The best thing about Stockholm? It’s a walkable city that just happens to be the home of great food, luxury hotels and shops that totally warrant its reputation as a “trendy” Scandinavian capital. Only a two and a half hour flight from London, it also happens to be the perfect destination for a weekend city break.
The Grand Hôtel is the ultimate spot to base yourself. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, it’s the epitome of luxury. Situated in central Stockholm, it’s easy to explore the city from it and then retreat back to one of it’s plush suites at the end of the day. Don’t leave without trying out the Nordic spa – built under the hotel, the dimly lit swimming pool is the perfect place to stretch off before lounging on one of the huge stone sofa-like chairs in the steam room.
If you’re looking for a culture-fix, Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest photography centres and holds four major exhibitions a year. However, for something totally unique, ogle at the full-sized Royal warship that sank in 1628 but now sits in all its glory at The Vasa Museum.
Shopping in Stockholm is (obviously) a must. Cash-in on having fashion curated by Swedes with impeccable taste at Grandpa and Nitty Gritty. You’ll find Scandinavian designers such as Stylei, Ganni and Eytys as well as firm Euro favourites like Isabel Marant Étoile, A.P.C. and Dušan. Herr Juditt is <the> best shop for second-hand garments I’ve ever been too. Rails are bursting with pristine pre-loved pieces from the likes of Acne, Stella McCartney and Céline. Do be warned though, after visiting here, you’ll probably have to book a check-in bag for the return flight…
When it comes to dining out, trying Swedish Cardamom Rolls (Kardemummabullar) and meatballs (not together) are bucket list eats you should tick off however do sample the cuisine at non-Scandi spots too. Restaurants like Bird, La Vecchia Signora (order the shaved truffle pasta), Urban Deli and La Neta are all worth checking out. The ultimate Stockholm dining experience though? Ekstedt. Ran by legendary Scandanavian chef Niklas Ekstedt, the menu is rustic with food mainly cooked on an open fire in the restaurant. It celebrates Swedish cuisine but also takes inspiration from other countries. Expect to sample the likes of langoustine with deer and celleriac, juiper baked pike-perch and pine smoked mussels. This is the place to go if you’re with a loved one – the low-lighting and wood fire make it very romantic.
We flew with Norwegian Airlines from London Gatwick to Stockholm Arlanda. Flights starts at £31 one way.