Last week I got the chance to spend five amazing days in one of the cities that intrigue me the most: Stockholm. Each and every day I discovered a different aspect of it, only to come to the conclusion that it is one of the most vibrant cities of the North. Of course, I had to overcome some cultural differences and some unlike tactics but with the help of my new friends I managed to make the most out of it.
So, let's say that you have limited time at your disposal and you want a taste of Stockholm's versatile atmosphere. Where should you go? Well, I can almost help you with that! Grab a cup of tea and keep on reading!
1) Eat calf at 'Vasa's Bar and Matsal'
It is already 7.30 pm and your stomach is growling after a long day of sightseeing. Why not treat yourself with a bit of traditional Swedish food? Instead of tasting the famous Swedish meatballs ("köttbullar" in Swedish, such a cute word!) which are in most restaurants available only in kid's menu, why not trying calf? Especially Swedish calf liver, with diced bacon ,capers and boiled potatoes! I swear it tastes like heaven!! You can have it with a glass of red whine at Vasa's Bar and Matsal which is accessible via metro (T-bana) at station Rådmansgatan. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the prices are quite reasonable (you should keep in mind that Stockholm is one of the most expensive European capitals).
|This is what I'm talking about! Yummy!!|
|Me + my lovely co-delegate Lejla at Vasa's|
|Another delicious plate, served on a piece of wood|
(note to self: take better food pictures!)
2) Have a cocktail at 'Who is Mr. French' in Gamla Stan
Stockholm is all about water. This is why you absolutely have to pay a visit to the Old Town. There is an amazing lounge cafe/bar/restaurant called 'Who is Mr. French' ,now totally renovated and it serves one-of-a-kind cocktails. In addition, the view is amazing! You can see the harbour and if you are lucky and there is a full moon and a clear sky, you can enjoy the mirage of the moon on the waters. I got lucky enough to attend the Diplomatic Dinner, held by the Host Team of the SMUN (details in the previous post) and it was a truly unique experience. For more info, visit its website, here!
|Here we are at the diplomatic dinner!|
3) A walk by the sea
Who needs transportation when you have feet? My all time favorite thing to do is explore the city on foot. Especially at night! So, when you finish your drink at a seaside bar, walk to downtown. I can guarantee you, it is worth it. Walking by the sea, at night, is a relaxing and enriching experience. You get to see the Royal Palace illuminated, in all its majesty. You can walk pass the famous opera house and explore the paved alleys. You don't have to worry about a thing, because in my opinion, Stockholm is one of the most safe cities I've ever been. The only downside is the cold, but in the end you get used to it, plus it is rejuvenating, so no complains ;) Plus, everything is in walking distance so you won't get tired!
|Pure Magic! (source)|
4) Dance your heart out at 'Berns'
'Berns' combines it all: great location, amazing music and one of the largest dance floors in Stockholm. The perfect way to wrap up the night. This hotel/restaurant/bar/club brings together people of all ages and its decoration is out of this planet. I particularly loved the huge chandeliers and the portrait's of famous actors and singers. One of the highlights of the night was the fact that we crashed in a private party of a well-known cars' company, and we had the time of our lives. Until we got kicked out! But is was great!
|with my lovely friend Tram|
|Great Willem Dafoe is staring at us!|
|Dance your problems off|
|with my lovely Emily|
So, have you ever been to Stockholm? What would you suggest for a night out? Can't wait to hear your thoughts!
p.s. all opinions are my own, so no paid talking here