One day in Stockholm
I visited beautiful Stockholm recently. It was a short stay: two nights and one full day but just enough time to go to the places that I wanted to visit. As a Finn, I’ve done several trips to Stockholm but this time I wanted to get to know some parts of Stockholm where I haven’t been before. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a compact city that spread across 14 islands and it’s connected by 57 bridges. It’s known by its fashionable citizens, design, shopping and great atmosphere.
This time I stayed in Östermalm, north-eastern part of central Stockholm. It’s slightly posh residential neighborhood with beautiful 19th-century buildings combined with green boulevards and upmarket shopping. Also, there are several museums and art galleries in the area, such as Swedish History Museum , Music and Theater Museum and Design Gallery.
Elite Hotel Arcadia
Körsbärsvägen 1, 114 23 Stockholm, Sweden
When I’m choosing a hotel I check the location but also breakfast and fitness facilities. I love doing a quick workout in the morning and then go for a nourishing breakfast at the hotel or at a café nearby. You can’t beat the feeling when you’re discovering a new city feeling fresh after a good sleep, workout and breakfast. This time I chose to stay at Elite Hotel Arcadia in Östermalm which is a 4-star hotel located just a walking distance from Stockholm Östra train station.
The building itself is a modest brick building from the late 50’s and I loved the modern interiors and warm atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast buffet (also vegan friendly) was delicious; there’s something for everyone, and the fitness room has a decent equipment. There’s also a spacious sauna in the fitness room!
I love discovering cities by walking; you get lots of fresh air, it’s nice to take some photos and it’s easy to pop into nice-looking shops and cafés. I had a short list of some health cafés where I wanted to go: Doctor Salad, Kalf och Hansen and STHLM RAW.
Sibyllegatan 29, 114 42 Stockholm
My first stop was Doctor Salad, which was 2 kilometers away from the hotel. Doctor Salad is a small health food café serving smoothies, juices and salads. They offer fresh and organic ingredients, strongly focusing on raw and vegan dishes. All their meals are gluten and lactose free and contain about 80 – 100% organic ingredients.
Their colorful and nourishing dishes looked very tempting and I definitely want to go back there next time!
Östermalmstorg, 114 42 Stockholm
After a little smoothie break, I ended up entering Östermalm Food Hall which is right next to Doctor Salad. It’s a must-see for both gourmet food hall atmosphere and the architecture. It’s a sophisticated version of traditional food hall with lots of seafood and gourmet goods. It seems like a popular lunch spot too: if you feel like sitting down and having some fresh seafood, a restaurant called Lisa Elmqvist is worth of visiting!
After a little stop at the food hall, I kept on walking through the city. The weather wasn’t the greatest but I sill preferred walking and discovering the city by foot. I started heading south towards the old town, Gamla Stan and trendy Södermalm. They are actually my favorite areas in Stockholm. I love the magnificent buildings and the little laneways in Gamla Stan and how it’s surrounded by water. Södermalm is quite the opposite but I love the relaxed and creative vibe there and its cool stores, galleries and cafés.
Kalf och Hansen
Mariatorget 2, 118 49 Stockholm
My next stop was Kalf och Hansen in Södermalm (corner of Hörnsgatan and Mariatorget). Unfortunately I was too full at the time (one day is definitely not enough time to discover all the food spots :D) but I still wanted to check it out and see if I could get some inspiration.
Kalf och Hansen makes Nordic ecologic fast food; they serve meat, fish and vegetable dishes with seasonal ingredients. Their products are lactose and gluten free and vegetarian food is also all vegan. It’s a cool concept for a busy worker and surely you can get something healthy really quickly. I’ll definitely check it out properly next time.
Långholmsgatan 11, 117 33 Stockholm
I kept on walking down to Hörnsgatan and ended up to Hörnstull where STHLM RAW is located. I was looking forward to getting there and I’m glad I didn’t give up because it was worth walking!
STHLM RAW is cute and cosy little café with friendly service. They promote conscious, healthy and fresh lifestyle. Fika (a coffee break) is not supposed to be unhealthy and energy-draining, it should be fresh and good for you instead. They serve mainly raw and organic products; smoothies, raw cakes, little snacks and lunch boxes. The food looks and tastes absolutely delicious; I fell in love with the café as soon as I walked in and I can definitely recommend to check it out!
I had such a nice day in Stockholm! I got to eat some yummy, fresh food and got some new inspiration! Comment below what are your favorite places in Stockholm?
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// Love, Jonna xx