If you’re new to the city, Gondolen is the perfect place for a first drink – so long as you get there before sunset. It hangs underneath a viewing platform on the edge of Södermalm, close to Gamla Stan, and has the second-best views in the city (Och Himlen Därtill is the winner). It’s easy to spot Gondolen – looking across from the Old Town you’ll see several neon signs and an illuminated clock on its exterior – but it can be tricky to reach. The entrance is tucked away beside the McDonald’s. Don’t take the lift to the viewing platform itself. In addition to the panoramic view, Gondolen has a deserved reputation for mixing excellent cocktails. Come early if you want to be sure of a seat by the window. Alternatively, make an evening of it and dine in the restaurant, which is a sibling to Eriks Bakficka (see Restaurants).