Blanch and I have just come back from a festive weekend away in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. Winter is the perfect time to visit this scandi city, full of Christmas markets, bars serving warming mulled wine and streets lined with festival decorations, just be sure to wrap up warm and bring extra thick socks!
Stockholm is made up off 14 small islands all connected together by over 50 bridges just off the Baltic Sea. The main island that Blanch and I spent most of our weekend strolling round is the oh so pretty Gramla Stan. A medieval city centre on its own island in the centre of Stockholm full of picturesque cobbled streets lined with local craft shops and super cute cafes serving warming glogg (mulled wine to you and I) and ginger bread hearts.
We spent many an afternoon getting lost through the colourful houses and exploring the super cute square which plays host to a Christmas market throughout the winter months. You can easily spend a couple of hours browsing the local craft stalls and sampling the delicious sweedish pastries. To warm up head over to the super cute KaffeKoppen situated right on the square and serves one of the best mulled wines I have ever tasted with currents, almonds and ginger bread on the side- a dream combination!
Gramla Stan is also Home to the impressive Royal palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 beautiful rooms. If the weather is that bit too chilly to be walking around than the palace is the perfect place to spend a morning warming up and taking in the sights of the royal rooms and amazing crown jewels. The changing of the guards is definitely worth a watch too. Just round the corner from the Royal palace you will also find several beautiful churches and museums including Sweden’s national cathedral and the nobel museum showcasing the super inspiring ideas that changed the world.
Ice skating is one of our favourite Christmas activities and fortunately Stockholm is Home to quite a few ice rinks, our being Kungstradgarden. Located right in the middle of town, this ice rink is free and open to all and a great way to spend an evening skating around to the fab disco tunes! The rink is super pretty, lit up by rows and rows of fairy lights and even plays hosts to daily ice skating shows by the locals.
A visit to Stockholm would not be complete without a trip to the ABBA museum, located on the island Djurgården. It is of course full of ABBA memorabilia, amazing stage outfits and countless number of awards- a must for any ABBA fan! The museum is super interactive with Blanch and I taking part in a ABBA sing off (pretty badly may I add!) and a music video.
The island of Djurgarden is a tranquil oasis in the middle of Stockholm and Home to many of the key museums to visit including the VASA museum which is Home to a 333 year old war ship and the open air museum of Skansen showcasing traditional Swedish life. It is also Home to one of our favourite cafes in Stockholm, Tram 7b. An actual tram turned cafe this super quaint tram line is a great way to see the island of Djurgarden while enjoying a warming cup of coffee and a delicious cinnamon bun.
Stockholm is full of so many great restaurants and cafes to choose from, serving traditional sweedish food. Recommended to us by a friend we spent Saturday night stuffing our faces with the most delicious meetballs and creamiest mashed potato at Meetballs for the people. Tucked away down a side street, it is definitely worth the journey for super local and super delicious food.
Last but not least we spent our final day exploring the creative island of Södermalm. One of the more relaxed places of Stockholm, Södermalm is full of charming cafes and bakeries, one of our favourites being Fabrique bakery serving great coffee and an amazing selection of pastries. There is also a ton of lovely vintage and antique stores to visit as well as this super traditional tea shop selling over 100 types of loose blend tea (we are a little Tea obsessed!).