On our third and final day in Stockholm, we had a few more spots to tick off our travel bucket list (erm or should I say MY travel bucket list, TBND is just very trusting in my judgement of places I think we should visit).
Following another delicious breakfast of gluten free crepes, and a big ol’ bowl of yoghurt and fruit topped with all my fav superfoods from goji berries to chia, we were out the door of the hotel and en route to our first stop of the day. Coffee.
We located Drop Coffee, a Stockholm favourite that holds gold medals for barista competitions, along with the managing director being the current Swedish Coffee Roasting Champion.
We ordered a latte and cappuccino, again no almond milk, so I settled for lactose free.
The coffee was good. I absolutely despise the flavour of chain-store coffee. It always tastes burnt. Drop Coffee had that great taste you usually get at an indie coffee shop. Was it the best coffee I’ve tasted? No, definitely not, you get that from Shot Espresso in London where I’m typing this post from right now ;o) (Shot is Aussie owned. I’m sorry but in my opinion, no one does coffee better than the Aussies and the Kiwi’s).
Caffeine in our veins, we were now energised to walk around and explore some more.
It was pretty cold, so I was thankful for my Japanese hand and feet warmers! Has anyone tried these? I bought them years ago on one of my trips to Japan and never used them, but oh wow they’re amazing, especially the feet warmers, like little heaters inside your shoes that last a couple of hours.
I was so excited that I’d found my coat I’d been lusting after in H&M the day before, £25 thank you very much!, that I couldn’t wait to wear it and made TBND take a million photos of me in my new purchase. Has anyone seen that ‘Husbands of Instagram’ video doing the rounds? This was exactly like that! Hah! I look at it this way, he’s perfecting a new skill in photography, so it’s win-win ;o)
Back on the train, we made our way to Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm. (Dad, if you’re reading this, LOOK I did something ‘cultural’. I didn’t even look in a shop!).
The old town is very cute, however it’s sadly turned rather touristy, with a lot of tacky souvenir stores, but still worth a little look around.
Time was ticking and we needed to think about getting food before returning to our hotel to collect our bags. I think the reason I look so happy in the photo above is due to the fact I knew where our destination was for lunch, and I was excited….
I’d read about Nitrolabs online, and we’d searched for it the day before so we could make a beeline there for lunch on our last day. When I say ‘lunch’, what I really mean is dessert for lunch.
Nitrolabs offer gluten free crepes, with the type of fillings Willy Wonka would be proud of. So we went for it, in the greediest of ways.
Nutella? Yep. Ice cream? Sure! Sweets? Pile them on.
This was gluttony in the most delicious of ways and we tackled that dessert like the dedicated food lovers we are, before hightailing it back to the hotel.
Speak of the hotel, we chose well and I really recommend Hotel Clarion Sign if you’re planning a trip to Stockholm. Centrally located, it is super trendy and everyone that works there looks like they’re out of a fashion magazine.
But the best bit for me? Not the heated rooftop pool, not the spa, not even the fact they had chia seeds at the breakfast buffet (though this impressed me a lot!). My favourite thing about the hotel were the elevators, without a doubt. The elevators I hear you ask? Yup. There are four, and each are themed, one for Jazz, another for Rock, Lounge and then the best of all, the Pop elevator, which is kitted out with DJ decks, so you can choose your song and scratch and spin away whilst travelling up or down the building. Oh my goodness, too much fun!!! I also realised just how hard DJ’ing is, I was completely crap at it!
We kicked back in the chairs for five minutes, before setting off again for our final destination, London.
A great little weekend away. Thanks for the memories Stockholm!