At the start of 2016, I had the chance to spend 48 hours in Stockholm - this is a visual diary of my very cold yet very rewarding trip, including some culinary highlights of Sweden's capital.

Norrmalm discoveries and a walk along Drottninggatan.

The North of Stockholm offers a wealth of different restaurant, cafés and little boutiques. Drottninggatan is the main shopping street and stretches from the North to the South of Vasastaden.

Fabrique is a Scandinavian bakery that my friend and I discovered in Stockholm and then re-discovered in London (they just opened a store in Notting Hill)! Their kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon buns) are devine and their rye bread is every Germans' fantasy.

I'm super happy my friend introduced me to Sally Voltaire & Systrar, a healthy eating meets concept store place, located in Åhléns department store. Their salad bowls are both nutritious and delicious and the complimentary knäckebröd and red beet and horseradish spreads made the whole lunching experience even more wonderful. Also, I need to mention the arsenal of Brita water filters that are just too Scandinavian and brilliant to handle - such an easy concept that should totally be adopted by London restaurants and my university canteen!

Shopping in Östermalm and Swedish genius

Mäster Samuelsgatan and Biblioteksgatan are two lovely streets near Drottninggatan, which are home to some Swedish favourites of mine including & Other Stories and the Byredo perfume flagship store. If you have never smelt their fragrances before, I highly recommend you head to the department store of your choice and do so! All of the scents are unisex and were created based on peoples' memories of smell, creating a selection of unique olfactory experiences you have never smelt before!

Old town charm and royal insights

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm, which is just about one of the most enchanting and lovely places I have ever been to. Especially in winter, when there is a lack of tourists in the city, it feels almost magical to walk around the empty streets and antique stores.

A taste of the Baltic Sea

There are few things in life that I enjoy quite as much as exploring a foreign city - add beautiful weather to that and I'm the happiest person alive. Wintery Stockholm has a special atmosphere to it, so very peaceful and bright it makes you feel as if you can see life a bit clearer when you're there. I took a walk along the bay area and the prestigious promenade of Strandvägen, which is home to some of the most elegant restaurants and hotels in Stockholm, up to the island of Djurgården, home to the famous Vasamuseet.

Östermalm and historic market halls

Östermalm's Saluhall is a market hall which opened it's doors in 1888 and offers the most classic of Swedish delicatessen. Here you can enjoy the most delicious local specialities including fresh oysters, pickled hering and the ever so popular Köttbullar with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam. I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the streets of Östermalm, their wealth of hip cafés, chocolate stores and museums.

I'm so thankful I got to spend these two days away from my daily routine, simply enjoying great conversations, food and my surroundings. Traveling is such a great way to refuel your batteries, find inspiration and reflect on life in general. I love living in Europe as I know the next adventure is just a one to two hour plane ride away and I'm excited to see where it will take me next! What place in Europe would you love to visit, where you have never been before or where you want to go again? I'd love to hear some suggestions!


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