We’ve now been back from our trip to Stockholm, Sweden for over a month now and not a day has gone by when I haven’t thought about it multiple times over. In truth, and this may sound dramatic, but it was one of the best weeks of my life thus far and I’m still getting over the fact that it’s over. Hear me out…
You see, I grew up with a group of four women whom I adore to the depths of my soul. All five of us have been close since elementary school, and they are a constant source of strength, love, and encouragement in my life. They are the salt of the earth – best of the best – and I feel beyond grateful to have them in my life. We’ve known each other intimately since the butterfly-clipped, braces clad, tear-away-wearing days – the dark ages, if you will – and you just can’t replace those roots.
I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we were crushed when one of our key players decided to up and leave us when we were 17. She originally hails from Sweden, and made her way back there for university (because it’s free if you’re a citizen – obviously – they’ve got it all figured out over there). And while it is still crushing, even to this day, we were all thrilled for her and the fantastic life she’d carved out for herself.
Fast forward a decade or so, and another key component in our small but mighty group headed over to Stockholm for a visit. And, because life is cruel and wonderful all at once, she quickly met someone she instantly connected with. To make a long (but incredible) story short, she essentially never returned (*shakes fist at love*). While I, at first, despised this dashing gentleman who totally stole another one of my best friends away from us, he is the most incredible soul and their connection would make you weep with delight. So, naturally, while I’d love to have them all back in Canada, we’re now in five way long distance relationship and it’s a very beautiful thing.
ps she rents a wonderful room in her apartment out on Air BnB (here) if you’re interested
If you’re still with me, you’re the best! I’m getting to the point, I swear. So those two wildly in love folks I just mentioned? Well they tied the knot in Stockholm this summer, which gave us the ultimate excuse to have all our feet planted on the same soil – something that hasn’t happened in years. An entire week under the same roof with my favourite people on the planet? It was soul satisfying in a way that I can’t quite describe. I mean, watching one of my humans marry her literal soulmate alone will do that to you.
Seeing as we were essentially there for the wedding, the week was primarily spent partaking in wedding related activities, all while playing catch up with my people. So I apologize as this won’t be a travel guide so much as my own personal journal. That said, to make up for it, our Swedish counterparts are all actually in the restaurant business, and we wined and dined like literal kings and queens. So I may not have a list of the best things to do while in Stockholm (other than visiting the Drottingholm Palace, which we DID do, and it WAS beautiful), but I do expect an A+ on the food and drink portion of the agenda. I’ve shared where we ate, where we drank, and what’s not to miss below.
But before I leave you, I did want to mention that Stockholm, in general, is a pretty magical place. From six hour work days, to the two-year parental leave, to the spic and span streets (I swear you could eat off the subway floors), to the sheer abundance of design inspiration*, to the food scene, and beyond it’s an inspiring place that I’m looking forward to exploring further many times over.
*the emphasis on symmetry virtually everywhere you look is the most satisfying thing for any of my type A-ers out there
My best friend, Jess, actually hosted all of us for the week. She lives about
25 minutes outside the city centre, but is a 4 minute walk to the
subway that takes you smack downtown. You can actually
rent one of her rooms on Air BnB here
– she is the actual best.
My best friend’s husband, Kim’s, Thai restaurant. He’s
previously worked at some of the best restaurants in the world,
and is beyond talented. As in – his food is always the best food
I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. It’s a joy to experience his work.
Jess is the head chef at Doktor Mat. They specialize
in take out and quick meals that are full of flavour yet incredibly healthy.
I can safely say there is no bias here. I highly recommend it
(bonus: it’s totally adorable in an Instagrammable way)
A high-end food court – perfect for meals on the go
that don’t lack in quality or taste
This is Kim’s rice & noodle bar. Located in the Kungsgatan 25
food court, it’s a quick take on his incredible dishes –
they’re all packed full of flavour but the massaman
chicken was a winner for all of us
The place to go for Swedish meatballs
Fabulous thin-crust, italian style, pizza
The perfect location for a well concocted cocktail in the most beautiful art deco bar
(note: it’s also a hotel – stunning design and in a great location)
A beautiful spot with fantastic cocktails & a great rooftop patio
Much like the other two, they make a mean cocktail. The bar itself is beautiful as well –
relaxed, unpretentious, but still thoughtfully pulled together
Kanelbulle – they have mastered the cinnamon bun
Toast Skagen – prawns on toast loaded with dill – it is next level good
Smoked or pickled herring – the Swedes kill the herring, let me tell you
Västerbotten cheese – I legitimately dream about this stuff. It’s a harder cow’s milk
cheese that will literally make a cheese lover weep it’s so delicious
Meatballs with lingonberry sauce – obviously
Semla – a pastry filled with almond paste & whipped cream
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