LAURA'S GUIDE TO STOCKHOLM
As many of you already know, Sweden is very dear to Henné founder Laura's heart. Stockholm in particular is one of her favorite cities in the world, and after talking to her, it's no surprise why. Although we've entered the autumn season, summer is Laura's favorite time of year in Sweden, so some of the suggestions (outdoor activities in particular) are focused on the summer months.
Without further ado, here's Laura's Guide to Stockholm:
Experience the Michelin standard
A fine dining restaurant with a modern take on Swedish cuisine. Closely connected with nature, Volt's ingredients and produce come from the forests, fields, and seas that surround Stockholm, along with expertly curated organic wine list. With a Michelin star, Volt is by no means cheap, but the prices are still toward the affordable end compared to most Michelin-rated eateries.
Lunch with a view
If you're looking for a place to unwind, there's no better spot than on the terrace of Oaxen Krog. With its location near the water and amidst the historical and industrial memorabilia, this elegant restaurant (which also boasts 2 Michelin stars) has the perfect mix of nature and city.
French brasserie meets modern art
This French brasserie has a lively ambiance ideal for a night out. They serve classic fare from the Mediterranean and also have an extensive wine list with a focus on natural wines. An exciting feature that sparks lively art discussions at the table is the interior wall that acts as an ever-changing canvas for their artist-in-residence.
Laura enjoying dinner at La Colline
Expect the unexpected
Sushi under a bridge? Look no further. Barbro does everything right from a hip yet cozy atmosphere to friendly service to top-notch sushi rolls. This hidden gem is definitely worth searching for.
Photo cred: Barbro
Hearty vegetarian food
A vegetarian restaurant with gorgeous views of the city and the river. With reasonable prices, there's no reason not to try Herman's plant-based food and as the Hermans team says: "Give peas a chance."
Meet me on the water
With its unique meeting place on top of Lake Mälaren, this cafe and pavilion is a must-see in Stockholm. Enjoy the food, drinks, and desserts among the beautiful and vibrant garden. Its idyllic atmosphere will craft the opportunity to relax and watch the boats sail on Lake Mälaren's glistening water.
Photo cred: Mälarpaviljongen
Laura's top cafe pick
Fika, a coffee break with something sweet to eat, is the quintessence of Swedish culture and Café Pascal is just the place to practice this cultural concept. The charm of this cafe pairs perfectly with a weekend breakfast.
Photo cred: Café Pascal
For your inner coffee snob
This Stockholm cafe is sustainable, organic, and focuses on delivering quality coffee. They source fully transparent coffee from single farms and cooperatives, working with producers year after year. This award-winning roastery and café is a worthy visit.
A nature lover's dream
This dream-like wonderland offers a garden, a bakery, a greenhouse café, a farmshop, and a plantshop. What more can you want? Applying sustainable practices and growing locally, Rosendals is a green oasis straight from a fairytale, but it's real! Pick some lovely flowers, indulge in the handmade bread, eat some organic vegetables, bask in the sunshine, or do all of the above, but you must experience this little slice of heaven.
Photo cred: Rosendals Trädgård
WHERE TO STAYHotel Diplomat
Historical and iconic
A stylish and elegant 5-star hotel with stunning views. Perfectly located in the city center of Stockholm with short proximity to the subway and street light rail, Gamla Stan, a multitude of shops and restaurants, and other main attractions. Hotel Diplomat offers a luxurious hotel experience perfect for your summer trip.
Classic European meets modern Scandinavian
A gorgeous hotel with impeccable amenities. Convenient public transportation and access to Old Town and the Royal Palace. The decor is modern Scandinavian in an older 1800's building with great design and a cool architectural feature inside the hotel.
Photo cred: Nobis Hotel
Cozy and charming
A delightful and charming old-world hotel on the quiet island of Skeppsholmen. This hotel is a peaceful haven close to the water but also walking distance to the waterfront, Gamla Stan, and Moderna Museet art gallery.
Photo cred: Hotel Skeppsholmen
MUST-SEE/VISITWalk around in Gamla Stan
This neighborhood is the old part of town. It has the historically charming streets filled with old bars, restaurants, and shops. Cobbled streets, colorful buildings, museums, and souvenir shops contribute to the picturesque of Gamla Stan.
Explore the Stockholm archipelago
The most popular way to see the Stockholm archipelago is by ferry. You can book a range of trips and tours with a multitude of ferry services and ferry companies. There are numerous activities you can partake in such as boating, hiking, fishing, sea kayaking, biking, swimming and even ice yachting! Grabbing lunch at one of the gourmet restaurants on Fjäderholmarna is highly recommended.
Sunbathing by the water
When the summer sunshine spreads over Stockholm, Swedes don't take a moment of it for granted, and neither should you. There is a plentitude of bathing jetties, rocks, diving towers, and sandy beaches for all of your sunbathing needs. If you want to stay close to the city, Lilla Essingebadet is surrounded by water and anyone who fancies a dip while on the island can find a jetty with a bathing ladder to the boat clubs. If you just want to enjoy some simple sunbathing, Lilla Essingebadet also has a great grassy area where you can lay down a towel and bask in the beauty that is Swedish summer.
The main hub of Stockholm's subway, this area has many shopping centers, boutiques, and mainstream brands. This metro station connects with other modes of transport, making it easy to travel from one place to another. The walls are painted with stunning murals and artwork, making it an iconic photo scene.
This neighborhood is the place to go if you are looking for more indie boutiques, second-hand stores, and vintage shops. Art galleries, cafes, fresh dining, and beautiful views add to the chic character of Södermalm.
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