We don’t actually have the words necessary to communicate just how much we adore Stockholm. If you’ve got a thing for serious Northern soul, Scandinavian design, vistas to astound and food you can’t get enough of, this is the cultural capital for you. Bathed in sunlight in summer, found on the Baltic Sea and made up of a series of 13 islands all connected by intricate bridges, Stockholm will get under your skin. And you’ll be more than happy to let it.
Below is our pictorial guide to this outdoorsy, ever-smiling city. Along with a few tips we strongly recommend you take us up on.
Getting Around: Take to your feet, ambling through the Old Town, museum district (watch out for Fotografiska and its thought-provoking photography exhibitions) or downtown shopping district (all hail NK and Illums Bolighus, a Mecca for Danish design), the best way to get your bearings is by wandering, camera in hand and preferably with a hankering for toast Skagen - a Swedish delicacy that’s pretty much shrimp with lemon, dill and mayonnaise served on rich local bread.
Eat Your Heart Out: Stockholm knows how to dish up some real wonders yet few locations are quite as picturesquely perfect as Fjaderholmarnas Krog, a short 20 minute ferry ride from the city centre. Dining in this elegant, light-filled restaurant on a summer evening you are transported to another world, where delicate flavours reign and the seafood is impossibly fresh. The attention to detail here is remarkable and the friendly service makes the fairy tale setting all the more beguiling.
Or stay central and pay a visit to Volt, edgy and elegant, this is an effortlessly cool setting that attracts clued up locals after interesting flavour combinations and a wine selection to savour. With creations made from duck eggs, white asparagus and whitefish or perfectly prepared lamb, cabbage and lovage this is fine dining with an inventive twist. A definite star on the foodie map - and one that will make you swell allegiance to Swedish sponge cake and caramelised white chocolate.
and Rosendals Trädgård, a stunning garden open to the public that comes complete with a cafe, nursery and shop. Overflowing on sunny days, this is the epitome of a local treasure.
Stay the Night: A warren of quirky hotels and ancient corners, finding the right place to rest your head can be a little daunting. So you’ll be pleased to know that we can wholeheartedly recommend the stunning and characterful Victory Hotel, part of the renowned Collector’s Hotels. Found in the Old Town, this atmospheric boutique hotel has a naval theme (Lord Nelson is the inspiration) and a bar area, open to non-guests, that invokes a little highland spirit. A decadent and different experience.