I was truly impressed by Stockholm. Sweden’s capital is in my view very minimalist and clean but still diverse and fun. In general, the vibe of the city made me realize that I wouldn’t mind spending certain period of my life here. However, the city isn’t flawless. I’ve read an article about high crime rate in suburbs of Stockholm, where the ongoing war of gangs is causing serious endangerment of locals. But when we talked about it with David during our trip, we noticed that the felonies are utterly ousted from the city center and our walks weren’t crossed with any weird individuals. After experiencing Stockholm’s atmosphere, I would never believe such stories since the city seems very calm and cultivated. However, I’m certain local government is doing its best to solve this problem, so let’s focus on inspirational aspects of Stockholm and nice places it offers.
- Food and drink
Since we all know that Swedish prices are acceptable only for Scandinavians, we were quite restrictive about our foodie experiences. On the other hand, we would never consider a trip to be complete without a bit of lunching and dining. We also noticed that in a few cases, the prices didn’t leave us in shock. When you choose wisely, you might find several nice spots with high quality food for acceptable prices. One restaurant illustrating this concept is Flippin’ Burgers which is a burger place created in an American style. Basically, it was a craft McDonald’s for me because the taste is similar and the only difference is that the ingredients are real and local. We also enjoyed food at the market called Ostermalms Saluhall, where you can get traditional Swedish meatballs. Staying with traditions, we fell in love endlessly with their cardamom buns. One of the best we had were made by bakers in Café and Bageri Pascal. There we realized Stockholmers prefer breakfast consisting of sweet pastries rather than omelette as we might like it. Anyway, the coffee was a satisfactory element in many places. If you’re in a neighbourhood, stop by in Drop coffee or Johan & Nyström for a good flat white or batch brew.
Luckily, prices for culture are reasonable. We visited Moderna Museet, which provides free exhibitions unless you want to see the special artists, then you would have to add something extra. As the expo will add something extra to your knowledge. Since the prices for public transportation are similar to prices for one night in our hostel, we voluntarily voted for walking. Therefore, we walked through Gamla Stan (old town), walked by Stockholm Palace, Parliament House, we even climbed the hill to get the view from Katarina Elevator. Altogether those are the landmarks which you certainly shouldn’t miss. We didn’t have enough time to manage our trip to Djurgarden, but my friend whose sister lived in Stockholm recommended it as a significant sight. So, I guess you can correct our mistakes and add it to your list.
Most comprehensive of all was the section dedicated to shopping. Stockholm serves as home to many alternative brands which I admire. Among many, Acne Studios represents minimalism and class in every item. The price range starts a bit higher than others, but it still can be considered affordable. Moreover, the brand opened their outlet store Acne Archive, which offers unique, sample or slightly shabby pieces for great prices. Their flagship stores are worth the visit as well since they’re always designed by renowned architects. My second favourite Stockholm based brand is called Eytys, which mainly focuses on footwear but slowly begin to widen their clothing collections as well. Their loose jeans are on my list for quite some time already. Its store is surrounded by many others such as Aesop or Caliroots (recommended by Hypebeast) which unites many streetwear brands and sneakers. Once you’re done creating your new outfit, head to dig into some culture. One of the best selection of magazines I ever saw can be found in Papercut AB, pleasant space full of various reading materials. Another interesting concept close by is called Snickars and is titled favourite record shop by many Swedish DJs. Therefore, make sure you save some money in advance.
Overall, I encourage you to visit Stockholm at least once, and I’ll surely be back. The city gives you a lot of inspiration as well as the new items. Be fast until the flights are cheap.