Two weeks ago I went on a surprise trip with the travel organization srprs.me. The trip was a complete surprise until the airport. There we found out we were going to spend the next few days in Stockholm – a city I have always wanted to visit. Here’s my guide to the city of design and fika!
1. Fotografiska Museum
My highlight was definitely Fotografiska, a photography museum with an extraordinary collection and exhibitions. As a photographer, I am always looking for inspiration and it can also be found in other photographer’s works and learning about their work experiences and stories behind photographs. This was an inspirational visit for me for sure! The exhibition on during our visit was Confluence by photographer Michelangelo Di Battista and artist Tina Berning – you can see the works here.
2. Fotografiska Cafe
When you’re done visiting all the collections, you end up at the Fotografiska Cafe. The cafe has a stunning dark interior and offers a grand view that you simply cannot pass up. Stop by for a cup of coffee here!
3. Waterside walks by day
During our visit, we stayed mostly in the city center of Stockholm. Our hotel was located in Normalm, not far away from the shopping street, and every day we would pass Gamla Stan, a small island that consists of the city’s old town, to Södermalm. The water surrounding the city center makes up for lovely waterside walks in the morning and evening.
5. Photographing alleyways in Gamla Stan
If there’s one thing we spent most of our time doing, it was probably photographing the stunning alleyways in Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan is the city’s old town and in it you’ll find the city’s oldest houses and smallest alleyways. We found it hard sometimes to photograph here due to the large group of tourists walking here and other photographers trying to claim a spot. My advice: walk along the waterside of Gamla Stan and find empty alleyways there!
6. Shopping in Södermalm and Ostermalm
Sweden is home to lots of fashion brands. From H&M to Ikea, Fjälräven, Filippa K and Sandqvist. Stores often are decorated in a minimal Scandinavian design, with lots of woods and organic materials. We found shopping in Södermalm especially satisfying, with lots of boutique shops and concept stores. But head up to Ostermalm, and you’ll find luxury shopping streets. Do stop by Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), a luxury department store!
Fika – or coffee time – the Swedish equivalent to what afternoon tea is to the Brits. Generally starts at 9am or 3pm and consists of a cup of coffee and pastries or cakes. There’s loads of hip coffee places in Stockholm. We stopped by at Johan & Nyström for a matcha latte. Other places recommended to us were Kaffe and Drop Coffee.
On to more fika. This was my favorite food place during the whole of trip. Vete Katten is an iconic bakery and pastry shop where both locals and tourists stop by for fika and lots of sweets. Famous here is their Swedish princess cake – a fluffy cream cake with strawberries. This was so good we stopped here twice!
Another food spot we loved was K25 – a hip food court with everything from burgers, meat balls, dumplings to sushi. The place was crowded and we loved the atmosphere and food!
Alright, that’s it for our Stockholm trip! Not too shabby, aye, for an unplanned trip! Have you ever been to Stockholm? And would you consider doing a surprise trip yourself?