Hey everyone! I’m back today with the second (and last) part of this short solo trip (my first one!). I explored other neighborhoods on day 3 & 4 and visited local stores as well. I’ll talk about my favorite places to go shopping and eat in Stockholm.
Day 3: Norrmalm, Vasatan & Kungsholmen
I woke up on the third day under a gloomy sky and rain brushing the bedroom window. I didn’t have any concrete plans except to wander in Norrmalm, an area where all the good stores are located. I didn’t really know how much time I would spend going from store to store (spoiler: very little) and if the rain was going to stop at some point (spoiler: it did!), but I went out, fully equipped with my newly bought Zara parka.
As it was located right at the exit of the Hötorget metro, I started with a trip to Granit, a homeware store that sells mostly basics, kind of in the same vibe as Muji. My eyes were most attracted by the linens I must say!
Going down Kungsgatan, I made a stop to Brandy Melville, just in case (I have a cardigan from them I bought in Amsterdam that I wear all the time but seriously this store is so odd and young, I can never find anything else). I then tried to find Urban Outfitters. I had heard it was an amazing store, located in a huge theater, but no one told me it didn’t exist anymore! Ugh I was so disappointed. Of course there’s still an UO but it wasn’t exceptional. I went past the Byredo store but it was completely empty and I got intimidated so I went to COS and & Other Stories instead. The collections were the same as in France and the currency conversion made it even less interesting than buying in France.
I absolutely loved the architecture of this area. The bricks of the buildings where pink as you can see in the photos below!
A little underwhelmed by this unsatisfying shopping spree, I decided to take a bus to Vasatan, a district a little up north to have lunch in a café. I had two recommendations on my list: Café Pascal and Café Pom & Flora. Now as you know if you’ve read my last article, recounting day 1 & 2, I had been looking for the latter the day before in Södermalm and it was closed. The one in Vasatan was the closest to the bus stop so the choice was made.
I didn’t understand the concept of this café quickly enough so I first thought something was a bit off in this place but my lunch turned out okay. To explain a bit why I found it quite unwelcoming, all my life I’ve been used to wait in the hall of a restaurant for a waiter to come and be seated. Well, apparently it didn’t work that way. No one noticed me waiting by myself and after a good 5 minutes, I had to come to the woman behind the counter to ask for a table. I think if this had happened in France I would have left. The girl basically told me to just get a table and a menu (not quite right, I took one myself as they were in front of her and saw other people reach for them). I went for the most millennial meal I could have chosen, but I craved an avocado toast and accompanied it with a granola+yoghurt+berry compote bowl. Of course, no one came to take my order so after trying desperately to make eye contact with the girl from earlier, she told me I had to come to her to give my order. Oh, and I had to pay right away so I had to go back to my table to get my purse. Once the food arrived it was all good so I’d say I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a cute café to have breakfast/lunch, but don’t expect anything about service! It may be very common in Sweden for restaurants to work like this though or maybe I didn’t think the place would be so chilled, I don’t really know!
After lunch, I took a great stroll, going down and then up the streets. I wanted to reach Snickarbacken 7, a popular concept store/café in Norrmalm.
On my way, I came across the Public Library, a massive rounded building. After a bit of research, I think I should have gone inside to have a look, it seems impressive!
I also found an awesome interior decor store called Norrgavel, and I had a big crush for the beauty of the store itself as well as the products. I bought a cushion cover and a soap dish, but everything was spot on!
Before heading home, I took the bus one last time to get to Kungsholmen and see the City Hall. I didn’t take the guided tour but I went under the archway to look at the beautiful red bricks. In front of the City Hall, there’s a vast esplanade where you can observe the opposite shore and take it all in.
Day 4: SoFo & Norrmalm + Vasatan
That’s another rainy morning that awaits for my fourth and last full day in Stockholm. I chose to leave my camera at the flat to feel a little lighter as I knew I could do without, given that my plan was to visit a museum, wander around SoFo, and go back to a few places.
So I’ve got no photos taken on my DSLR to show you for the most part of the day but I did take a few on my phone for Instagram Stories.
I arrived at Fotografiska at around 10:30am and there was no line. When I got out an hour later, there was a huge line that went on outside the museums so I was glad I arrived at the right time!
To be honest the exhibitions (there were four at the time) weren’t my cup of tea. I enjoyed the Confluence exhibition the most but Like a Horse was a bit WTF (I bet you never went into a museum to discover a collection of jars displayed for anyone to sniff horse feces..).
Anyway, once I was out, I walked along the shore to Slussen metro station to renew my public transportation tickets as I was a day short. I was finally able to take the bus again so I took one that got me to Greasy Spoon, a coffee place/restaurant where I decided to have pancakes and some eggs! It was really good and the staff was super nice, but I found the prices really excessive (I didn’t think it would be that expensive beforehand).
As I was in SoFo (apparently it’s a reference to cool neighborhood SoHo), I visited a few shops like the really popular and trendy Grandpa. Near the metro station Medborgarplatsen there was a small shopping center hiding a cool store called Selected By R.O.O.M that sold all sorts of cute interior stuff, L:a Bruket products, Rifle Paper Co notebooks, etc. In the surrounding area, I also discovered a store called Bolia.com, and it’s another one of my big crushes (with Norrgavel). Right before I had to leave for my plane the next day, I went back and bought a vase for my flat, but there were a lot more that made my mouth water.
Next on my shopping list was to get to Nordiska Kompaniet, a department store, and then Acne Archive, an outlet for the brand Acne. In NK, I visited the Byredo counter which was less intimidating than the store itself, it was more a « must discover all the different scents » moment than anything else; and then reached the interior floor.
The selection of items in Acne Archive wasn’t really to my taste but at least I didn’t regret not giving it a go!
For my last evening in Stockholm, I went back to K25 to have dinner and took my camera with me this time! I took some shots I’m really happy with during golden hour and headed to the Vigarda counter in K25 to indulge in a burger and sweet potato fries (yum!).
Have you ever been in Stockholm or Sweden? Is it a place you'd like to see?