching boats and gulls pass you by.
Afterwards, take the bus, underground or boat back to the city centre and take in the beautiful and unusual architecture around you.
Spending a few hours by the lake is a must when the weather is good in Stockholm. Bring your towels, wear your bathing suit and sit on a quiet deck (away from the hoards of people on the grass), feet dangling off the edge. Bring snacks if you want, or simply lie down and sunbathe. Gee, it's not been a very taxing day so far, has it?
As the evening draws nearer, it's time for food again (yay!). For drinks, Story bar is a great venue, within close proximity to B.A.R restaurant. My recommendation: eat seafood to your heart's content there first, then enjoy some expertly made cocktails afterwards at Story.
Day 2: Slowly drag yourself out of bed in a leisurely manner and catch a boat over to the island of Djurgården, where you'll be lunching later. First, enjoy a walk around the national park. Sit and ponder for a while, or explore some more before heading to Oaxen Krog & Slip for lunch. Side note: for the more adventurous types, there's a theme park nearby, too.
Smoked prawns are a local delicacy. They are insanely delicious. You must eat them. That is a direct order.
Rub your by now protruding belly and hop on that ferry back towards central Stockholm. It's time to meander the streets, checking out the Royal Palace, pretty churches and local stores.
When late afternoon has rolled around, stop by any nearby cafe for an array of treats. It's sort of the Swedish version of afternoon tea (except they have it at any time of the day), called fika (meaning 'coffee break'). Order such treats as cinnamon buns (which originated here), amazeballs (I don't really know what they're called, but they're chocolate balls of heaven. This one was dusted with coconut), pecan and fudge cake, etcetera.
Before you head back to the airport at the end of your two days, head up to Monteliusvagen for beautiful views of the city. Take your typical tourist shots (no shame in it) and say your goodbyes. Until next time!