Finally, after spending the early May bank holiday weekend in Stockholm, I bring to you my guide of the city. Now I know I am no Stockholm ‘insider’ who can share the city’s deepest secrets, I was only there for 3 days(!), but we did discover some real gems.
Overall feel & vibe of the city
As far as cities go, it was quite laid back (and CLEAN, with real fresh air), but that didn’t effect its great energy. The people are friendly, incredibly beautiful and wow aren’t they stylish?? The food is fresh and delicious – I could have gone from cafe to cafe eating brunch and fika (will get onto this in a bit) all day. The lifestyle there seems sooooo sweeeeeet no wonder all the cool ones hide there.
How to get around
The city is small, making it very easy to walk everywhere until occasionally you realise there is water between where you are and where you want to get to with an around-the-world walking route. When that happens – sail across! The ferries are great.
Layers, comfortable shoes for the day, sunglasses and jackets!
After much research we went for Hotel Skeppsholmen and boy we were happy!! What a beautiful hotel, with some of the most beautiful views of the city. Everything from the design, to the atmosphere, service and food was absolute perfection. It made the trip a perfect mix of a quiet relaxing get away, but still only a 10 minute walk to the buzzy area.
No city guide is complete without the low down on the food. Sweden is known for its fish, meatballs and liquorice, but what everyone failed to tell me was they are also pretty damn good at pastries – cardamom buns to be exact. YUM.
My favourite food finds have to be:
Hotel Skeppsholmen for breakfast – table with a view
Cafe Rosen / Fabrique / Albert & Jacks for lunch – all so good!
Rosendals Tradgard for fika (their afternoon tea), where you will find the most delicious home made cakes. Don’t be put off by the walk though, it’s worth it!
Sturehof for dinner for the best fish in town
Which part of town would I live in?
It would have to be Sodermalm, the ‘Sofo’ of Stockholm (play on Soho), often described as the bohemian part of town. Wandering around Sodermalm was one of my favourite parts of the trip as it is surrounded with great food, coffees, juices and beautiful shops – both established stores and small boutiques with amazing finds. Here you escape the tourism (don’t worry there is still an Acne store).
The perfect day in Stockholm
Breakfast in Rosendals Tradgard in the sun, followed by a long walk around Djurgarden. A visit to Moderna Museet and Acne Studios, find the new lunch spot in Sodermalm, mooch around the boutiques, dinner with friends followed by a drink at Nosh & Cow and then to bed.
Would I go back?