Stockholm is somewhere we had wanted to visit for a while and as Ollie was particularly keen I organised it for his birthday.
After reaching the city fairly late on the Friday night we decided to head straight for the hotel; Miss Clara by Nobis. This former girl’s school is impressive from the outset, the combination of the heritage of the building meeting new Scandi design was something that really appealed. Fresh white linens coupled with dark furniture complemented each other perfectly and managed to strike a balance between light and airy and cosy all at once. The bathroom was beautiful, with a huge bath, separate shower and gorgeous Orla Kiely toiletries (I find it hard not to judge a hotel but the quality of its bathroom products).
After an early breakfast, which the hotel very kindly included as we were celebrating (worth adding to your booking; absolutely delicious!) we started on what turned out to be about 12 miles of walking. Stockholm is one of those walkable cities that we love. If we can, we go everywhere on foot, I find it the best way to take the sights, sounds and smells of a city that you just don’t get any other way and believe me the architecture, design and the people are well worth the second (and third) look.
The city is made up of fourteen islands and we headed for the Old Town, Gamla Stan, where a host of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes are found amongst the winding, cobbled streets. At the heart of this historic district lies the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. Food and drink feature heavily in our trips with when and where when we’re going to eat featuring high up on the list of priorities. After crossing the water in Sodermalm we stopped at Whitman’s Deli which offers fresh salads and sandwiches as well as a great range of craft beer and organic wine. Later in the day when we’d returned to Gamla Stan, coffee and cake was calling so we went to Jerntorgets Café for a warm cinnamon bun – an absolute must.
Our evening consisted of some gorgeous cocktails at the hotel – the bar here is really good even if you’re not staying – and dinner at Pocket. It’s no secret that Stockholm is expensive and although this was by no means a budget weekend you do start seeing your spending money dwindling. Whilst there are plenty of suggestions of cheaper eats in Stockholm available, most of them are burgers, sushi and sandwiches and with Saturday being our only night out I wanted something marginally Swedish! The menu at Pocket, is small but perfectly formed and the interior typically Swedish cool.
Despite me saying my favourite way to see a place is to walk, we had a boat tour booked for Sunday, there’s no way you can appreciate the vast waters and the unique archipelago of Stockholm without venturing out to the water. The trip suited us perfectly, aimed at those without much time (it lasts about 2.5-3hours) and you can buy food and drinks on board. The guide was great and was available in English.
The afternoon was spent exploring the beautiful green island of Djugarden, walking along the pathways offers some spectacular views of the city.
Several hundred photo’s later, a million ideas to completely redesign the interior of our home and a stomach full if delicious food, we reluctantly headed home.
Getting there: Flights from Heathrow to Stockholm with SAS cost us around £130 return
Staying: We stayed at the Miss Clara by Nobis hotel for around £140/night but the prices varied throughout the year.
The best way to get into the city is on the Arlanda Express Train and takes around 20 minutes.
Try the boat tours, I found ours on Stromma.com and prepaid for our tickets in advance. Make sure you leave time to find the right boat, I nearly boarded the wrong one..