Explore Stockholm from every angle on this exciting luxury Swedish holiday. From rooftop tours to chilled-out café hopping and hot air balloon rides over the city, this trip will introduce you to a side of Stockholm you’ll not have seen before. With the help of some of our favourite fashion labels we’ve unearthed a few hidden gems so you can really experience this vibrant city as the locals do.
After touching down in this effortlessly sleek city, you’ll be picked up and driven to your chic Swedish hotel in the heart of the Sodermalm district. Within the historic cobbled streets lies the charming Rival Hotel which will act as your base for the next three nights. Leave your bags in your luxurious lodgings, don some practical footwear and strike out on a city walking tour like no other. Feeling peckish? For gourmet enthusiasts the city has developed its culinary credentials over the years with innovative and daring flair. With more than 20 establishments opening since last summer, new additions include Ekstedt where all dishes (including the desserts) are cooked over an open fire. Once fed and watered we recommend checking out the city’s thriving arts scene, where everything from intimate galleries to large exhibition spaces showcases the best of local and international art. For up and coming Swedish talent head to the SoFo district (South of Folkungagatan), where you can find a laidback boho buzz and the Art Concept Store; an artist run gallery in Stockholm for young, emerging artists.
Walk on the cityscape
See Stockholm from a different perspective on an ingenious rooftop guided tour. Perhaps not an activity for those with vertigo tendencies, but after being strapped into your safety equipment you’ll be able to stand on the rooftops and look down 140ft onto the grandiose historic old town below. Walk along the secured metal track that runs the perimeter of the rooftops and take in the 360 degree view of Stockholm in this unique, if not intrepid, visual tour of the city. After this exhilarating experience, make for the Rival’s classic Scandinavian Bistro for some supper. Once full to the brim with delicious Scandi delicacies it’s time to get a little bit icey at the planets only permanent Ice Bar, the Ice Bar Stockholm. Where all the furnishings (including the glasses) are made from pure crystal-clear ice from the Torne River in Lapland.Read more
Styling in Stockholm
With a host of designers and fashion forward thinkers hailing from this uber-hip Capital it’s no surprise that Stockholm is a trend-setters haven. Luckily we’ve got the inside knowledge on where to head to see Stockholm just the way the locals experience it. The iconic Swedish designers Cheap Monday recommend visiting the fashionable Sodermalm district in downtown Stockholm and home to Swedish classics Acne, Monki, Weekday and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair to pick up some one of kind pieces. For an eclectic mix Filippa K designers love Nitty Gritty, a store which houses an eclectic mix of brands – including those those from well known designers as well as designs from emerging talent. And if all that shopping works up an appetite then do as the Acne team do and head to Urban Deli, an upmarket deli that is the perfect pit stop for a coffee and cinnamon bun or ‘Fika’ as the locals call it. For a real hidden treasure make sure to check out Svensk Tenn, an exclusive interiors store in central Stockholm. A favourite hangout of the head of design at Filippa K, the store has a unique mix of timeless design and artistry, as well as a quaint tea salon offering afternoon tea and petit fours.
A Noble time
After a day exploring Stockholm on your feet, delight in spending a leisurely morning sampling the breakfast menu before getting pampered, Scandi style with a day spent rejuvenating body and mind. Head to the Grand Hotel where you can soothe those aching muscles in an authentic Nordic spa. After your treatment make sure you stick around to try the infamous Smorgasbord. Surely the only way to follow up such an indulgent day is to make your evening even more extravagant…perhaps by dining at a Nobel Banquet? Thankfully you don’t need a formal invitation to this gourmet feast as the restaurant at the architecturally astounding Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuskällaren) serves up almost all the dishes that were part of the Nobel menus dating back to 1901, all year round. After such a stately day, falling into your sumptuous bed and into a deep sleep shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Sky’s the limit
Up bright and early and inspired by your rooftop tour, take to the skies for real in a hot air balloon ride over the city. From your basket you’ll have a unique panoramic view over the rooftops, waterways and lush parks of Stockholm as you gracefully soar through the air, glass of bubbly in hand. Back down to earth, you can then explore Stockholm on street level in a private tour of the historic city centre as well as the vibrant café culture and bohemian fashion-forward crowd that occupies much of the Södermalm district. Take a stroll around this particular vicinity and you’ll be spoilt for choice with countless vintage shops and fashionable boutiques lining the streets. Rest your feet (and perhaps your credit card) in one of the district’s plethora of cafes and enjoy a cappuccino whilst watching the creative crowd breeze by before making your way back to the Rival for your final night in this charming city.