Hard scientific fact: Scandinavian cities are cool. Stockholm, possibly the coolest, has more on offer than hipster hangouts and designer shops. In the summer, the archipelago city is drenched in sun, with the longest day stretching over 20 hours of daylight. Here’s how to spend every minute of that time.
Stay // Grand Central by Scandic
Scandic’s flagship location has that feeling of staying in your most stylish friend’s city centre pad. Grand Central is aimed at boutique hotel travellers, with all the pluses and reliability of a big chain. Built in 1885, the building has been converted with nods to its musical history. Song lyrics are painted along corridors, there's live music throughout the week and there was even a vinyl player in our room, with a respectably retro record collection. It’s acely located next to the main shopping district, with classic doubles starting at around £129 a night and a master suite at £294.
Drink // Tjoget
Tjoget is a marketplace consisting of restaurant, bar and… barbershop, natch. We recommend you head straight to Linje Tio, the cocktail bar therein to enjoy the unpretentious atmosphere in what could easily be hipster central. The menu is constantly evolving, dependent on season and special occasions. The business of cocktail making is taken very seriously here, so much so that they have started their own ice company in order to ensure high quality frozen stuff.
Eat // The Flying Elk
In a city spread across 17 islands it's about as unsurprising as a Donald Trump faux pas that Stockholm's seafood is sensational. Grab a (relatively) cheap lobster wrap down from stalls by the brilliant Vasa Museum (on Djurgården), or go all out at The Flying Elk, a gastropub where the emphasis is squarely on the gastro and barely on the pub. A chilled out haven in tourism central (Old Town) pictured is their otherworldly half lobster, but we can also vouch for one of the best burgers we've had on this here planet. And we've had ample.
Shop // Flo
A selection of vintage pieces sit alongside soft throws, prints and skincare in this intimate interior store in the super trendy Sodermalm district. Well-known brands such as Broste can be found at Flo, as well as handselected one-offs. The unifying element of all Flo's products is their awareness of sustainability. They select their stock based on production processes that have a minimal impact on the planet. Our pick of current pieces are this woven bag and marble and brass lamp.
See // Fotografiska museet
The city is not-quite-literally drowning in art and design museums, but untilFotografiska museet opened, there was nothing celebrating photography alone. They host four major expos every year and up to 20 minor exhibitions on top of those. Workshops for beginnners (as well as the pros), talks with artists and concerts make the museum a must-visit for your Scandi culture fix.
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