Be it for taking some days off or escaping the Parisian heat wave, here were 2 good reasons to go away last week-end. And my destination was Stockholm.
Stockholm during the winter is something I’ve already tried: the night falling at 4pm, sub-zero temperatures, cafés where you can have a spiced tea with many cakes, frozen lakes on which you can go ice skating, etc… but in the summer, for these reasons, Swedish people go out of their places and spend the 2 months outside. And believe me, it’s totally worth living the Swedish summer way of life.
Aside from shopping in the stores of the famous two-lettered fashion brand and enjoying the scandinavian design shops, here are some activities you can’t miss if you have the occasion to go to Stockholm.
If you like excitement and thrills, there’s not need to tell you that Gröna Lund will guarantee you a fun day: 2 towers to experience free fall, another one that is more than 120m high with swings turning around it (there is another version of it, less high but also quite impressive because the swings go above the water), not less that 4 roller coasters, and one of the most incredible one I’ve done in my life, it’s called INSANE (yes…) and it looks like that:
Do not miss the Abba Museum that opened 2 months ago. For fans like me, it’s pure magic. Not only you will learn many things about the band, but you can also sing in a recording studio, dance with holograms, be part of a video clip… Stockholm is on an archipelago, so you can also go visit the islands. The closest ones are at less than an hour by boat. On these islands are hidden many cute wooden summer houses where Swedish people go in the summer to practice as many outdoor activities as possible during the season.
And what would be a trip abroad without tasting the local food? A typical breakfast with wasa, potatoes röstis, ham, cheese, cinnamon cookies…
And finally, to do like the girls in Stockholm, look at the souvenir I brought: revisited clogs! And believe me, they all wear this kind of shoes!
In bonus, some good tips:
To find clogs like mine and many other trendy shoes: Zoé Drottninggatan 88, Stockholm.
In the same neighbourhood, near by T-Centralen, there are all the stores of high street Swedish fashion.
Another place that is really nice and hype (+Brooklyn): Södermalm where I was staying (Scandic Malmen hotel). To have a traditional dinner, Pelikan, for some thaï food in a amazing set, Kho Phangan, a hypster terrace, Urban Deli, fusion japanese dishes, Ljunggren.
Around the Abba Museum and Gröna Lund, there are also 2 places that must be visited: The park of Skansen to see Scandinavian animals and old Swedish traditional houses. And the Vasa Museum that shows a 17th century ship that sank on her way out of the port and that was lifted out of the water 50 years ago.