Last month we went to Sweden for a close friend’s wedding and then decided to add on a few days in Stockholm as we’d never been before. We’ve visited Copenhagen before and I really want to see more of Europe so a few days in Stockholm was perfect.
We got lucky with the weather, it was wall to wall sunshine, blue skies and highs of 17 degrees during the days. Sounds chilly to a Dubaian however, sitting in the sun during the day with the sun on you it was very pleasant indeed. Once the sun had gone it was a very different story however, thank god I took my boots and coat! Spring was just beginning but you could very much still feel the edges of winter at night.
We booked into The Flying Elk for dinner on our first night, located in the old town and I would highly recommend a visit if you’re in the Swedish Capital. It’s an upmarket gastro pub with absolutely beautiful food. They had a great range of beers for The Husband and one thing I really loved about Sweden was the wide range of non alcoholic beers they seemed to have everywhere. Great for preggos!
We also ate at Riche which is a bit of a Stockholm institution and was absolutely packed on a Monday night so we were glad we’d booked in advance. I tried the traditional Swedish Meatballs which were fantastic, it’s definitely worth a visit. On the last night we went to Berns Asiatiska which was good but I have to say probably didn’t live up to Dubai Asian food standards but we are very spoilt for choice here.
After much research online I opted for the the Lydmar hotel for our stay which was beautiful and very trendy. If we’d been our former, partying selves we would have had a ball here. There’s even a DJ in the lobby at weekends! The outdoor terrace overlooking the water is definitely one of the high points of the hotel and we joined the locals in a sundowner every evening watching all the activity going on. The location couldn’t be more perfect; Very central and next to the Grand Hotel with all the main sights within incredibly easy walking distance.
Shopping is fab in Stockholm, as in a lot of major cities however, I think the coolness factor is definitely taken up a few notches here. We were absolutely thrilled to find a sizable branch of Illums Bolighus in the city centre which is a Danish store and possibly my favourite furniture shop in the world as I’ve mentioned before in a previous post on Copenhagen. I’m not sure why the Scandi’s do such cool homewares, everything they seem to produce is just awesome. We spent quite a lot of time in the big department store NK as they have an extensive home section incorporating a outlet of Design House Stockhom which I’ve also mentioned before and a cute baby department. On the topic of babies, we visited a gorgeous Swedish baby clothing store, Livly, on the recommendation of one of our Swedish friends. Obviously all the tiny outfits were adorable and we couldn’t help but purchase a couple of cute things for our impending arrival! We also went a little bit crazy in Georg Jensen. There’s now an outlet of this super cool design house in Selfridges in London I believe and even though some of the items are very pricey, they’re just so beautiful it’s hard not to want everything.
The Biblioteksgatan area is definitely worth a visit if you’re heading to Stockholm. you will find tonnes of cool shops here such as Aesop (my favourite handwash and handlotion), & Other Stories and the achingly hip Swedish brand, Acne Studios.
As we weren’t spending any money boozing it up and partying we treated ourselves to a visit to the Nordic Spa & Fitness Suite at the Grand Hotel, next door to our hotel. This is Stockholm’s premier hotel and someone important must have been staying while we were there as there were plain clothes security outside the hotel day and night. The spa was an absolute delight and I was very happy that we’d chosen to do this for a couple of hours. Walking around while pregnant can get a bit tiring so a few hours of pampering was just what I needed. I had the pregnancy massage and The Husband opted for the Swedish massage – of course. When in Rome and all that. Both treatments were exceptional, the therapists were fantastic and The Husband thought his Swedish massage was potentially one of the best he’s had. The interior of the spa is gorgeous, all pared back Scandi style as you’d expect but with warming touches such as real flame fires positioned around the pool to really add to that cosy feeling.
I really enjoyed our trip Stockholm and I’d love to go back in high summer when the weather’s even warmer and perhaps not pregnant next time so I can indulge in some nightlife!