Wondering where all the best Stockholm Instagram spots are? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Ahhh, Stockholm – you are just so pretty, with your fairytale architecture and narrow cobblestone streets. Seriously though, Stockholm is such a beautiful, photogenic city that is just begging to be Instagrammed, everywhere you look.
I took so many photos during my trip to Stockholm, and I just loved wandering the charming streets, and snapping away with my camera (in between eating lots of meatballs and cardamom buns, of course). There was just so much beauty around every corner.
Keep on reading because here I am sharing the best Stockholm Instagram spots with you all!
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Also known as Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan is one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and also the home of the first Viking settlement where the city was founded in 1252. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Stockholm, and you will find plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, and museums.
But what makes Gamla Stan one of the best Stockholm Instagram is the narrow cobblestone streets and the fairytale architecture – you will ooh and aah while walking through the charming streets, and of course you will be snapping away with your camera.
Learn more about the history behind Gamla Stan on a walking tour of the old town!
If you take a boat anywhere in Stockholm, you will likely come to Strömkajen, which is the main ferry terminal. Technically, Strömkajen refers to the ticket booth, which is a unique brass structure itself – but with the water and boats in the foreground, and with the Grand Hotel and the National Art Gallery in the background, it creates a beautiful scene perfect for photos. The best spot to capture is this is from Gamla Stan, on the east side of the Royal Palace. Conversely, you can snap the perfect photo of the Royal Palace from Strömkajen as well! (Pro tip: It is also a beautiful spot to take in the sunset.)
I literally came to this spot 3 times while I was in Stockholm, because the scene from the Skeppsholmen Bridge (and the area right next to it) was just perfect. You can get a postcard shot of Gamla Stan’s fairytale like buildings, with the water and boats in front of it from here. There is also a gold crown sculpture on the bridge, which also allows you to play with perspective for your shot, making this one of the best photo spots in Stockholm.
Stockholm City Hall
The structure itself was built with 8 million bricks and is pretty impressive (the best view of this is from the island of Riddarholmen), the view from the top is is supposed to be amazing, and the inside halls are supposed to be beautiful as well. However, what you are coming here for is that view of the western side Gamla Stan – it is sooooo pretty. Even if you don’t go inside the building, the view makes City Hall one of the best Stockholm Instagram spots, be sure to stop by here to get some photos!
Located in Södermalm, just above the hill from Fotografiska (the photography museum, which is worth a stop), this is the spot to take in some spectacular views of the entire city. (Pro tip: it is also on the way from Fotografiska to Meatballs for the People, which is one of the best meatball restaurants in the city – this is how I stumbled upon this spot, so win-win!) I happened to come here around sunset, and it was one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen. You are presented with a panoramic view of all of Stockholm, from Gamla Stan on one end, to Djurgården and beyond on the other. It is seriously an incredible viewpoint, I spent quite a bit of time taking it all in.
Located in the middle of Gamla Stan, Stortorget is the oldest town square in Stockholm, and was at one point was one of the largest city squares in northern Europe (today, it is one of the smallest). It hosts many events throughout the year, and is one of the most popular and most recognized buildings in Stockholm. Wouldn’t you agree with me in saying that these colorful Gingerbread-style buildings are just begging to be photographed. Definitely one of the best Stockholm photo spots.
This “Sweden in miniature” is also the world’s oldest open-air museum, and showcases examples of Swedish villages, nature, commerce, and industry from all over the country. It gives you a unique insight into how Swedes once lived and worked. Many of the staff here are dressed in traditional period costumes, and showcase traditional foods, music, and handicrafts.
The best part of Skansen is the houses – over 150 buildings and farms from the deconstructed and brought here. You learn a lot about the history and culture of Sweden, but it also doubles as one of the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm. (PS: Skansen is also up on a hill, so there are some pretty amazing views of the city from here.)
Anywhere on the water
Stockholm is a city built on 14 islands that are connected by more than 50 bridges, so in my opinion, the best way to see it is from the water. There are many boat tours available, and these give you a unique perspective on the city and its gorgeous architecture – and present you with endless photo ops. It’s also a great way to relax and rest your feet, so it’s definitely a win-win! (Just don’t fall asleep on the boat, cuz uhhh, I did. Twice. Oops).
Drottningholms Slott (or palace) sits just outside of Stockholm, and is the official residence of the royal family of Sweden. The best way to get there is by boat, and it is a perfect excuse to spend some time on the water and take in some beautiful views (remember what I said above?). Drottningholms Slott is of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is inspired by 16th and 17th century French architecture (one of is inspirations is the chateau of Versailles). The palace interior is gorgeous and ornate, and the surrounding grounds feature gardens, a theater, and a Chinese pavilion. Definitely worth taking a half-day trip out to one of the best photo spots in Stockholm.
