Stockholm is a land of great pastries, friendly people and lots & lots of snow. It is a haven for minimalist apparel and home goods and sets the bar quite high when it comes to aesthetic appeal. Traveling in Stockholm by myself left me feeling very much so at home in this city, as well as feeling very refreshed and recalibrated with my soul. I spent most of my time in yoga classes, wandering the Swedish shops, people watching in cafes (oat milk matcha in hand), and museum hopping. Here are, in my humble opinion, all of the MUST DO's and MUST SEE's that Stockholm has to offer:
Reload Superfood Bar: If you watched my stories on Instagram you probably know that I had more than a few meals here. I couldn’t help myself. They had BYO salads, smoothies, smoothie bowls, bliss balls... need I say more?
Bageri Petrus: This gem of a bakery found on Södermalm is a must for afternoon fika. I only tried their cinnamon bun and have big regrets about not trying the cardamom bun there too. Life is short. Get both.
Johan & Nystrom: also found on Södermalm, this coffee shop is cooler than cool and has a killer oat milk matcha latte.
Pepstop: I stumbled upon this little spot on accident when walking back to my hostel in central Stockholm, and I am real glad I did. They have an array of juices, flavored nut milks, prepared salads, fermented goods, and much much more. It is all plant-based too!
Rosendals Trädgård: a beautiful garden showcasing biodynamic cultivation of vegetables, fruit, and flowers with a greenhouse cafe. I spent my last day in Stockholm here and it was magical. They also have a little boutique shop where they sell homemade breads, pastries, and other artisan goods.
Filipa K: a popular high quality, minimalist, sustainable Swedish designer with amazing clothes. I treated myself to a couple of items from her fitness line, but I adored everything in the store.
GRANT: a dreamy home goods store with everything from organic linen aprons to dish sets to macrame hanging plant holders.
Weekday: a colorfully minimalist clothing store with reasonable prices. Very Scandinavian, and very cute.
The Vasa (100SEK): in full disclosure, I am not a huge fan of history museums, so I didn’t enjoy this one as much as others. But I will say that the admission price is worth seeing the massive ship, even if that’s all you do there.
Museum of Modern Art (FREE): definitely a fun museum to wander around. I was a big fan of their Matisse exhibit.
Fotografíska (145SEK): by far my favorite museum in Stockholm. This is a museum of photography, and I found each of the exhibits to be incredibly creative, powerful, and inspiring. Do not miss this one.
COOP: I was very impressed with this grocery store, especially because I went to the one in the Stockholm Central train station. They have an amazing selection of produce and healthy snacks. They even had coconut milk yogurt!
Happy Food Store: this is a 100% vegan market, but they have all the superfoods, a salad/juice/smoothie bar, an array of nut butters, and so many amazing beauty & home products.
Farmer’s Market: Outside of the Haymarket Hotel in Central Stockholm there is a mini farmer’s market everyday (except on Sunday it is a flea market). There were stands with beautiful tulips and stands with seasonal produce. Most of them even take credit card.
Urban Om: this studio is in Central Stockholm and I am pretty obsessed with it. They have an amazing class offering, decent day pass rates, a SAUNA, free tea & coffee all day long, a light breakfast on the weekends, they sell Filipa K & CBD products…. I spent many of my mornings here. All the classes are in English, but during one of the classes I was in the instructor came over to offer an adjustment and started asking me a question in Swedish. That was definitely a little awkward.
Altromondo: I was given the name of this yoga studio by the associate working at Filipa K, but I never had the chance to go. She recommended going to Ann’s class on Sunday mornings :)
Arlanda Express: though it is tempting to hail a cab or order an Uber as an airport pick up, I urge you to opt for the Arlanda Express instead, a beautifully designed train system that is the fastest way to the city center. It costs 280SEK and is exactly a 20 minute train ride to Stockholm Central. PLUS it runs 100% on renewable energy. It doesn’t get more efficient than that.
Currency: My whole time in Stockholm I never dealt with their physical currency. In fact, many of the cafes and shops on my list have gone completely cashless. Skip the shitty currency transfer rates and stick to using card.
Language: everyone speaks english. period the end. nothing to worry about there :) HOWEVER, if you are blonde and Scandinavian-looking like me, be prepared for most locals and cashiers to expect you to understand their Swedish greetings.
Culture: Fika and Lagom are two things you should familiarize yourself before heading to Sweden.
Stockholm instantly felt like home to me. It’s a feeling that isn’t easily put into words, but if you’ve experienced it before then you know what I am talking about. Perhaps I was feeling in tune with my Swedish heritage. I thoroughly enjoyed all that this amazing city had to offer, and am a huge fan of the swede’s Lagom philosophy. I hope to go back one day to explore more of Sweden’s great outdoors and see the Aurora Borealis. Until then…. I’ll be dreaming of Kardemummabullar.