For our yearly father and daughters trip, we decided to go to Stockholm. My sister and I had heard so many nice stories about it that we loved to see it on our own.
And were we lucky with the weather at this end of September weekend.
The fact that the city is surrounded by water gives it an extra dimension. It feels clean, crisp and all the people are beautiful and healthy looking. It furthermore has beautiful streets, shops, musea and good restaurants, what more can you wish for a city trip?
Finding a good, modern, Swedish design and somewhat affordable hotel that was well located, was not easy. But we found it and we were very happy with our choice.
The Nordic Light Hotel fulfilled our criteria and boy did I love the breakfast. For sure an extra perk. I could have eaten that all day!
It has a huge modern lounge, nicely lit and with a welcoming bar. The rooms are pleasant and have a nice bathroom. We took a standard and not the economy room as I had read that the latter were quite small.
All sights were on walking distance and it is just besides the train leaving for the airport.
I would for sure book this hotel again.
Sweden makes me think of Pipi Longstocking and when going to this place, I thought she could pop up anytime.
After visiting the Modern Art museum on the Skeppsholmen island, we took a short ferry trip to the Djurgården island. Then a 15 minute nice walk through some woods and we arrived at this small oasis with a peaceful, 70’s kind of atmosphere. You absolutely forget that you are so close to the city (a 20 min walk brings you back into town).
It is a huge wild garden where people can pick their own colourful flowers and vegetables are grown. There are some glass houses one of which has a café inside that serves all kind of home made food (we had yummy soup and cakes).
You can sit outside in the midst of the apple orchard or inside surrounded by hanging fire places.
A place that seems a bit surreal and leaves you with a big smile on your face.
On our first evening we had reserved a table in the restaurant of Lydmar hotel. Recommended to us by a Swedish friend as a must go!
It is located in between the Grand Hotel and National Museum close to the water.
You get an instant home and lounge feeling when entering the restaurant. Large leather sofa’s, book shelves along the wall, lovely flowers, a relaxed atmosphere with a mixed variety of people. It serves delicious food (large portions) with many local dishes. Reservations recommended.
On the day of our arrival we went to the Berns hotel for lunch. Their modern Asian menu is famous for being delicious and served in a gorgeous setting.
Where else would you eat sushi under a chandelier and surrounded by red velvet and huge mirrors? Service was very friendly and attentive.
There also seems to be a good bar but we have not tried that ourselves.
You can make your reservations online
This is a very cool deli/ foodshop/ restaurant in the vibrant SOFO district where we went for lunch. Like many places in Stockholm it has lots of organic groceries.
The restaurant is modern, young atmosphere and has a well thought off, though not too slick design. There is a large terrace looking over the parc in front and lots of sitting space inside.
Since reservations are not possible, you might have to cue up, but you can have a drink at the bar while you wait. Highly recommended by the locals as well.
There is so much to see and do in Stockholm that it is hard to make a good summary. Here are some of the things we did during our long weekend:
– We walked a lot and did several city walks mentioned in 100% Stockholm that lead you through all the interesting neighbourhoods of the city
– Gamla Stan, the old center is of course a must. A great place for a break is Grillska Huset. A bakery and café part of the Stadsmission, the local Salvation Army. It has a lovely roofterrace, you have to look for it a bit and that is more than worth it
– We visited SOFO, a part of Södermalm island (south). A vibrant, young and laid-back area full of original shops, restaurants and cafés. You can feel the energy there. It is the area South of Folkunggatan (SOFO) and east of Götgatan. In many shops you can take the free map of the area where all the shops are indicated
– We went on a 1 hour boattrip around Djurgården. Very nice to see Stockholm by boat. Ferries depart from Strandvägen
– We visited the Museum of Modern Art on the island Skeppsholmen
– We ate the typical Kanelbullar, the delicious Swedish cinnamon roll
– We went to shop at NK Stockholm, a lovely department store, Nordiska Kompaniet with lots of brands and small boutiques
– And opposite we visited Illums Bolighus, a Danish design store that hosts several interior design, kitchen and accessories brands
– Good streets for shopping: Hamnagatan, Nybrogatan, Biblioteksgatan, Mäster Samuelsgatan, Stureplan with Sturegallerian (all close to each other). And the SOFO area as described above