When you travel, or even in your own home city or town, do you find yourself constantly seeking out the cutest cafes and the most stylish shops, just so you can snap them for Instagram?! Don't worry, you're not odd - we ALL do it! :) And of course, we then get to sample delicious delights in beautiful surroundings and treat ourselves to a little retail therapy, all while uploading those snaps to our fave social platform. So, to help you out a little in the quest to discover those photogenic hotspots, we're starting a new series of posts, highlighting some great places to visit in some of the cities you might be heading to this summer and beyond. First up Klara Markbåge gives us a tour of the super stylish city of Stockholm...
Start the day with a coffee and a traditional Swedish fika at Vete-katten. Vete-katten is a classical Swedish cafe with a long history. It opened in 1928 and is still located in the beautiful old building close to the central station. The cafe has several entrances, and a labyrinth of corridors, rooms and stairwells that criss-cross the old turn-of-the century building. Their pastries and bread are made from scratch using the best ingredients, with no additives and are simply divine. The friendly, warm atmosphere and the traditional, yet stylish interior mixed with the sweet scent in the air takes you back in time, and will set you up for a full day of exploring.
Next, take the subway to Hornstull, in the south part of Stockholm. From here, there's lots to explore on foot. Hornstulls Market is just a few minutes walk from the subway, located right on the waterfront. With a view over the water, you can stroll around and shop for vintage goods, clothing, crafts, and lots of delicious street food. The vendor’s varies from time to time so it is definitely worth going again and again. The market is open every Saturday from 11:00-17:00 from April until the end of September, and as always with markets, be sure to get there early to nab the best buys!
The idea to open Afro Art came from the owners desire to awaken awareness of crafts from African countries, and it has been open in the city since 1967. The vibrant colours in the store cannot fail to make you smile. The colourful details mixed with graphic prints goes so well with bright Scandinavian style. If you are a fabric fan you will discover the most beautiful and unique cloth here. They have two stores in Stockholm and one in Gothenburg.
If you're ready to eat again, then stop off at Kalf & Hansen - a small Nordic organic fast food restaurant located in the corner of beautiful Mariatorget with a view over the park. The dishes on the menu are named after different Nordic cities and are a selection of seasonal vegetables and meats.
Brandstationen got it's name as it was originally located in a 100 year old fire station. The store offers a great selection of eclectic vintage goods mixed with plants and new designs in a homely atmosphere. Fully packed with beautiful items, you are greeted by a bright and inviting entrance and as you walk through the store it gets darker and cosier with each step - it's unlikely you will leave here empty handed.
When you walk into this studio/shop space you are engulfed with warmth and creativity oozing from the shelves filled with beautifully handmade ceramics by Erika Petersdotter. The functional items feel contemporary and would truly make a beautiful statement piece in any home. If you have the time, they also offer workshops in pottery making about one Sunday per month.
Head over to Sofo, which is short for 'south of Folkungagatan' and is a vibrant part of the city, with a great range of small shops, cafes, restaurant and bars. Here you will find Grandpa Store, which offers a wide range of carefully selected items from fashion and accessories to homeware and reading material. The lifestyle concept is strong and has a homely and inspiring atmosphere, and you will be sure to find a great range of Scandinavian design here.
You'll need to jump on the subway over to Vasastan, but well worth a visit is Betonggruvan. Owner Josefine Halfwordson designs and creates unique furniture which is beautiful and functional, for example, an open shelving system can be adjusted for your needs with several additions such as hooks and candleholders. They also stock a selection of unique pieces from other small brands such as Stenhuggardottern, who make functional objects out of limestone.
So, if you haven't already got your Stockholm city break booked, then it's probably about time! So many wonderful places to check out. Thanks to Klara for this great guide to her city. Do let us know if you visit any of these places and snap them for your IG, we'd love to see! :)