Stockholm is a city like no other. It’s picture perfect but somewhat ‘reserved’ for such a busy city centre. In the winter the sun comes up late and goes down early – so days are short and means there’s not a great deal to do.
My favourite place in Stockholm was The Grand – a stunning hotel that balances old and new, luxury and a great atmosphere perfectly. Overlooking the waterfront, The Grand’s bar is spectacular and we ended up spending hours there and eventually ordering dinner as it was too wonderful to leave.
The Old Town is full of Stockholm’s history and the Royal Palace is a sight to behold.
Stockholm is growing as a shopping district and a Chanel store is set to open this spring. Birger Jarlsgatan is home to Louis Vuitton, Prada, Mulberry, Bottega Veneta and some of the finest designer stores. Biblioteksgatan is the equivalent of New Bond Street and I was introduced to the store of actress turned jewellery designer Efva Attling who makes beautiful jewellery with a twist. Her ‘Little Day’ pearl earrings are my new favourite pieces.
Wiener Caféet on Biblioteksgatan is the perfect spot for post shopping tea and cakes.
The best way to see Stockholm is on foot as there are so many places to stumble upon and lots of little hidden streets and locations. However, if you’re setting off on foot then wrap up warm. And by warm, I mean gloves, thermals, hats and scarves as it gets very cold.
I’d recommend staying at a spa hotel if you’re going during the winter season so that you can make the most of your evenings with hot tubs and saunas and relaxation.
Words: Sabina Emrit