A picture perfect archipelago of 14 islands, linked by a series of bridges overlooking serene waters. Stockholm is another perfect choice weekend getaway for summer or winter. This city boasts fabulous food, museums and art galleries galore – and not to forget full of stylishly sleek inhabitants plucked straight from a Massimo Dutti ad campaign.
Stockholmers are lucky to be privy to the sophistication of their surroundings; minimalistic yet trendy is the name of the game here. I couldn’t help but peek through the windows of apartments to get a glimpse of the stylish interiors – and from what I saw, every one of them was magazine worthy! It’s a great place to stroll around and take in the sites.
But first, to my personal highlight of the weekend: The Vasa Museum! I love all things history, so to see the only preserved 17th century ship in the world towering before my eyes was a treat. The ship is covered in beautiful sculpture and there’s a real sense of history when you step inside this huge warehouse museum and hear the story of the ships maiden voyage, tragically also its last.
I’d recommend walking as the best way to soak up the harbour-esque beauty of the capital, but if you’re staying slightly further out like I did – make use of the ridiculously prompt public ferry service, which will spoil you to some beautiful views of the archipelago and cityscape, and experience the seamless process of purchasing your tickets in 2 seconds on your smartphone app. I stayed at the Elite Hotel Marina Tower, which treats guests to spacious rooms (compared to the hotels in the centre, Norrmalm), delicious breakfast and a gorgeous spa to relax those aching limbs after a long day of exploring.
Views from the ferry are gorgeous, especially on a sunny day. The breeze is sharp so make sure you wrap up! Sitting on the top deck is good way to wake yourself up in the morning!
A must-see in Stockholm is the old town, Gamla Stan, the ideal place few lazy hours to stroll around, take a break in a cosy cafe with a hot chocolate and a Swedish kanelbulle and after Fika, take a couple of snaps of the iconic buildings at Stortorget, the oldest square in Stockholm. The Royal Palace is at this end of town too, as well as the famous Nobel museum – certainly a lot to see if you have time on your side.
For a taste of tradition, Bakfickan is a cosy popular eatery with famous meatballs on the menu – and located next to the Opera, it’s difficult to miss. Bakfickan is a small establishment, but don’t let this put you off as the meatballs are heavenly. Served with a side of creamy mash, pickles and lingonberries (as per the Swedish way), you’ll be dreaming about these for days.
But if you’ve had your fill of meatballs, try Miss Voon at Sturegatan instead, where I went to fill my belly with delicious contemporary Asian cuisine… mmm my favourite!