Let’s fly up to Sweden. Dip our toe in the in the wonderland of Scandinavia by going to our first stop Stockholm, Sweden’s capital.
Take me to see how the creative and Eurovision royalty excel in everything from the arts to treating men and women like actual equals!
Take me to freeze my ass off in the -5C/ 23F Ice Bar, I want a Thor, a Valkyrie, a Loki and a Bifrost! Then, let me warm up wandering the cheese, meat and pastry stall of the Saluhall markets and see what a real smörgåsbord really has to offer.
Woah, woah, wait. We need to take a step back and go to the iconic Swedishness of food. Having ‘fika‘ with a coffee and a cinnamon roll (kanelbullar) and other sweeties at Fabrique or meatballs at Meatballs for the People.
Take me around to see the sights. Take me to the cool little island of Djurgården right in the middle of Stockholm full of museums, parks and activities.
After exploring outside, let’s head down to the Stockholm underground Metro to see what must be the most insane and beautiful art in an underground ever. Take me to see the Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm Public Library where books wrap around you and Belle herself would run away to.
For beautiful photos and eating food while we people watch, take me to Stortorget public square in Gamla Stan (aka The Old Town). Look how cute it is, like Swedish sisters of San Francisco’s Painted Ladies.
I can’t afford to stay at the Nobis Hotel, but you can take me to the beautiful lobby. I’m
cheap frugal that way.
Buuut speaking of hotels, we should rest.
We can go to the fun and funky Motel L Hammarby Sjostad or Hotel C, maybe even stay at a hotel with an urban deli downstairs called.. Hotel With Urban Deli! I know it sounds really crazy, but it looks beautiful and has high reviews.
If none of those tickle your fancy, take me to Scandic Upplandsgatan or if you love boutique hotels as much as I do, let’s go to Hotel J or Story Hotel.
But to go fancy and high-end like the Nobis Hotel, take me to the Lydmar Hotel or the iconic Ett Hem.
Let me see the incredible photography exhibits at the Galleri Kontrast and Fotografiska.
Take me to some incredible museums like the Vasa Museum, The Nobel Museum (and center) and The Nordic Museum, or perhaps get a bit more regal and visit The Royal Palace (yes, the actual royal palace of Sweden).
Take me to scour the hidden gems of Stockholm’s amazing second-hand stores. Go find some vintage pieces at Lisa Larsson and Beyond Retro, as well as thrift stores like Retro.etc, Humana Second Hand, Myrorna and Stadsmission Vasastan.
Take me to Grandpa; the shop people don’t shut up about. Take me to Bemz where I can grab things to tszuj up my Ikea furniture.
Take me to H&M or get super fancy at Acne Studios, they’re both Swedish after all. But to get something only Sweden has, take me to Weekday and Made In Stockholm, perhaps even the department stores like Åhléns or shopping centres like the Mall of Scandinavia and Mood.
Take me to the cool music stores of Nostalgipalatset and Pet Sounds then get my photography fix at Hasselblad and Scandinavian Photo.
At the end of it all, though, I just wanna sit and rest, maybe near a warm fire on a cool night, with a hot chocolate.. and a thousand kanelbullar.