Stockholm, Sweden

I just returned from my trip to Stockholm, Sweden and enjoyed the mix of old world and city life. During this time of year, Stockholm gets about 19 hours of daylight leaving the streets filled with people enjoying the vast difference from the dark days experienced earlier in the year. I was surprised at the sustainability the country has pioneered, the friendly locals, and their stance on being a predominantly cashless country. 

Having a friend who just visited, I had a list of areas and go-to’s prior to my travel. I stayed in Södermalm, a creative and trendy neighborhood lined with artsy cafes, vintage shops, and hip boutiques. Like most European cities, their public transportation system is efficient and easy to use so I was able to check out Galma Stan (old town), Djurgården, and Östermalm which are all separate Islands within the city of Stockholm. 

If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, below are my tips while navigating Stockholm:

Rosendals Trägård is a sprawling garden is committed to biodynamic gardening and offers a true farm to table concept with their Greenhouse café that serves vegetables and fruits grown onsite and certified organic. It’s a beautiful walk and a great experience if you are looking to connect with nature and find a sense of calm. 

 If you want to enjoy an afternoon drink with unbeatable views, Mosebacke Terrassen is highly recommended. I came during the day, but they also are open all evening which I am assuming is equally as inviting. 

 Fotografiska is a must-see gallery of contemporary photography. The work of James Nachtwey and Vincent Peters were on exhibit and I was deeply moved by what these two photographers were able to capture through their lenses. 

 Hornstull is another cool area that once was known for being a seedy neighborhood to be avoided to a friendly atmosphere home to great bars, restaurants, and the Spring/Summer weekend flea market that attracts people from all over with its eclectic art, antiques, and food trucks that run along the waterfront of the Hornstull Strand. 

As for food, a trip wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a traditional Swedish dish. Head over to Meatballs For the People where they serve a variety (including vegetarian) Swedish meatballs accompanied with their famous mashed potatoes and lingonberries. Since I usually can’t resist a delicious Neapolitan style pizza wherever I go, check out Omnipollos Hatt which also serves their own craft beer and hospitable service. 

 Be sure to do your research before visiting this beautiful Scandinavian country because depending on the season of travel, they have everything from outdoor music festivals in the summer to illuminated Christmas markets in the winter.

Ashton Saldana