Stockholm is one of my favourite cities in Europe (I know I say this every time!) but it is the capital of cool. The style in Stockholm appears so effortless, gender fluid and relaxed. The people embrace an efficient, low maintenance lifestyle and never seem to take themselves or their fashion too seriously. The culture prioritises self care, pausing to reflect on life and always being able to appreciate nature and your surroundings. Stockholm definitely embraces a lifestyle I can get on board with!
The city itself is a culmination of both old and new towns and each island has it own unique identity. Our apartment was in Sodermalm, known for its creative scene, restaurants varying in cusine and contemporary galleries. The neighbourhood felt like a city centre in its own right however was still residential, green and walkable. I try to avoid using the metro and public transport whenever I travel and opt for walking instead, you get to take in more of the city and the sights that way. Stockholm is definitely the most chilled, relaxing place I have visisted.
TIP: Stockholm is trying to go cashless, so if you are planning a visit then it is wise to take a pre paid card or credit card as most restaurants/shops won't accept any kind of currency.
CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Norrtullsgatan 4, 113 29 Stockholm
The breakfast here was to die for! I love nothing more than a hearty bowl of porridge and I knew that in Stockholm I would certainly get something special! Cafe Pascal had a relaxed and comfortable decor, but was packed full of people grabbing a delicious pastry or two. chatting to friends or simply stopping by on their morning work out and enjoying the Swedish culture of Fika - meaning to have coffee. I opted for the Nordic porridge which had oats, nuts, seeds, shaved coconut and berries in - it was delicious. I had already sampled a cinnamon bun from virtually every Stockholm bakery and I have to say that Cafe Pascals came out top. The hot chocolate my boyfriend ordered was a blend of pure dark chocolate with milk, yum!
BAKERY & SPICE
Torsgatan 46, 113 62 Stockholm
A must see is this beautiful, tiny Swedish bakery serving freshly baked breads and more importantly - cardamon buns! Sweet, fragrant and spiced they are full of flavour and even though I was dubious about the cardamon initially, they came highly recommended by the lovely Bakery & Spice staff. The store is very small with no seating, so be sure to stop by mid afternoon to grab a bun to go!
Hötorget, 111 57 Stockholm
Gretas cafe is a hidden surprise tucked away inside Haymarket by Scandic Hotels. The cafe boasts a playful pink fusion decor where 1920's glamour meets a modern art deco. The tiling and the furnishings alone are enough to make you want to visit! The food is great too. Healthy and environmentally aware, the lunch menu is light and simple using the freshest ingredients. If you fancy a light bite or salad, this is the place to go!
CAFE POM AND FLORA
Bondegatan 64, 116 29 Stockholm
If you love acai bowls, avocado toast and Aussie inspired breakfasts then you will love the popular Cafe Pom and Flora. Vibrant plates and a butcher roll menu brings instagrammers from all over, desperate for a taste of the banana split bowl (myself included.) I ordered with a side of Nutella oozing croissants - just to reward for all the healthiness! Pom and Flora can get very busy so be sure to get in early, get a table and prepare to have a taste of breakfast heaven!
Sankt Eriksplan 1, 113 20 Stockholm
Klas Lindberg brings us hearty Nordic cuisine with a French twist in restaurant Portal. The decor is comfortable, chic but not pretentious and the atmosphere is vibrant and social. The plates contain just the right amount of food, nothing served is too fussy and yet it remains innovative and delicate. The ingredients are sourced from all over Sweden and are curated perfectly together to make it the perfect place to opt for the full three courses! Portal has to be one of my top five restaurants in Europe so far.
OTHER CAFES & RESTAURANTS TO VISIT
KRUKOR & KAFFE
STHLM BRUNCH CLUB
Snickarbacken 7, 111 39 Stockholm
Snickarbacken 7 is the kind of store I long to have at home. The concept store is an art gallery, turned cafe and is home to everything from kitchen tea towels to contemporary art guides. Recently taken over in 2016 by new owners, the store has had a makeover to keep business fresh and it feels more exciting than ever with even more products to lust after! The perfect place to visit for a lazy Sunday lunch and shop with friends.
Åsögatan 136, 116 24 Stockholm
Stutterheim is a brand that I have always loved. Founded in 2010, the brand creates timeless and durable unisex raincoats in a variety of colour ways. Totally Swedish, totally beautiful. I purchased the Mosebacke in Light Sand and receive compliments on it everywhere I go.
Norrlandsgatan 22, 111 43 Stockholm
EYTYS oozes cool with its versatile, unisex sneaker store. The brand is derived from a love of androgynous designs, with the label initially launching with just one product. The “Mother,” an affordable unisex platform sneaker and after immediately selling out, the brand knew they were on to something special. Most recently having launched a ready to wear, unisex jeans collection that takes inspiration from the style of the nineties. Eytys deliver on quality, comfort and affordability.
OTHER STORES TO VISIT