A couple of months ago, my best friend moved to Stockholm to start a new job, and last weekend I was finally able to visit her.
Just after work, I jumped on a taxi to Heatrow and flew in Stockholm Arlanda with SAS (I also discovered a brand new Zara store at Terminal 3, wow! and I almost missed my flight, but that’s another story).
I was so impressed with SAS, for one really good reason, they landed almost 40 minutes ahead of schedule! Yay! I was even able to reach the city in time to grab a Friday night drink with my friend for a much needed catch up, although we speak almost every day on the phone Thank you Viber!
I had visited Stockholm before, albeit in winter, and loved it. So we decided to skip the usual touristic attractions and just chill for a couple of days.
We spent Saturday afternoon cycling on the Skansen island, such a beautiful and relaxing scenary.
In the evening we had a fantastic dinner at Grodan Brasserie (sorry no pictures, as the battery on my phone died just before dinner). Grodan means frog in Swedish, and this is the logo of the restaurant, you can find it engraved in the glasses and embroidered on the napkins too.
This brasserie is tucked away in a pedestrian street in Östermalm, just 5 minutes away from my friend’s place. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet relaxed, and the crowd pretty cool.
We decided to skip the starters, and went straight to mains. I ordered the steak tartar with egg yolk, beetroots, capers, onion and a side of French fries and my friend the lightly salted salmon with potato in lemon and dill sauce. My tartar was excellent, and a really generous portion; the chips pleasantly crispy and perfectly cooked. I didn’t taste my friend’s salmon, because I am not a big fan of dill, but she loved it.
They have an extensive wine list, we ordered two glasses of Italian Barbera, which I think was a good match with my main.
After dinner we met with some friends and headed for a couple of drinks at the 101 Bar at the Scandic Anglais Hotel. I strongly recommend The New York Lady cocktail! (I am such a sucker for lychee flavoured cocktails). We then crossed the road to their summer hotspot. Nice place, and really good crowd.
On Sunday morning, we woke up a little late, had a quick breakfast at home, and decided to rent a kayak. Once we reached the rental shop, we changed our mind and rented a pedal boat, which was really good fun! On our way back to my friend’s place to get my luggage and head to the airport, we stopped for a quick snack at Baresso Coffee shop.
Strongly recommended! They have an amazing choice of sweet and savoury options, from cakes, to salads, quiches or Panini. I ordered a passion fruit cheese cake and lemonade, and my friend apple pie with cappuccino. Both extremely tasty!
I really hope to go back to Stockholm soon, and discover some other great spots!
Grev Turegatan 16
114 46 Stockholm, Sverige
+46 8 679 61 00
Avg dinner for two, including drinks €120.
101 BAR @ the SCANDIC ANGLAIS HOTEL
+46 8-517 340 00
BARESSO COFFEE SHOP
Nybrogatan 21, Stockholm 114 39
+46 8 661 86 61
Avg price for coffee and cake for 2 people: €14