In the middle of our Danish adventure, we popped into a train station and five hours later emerged in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm and Copenhagen are like night and day, where Copenhagen is quiet and homey, Stockholm is gritty and boisterous. Stockholm has an energy to it that is palpable, and we were excited to dig in. I recommend (for both cities) starting with a canal tour. It's always a good idea to be on a boat in the sunshine, but beyond that, you get a lay of the land and it's a great way to map out your plan of attack for the rest of the trip. Another city made up of islands, it's a good idea to visit them one by one to see it all. Again, here are some of my favorite places to eat, sleep and see!
Rosendal's Garden (this BEAUTIFUL park was unlike anything I've ever seen. We did this on our last day and it was one of my very favorite things. The restaurant in the garden is amazing, and wandering through the pick-it-yourself field and the greenhouses was so, so great).
Nobel Museum (a high tech beautiful lesson in Nobel prize history).
Fotografiska (rotating photography exhibits).
Johan & Nystrom (a "fika" in Swedish is a social institution that means a break with friends, family, coworkers, etc., usually over coffee. This place is the perfect spot for a fika!).
Bistro Jarl (this place had power-lunch vibes all over it, but the food was delicious!).
Sardin (my favorite meal of the whole trip. tucked away in the hip Sodermalm neighborhood, this tiny tapas place was pure magic).
Parlans Konfektyr (handmade caramels. what else do you need to know?).
Urban Deli (a hip little joint attached to a great grocery).
Pet Sounds Records (I love a good vinyl, and this place had a lot of it).
Grandpa (I treated myself to a sandqvist bag here, and the shop is full of cool Swedish goods).
Motel L (let's be real. Stockholm is expensive. Like real expensive. We found this hotel one tram stop off the beaten path, and it was a diamond in the rough. Brand new, beautifully designed and totally affordable. do it!).