Liv and I went to Stockholm for the weekend to meet Kate and Kate (the mums!) in the middle of their Scandi adventure. It was a great weekend of sunshine, gorgeous buildings, good food and lots of exploring. Sweden, you beauty.
Stay: we stayed in Norrmalm area at Scandic Klara – good affordable hotel. Great area, very central and easy walking to main attractions.
Getting around: a very walkable city. Also had the e-scooters which we used. Free ferries between most of the little islands (we took one from Östermalm over to the Vasa museum, goes every 15 mins).
The Arlanda express is a fast train that gets you from Stockholm airport to city in 20 minutes. For some weird reason it’s cheaper to purchase two one way journeys instead of a return ticket.
- Östermalms Saluhall – Awesome 1880s food Hall with loads of fresh cheese etc.
- Södermalm is the hippie / trendy area of Stockholm with lots of cute shops and vintage – check out Designtorget for locally designed Scandi-chic homewares
- Fotografskia (photography museum) with an amazing cafe with great views
- Gamla Stan (old town) – lovely to walk around the cobbled streets. There are a few lovely places to check out. 1. Storkyrkan (cathedral). 2. Kungliga Slottet (Royal palace). The changing of the guards ceremony is at 12.15pm every day. 3. Riksdagshuset (government building).
- Stadshuset (city hall) – this building is beautiful and the courtyard area provides amazing views. You can bring lunch, read a book and come and chill out here. Beautiful views of the other side of Gamla Stan.
- Ivar Los Park on the edge of Soldermalm – a nice elevated spot to have lunch and get a great view back over to Gamla Stan
- Walk from Kungsträdgården to the Moderna Museet island. The walk is so beautiful at sunset. Bring a picnic down, watch the sunset, walk around the island, hang out by the water and relax. Also check out the boat “af Champan” which you can just wander on. It’s on the island.
- Djurgården island has a few museums. The most famous is the Vasa-museet which is the viking ship museum.
- Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm public library), beautiful. It’s circular and just so gorgeous. If you come here, make sure to walk up the hill beside / behind the library for inner city rooftop views.
- Meatballs for the people – great meatball place where the meat comes from Swedish farms.
- Parlans Konfektyr – lovely fudge shop
- Magnolia – for cocktails
- Drop for coffee
- Mahalo cafe
- Barobao – Swedish restaurant, casual
- Falafel Bar – didn’t go but heard this is great and very casual
- Café & Bageri Pascal – must try the cardamom bun
- Il Caffè – coffee and treats
- Robin Delselius bakery
- Punk Royale restaurant and cocktail bar
- Herman’s – vege restaurant near the photography museum
- Mosebacketerrassen – outdoor food hall with a viewing platform overlooking Gamla Stan
- Urban Deli for brekkie
- Nosh and Chow for dinner – has a cool inner courtyard
- Bars along the Standvägen piers were great too
In Gamla Stan:
- Sänkdalens Glass – organic Swedish ice cream. So good!
- Strömmingsvagnen, fish food trick – apparently amazing, I didn’t go but a friend recommends