Go just before the real cold sets in. That way you enjoy the crispness in the air and have the freedom to walk around this beautiful city before it’s too cold but you can still have the benefit of seeing the Stockholm at it’s wintery best: candlelit windows, winter florals edging the doorways, sheepskin rugs on chairs by the fire. This city does winter well.
Södermalm – Cool, younger area with great cafes and vintage shops.
Östermalm – The main area of Stockholm – beautiful and traditional.
Moderna Museet – Walk across the Skeppsholmsbron to the beautiful and very little island of Svensksundsvägen to Stockholm’s museum of modern art. The permanent collection includes an impressive selection from Jackson Pollock, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Salvador Dali, Olafur Eliasson and Robert Mapplethorpe among many, many others housed in a beautifully designed gallery space.
Rosendals Trädgård – See biodynamic farming practices first hand at this beautiful garden foundation where you can choose and hand pick your own bunch of flowers from the wild flower garden and walk freely amongst the wild gardens where tuberose literally fills the air. Sit under the apple trees for a picnic at the apple orchid or stop for lunch or the Swedish tradition of Fika at the renowned farmhouse cafe and woodfire bakery, where the practice is farm to fork. Look forward to the fresh harvest of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits from the gardens surrounding you. Afterwards, go for a walk to the Rosendal Palace to admire this serene and beautiful home where they change the flower arrangements of the garden every season.
Gamla stan – Only a short walk from Östermalm, visit the old town of Stockholm for the architecture and quaint streets.
At Miss Clara Hotel for a boutique experience in a restored Art Nouveau building with dark wood interiors and Scandinavian styling, or Ett Hem hotel – a converted private residence – for an ultra sumptuous take on homely.
Walking shoes – like Common Projects’ all black high tops or Gucci’s side striped leather trainers – a good jacket – like Miu Miu’s anorak with fur sleeves – or, for the colder months, Acne Studios’ shearling jacket.
Stock your beauty bag with Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion foundation for a great light finish in the land of the perfect skin and the genetically blessed, By Terry Baume de Rose and Sacha Juan naturalising shampoo – the Stockholm-based haircare brand known for their simple and effective shampoos and conditioners are now branching into skincare too. Love the simple and clean design of the packaging.
Flickorna Helin Voltaire Cafe, Djurgarden – Get cosy by the fire and order homemade soup with rye bread and dill cream cheese, choose ingredients to make your own smörgåsbord or from one of the many amazing fresh salads. Save room for dessert, though, because the house-made cakes are a must.
Cafe Pascal – Young Swedish creatives and the like gather here for breakfast, lunch and fika day-round. The best coffee in Stockholm.
Östermalms Saluhall – Make your own smörgåsbord at this 1880s food hall with individual food sellers. Shop typical Swedish fare such as cured fish, salmon and shrimp, pickled cucumbers and hard bread (or Knäckebröd) with öst (cheese).
Herman’s Vegetarian – Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan, this is one of the best places to eat in town. A fully organic vegetarian buffet overlooking a beautiful garden and the city of Stockholm.
Lisa Larsson Second Hand – A fabulously curated and collected array of early and modern vintage pieces. Be prepared for a bit of sifting but there are some real gems. I walked away with a handmade Hungarian embroidered blouse, a 1930s black hand-embroidered evening dress and white silk evening nightie with delicate flowers hand-embroidered on the bust.
Byredo flagship store – Here the staff will help you select the right scent for you based on what you tell them about yourself.
Svenskt Tenn – A classic interior design company with a beautiful store on Strandvägen.
Acne Archive – Samples, one offs, sale pieces from the iconic Swedish label.