As we ease ourselves into the autumn season we turn our attentions to a brand new month, and with it comes a gorgeous new birthstone. October is all about pink opal, a delicate gem that’s all about calming and clearing the heart. Known by its residents as ‘beauty on water’, Stockholm has that laidback Scandi-cool that leaves you feeling instantly renewed. Packed full of places to see and experience, here’s our pick of the best in this ever-popular city.
Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Mälaren, you will find some of the most unconventional accommodation in all of Stockholm. Mälardrottningen is an elegant yacht hotel built in 1924, and later given as an 18th birthday gift to Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. Comprising 61 cabins, a sauna, and beautiful restaurant overlooking the lake, Mälardrottningen is sympathetically decorated with a tasteful maritime theme. Permanently docked at Riddarholmen Island, it is just a short stroll away from the delights of Gamla Stan.
One of the best-preserved medieval centres in Europe, Stockholm’s Old Town Gamla Stan is a labyrinth of winding cobbled lanes with culture at every turn. Full of museums, churches, restaurants and bars, you can easily while away a day exploring the district’s history-steeped streets. Highlights include Stockholm’s Royal Palace, one of the largest in the world with no less than 5 museums inside, and the charming Stortorget, a picturesque market square made up of colourful 17th century buildings.
Named after a Viking ship, Aifur is a traditional dining experience that is not to be missed. With a menu full of ancient Norse fare, from Tore Hjort´s Venison to the ominously named Indulgence of the Raven Lord, it celebrates every aspect of the Viking’s gastronomic history. The venue was created following fifteen years of extensive research into the food and culture of the time, and can be seen down to the smallest detail. Nestled in the city’s Old Town, the restaurant’s authentic live music, wrought-iron goblets and candle lit feast hall ensure a unique night in the capital city. Don’t miss out on their wide range of mead, a honey-based tipple with a sweet, heady flavour.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern, head on down to Vete-Katten, an authentic patisserie founded in 1928. Waiting inside is a vast, well-stocked counter full to the brim with cakes, pastries and bread, all made entirely from scratch with absolutely no added nasties.