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Often referred to as the “Venice of the North”, Elle Conde finds Stockholm’s collection of picturesque islands are a secret haven for foodies and those looking for a luxuriously relaxing weekend getaway 

 

The city’s café culture is alive and well in the summer months

SLEEP The city’s most iconic destination is the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, not only because of its instantly recognisable façade and central waterfront location, but also because of its old-school glamour and outstanding service. From luxury airport transfers to the lavish Nordic spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, you could check in and feel perfectly content not to venture out at all.

 

 

One of Ett Hem’s relaxed Scandi chic rooms

However, if small, boutique hotels are more your style, thenEtt Hem, with its inspiring Scandinavian décor and decidedly at-home feel, is a must. Formerly a private residence, the hotel’s 12 rooms are filled with thoughtful creature comforts (plenty of hard-not-to-pick-up books, Kiehl’s products and luxurious throws and linens), while the communal spaces beg you to stop and linger. And for a slightly younger, party-people vibe, there is the Rival Hotel. With its distinctive modern design and playful use of colour and light, this four-star hotel has it all—from movie screenings and live acts in the historic, on-site theatre to DJs and dancing on the weekends.

 

EAT Access to fresh seafood and lush seasonal produce attracts some of the best culinary talent in Europe to Sweden’s capital city. Need proof? The Michelin Guide lists 20 restaurants in Stockholm with six of them garnering stars. Mathias Dahlgren, one of Sweden’s most celebrated chefs, has two restaurants (with a total of three stars), both located in the Grand Hôtel. 

The Michelin-starred Matbaren


Have a drink in the lobby bar—a favourite with locals—before feasting at Dahlgren’s Matbaren. The menu changes daily and a casual, communal bar offers plenty of space for drop-ins. Niklas Ekstedt’s restaurant, Ekstedt, is one of the city’s hottest foodie destinations with the gas and electricity-free kitchen the main attraction. Watch chefs cook over an open flame on a 19th-century stove with mouthwatering results. And for a casual lunch, visit the historic Östermalms Saluhall, a busy market where charming little cafés and irresistible food stalls brim with fresh local fare.

 

DRINK Café culture thrives in Stockholm, so whether you opt for an afternoon bottle of wine at one of the many outdoor cafés ripe for people watching or prefer cocktails at a trendier boîte, there are certainly plenty to choose from.
A favourite with both the affable locals and high-end travellers, Asiatiska Cocktailbaren is a pre- or post-dinner cocktail destination. Looking for a room with a view? Perched high above the city with nearly 360-degree vistas, the Södra Teatern offers multiple outdoor spaces and huge windows, a delightful spot for sipping champagne.

 

A look from the Acne catwalk

SHOP It’s hard to pick a favourite design shop as this is what the Scandinavians do best, but Svenskt Tenn is worth a visit as it stocks inspired textiles and lots of ideas for injecting a bit of Scandi style into your living space back home. Über-cool Swedish clothing brand Acne is known for its minimalist, edgy designs, and the brand’s flagship store is located in Norrmalmstorg square. And for casual, yacht-worthy attire, Boomerang is a go-to for him and her.

 

EXPLORE Stockholm is an easily walkable city so setting out on foot on a warm day is just as convenient as catching one of the city’s charming wooden trams or hopping on the underground. There are hundreds of museums for culture seekers. However, a trip to this city is not complete without taking to the water. The luxury yacht Blue Charm leaves from Strandvägen Kajplats 19, a short walk from anywhere in the city’s centre, and offers a scenic three-hour cruise through the archipelago while guests feast on a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord. For more bespoke experiences, the only choice is Stockholm Safari & Events. David Barda, the company’s hospitable founder, thrives on tailoring five-star, custom-made experiences. Think helicopter tours over the city, motor-boating, sailing and racing luxury cars on ice during the winter months. For athletic types, he can arrange runs, hikes or cycling trips with or without a guide.

GETTING THERE
Fly direct to Stockholm Arlanda Airport with: British Airways from London City Airport; Swiss Air from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport; Scandinavian Airlines from Milan Malpensa Airport.