Buy yourself a metro ticket and explore the longest art exhibition in the world! Stockholm’s subway system (also known as “tunnelbana) stretches over 100km long, nearly 90 of the 100 stations have been decorated in some way, shape, of form – some stations have been adorned with paintings, mosaics and sculptures, and other stations are truly breathtaking installations that transport you into a different world.
It would be nearly impossible to see all 90 stations on a single trip to Stockholm, but you can easily hit the highlights in one afternoon. Some of the most impressive stations include: T-Centralen, Kungstragarden, Solna Centrum, and Stadion. If you want to read more about these stations, check out my Stockholm subway art tour post.
The island of the was historically the Game Park of the royal family – today is home to many of the city’s top museums (i.e. the Vasa Museum, Skansen, Abba Museum), historical monuments, galleries, and amusement park, and plenty of green spaces. There are endless photo ops here, from the nature scenes to museums, and this beautiful blue gate that sits at the entrance of the park. There is plenty of beauty here, which makes it one of the top Stockholm Instagram spots.
Strandvägen is a boulevard on Östermalm, and it is known as one of the most prestigious addresses in town. It was completed just in time for the Stockholm World’s Fair in 1897, and is lined with grand, palatial buildings, which many of the city’s wealthiest residents call home. These mansions line the waterfront, and makes Strandvägen one of the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm. The best views of these buildings (with the water in front of it), is from the northern end of Djurgården.
You must swing by to have a coffee or cocktail at Greta’s, which is the restaurant inside the Scandic Haymarket hotel – it is such a pretty space! I saw someone on Yelp describe the space as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Sex in the City,” which absolutely fits it perfectly. Seriously, the decor is absolute perfection, with 1920s glamour (plush chairs, art deco vibes) with a modern flair (pineapple lamps). It is definitely one of the top Instagram spots in Stockholm, and one of the most Instagrammable restaurants/cafes that I’ve ever seen – soooo pretty!
The Brunkeberg Tunnel is a 231-meter tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists in central Stockholm. It is built through a ridge and provides a shortcut in the middle of the city. Did you know that this tunnel was built in 1884? It’s got a futuristic vibe (it’s almost like you’re walking into another dimension), and the vibrant yellow color makes the Brunkeberg Tunnel one of the top Instagram spots in Stockholm. Definitely stop by to get a photo here!
MY FAVORITE PHOTO GEAR FOR CAPTURING THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN STOCKHOLM
Wondering what gear you should have when photographing the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm? Read on for my favorite gear that will help you up your photography an Instagram game!
Best travel cameras for shooting at the best Stockholm Instagram spots: My camera is the the Nikon D7000 (which has now been updated to the Nikon D7500). The kit lens, which is the 18mm-60mm f2.8-4 lens, is a good starting point, however you can also opt to get the camera body only and get a separate lens that fits your needs better. I’ve always been a Nikon fan and have used their cameras for years – the colors are super vibrant and their cameras always feel right in my hands. The D7500 is a good mid-range camera, easy to figure out but also has some upgraded features that allows it to get better images than your standard entry-level dSLR, such as better performance in low light, better focusing, etc.
If you’re a complete beginner and you feel like you don’t need all those features, or you have a limited budget but still want a dSLR, I’d suggest getting an entry-level model like the Nikon D3500 or the Canon Rebel T7. They are super affordable but still shoot amazing images! They are also easy to use and learn on.
If you want the image quality of a dSLR but don’t want to carry around all that weight, you can look into getting a mirrorless camera. Sony is makes the best of the best, and you can’t go wrong with any of their cameras. Many of my travel blogger friends shoot with and love the Sony a6000 – it’s lightweight, easy to use, and shoots amazing photos!
Best travel lenses for shooting at the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm: Most of my photos are shot with the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (for Nikon, Canon, Sony). If I had the budget, I would absolutely splurge on the Nikon version of this lens, which many professional photographers use, and is known as one of the best all-around lenses (there are Canon and Sony versions of this as well). The Tamron version has similar features, but at a fraction of the price. The 28-75mm range covers much of what I need while I’m traveling so I only really need one lens. The f2.8 means that it works great in low light and gets amazing bokeh (or that blurred background).
For the best phone photos of the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm: I actually end up taking a lot of photos with my iPhone XR. It is known to shoot high-quality images, so I definitely have been able to get away with being lazy and using my phone! The newer iPhone 11 has an even better camera, so definitely get it if you’re looking for an upgrade and want to shoot better phone photos! My boyfriend also has the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, which might be even better because it has manual controls.
Other must-have gear for capturing the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm: I love this lightweight tripod, which is cheap, easy to set up, and not super annoying to carry around. I also use this selfie stick tripod to help me take self-portraits on my phone!
Have you been to Stockholm? What are some of your top Stockholm Instagram spots?
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