I’ve been teasing you guys with photos of our trip to Sweden, so you better grab a drink and some snacks because it’s a long one. Get in a comfy position and enjoy this two day jam packed weekend in Stockholm (now my favourite city in the world).
Before I even touched down on Swedish soil, I was admiring it from the air. You can see how luscious and green the land is, there are trees and water everywhere. It makes for quite a stunning photo.
We landed at around 3pm after an 1hr30min flight, which still amazes me as it takes me longer to get to East London! We had another hour drive from the airport to where we were staying in Nacka, Stockholm.
The view once we got there was incredible. I noticed how different the skyline is compared to London; there aren’t many skyscrapers or tall buildings, which makes the rooftops that poke out even more captivating. We sat on the balcony with a glass of wine, enjoying the sunset before retiring to the sofa to watch a movie.
On Saturday we woke up bright and early. It was raining pretty hard, but we deicided to get some brunch at Greasy Spoon. I usually hate the word hipster, but that would be the best way to describe this cosy restaurant. It’s vegetarian and vegan friendly too. The food was incredible, I had eggs florentine. Corben had dippy eggs, which came with the most delicious mashed potato! (I realise I forgot to snap the food on my camera, it was on my insta stories but I also forgot to save it, boo.)
This was the first time we dined out in the city, at first the prices baffled me but I soon got used to working out the GBP equivalent. You can expect to pay London prices throughout the city. It was a little pricey here at around £9 for a cocktail and £16 for a full English BUT the quality and service made it worth it; all the staff spoke fluent English. While we’re on the topic, most swedes can speak English so you won’t struggle communicating with the ‘natives’.
As it was still raining heavily, we headed to the Mall of Scandanavia after breakfast. Let me tell you guys, it was the fanciest bloody shopping centre I’ve ever been to in my life! The shops were swanky AF, the toilets were A* and everything was squeaky clean. We spent a few hours there that morning, and it actually became one of my highlights of the trip. It was such a nice way to stay dry, kill a few hours an soak up more of the Swedish lifestyle.
I got some new garms and shoes for Corben, we ate sushi, bought some wine then headed to Stockholm’s equivalent of the shard: Kaknästornet. With a sky bar, cafe and restaurant as well as breathtaking views for a mere £7 entry (children under 12 go free), it’s absolutely worth a visit.
We stopped for a delicious chokladbollar (chocolate ball, a common and traditional Swedish treat) and coffee while taking a moment to soak up the view. When we finally arrived back at the apartment, it was very tempting to call it a day. BUT we dragged ourselves out to visit Gamla Stan (old town) in the evening, and I’m so glad I did because it was a great atmosphere.
(Kungliga Slottet, where the royal family live.)
Ahh just marvel at the prettiness! There are SO many places to eat and drink in old town, you’ll struggle settling for one like we did. I noticed many of the restaurants served your typical Swedish meatballs but there were plenty of restaurants with vegetarian friendly options. You’ll find something within a reasonable price range as well as if you’re feeling a bit fancy. There are cute shops and pubs, I’m a bit sad I didn’t get a chance to visit during the day. We hoovered up some lovely grub at Il Buttero, their seafood pasta went down a treat. Then we poorly navigated our way back and called it a night after a few too many glasses of wine.
Sunday morning arrived with a slight hangover but with glorious sunshine and the promise of another exciting day. We vacated the apartment early and headed to Södermalm for more exploring, before a road trip to Kalmar.
Is it boring that I really appreciated the buildings?! They’re all painted in such aesthetically pleasing pastels and earth tones. There’s a nice balance of character, charm and modern living.
I would actually say that’s a perfect way to describe Stockholm as a whole. I may forget the tiny details of our visit, but I will always remember the way I felt here, which was surprisingly at home. This is one of the few places I’ve visited in the world I had such a positive vibe from.
Before we could get too far, our stomachs demanded to be fed and I think we found an alright spot for it too. Can you guess what we had?
That’s right. SUSHI. And damn good sushi it was. So we did a little more shopping and window shopping.
We then took a walk to Katarinahissen which had amazing views of Old Town:
There were a few more photo opps along the way…
I would’ve loved to have stayed in Stockholm all week as we barely scratched the surface of things to do there but alas. There’s always next time.
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