Saturday, January 6, 2018

Stockholm weekend city guide

Stockholm has a special place in my heart. Not only do I love it because of the culture and lifestyle, but also because some of my closest friends live here, which makes it all the more special when I pay this city a visit. I traveled to Stockholm a couple of weeks ago, making it my third time there. I must admit that November is not the best time to go to Stockholm weather-wise, but since two friends had their birthdays that weekend I had a good reason to go. Since I tried a good amount of restaurants and walked around a lot, I put together a little guide which combines my last two visits to Stockholm, perfect for a long weekend!
Stockholm weekend city guide

BREAKFAST & COFFEE

Valhalla Bageriet
Just around the corner from my friends' place in Östermalm, and supposedly one of the best spots for a real Swedish cardamom bun (in my opinion tastier than a cinnamon bun). Vahalla supplies many cafés in Stockholm with their buns, so that says everything. You can sit down for breakfast here but it's super small so I recommend doing takeaway. Everything from the sourdough bread down to the buns looks, tastes and smells incredible. 
Valhallavägen 174


Stockholm weekend city guide

Pom och Flora
This place has been pretty popular since it opened a while back (there are two locations). It's known as one of the best breakfast spots in Stockholm, so there's a queue during the weekends. The food is worth it though, I had a tasty toast with some sour cream, avocado and spicy jalapeno topping. If you have a bigger appetite, there's also a very reasonably priced brunch menu. Another plus is that all their coffees are served with oat milk, my favorite. 
Bodegatan 64 & Odengatan 39


Stockholm weekend city guide


Stockholm weekend city guide

Broms
This place is a little less known among visitors of Stockholm (like me) because when we came here for breakfast it was only Swedes (and apparently a lot of Swedish celebs come here). During the weekend there's a very simple breakfast menu option, which includes a sandwich, coffee, and juice! Simple but high quality and good. Broms is supposedly also nice for dinner!
Karlavägen 76


Stockholm weekend city guide


Fabrique
Although you can find this place all over the city (with more than 15 bakeries in Stockholm and 4 in London), it doesn't take away from the fact that they make a mean cinnamon bun. My favorite thing is actually the sourdough walnut bread, it's truly the best I've tried. Everything is of a high standard here, and pretty authentic Swedish as far as I know.
Locations here


Stockholm weekend city guide


Stockholm weekend city guide

Sempre Espresso Bar
Upon entering this place you're transported right to Italy, where the baristas speak Italian rather loudly (ciao ciao!!!), people drink their espresso while standing and the Italian pastries are piled high on the counter. The cappuccinos are great and cheaper than most other places I tried in Stockholm.
Jakobsbergsgatan 5

Stockholm weekend city guide

Kaffe Verket at Snickerbacken 7 There are two Kaffe Verket in Stockholm, one of which is located in a stable-garage-converted-into-shop-café-communal-space: Snickerbacken 7. Kaffe Verket is very popular among bloggers, and I totally understand why. Their matcha lattes are very Instagrammable and their flat whites are scrumptious! My friend had a piece of banana pecan bread and it was amazing, honestly one of the best cakes I've ever tasted (why does everything taste 100% better in Stockholm?)
Snickarbacken 7

Stockholm weekend city guide

LUNCH


Östermalms Saluhall
The original building is currently being restored, so they've moved the Saluhall right across the street in a temporary wooden structure. The concept remains the same: a food hall with only the finest Swedish products. You can also sit down at some places and have typical Swedish food: toast Skagen, meatballs and mash, smoked salmon on toast etc. Perfect for a quick yet satisfying meal. 
Östermalmstorg


Stockholm weekend city guide


Stockholm weekend city guide


Stockholm weekend city guide

Riche
This Östermalm restaurant is a Stockholm institution. It's part of a restaurant group of which also houses Taverna Brillo, Teatergrillen, and Sturehof. Riche has both a bar and restaurant and on good days even some outdoor tables. I came here in 2015, and my friend told me they have some of the best Köttbullar in town (Swedish meatballs). This plate might look small but it's actually massive, and after having this for lunch we didn't eat for the rest of the day. Super tasty though (I still dream about those mashed potatoes). 
Birger Jarlsgatan 4


