Our stylish guide on where to eat, stay and go in Stockholm
Words by Sajal Azam
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Welcome to the third instalment of our Travel Guide.
This week we’re headed to the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. A beautiful blend of old and new with stunning lakes and forests, we can’t resist this hubbub of culture, art and design. There’s plenty to do and see in this Scandinavian city.
Where to stay in Stockholm
Hidden away behind the doors of a red-bricked townhouse, Ett Hem is located in the upmarket neighbourhood of Lärkstaden – fittingly, its name translates to “a home”. The perfect option for design lovers, this hotel is filled with vintage and one of a kind pieces owner Jeanette Mix scoured from across Europe. Dog friendly and beautifully designed, Ett Hem features a library, glasshouse, sauna and spa among other facilities for a hotel stay that’s a cut above.
Situated in central Stockholm opposite the Royal Palace, a mere 10-minute walk from the beach, the Grand Hôtel Stockholm offers a luxury experience with a refined interior and a restaurant that boasts fine dining from renowned chef Mathias Dahlgren. Offering Nordic Spa and Fitness facilities, it’s the perfect well-rounded experience for city breaks and business trips alike. Each room is lavishly decorated with plush interiors and complete with Bottega Veneta toiletries.
A stunning hotel and restaurant surrounded by fields, paddocks and ocean views, Siggesta Gård is the perfect rural retreat, just outside of Stockholm on an archipelago. Placing an emphasis on slow living, Siggesta Gård’s accommodation varies from newly renovated houses to 19th-century mansions and traditional Swedish villas. There’s also tons to do with horseback riding, a wood-burning hot tub, and various animals to visit. Promoting a sustainable way of living, you’ll find yourself enjoying organic vegetables from their own garden.
Where to eat in Stockholm
Centring their eating experience around growth, sustainability and enjoyment, Rosendals Trädgard use freshly plucked ingredients from their own garden and bake their bread, pies and pastries by hand in their wood-burning oven next door. Based on the Djurgården island, dine inside a light-filled greenhouse, surrounded by flower beds and greenery – the perfect place for afternoon tea or lunch.
Led by Daniel Räms and Tom Sjöstedt, Lilla Ego host short seasonal menus and traditional dishes with a twist. Located in the district of Vasastan, their menu focuses on Nordic root vegetables, fish and seafood for authentic dishes, packed full of flavour. Simple interiors with exposed brickwork, low hanging metal lampshades and small wooden tables make up this Swedish restaurant, with daily specials written on paper posters that adorn their walls. Make sure to book in advance though.
Known as one of Stockholm’s most exciting restaurants, Ekstedt’s head chef Niklas Ekstedt was cooking on open fires long before the trend took Europe by storm. Blending well-known, traditional Swedish flavours with modern European cooking methods makes for one of the city’s most innovative menus. With an extensive wine list to match their unique style of cooking, each plate of food is well-balanced, cooked with charcoal and smoke – no electric griddle or gas stove.
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Best places to shop in Stockholm
If you’re after a vintage gem or two, you’ll be pleased to know that Stockholm offers a wide variety of second-hand and vintage stores, each one boasting a selection of unique pieces you’ll love and cherish. Head to Södermalm, Vasastan and Östermalm to name a few areas for some of the best vintage stores in Stockholm.
Slap bang in the middle of the city centre, Drottninggatan can be compared to London’s Oxford Street. A bustling area with numerous stores, expect to find the very best of Scandi high-street shopping from Åhlens to BikBok, Gina Tricot, Kicks and H&M. Here you can shop a range of stores and you’re guaranteed to find whatever it is you’re looking for, and then some.
Running from the trendy area of Södermalm to Slussen station, Götgatan is a pedestrian-only street with a range of higher-end stores and high-street names thrown in for good measure. Find beautiful jewellery at Edblad and premium pieces at designer Flippa K’s – and when you fancy a break, head to one of the many independent bars, cafes and restaurants for an afternoon tipple or coffee.
Top Tip: Götgatan is also the best place for music lovers with some of the best record shops in the area.
Best places to visit in Stockholm
Go to the Abba Museum
Home to the international pop group Abba, it’s not a trip to Stockholm unless you’ve visited the Abba Museum. Featuring all the original costumes, memorabilia and gold records, there’s also a virtual reality experience that lets you feel what it’s like to be on stage with Abba themselves, rocking their costumes and singing at the famous Polar Studio.
Head to Gamla Stan
Translating to “old town”, Gamla Stan is one of the largest best preserved medieval areas in Europe. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252 and now holds several beautiful churches, cobblestone streets and a plethora of independent stores selling artisan pieces and souvenirs. Also home to Sweden’s national cathedral, the Nobel Prize Museum and the breath-taking Royal Palace – it’s the perfect place for a city stroll with a warm waffle.
Fika at an authentic Swedish Bakery
A traditional Swedish pass time, Fika is a concept – a moment to stop and enjoy the present by drinking tea or coffee and enjoying a sweet treat or two. And with so many classic Swedish cakes and pastries on offer, it’s at the top of things to do when in Sweden
Top Tip: Don’t forget to try a traditional cinnamon bun (kannelbuller) or cardamom bun (kardemummabulle).
Owned by Oscar Målevik a trained pastry chef and Anna Cardelius, Haga Bakery create delicious Swedish desserts, made using only the finest, organic raw ingredients from Swedish farmers and dairies. Situated in Torsgatan 75, their classic pastries come with a modern twist with everything from the renowned Princess Cake to their sweet buns and handmade bread.
Founded 76 years ago, the family business Gunnarsons sits in the lively neighbourhood of Södermalm, serving delicious patisseries since pastry chef Sven Gunnarson opened its doors in 1946. Everything is baked fresh in the early hours of the morning and finished by confectioners by hand for precision and quality. The perfect place for a little break to enjoy some cakes and watch the world go by.
Located in and around central Stockholm, Vetekatten – which means “wheat cat” and “what the cat knows” is an all-day bakery serving an assortment of pastries, buns, cakes and more. Founded in 1928, the interiors are warm and inviting, allowing you to enjoy esteemed pastry chef Johan Sanelin’s creations in peace with a coffee, tea or one of Vetekatten’s own personal blends.
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