Where: Stockholm, Sweden
How long: 2.5 days
After five awesome, busy, exciting, tiring days in Copenhagen, we made our way to Stockholm. When we were originally planning the trip I thought we might take a train–but after I realized how LONG that was, we decided on the 1-hour flight instead. As is usually the case with European cities, transportation to and from the Copenhagen and Stockholm airports was really easy. We opted for short cabs from the central train stations to our apartments because of our bags and tired feet, but you could easily transfer to a bus or subway to get there, too. Even with a bit of a delay, we still made it to Stockholm by early afternoon, just in time for lunch!
Our Airbnb in Stockholm was even cuter than the one in Copenhagen. It was filled with vintage, homey touches! It was also in a really cool neighborhood: Södermalm. This is the up-and-coming trendy neighborhood of Stockholm (much like Vesterbro in Copenhagen). Our lunch location that day was really cool (and not cheap, but by this point we were kind of becoming immune to the prices). They served Mikkeller beer in the cutest bottle (because obviously I wouldn’t drink beer any other way). I was really pleasantly surprised by how friendly and welcoming the city seemed, and was in heaven with the amount of secondhand shops, particularly in our ‘hood!
our cute airbnb apartment! we would highly recommend staying here
We spent the first afternoon roaming around Södermalm, going to the photography museum, Fotografiska, and picking up groceries before heading back out to dinner.
this swedish student was happy to be in my photo
make sure to walk along Monteliusvägen in Södermalm for great views of the city
For dinner that night, we had made reservations at Pelikan, which is known for its traditional Swedish cuisine (most notably their Swedish meatballs). It felt like Peter Luger’s in NYC… but cooler. And friendlier. We had an awesome waitress and we were filled to the brim.
The next day we started off by exploring Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old city. It is situated on a little island between Södermalm and the “downtown” area, and has tiny winding cobblestone streets, the Royal Palace and a mix of cute antique shops plus your typical tourist stuff. I was really charmed by it–maybe because of the time of year, it was not overly crowded and made for a great late morning stroll.
From there we went to Norrmalm, the downtown area, and did some mainstream shopping. This definitely seemed more crowded at times, but the streets were beautiful and the shops nice and spacious. Miles’ office used to be in that neighborhood so we ate at a casual place for lunch that he used to go to during his lunch breaks.
don’t be fooled by this photo..this was the biggest vintage shop i’ve ever seen!
That evening we had dinner at this wild Thai place, Koh Phangan, that is totally over-the-top decked out in a million lights, palm trees, etc. The service wasn’t great, but it was such an experience and the food was really delicious! The location in Södermalm was on the same street with all the other cool bars and was swamped with young, cool kids.
On our final day in Stockholm, we started off with a 3-hour boat tour of the archipelago–a collection of over 30,000 islands sprawling into the Baltic Sea off the coast of the city. The boat tour was a great way to see other parts of the city we didn’t get to visit (like Skansen and the amusement park) and a peaceful way to get a little taste of what the archipelago has to offer. There were some insanely huge, beautiful homes and so many other boats out enjoying the gorgeous day. If we get the chance to go back, it’d be great to take a ferry to one of the islands and explore more.
After the boat tour, we stopped by a huge food market, Saluhall, in Östermalm for lunch — it’s kind of like Chelsea Market, or Eataly, in NYC.
I really enjoyed Stockholm much more than I was expecting–for some reason I had it in my head that it wouldn’t be as “cute” or something as Copenhagen. I was surprised how much I loved it! It is definitely much more of a cosmopolitan city than Copenhagen, which may be why I immediately felt comfortable (it was very reminiscent of NYC). But the buildings were so beautiful, the secondhand and modern shopping was hard to beat, and we ate really well, too.
On our last evening, we celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary at a nice restaurant in Ostermalm called Volt. An indulgent, upscale Swedish dinner and, yay!, wine pairings, was a perfect way to end our awesome trip to Scandinavia!
IN A NUTSHELL…
Drink: Mikkeller Stockholm (we were obsessed!) – perfect after a long day of shopping – oh, and I was the only girl there for hours… so, single ladies, go now.
Do: Archipelago tour (we liked ours with this company), explore the vintage shops in Södermalm and wander aimlessly in Gamla Stan (I thought the cute streets were more interesting than the palace, but that might just be me!)