I got a little glimpse of Stockholm on my way to the Lotta’s Creative Workshop & Nature Retreat. I spent 2 days there before, and 1 day after the retreat…and definitely got a taste of this wonderful city. I was able to explore a few neighborhoods of Stockholm, and there was MUCH more I missed, so I will be back someday!
The first two days I did a lot of walking, took in all the sights, and enjoyed my first time to Sweden. :)
And what would a trip to Scandanavia be without some good shopping? :) Not only were Iris Hantverk, Knulp Sko AB, and Designtorget great shops…some of my favorites had to be NK Stockholm, and Svenskt Tenn. Both were beautiful curated shops with gorgeous displays. Svenskt Tenn was a recommendation from a friend, and I’m glad I took the time to check it out. The unique patterns they’ve created for textiles, linens, lampshades, etc. were absolutely stunning. They also have themed and curated spaces in the shop that were fun to explore.
For my first full day in Stockholm, I walked over to the SOFO neighborhood and the Fotografiska photography museum. They had a few exhibitions of photographers on display and I thoroughly enjoyed them. They were beautiful, moving, and poignant. These are just two photographs by James Nachtwey and Vincent Peters.
Roaming the streets of SOFO worked up a good appetite, and there were so many little bakeries and coffee shops to take a load off and pick up some afternoon Fika.
After lunch, a stop at Pärlans Konfektyr (a Lotta recommendation) was needed to pick up some caramels for dessert. If you are ever in Stockholm you must try these caramels. :)
And for my last night in the city, me and two of my new friends had dinner at Restaurant Pelikan. An old restaurant/pub with some great history. I will never eat Swedish Meatballs anywhere else…these were beyond good. Just amazing.
Before the afternoon downpour I had a short window at Rosendals Trädgård for lunch. Recommended to me from a few ladies at the retreat, I got myself over there early enough to enjoy a DELICIOUS goat cheese toast salad out in the garden.
After lunch I walked down to Skansen and explored the outdoor museum. This is when the rain really came down, and I wasn’t the only ones in Skansen that weren’t having the weather. I ducked into some of the shops to escape the rain, but ended up calling the visit slightly early so I could dry off inside another museum.
On my way to Vasamuseet, I stopped into Liljevalchs see the Anders Petersen exhibit, as well as dry off from the rain. Quite a beautiful photography show of his life and travels around Stockholm.
The last museum of the day was Vasamuseet, which holds a ship that was reconstructed after being under water for 333 years. This was fantastic! So amazing that historians uncovered this treasure and now it’s standing tall for visitors to enjoy.
WHERE I STAYED
Lotta gave us all her recommendations for Stockholm, which was a HUGE help in getting started on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. I also got some recommendations from friends who are from the area. When you get recommendations from locals who know, it makes traveling that much better. Starting with lodging, a few of us from the retreat opted for the Downtown Camper by Scandic. It was close to the train station and train to the airport, so it was a good central option. It was super hip and urban, and I loved their lifestyle vibe.
On the way out of Stockholm I stayed at a different hotel to try something else. For two nights I stayed at Miss Clara. It was a totally different vibe than the Downtown Camper, but I loved both of them equally. What is cool about Miss Clara is that it was an old girls school converted into a hotel. And they decided to name it “Miss Clara” in honor of the head mistress, Clara Strömberg. How fun is that!