 

TRAVEL

Often referred to as the “Venice of the North”, Casey Gillespie finds Stockholm’s collection of picturesque islands are a secret haven for foodies and those looking for a luxuriously relaxing weekend getaway 

 

The city’s café culture is alive and well in the summer months

SLEEP The city’s most iconic destination is the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, not only because of its instantly recognisable façade and central waterfront location, but also because of its old-school glamour and outstanding service. From luxury airport transfers to the lavish Nordic spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, you could check in and feel perfectly content not to venture out at all.

 

 

One of Ett Hem’s relaxed Scandi chic rooms

However, if small, boutique hotels are more your style, thenEtt Hem, with its inspiring Scandinavian décor and decidedly at-home feel, is a must. Formerly a private residence, the hotel’s 12 rooms are filled with thoughtful creature comforts (plenty of hard-not-to-pick-up books, Kiehl’s products and luxurious throws and linens), while the communal spaces beg you to stop and linger. And for a slightly younger, party-people vibe, there is the Rival Hotel. With its distinctive modern design and playful use of colour and light, this four-star hotel has it all—from movie screenings and live acts in the historic, on-site theatre to DJs and dancing on the weekends.

 

EAT Access to fresh seafood and lush seasonal produce attracts some of the best culinary talent in Europe to Sweden’s capital city. Need proof? The Michelin Guide lists 20 restaurants in Stockholm with six of them garnering stars. Mathias Dahlgren, one of Sweden’s most celebrated chefs, has two restaurants (with a total of three stars), both located in the Grand Hôtel. 

The Michelin-starred Matbaren


Have a drink in the lobby bar—a favourite with locals—before feasting at Dahlgren’s Matbaren. The menu changes daily and a casual, communal bar offers plenty of space for drop-ins. Niklas Ekstedt’s restaurant, Ekstedt, is one of the city’s hottest foodie destinations with the gas and electricity-free kitchen the main attraction. Watch chefs cook over an open flame on a 19th-century stove with mouthwatering results. And for a casual lunch, visit the historic Östermalms Saluhall, a busy market where charming little cafés and irresistible food stalls brim with fresh local fare.

 

DRINK Café culture thrives in Stockholm, so whether you opt for an afternoon bottle of wine at one of the many outdoor cafés ripe for people watching or prefer cocktails at a trendier boîte, there are certainly plenty to choose from.
A favourite with both the affable locals and high-end travellers, Asiatiska Cocktailbaren is a pre- or post-dinner cocktail destination. Looking for a room with a view? Perched high above the city with nearly 360-degree vistas, the Södra Teatern offers multiple outdoor spaces and huge windows, a delightful spot for sipping champagne.

 

A look from the Acne catwalk

SHOP It’s hard to pick a favourite design shop as this is what the Scandinavians do best, but Svenskt Tenn is worth a visit as it stocks inspired textiles and lots of ideas for injecting a bit of Scandi style into your living space back home. Über-cool Swedish clothing brand Acne is known for its minimalist, edgy designs, and the brand’s flagship store is located in Norrmalmstorg square. And for casual, yacht-worthy attire, Boomerang is a go-to for him and her.

 

EXPLORE Stockholm is an easily walkable city so setting out on foot on a warm day is just as convenient as catching one of the city’s charming wooden trams or hopping on the underground. There are hundreds of museums for culture seekers. However, a trip to this city is not complete without taking to the water. The luxury yacht Blue Charm leaves from Strandvägen Kajplats 19, a short walk from anywhere in the city’s centre, and offers a scenic three-hour cruise through the archipelago while guests feast on a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord. For more bespoke experiences, the only choice is Stockholm Safari & Events. David Barda, the company’s hospitable founder, thrives on tailoring five-star, custom-made experiences. Think helicopter tours over the city, motor-boating, sailing and racing luxury cars on ice during the winter months. For athletic types, he can arrange runs, hikes or cycling trips with or without a guide.

GETTING THERE
Fly direct to Stockholm Arlanda Airport with: British Airways from London City Airport; Swiss Air from Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport; Scandinavian Airlines from Milan Malpensa Airport.