I got a lot of excellent advice from this forum, so wanted to report back that I had a wonderful five days in the city without it breaking the bank. You might remember, my husband was on business and I was able to come too, as long as I didn't cost much!
On your advice, we stayed centrally and my husband commuted to Kista. That worked very well, although not so easy as normal for him as the direct T-Bana line was closed for 3 months and Kista had roadworks too.
We decided to accept the hotel's discounted offer of breakfast, as although still very pricey, did set me up for the day. With the help of my excellent Time Out travel guide, just off the press on 4 August, I explored the very diverse districts, enjoying simply walking in the streets just soaking up the architecture, the landscape and the atmosphere. My tip would be to remember to look up at the lovely and interesting tops and gables of buildings and roofs - but still to be careful of stepping into the cycle paths!
I enjoyed walking all along the waterfront and also the old town.I also watched the 35 minute changing of the guards ceremony at the palace, marveling at how close we were allowed to get to this and to the royal and government buildings.
It was also lovely to sit outside a cafe in the square watching the world go by. I found it very easy to find a very decent Dagensmenu every lunch time for no more than 80 kr too and can honestly say I was never 'ripped off' once. I took a liking to cinnamon buns though!!
The weather was perfect for exploring on foot. We did have some rain and cloudbursts, but these seemed to pass over very quickly. On one such rainy afternoon, I took the free shuttle bus to Ikea, just to see if it was like ours and to have a ride out of town.
I visited three musems - the coin museum, which was free on Mondays and the two free city museums, which I thought were really excellent.
In the evenings we found some very reasonably priced meals at an Indian Restaurant, a Thai and a Chinese - and two evenings Swedish, so we ate very well.
I found everyone very welcoming and friendly too and am so pleased I was able to experience such a lovely place.