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Sophisticated Stockholm

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Hej! and tack for clicking onto this post – I think it’s safe to say, I’m pretty smitten with Stockholm.

I’ve always been a fan of Sweden’s sophisticated style when it comes to fashion and interior design with such iconic labels coming from the capital such as H&M, Cos, And Other Stories and Cheap Monday. So the long Easter Bank Holiday seemed liked the perfect opportunity to jump on a plane!

Below I’ve shared my guide to the essential things to do and see if you ever venture over to Stockholm.

Getting there

Immerse yourself in Scandi before you even get to Stockholm, by flying with Swedish Airlines (SAS). Flights start from £58 return from London Heathrow to Stockholm Arlanda.

Once you’re there, the best way to get into the center of the city (where most of the main hotels are) is by the Arlana Express. It takes 20 minutes door to door and costs 300SEK for two people (around £25). However, a taxi costs 479SEK (around £40) so either way, it doesn’t cost the earth to get into the city.

If you’re flying from Heathrow Terminal 2 make sure to check out The Gorgeous Kitchen, a new venture curated by four British renowned chefs, serving potentially the most yellow looking eggs I’ve ever seen, in a fresh bread roll with sausage and bacon (£6.50).

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Tip: Use Skyscanner for the cheapest flights and make sure you press the ‘green’ multiple ticket option on the ticket machine for the Arlanda Express.

How to get around

On foot! The great thing about Stockholm is that everything is walkable

What to see

Stockholm boasts a rich and unique historyGamla Stan (Old Town) is the old medieval part of Stockholm, dating back to the 17th century. Head to Stortoget (Swedish for the ‘big square’), Cathedral and Royal Palace to immerse yourself in the history of the city. This part of town also offers quaint restaurants, Fika cafes (Swedish for coffee and pastry) and boutique and vintage shops.

The city also offers a vast array of museums to suit all passions including; maritine (Vasa Museum), modern art (Moderna), open-air (Scansen) and ABBA! (Popular with this visiting ahead of Eurovision).

     

Where to stay

Nordic C, a modern hotel conveniently placed by the Arlanda Express and Central Station with a home from home feel. The hotel emulates Scandi cutting edge design and offers cosy rooms and breakfast from £70 per night (based on its 3 nights for the price of 2 offer) and even has its very own Absolute ice bar, which is discounted for guests.

  

Where to eat 

Wiener Caffet, (yes it’s really called that!) is a traditional bistro come patisserie based in the modern designer part of Stockholm, Norrmalm – perfect for brunch or a mid-afternoon bite to eat. Order of the day was the Smoorebrod (Swedish for open sandwich) of beef pate served with piccalilli, onion, lingonberry, lettuce and dill. Including a glass of prosecco, this came to around £17.

 De Svart Fåren is a beautiful Swedish restaurant, based off the square in the old town, serving home cooked Swedish dishes. Try plankstek a traditional Swedish dish consisting of smoked fillet of beef, portobello mushroom, choron sauce, gravy & pomme duchessé (around £15) – goes down very well with a glass of red wine.

 

Where to shop

Being at the epicenter of Swedish design, Stockholm offers a range of exciting shops, shopping malls and boutiques.

Mood shoppingcentere is based in Norrmalm, offering a mix of high street and designer labels as well home furnishings stores and there’s a big Selfridges style department store called NK, literally selling everything under one roof.

 

Men’s fashion stores include H&M Man – H&M’s dedicated stand alone menswear store (hopefully coming to London very soon) and Weekday, owned by Cheap Monday smart, clean cut modern fashion at high street prices.

I really couldn’t recommend Stockholm any more for the perfect weekend getaway, although I went for three nights, you can definitely see and get a feel for the city in 48 hours. It’s really cheap to get to so if you’ve been thinking of going for a while just do it!

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