- Relaxed way to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings
- Great photo opportunities
- Excellent organic food
- Introduction to Swedish design classics
- Pick-your-own-flower bouquet
- Delicious cakes and cookies
- Playing in the apple orchard and playground
- Eating ice cream
Prepare in advance
Wear good walking shoes and check the weather forecast on the day of your visit, be sure to dress appropriately. Swedish weather is notoriously unpredictable in all seasons.
Weekends tend to be very busy at Rosendals, especially in good weather. If you are visiting with small kids it might be best to go on a weekday.
Recommended time of the year
This itinerary is best suited for summer, but can also be great in the spring or fall in good weather.
About This Day
Visiting Stockholm with kids? This itinerary is for families who enjoy nature, good food and are interested in Scandinavian design. The day begins with lunch or a snack at Rosendals Trädgård. This is a gorgeous biodynamic garden, café and shop in the heart of Djurgården (The Royal Game Park), a large park in the city center. Start off at Rosendals Café with a delicious, organic meal produced with locally-sourced ingredients. Once your tummies are satisfied, browse the greenhouses which are filled with beautiful flowers and plants, also for sale. Next, peruse the shop for some edible gifts or souvenirs. Afterwards, pick your own bouquet from a giant field of flowers. In addition to the flowers, an apple orchard with lots of green space, as well as a playground, is also located on the grounds. From here, you can take a leisurely walk through the lovely natural surroundings of Djurgården back into the city center. When back in the center, stroll along the waterfront to enjoy views of boats and the city skyline. The final stop is at Svenskt Tenn, an iconic Stockholm favourite for interior design classics. There is also an outdoor ice cream kiosk to keep the little ones happy while mom or dad browse for that special Scandinavian keepsake. This day in Stockholm with kids offers Swedish nature and design to energize and inspire.
Rosendals Trädgård is a biodynamic garden which features a café, a plant shop and bakery. It's a lovely place to have lunch or a coffee break ("fika"). The food and baked goods are delicious and organic. You can sit either indoors in the greenhouses or in good weather, outdoors in the beautiful gardens. This is particularly enjoyable for parents who are garden-lovers and appreciate the farm-to-table approach to eating. There's a shop that sells artisanal food products like pickles, preserves, oils and breads. In addition, it sells small handicrafts and ceramics, all of which make great gifts and souvenirs. My daughter loves the "pick-your-own" flower field. Simply grab a pair of scissors from the garden shop and pick your own bouquet and pay by weight. Adjacent to the cafe is also a lovely orchard where you can take a picnic and eat under apple trees while the kids run around the wide-open green lawns. Last but not least, there's a playground nearby, which is always appreciated.
DIRECTIONS From the city centre, take the #7 tram from Kungsträdgården towards Waldemarsudde and get off at the stop called "Bellmansro". From here it is about a five to 10 minute walk, look out for the signs to "Rosendals Trädgård".
TIP Weekends can get very busy and there can be long queues in the café. But the line usually moves fairly quickly and it is generally not a problem finding seating. If visiting on a sunny summer weekend and the prospect of queuing feels out of the question, it's also possible to pack a picnic and sit in the orchard instead to enjoy the grounds and lovely atmosphere.
There are numerous walking and biking paths all over the island and there is no one specific route that is better than another. It's possible to walk all the way around the island, which can take a couple of hours, otherwise just walking for a portion of it is also lovely. You'll be surrounded by forests, fields and wildflowers, pure Swedish nature right in the middle of the city.
DIRECTIONS From Rosendals Trädgård, make your way down Rosendalsvägen, past the Rosendal Castle (slott), then down towards the water where you can stroll along the water's edge.
TIP Most of the walkways are paved, so it's easily navigable with strollers. Be prepared for hilly parts, so make sure you're wearing good walking shoes and are up for a bit of a workout.
Svenskt Tenn is one of the most well-known interior design shops in Stockholm. It features an iconic range of textiles, furniture, wallpapers, vases, accessories and decorative objects. It's a must-see destination for any art and design-interested visitor. It’s perfect for special gifts or even just for browsing. There's also a tea room which is supposed to be lovely, though not kid-tested for this itinerary. In the summer, it has an outdoor gourmet ice cream kiosk which serves delicious, unique flavours and is a perfect treat for the little ones and adults alike. Outdoor seating is available, where you can take a break while watching the hub of activity in one of Stockholm's most upscale neighbourhoods.
DIRECTIONS From Rosendalsvägen, turn right when you reach the main road, Djurgårdsvägen. Cross the Djurgårdsbron bridge and turn left onto Strandvägen. This is a nice stroll along the waterfront, with great views of all the boats and the city. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to Nybroplan. Here, cross the road where you'll see Dramaten, the iconic national theatre, then turn right and Svenskt Tenn will be on the next block.
TIP The store is fairly upscale and contains a lot of delicate items, so if visiting with toddlers who tend to run wild, it might be best to have one parent take them for ice cream at the outdoor kiosk while the other can browse indoors.