Dad decided to come pay us a visit so we thought it would be a good idea to go somewhere for the weekend while he was around! We decided upon Stockholm, an archipelago of islands (14 of them!) and aptly named the capital of Scandinavia.
We flew into Stockholm Arlanda (which I recommend trying to fly into as it's closer to the city centre) and a quick taxi ride from the airport via Taxi 020 which can be booked online or through their app (whichever is easier for you) got us into the Hilton quickly and efficiently.
First up for us was a quick run from the Slussen area (on the Södermalm island) through to Gamla Stan and across to the museum island (right next to Gamla Stan) and where the Moderna Muset is located. After a filling breakfast at the hotel we headed out again and approached the lookout at Monteliusvagen. We were greeted with delightful blue skies and couldn't have had better weather for an autumn day.
While wandering around Gamla Stan we came across the narrowest stairwell in Stockholm! There were so many nooks and crannies around this beautiful, although small old town to explore.
If time allows, wander around The Royal Palace, which is actually the residence of the King of Sweden. After this, head along to Sergels torg for some people watching on top of Central metro station.
All the walking around town definitely worked up an appetite, so we decided to head up to the Odenplan area and try out one of Stockholm's best burger joints - Flippin Burgers. The burgers were perfectly sized with juicy patties and more than sufficiently filled us up while licking our fingers clean!
After filling up our bellies we headed over for a different type of tourist attraction. We entered the Stockholm library and with a design like that, who wouldn't want to check it out! We loved the peacefulness of the library, the rounded walls & domed ceiling - if only we could understand all the books in there I definitely would have stayed longer!
Prior to heading over to City Hall we stopped by Café Pascal, where we had some amazing coffee. Unfortunately we were still stuffed from lunch, otherwise we would have grabbed a bite to eat here as well as the food definitely looked fantastic.
Apart from admiring the creepers around city hall, you can also take in the views of the Stockholm old town from here.
Not satisfied with just the views of Stockholm from City Hall we ventured up the katarina elevator lookout for sunset. The katarina elevator used to be a working elevator that connected Slussen to the hilly region of Sodermalm however is no longer in operation so the way to get up is via lots of stairs from the back.
Always trying to venture past the usual tourist places we hopped in a taxi and enjoyed a lovely meal at Lux Dag för Dag. It was a 15 minute taxi ride from Slussen, but worth every minute getting there!
Matt always being the early riser ensured we got up and around the subways of Stockholm before the masses descended down and got about with their daily lives. It's said to be the longest art exhibit in the world and what an exhibit it is with such an amazing variety of art there is! A single metro ticket is valid for 75 minutes so you have plenty of time to be in awe of the artistic stations!
The coffee provided at the hotel breakfast was substandard at best so we sauntered over to Drop Coffee Roasters in Sodermalm, winners of the Swedish roasting championship over the last 2 years. We giggled to ourselves while we were here as we saw a mum leave her bub sleeping in her pram outside (in full view - I'm not calling her a bad mum!) and brought her little frenchie inside with her!
Coffee fix completed we then couldn't leave Sweden without eating some delicious meatballs, so we headed over to Meatballs for the People. The lady there also kindly suggested we could order a kids-sized portion, which actually ended up being a perfect size for me since I might have eaten a little too much at breakfast that morning!
After lunch we wandered around the hip area of Sodermalm, where there were lots of cute little boutiques and I was so sad to leave! One thing that did make the day better was it was Cinnamon Roll Day on 4 October (kanelbullens dag) and we scored a free one from the hotel! Grasping one in my hands we jumped into the taxi and headed for the airport and said goodbye to Stockholm!