I had three fantastic days in Stockholm: three days of sunshine, good food and my two sisters!
We arrived quite early on friday and spent the morning just strolling the streets of this beautiful city. We had fantastic weather and so we could really enjoy the positive vibes around. The streets were full of people soaking up the sun sitting outside of cafés and restaurants.
Our first food stop around lunch time was Saluhallen, an historic market hall in the Östermalm district, where we could satisfy our cravings for gravad lax (cured salmon). Oh, I do love gravad lax.
The Saluhallen in Östermalm is a beautiful old brick building with market stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to cheese or seafood. It is worth while exploring the different vendors and the large variety of delicacies. Östermalm is a fancy and rather pricey district with lots of restaurants and fashion boutiques.
We spent the afternoon chilling in canvas chairs on Skeppsholmen, one of the islands of Stockholm. It truly is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. You feel like you are on an island far outside of Stockholm but it is actually a short walk or ferry ride just outside the city center. There is one beautiful hotel on the island with a nice restaurant. We spent some laid-back hours with coffee and sunshine.
We took off for some cake at a café called Gildas Rum in Södermalm, the hipster quarter of Stockholm, where you can find nice little boutiques, colourful cafés and lots of pubs and restaurants. A truly vibrant part of town.
The cake at Gildas Rum was fantastic! They have a large choice of homemade treats. I decided to have a raspberry crumble with vanilla sauce. Everything else looked great as well!
The people in Stockholm are such an active crowd. I have never seen a city with so many people wearing running shoes. Great! Totally my thing!
We had dinner at Tranan, a Swedish restaurant in Vasastan just around the corner from where my younger sister currently lives. Small tables, a cosy atmosphere and apparently the best Köttbullar (meatballs) in Stockholm. The funny thing is, that the Köttbullar are not mentioned on the menu – it’s a secret dish.
On Saturday we took a ferry to Vaxholm in the Stockholm archipelago. During the 1 h 20 minutes ferry ride you get a splendid view on the Stockholm archipelago with its cute little islands full of picturesque summer houses. Spending the summer on such an island must be fantastic and a house close to the water is such a great thing anyways.
We had dinner at Pelikan in Södermalm, a restaurant serving Swedish home-style food. Be sure to get a table in the large rustic dining-hall, which a high ceiling and Art Deco wall paintings (no reservations). We had different types of herring as a starter – probably the most traditional Swedish appetizer. We all had fish for dinner then. I didn’t know that traditional Swedish food is quite heavy on the meat as well. The food was fantastic.
Sunday was super sunny as well and so we spent nearly all day sitting outside at Café Mellqvist in Vasastan. It’s a fun hangout with a laid-back atmosphere, great coffee and delicious Kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns). A great place to enjoy a beautiful almost summer-like Sunday.
I had a great weekend and was happy to spent three precious days just with my two sisters!