Better late than never, they say! This month we’re looking back at our trip to Copenhagen, Norway, Stockholm, and Berlin last October. I’ll be sharing my favorite moments of the trip and giving you some shops, restaurants, and bars to add to your future itinerary.
After deciding to relax in Norway for an extra day, we knew our trip to Stockholm needed to be somewhat deliberate and planned out. We didn’t make a dent in our list of shops and restaurants, but did cross a few great locations of our list. The most memorable moments of this city was a long, tipsy meal at Ekstedt, the galleries at Moderna Museet (specifically the Picasso) and our walks along the cobblestone streets of Old Town (Gamla Stan).
WHERE WE ATE
Ekstedt: Miraculously, we got off the waiting list and into our seats at Ekstedt! The food at Ekstedt is all prepared simply: No electric cookers, no gas burners; just heat, soot, ash, smoke and fire. It was fresh and inventive, the staff was polite and charming, and as you may imagine, the smells were incredible. It was a very decadent dinner but one we will remember for a long, long time.
Sture Hof: We went for the seafood and people watching! Sture Hof has a long history of being the place society members mingled. We had a heaping platter of seafood and really fine breads. Felt like a decent Swedish experience to have on the first of two nights in Stockholm.
More Restaurants: Lilla Ego, Speceriet, Restaurang Häktet AB, Gastrologik, The Flying Elk, Roppongi, Lux Dag för Dag, Mäster Anders, Matbaren, Taverna Brillo, Restaurang Frantzén, Oaxen, Volt
WHERE WE SHOPPED
Aplace: This big, beautiful store is your one-stop shop for dressing in progressive fashion labels like a true Stockholm dwellers. Just make sure you’re in all black– this appeared to be the unofficial uniform of the city.
Nitty Gritty: My absolutely favorite shop(s) of the trip. The larger men’s store houses everything a well-dressed man could need: sneakers, sweaters, outerwear, eyewear, fragrances, barbershop, all in one beautiful space. Visit the women’s shop for a similar (more intimate) experience next door. You’ll find a tight edit of labels they carry here.
Acne Archive (Outlet): Years of samples and inventory from seasons past are packed in this treasure trove for Acne lovers. Stop in to hunt for hard-to-find designs you regret not snatching up while you could!
More Shops: Konst-ig Konst bokhandel, Snickarbacken 7, Acne Studios Norrmalmstorg Stockholm, Our Legacy, COS, Asplund (Home), Jackson Design AB, Design House Stockholm, Lotta Agaton, Ki-ki, Byredo, AB Marimekko
WHERE WE DRANK
I’ll be honest: by this point in the trip we all needed a break from the booze! I skipped the bar on the first night in town, and our dinner at Ekstedt was boozy enough we didn’t need to have a nightcap.
Places to drink: Trädgården, Corner Club, Gaston, Lumabryggan, Restaurang Riche
WHERE WE VISITED
Moderna Museet: One of the best collections of modern and contemporary art in Scandinavia.
Nobis Hotel: Our hotel. Historic building with a beautiful courtyard. Great food and nice rooms.
More places to visit: Fotografiska, Miss Clara by Nobis
Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - February 16, 2016
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
Wonderful! I hope I get a chance to visit there and see all your recommendations. Thank you!
This looks like such an amazing city. One day I’ll get there for sure!
Amazing that you got a table at Ekstedt! It sounds great. We went to Vassa Eggen, Taverno Brillo and Riche and thought Stockholm food was incredible. I’m going to have to do a belated post on it too at some point!
I honestly miss this place. Maybe one day we could move there for a year *dreaming*
This place is amazing, I loved it over there, especially where food is very tasty. But the last time I went there I was on business and I couldn’t stay long.
I wanna be there forever.