It’s no surprise to you that if you read my travel blogs, I love a city break on a weekend. This time I chose Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and the land of Viking type men with their beautiful long hair and blue eyes, oh and IKEA of course! But Stockholm has so much more to offer than just this… honestly, it really does!
Stockholm is spread across 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, and each neighbourhood has its own unique character. A vibrant, colourful city of contrasts, forward-thinking and ultra-modern, set among centuries-old buildings and a rich history. Stockholm is buzzing with activity, from ancient architecture to modern design.
Swedish winters are beautiful, but long, dark and extremely cold, but this is what I love about those winter city breaks, it starts to feel really festive and the wrapping up warm part and exploring with a hot chocolate or glögg in hand is always fun. Glögg is a Swedish mulled wine… and it’s delicious!
My first stop was to check in at Hotel At Six, a gorgeous new design hotel. I honestly couldn’t believe the amenities this place had to offer, everything was there, from a draw with socks, and pants (should you have forgotten to pack yours), to travel adaptors and usbs, a fridge of yummy snacks and drinks and then the wet room, by far the best feature ever, but it didn’t just stop there. We all know you always get the bog standard shampoo and conditioner, but Hotel At Six had face scrub/wash & moisturiser, an exfoliating body glove (I mean, we all need that), hair tools, a better than average toothbrush kit… and the list goes on, on towards the restaurant and bar within the hotel, where the food was out of this world tasty! And the staff went above and beyond to make me feel at home.
So into the cold I go, (shout out to Superdry here for keeping me warm & not to mention seen at all times in my fluoro pink puffa coat), straight to Gamla Stan, the old town, it’s narrow and winding cobblestone streets provide lots of super cute coffee and pastry shops to stop in, as well as wonderful knick-knack shops to gawk at. If you want to truly submerge yourself and feel the essence of the city, for me, this is the place to roam and “Fika”. Let me explain that a little more, Fika is the Swedish version of a Spanish siesta, a time of the afternoon where you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with local pastries. However, I could literally just do this on the hour, every hour, couldn’t you?!
Once you’ve exhausted the streets of Gamla Stan, Djurgården should be next on your hit list. This large forested island is home to Gröna Lund, the second oldest amusement park in the world, however, it being minus 3 degrees, I didn’t actually go on anything (much to my dismay) but in the Summer this is a must do! This island is also home to The ABBA Museum, how could I not! Further into history and we have to our right (ha), The Royal Palace in Sweden, one of the largest in Europe, with over 600 rooms, it is the official residence to his royal majesty the King of Sweden. Make sure not to miss the changing of the guards in front of the palace, it’s truly spectacular to see.
The next piece of culture I am going to tell you about is the Stockholm subway system, it is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit. Traveling by subway is like travelling through an exciting story with over 90 of the 100 subway stations decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations and engravings by over 150 artists, since 1950!
SoFo is the nickname of a certain part of the area Södermalm in Stockholm and stands for South of Folkungagatan. And much like the original SoHo in Manhattan, or in London for that matter, this is an area with a hipster downtown feel. You must head here for sure to check out the vintage shops, independent designers, gorgeous interior designs and trendy cafés with hanging planters. One of the greatest things about SoFo is that all of the small businesses, shops, cafés and art studios feel so personal, with most being concept like stores where you grab an espresso, even read books and cosy up on the velvet chairs.
Stockholm has something for everyone, and you could easily spend longer than a weekend there. I, of course, did a little shopping too, as we all know Scandi fashion is on point. But for now, I will leave you with my wardrobe from Stockholm below… be sure to check out the Superdry coat, part of their ‘snow’ range, ideal for the temperatures I was in, and so snug.
As always, lots of love,
Shop Alex’s Stockholm wardrobe here…
*This blog post is sponsored, and all opinions are my own.