In August, we did a Scandinavia trip and visited Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Bergen, Norway. Each city was so different and I wanted to capture some of the highlights from each.
Stockholm reminded us a lot of San Francisco. I think I expected it to feel slightly more dense and busy, but instead it felt quiet, spread out, and very peaceful. There was also more nature than I expected, both in city parks and in places directly outside of the city. We also had some incredible food and drink experiences. Without further ado: STOCKHOLM.
We landed in Stockholm at 7am and were a little too optimistic about how much we could accomplish without getting a real night's sleep. We dropped our bags off at our hotel, which we LOVED. It was clean, had amazing breakfast included, and was very 'grammable - strong rec. After breakfast, we walked through Gamla Stan (old town) to Sodermalm (hip neighborhood with great shops and food). Some Sodermalm faves: Drop Coffee, Sneakersnstuff, Grandpa, and Pärlans Konfektyr. Around 2pm we were basically sleepwalking and went back to the hotel for a giant nap. We dragged ourselves out for dinner at The Hairy Pig, an old school pub in Gamla Stan, and I'm pretty sure we were asleep by 8pm.
AKA The Day of Three Museums. We woke up, did stretches in the hotel gym (because youth), and had hotel breakfast. This was the only day it rained the entire time we were in Scandinavia, which was pretty lucky! We walked to the Moderna Museet and saw a super rad exhibit on architect and designer Josef Frank. After that we went to Svenkst Tenn, basically the Barney;s of Swedish interior design, and then had fika at Fabrique around the corner. Then we hit our second and third museums of the day - the Vasa Museum and the Spirit Museum. If you ever go to Stockholm, everyone will tell you to go to the Vasa Museum. I wasn't super excited about seeing an old viking ship, but it's actually pretty crazy and definitely worth visiting. At the Spirit Museum, we did an aquavit tasting, a traditional Swedish liquor. Not my all time favorite, but definitely worth trying. To end the day, we had maybe the best dinner of my life. Scott and I have decided that it's always worth investing in one nice dinner on a trip, and Woodstockholm blew our minds. We had their prix fixe menu, which was based on traditional Swedish cuisine. The restaurant itself was very cozy and we had an incredible server who was really knowledgable and gave us amazing wine pairings. It was THE best. After dinner, we grabbed a beer at Omnipollo, as recommended by our new best friend AKA our Woodstockholm server.
Halfway through our time in Stockholm, our friend Rob came to spend time with us. Rob lives in London and it's always a treat seeing him in Europe. We started our day with hotel breakfast, immediately followed by a second breakfast/fika (#vacation). We walked around with Rob and visited the Fotografiska, a photography museum on the water. Highly recommend. The building itself is super cool and the restaurant on the top floor was beautiful. Afterwards we had dinner at Meatballs for the People, which reminded us of The Meatball Shop in New York.
Since we had spent a good amount of time in the city, we decided to do a day trip to the Artipelag, an island and art museum about an hour away from the city center. The boat ride allowed us to see Stockholm from the water, but the coolest part was cruising past all the summer cabins outside of the city. Once we arrived, the Artipelag was stunning and so peaceful. Definitely recommend making a trip to see it if you're in Stockholm. After we got back, we had dinner at Babette. I wasn't that excited to try pizza in Sweden, but I can honestly say it was some of the best pizza I've ever had. We ended the night at Tyge and Sessil, a relatively new natural wine bar, and it was a magical experience. We talked to the owner for a while, had some amazing wines, and closed the place down.
On our last day, we went to Rosendals Trädgård, a biodynamic farm, garden and cafe. I came to appreciate Stockholm as a city that values nature and time spent outdoors, and this was such a cool place. Afterwards, we grabbed our bags and headed to the airport on our way to Norway! More on that soon.
Overall, Stockholm was an awesome city and a great way to kick off our Scandinavian adventures.