Phase 3: What to Do & Where to Eat
What to eat and where I ate. This is by far my favorite part of the travel planning process. There is nothing I love more than eating my way through a city – from street food, to fine dining, bakeries and grocery stores I love tasting new flavors and combinations. Again here I read up on blogs, tripadvisor, and lightly on yelp (looks like they’re still developing ground there) but more so I did much more stumbling upon in this city than I would say I typically do with food. For a true cinnamon bun (no icing on these babies but rather they are sprinkled with an airier larger grained opaque sugar) you could probably walk into most bakeries and you wouldn’t be losing that much quality but I visited Vete-Katten – good reviews, seems to be a destination for both locals and those passing through/visiting. It’s truly fascinating how much Swedes love their sweets. I saw candy shops open late at night, people in the middle of the day casually having their daily coffee and a slice of cake or pastry of sorts. In convenience stores – chocolates, serve yourself bulk candies, desserts and pastries of all sorts line the majority of aisles where in the US you’d see crowds of chips and other salty snacks. No doubt the fika tradition is strong. As for more substantial food – sure the Swedish meatballs are good, and a must to check off the ole’ bucket list and I heard from multiple swedes most decent places serve a decent ball but beyond that make sure to try some reindeer meat and seafood – by far these were my two favorite meals during the trip.
What to do & what I did. After parting ways with my travel companions in Europe, my first solo trip in Rome, I made the mistake of doing things to just do them or check them off my list. Though I was able to accomplish this I do look back and wish I would have approached it more strategically in the manner of ‘less is more’. With that thought in mind I made that it a point during this trip to do just that. Limiting my major activities to 2 a day while also limiting my photography to no more than 10 pictures a day. Promising myself I wouldn’t lose experiencing and taking in a moment because of a checklist or an incessant need to document and post to social media.
After dropping off my stuff at the Hostel – I nabbed a map from the front desk and started walking around. The city is incredibly walk-able and surprisingly calm – streets are busy but drivers aren’t reckless and angry.
Day 1 I did quite a bit of wandering around, people watching and stumbling across sights. Make sure you do the ‘Free Tour Stockholm’ – they offer multiple different tours but I did the Old Town tour with a girl I met at my Hostel. The tour was one of my favorite parts of this trip. The guide was very spritely and super knowledgeable. I often find I like these types of tours than rather just standing around a museum because you’re learning about both past and present day and more often than not guides provide insider tips on what else to do, visit and eat. Below are some other additional things I covered during my trip that are worth noting
Day 2: Old Town Walking Tour, & Stockholm Culture Night
Day 3: Vasa Museum, Shopping around Drottingham
Day 4: Perused around Östermalm Foodhall, Old Town, picked up some more cinnamon buns and finished the trip off with some Swedish Meatballs