One of my goals for 2016 is to travel more. I used to travel all-the-time, and then somehow I let life get in the way, and visiting new places went down on my list of priorities. This year I’m determined to tick some new places off my bucket list, as well as revisiting some of my favourites. So let’s start with my long weekend in Stockholm.
Starting with an early morning wake up at 4.40am, we dragged ourselves out of bed and into the shower to get ready in record time, before our taxi turned up to whisk us off to Heathrow Airport. The one good thing about getting up so early was witnessing the most amazing sunrise, my photo doesn’t do it justice, it was so beautiful!
Landing in Stockholm late morning, we jumped on the Arlanda Express train into the central city, navigated our way to our hotel to drop our bags, and turned straight back around to head out and explore Stockholm.
Now the one good think about travelling with me is that I spend hours, literally, searching out the best places to eat, the best stores to visit and the best sites to see. There is never a time I turn up in a new place unprepared. So if you’re taking a vacation with me, rest assured I’ve done all the homework, and you will not be eating at anything equivalent to UK’s Angus Steakhouse – i.e. major tourist trap.
Our first stop for the day involved food, because what is more important than that? Nothing. I’d discovered a chain of healthy cafes called Blueberry Lifestyle, when I was trawling through the web on a search for gluten free friendly places in Stockholm, and so we made a beeline for the store closest to our hotel. Let me just state right here that their smoothies were one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of slurping, and to top it off we devoured raw blueberry cheesecake, also amazing!
We carried on up the road in the direction of Östermalms Saluhall, a food hall that’s been in business since 1888.
Salmon was being sold at the majority of stalls, and it looked so good.
We wandered through the huge, beautiful building admiring all the food, but having just eaten we didn’t indulge, though I’d recommend you did if you visit.
After walking the streets for another couple of hours, and spending a little cash in H&M, (which FYI are everywhere in Stockholm, in the same way that McDonalds and Starbucks seem to be on every corner in NYC), we were feeling the effects of our early morning wake up, and made our way back to the hotel to rest before dinner.
For dinner that evening I’d made a reservation at one of Stockholm’s popular spots, Meatballs for the People. Selling exactly what the name says, the restaurant sells meatballs of varying kinds, and all gluten free too, hooray!
We settled into our seats and browsed the menu, picking out a shared starter and mains.
We started out with the Meatball Starter for 2, and I’m still getting over the fact that I ate Reindeer and Moose. It’s a lot to take in for a girl who spent many years as a vegetarian. But if I put the thought of Rudolph aside, the platter was bloody delicious!
Our mains soon arrived, I’d decided on the Classic Swedish Meatballs dish, and The Boy Next Door went with the Meatballs Delux dish. Both were mouthwateringly good, every single mouthful. We are still talking about how good that meal was two weeks later. Do yourself a favour and pop this place on your list if you’re visiting Stockholm.
The post-food slump soon hit us, and we made our way back to the hotel to watch Bear Grylls on tv, because A. we’re cool like that, and B. it was the only English speaking channel on the hotel’s tv.
Friday had flown by, so we made the most of an early night, and were soon off to la la land before we were back pounding Stockholm’s pavement the following day.
To Be Continued…