The total experience in just one day

Experience Uppsala in 24 hours

Uppsala, close to everything, is the perfect destination for even a short visit and with a little planning, you can make one day in Uppsala into a total experience. The web editors have put together an agenda for exploring the city in 24-hours.

En strut med hemmalagad glass på en cafedisk

Ice cream at Cafe Gûntherska

10 AM - Breakfast at Cafe Varga

If you arrive in Uppsala by train, you only need to turn the corner to find Café Varga. This somewhat hidden gem is located in an old warehouse building next to the railway station. The owner has put lots love both in the cafes food and its decor. The venue has plenty of space, which is nice if you have bags with you. Start the day with delicious coffee and by playing a your favorite tune on the jukebox!

11 AM - Explore the unique shops in the city

In the city center, you’ll find a delightful mix of shops and malls packed with great shopping. Stroll along the popular pedestrian street where most of the city’s fashionable malls and retail chains are located, or visit cute little shops in the cobblestone cultural quarters around Fyris river. Uppsala is also a city that is great for secondhand and vintage shopping, so check out the cluster of sustainable shopping on Drottninggatan. You can find all our shopping tips in our shopping guides.

1 PM - Lunch at Hambergs Fisk

If you like seafood and fish, don’t miss Hambergs Fisk , one of Uppsala’s most appreciated fish restaurants, listed in the well renomed White Guide. The menu varies with the seasons but always maintains high quality. There is also a fish shop on the premises, so it’s also a fun place to people-watch when customers come in to shop for their dinner.

2 PM - Travel through Uppsala's rich history

Uppsala bears traces of many historical events. Several main sights in the city center are within walking distance of each other, so in a couple of hours, you can get to know many significant places in Uppsala. Experience Uppsala Cathedral, the oldest Gothic cathedral in the Nordic region and also the site where Swedish king Gustav Vasa is buried. Here, you can also take a tour of the treasury. A few minutes’ walk away stands another grand building, the pink castle which also houses the excellent art museum. From the castle, you can see the Botanical Garden, where you can discover Carl Linnaeus’s blooming legacy. You can read more about Uppsala’s sights under Uppsala’s absolute must-sees.

3 PM - A royal coffee break at Güntherska Hovkonditoriet

Güntherska is a genuine pastry shop, just by the river. The selection of pastries, sandwiches, and other food is great, and here you can enjoy freshly baked sweets with a steaming coffee nestled in one of the cozy corners of the pastry shop lounge—or on the outdoor terrace, which is open year-round.

4 PM - Challenge each other in bar games

After your coffee break, maybe you want to move around a bit before dinner? Take the opportunity to challenge your friends to a fun game. Bowling, shuffleboard, billiards, or why not try the “newcomer” cornhole? There are plenty of places in town that offer a fun time. See our tips for activities.

7 PM - Summarize the day over dinner

Wrap up your full day in Uppsala with a really good dinner at one of the city’s restaurants. Spend the evening on a nice outdoor terrace overlooking Fyris river or try one of the Uppsala restaurants mentioned in this year’s edition of the White Guide. Find a restaurant to your liking among our listings.

10 PM - Wrap it up with a cocktail

Not ready to say good night just yet? Luckily, there are several watering holes to pay a visit in Uppsala. The rooftop bar at Miss Voon offers panoramic views of Uppsala, while 7 Flaskor shakes cocktails with high ambitions, on ground level in the station building. At Iberico, the atmosphere becomes festive towards the evening—and there are of course several nightclubs if you feel like dancing the night away!