after copenhagen, we spent another 4 days in stockholm before going back to lisbon – we had such a wonderful experience. by this time, julia was already on our “vacation schedule” – all day out sightseeing, morning nap in the stroller and afternoon nap at the hotel before heading out for early dinner – she was such a trooper!
we stayed at the miss clara by nobis and really liked it, it’s a boutique hotel in an art nouveau building, the hotel is brand new and looks impeccable, it used to be an old girls school, and it was just a really nice hotel to enjoy. the staff were very friendly, and the food was delicious, breakfast and dinner. also, since traveling with julia, we’ve learned that it’s so worth staying at a centrally located hotel and sometimes even pay a little extra, for a larger room – we got a very spacious room with lots of light, which was perfect for relaxing in the afternoons.
one of our meals at miss clara and a favorite from this trip – these salmon chuncks were to die for – with the perfect dill dressing!
on our first morning we visited the abba museum, as they say, you literally walk in and dance out! we then stopped by the nordiska museet, the nordic museum, before heading to the vasa museum – this is the most visited museum in scandinavia, it displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvage. james could’ve spent a whole day here! it was so dark inside that i couldn’t take a decent enough picture to post.
on our second day, we took the tram and crossed over to sodermalm, a gorgeous neighborhood with great shops, galleries and cafes.
i loved the style and colors from the ten swedish designers store, they sell their print collection by metre and also have a bunch of products with their designs. you should check them out, their swedish patterns are addictive – they’ve had collaborations with ikea too.
another store we stopped by and really liked was granit, i was tempted to buy a bunch of things – it’s like an upgraded version of muji – we saw one here in sodermalm and another one in ostermalm.
we walked by parlans on our way to lunch, you can peek through the window and see them making caramels in their cute uniforms – i am so craving these right now.
whilst in sodermalm, we had a delicious seafood lunch at urban deli, this place has a gourmet store inside the restaurant too – i am always curious about local supermarkets and grocery stores when i travel. are you?
sweet branding at urban deli’s pop in restaurant in a small boutique mall worth a visit – mood stockholm.this was a full day, lastly we took the challenge to literally stroll down the stairs to fotografiska, stockholm’s centre for contemporary photography. there was an exhibit on sebastião salgado – genesis – a brazilian photographer i’ve admired for years, so we were really glad we made it.
another day we strolled from our hotel to ostermalms saluhall, stockholm’s indoor food market, it was raining, but hey, we were on vacation, so it didn’t really bother us much. and luckily, we stumbled upon the best pastries from fabrique – their cinnamon buns were delicious!
there were lots of good fast food options close to the hotel – it seems like these are more convenient for us these days – like juiceverket for amazing freshly squeezed juices; vigarda, delicious gourmet burgers pictured above (although there was no english menu); and K25, a really good food court with dim sum, tacos, sushi and even vitnamese pho!
other than these, and eating at the hotel (for convenience, but ended up being a such a positive experience), we had a very good lunch at the sturehof recommended by miss clara and we had the most delicious dinner at bar (pictured below) a cool spot, with super fresh seafood and great atmosphere.
the bread and butter were so good everywhere we had meals in stockholm, i generally think that if the bread and butter offered are really good, chances are the rest of the meal will be too.a big highlight from our trip was, again, the 1 hour historic boat tour we did on the canals, it took us forever to find the starting point, there are so many canals and bridges it is easy to get lost. it was so worth it, not only we saw some of the city’s major sites, but was also interesting to have a different point of view of the city.
traveling with a 6 month old is tough, it required a lot of patience, planning, adaptability and team work, but we are so glad we brought julia with us and loved having her with us all the time.
tiny succulents and chanterelles from the food and flower stalls close to the hotel.
didn’t do a ton of shopping, but i did go to polar o. pyret for some baby clothes, and then treated myself to a candle from byredo, ren skincare products (i’m a big fan of their products and hand’t relized it is a swedish brand, ren means clean in swedish), and sachajuan hair products – yes, totally spoiled myself!
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