Survival tips for first time Stockholmers

Written in collaboration with Downtown Camper by Scandic

Stockholm is famous for its stunning architecture, the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, its Baltic Sea archipelago, freezing temperatures, as well as a whole host of modern and historical attractions. What’s less known are the quirky cultural nuances, which make Sweden so wonderfully unique. Here are 8 cultural insights into Sweden for its newest residents and visitors.

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Travel Guide: Stockholm Hotspots

In collaboration with Downtown Camper by Scandic, I’ll take you behind the scenes of Stockholm’s best hotspots and tell you why they are worth a visit. Discover, more of Stockholm’s best-hidden gems together with me and other locals from our wonderful capital city of Sweden.

Rosendals Trädgård – Rosendalsvägen 38, Stockholm

This is one of favourite cafe’s to visit, located on the beautiful island of Djurgården. I love the rustic simplicity of the setting and the fact that all produce is grown sustainably and organically, using biodynamic ingredients, which are then utilised in the café. The food is absolutely delicious, you can really taste the goodness and freshness of all their dishes. The little boutique is also an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ with all sorts of garden and food goodies.

Artipelag – Artipelagstigen 1, Gustavsberg, Stockholm

This place is a real treat and probably one of the most beautiful art galleries and venues I’ve ever been to. Located on the island of Värmdö, approximately an hour’s drive from Downtown Camper, Artipelag was built to fit in with the natural surroundings. Designed by Johan Nyren, the building covers 10,000 m² including art galleries and 22 acres of natural scenery. I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalk from the carpark up to the cafe and art galleries. The walk offers spectacular views right across Värmdö archipelago, before reaching the impressive, white architectural building of Artipelag. It’s definitely on my list of must-sees!

Nirvana – Åsögatan 166, Stockholm

If like me, you find the long, dark months in Stockholm hard, then you’ll benefit from a good dose of Vitamin D3. Nirvana is a perfect location to lay back and lounge in the ‘Solrummet’, the Sun Room, soaking up the safe summer rays. Choose between a sun lounger or hammock and enjoy the sound of waves lapping at the beach, whilst sipping on healthy smoothy and snacking on a range of vegetarian or gluten-free snacks. Ideally located in the trendy district of Södermalm, Nirvana is a short walk from Medborgarplatsen tube station.

Dansskolan Yogansa – Pipersgatan 26, Stockholm

If you love dancing you’re going to love Dansskolan Yogansa, offering a range of all types of dance classes. Afrobeat is my personal favourite. I didn’t leave a single class without a massive smile on my face.

Boulebar – Rådhuset, Stockholm

I love nothing more, come a weekend, than a good game of Boule and brunch with my friends. Boules, originally from France, is making a trendy resurgence in Stockholm with a number of different locations popping up around the city. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long work week and get together with some friends over a game.

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