Stockholm weekend city guide

Gretas at Haymarket by Scandic Hotel
This is the pinkest, girliest place in Stockholm. They have an all-day breakfast menu and some salads for lunch. It's the ultimate girl brunch spot, somewhere between Gossip Girl and Sex And The City. Unfortunately, I didn't get to eat here but next time I'll definitely try it.
Hötorget 13-15


Stockholm weekend city guide

DINNER

Farang
As a celebration of my friend's birthday, we booked a table at Farang. Everyone said this was one of their favorite places in the city, and I can only confirm that. We all chose the Farang tasting menu, with the only difference being that I went for the vegan option and another friend for the peanut-free menu. They cater to all food preferences and allergies here, and the service is flawless. The tasting menu consists of 7 courses, some big, some small, but plenty of food. Everything tasted delicious, and I liked the mix of different Asian cuisines. My favorites were the aubergine "satay" and the red curry. Ten extra points for serving a total vegan menu!
Tulegatan 7


Stockholm weekend city guide

Stockholm weekend city guide

Nybrogatan 38
This spot is popular amongst Swedish bloggers, which is also how I found out about it. We came here on a busy Friday night and got a lucky spot. I had a falafel platter with hummus which was super tasty and full of flavour. My friend had the veal tartare, and we shared some delicious herby fries. It's a nice classy place for dinner, and it's a good idea to make reservations since it's pretty small.
Nybrogatan 38


Stockholm weekend city guide


Taverna Brillo
This is an all-day restaurant in the center of town. The space is huge, and there are casual and "nicer" areas for dinner, as well as a bar. The food is mainly Italian with some Swedish influences. I had a truffle pizza which was to die for, but I'm pretty sure everything's good here.
Sturegatan 6


Stockholm weekend city guide

Sightseeing
I'm lucky to have the best guides to show me around Stockholm whenever I go, but that also means I just follow them and I'm not really aware of the areas we've been to. I've explored Vasastan (cool architecture, where locals live), Östermalm (posh area), Kungsholmen (nice walk along the water and city hall), Södermalm (hipster area) and Gamla Stan (the old medieval town, super cute). Each area has a different vibe which I like! 


Stockholm weekend city guide

Stockholm weekend city guide

Stockholm weekend city guide


SHOPPING
The Swedes generally have an impeccable style, and they always seem to go for quality. I always go to Acne in Stockholm since it's cheaper and the flagship store is beautiful (Norrmalmstorg 2). All the H&M-group shops seem a little better in Stockholm, like COS, & Other Stories, H&M, and H&M Home (as seen below, with an actual flower shop inside). I don't think there's a price difference with other European countries though!

Stockholm weekend city guide

NK
The biggest and best department store is NK, which is like the Selfridges of Stockholm. They have all the brands you want and shop-in-shops like Acne and Ganni for example. 
Hamngatan 18-20

Stockholm weekend city guide

Judits Second Hand
I haven't fully explored Stockholm vintage shops, but we stumbled upon one of the better ones called Judits Second Hand. They have both high-street (like & Other Stories) and high-end brands. 
Hornsgatan 75


Stockholm weekend city guide


Svensk Tenn
This is Stockholm's most iconic interior design store. It's the perfect place to find gifts, but also for special items in your own home. They have everything from furniture by Swedish-Austrian designer Josef Frank to tableware and other home decorations. This shop has the kind of items that you'll use in your home forever and pass on to your children. 
Strandvägen 5

Stockholm weekend city guide


Sibyllans Kaffe & Tehandel
Last but not least, my friend showed me this amazing family-run tea and coffee shop. I bought some kardamom coffee to bring home which was gone in no-time. It's a good spot for gifts as well!
Sibyllegatan 35


Stockholm weekend city guide

I hope you liked this little Stockholm city guide! Next time I want to go during summer because you experience the city in a totally different way, and the last time I visited during summer was already five years ago. And there are so many more places I want to try. See you soon Stockholm!

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