From Denmark to Sweden
Since we are so close to Sweden, my travel buddy and I decided to visit this famous country. Students don’t have an endless budget to travel so that is why I had to put my planning skills to the test. We ended up taking a bus, ferry and train. With a total of 1260 km, it was quite the adventure.
After a night on the ferry and 4 hours of wandering in the streets of Göteborg, we could catch the train to Stockholm around 6 am. When we arrived we were so hungry and craving a good cup of coffee. That is why we asked a random hipster on the street where the best coffee bar was in the neighborhood. This was Kaffeverket .
A cosy place with a real parisian vibe. They serve a lot of different sandwiches and pasteries but also have a lunch menu with great prices. The salads seemed really fresh. The owner was very friendly and gave us some tips for during our stay.
A downside of the Erasmus experience is missing your friends. That is why I was really happy when my friends Bart and Elise told me that they would be in Stockholm as well. Our first lunch was at one of the food markets of Stockholm, Saluhallen Östermalm. This is where we ate the traditional Swedish dish, Köttbullar with mashed potatoes,sauce and lingonberry jam. I really liked the booths of this market.
Jakob, a friend of Bart’s toured us around his hometown. He called his tour Jakob’s alternative Stockholm tour. Random facts about the city, jokes and a very energetic tour guide. We had a lot of fun.
I couldn’t visit Stockholm without meeting up with the community manager of Yelp. We had lunch at a modern Asian restaurant. Paula tried the sushi, this wasn’t extraordinary but okay. Lionel and I ordered noodles, which were superb.
Apparently East is also a great place to have dinner and have cocktails before going out. Paula gave us a whole list of tips but unfortunately we were only for 48 hours in Stockholm. I would have loved to stay a day or two longer. But we didn’t have the time or the money. What a pity. Paula is a great community manager, it’s a pity that we couldn’t go to one of her Yelp events.
One of the tips she gave us was the shopping mall MOOD. I really liked it. It didn’t feel like a shopping mall at all. They were some trendy places to eat and a lot of shops. During our last afternoon we went to the neighborhood Söder where we visited two coffee bars. Yes we were high on coffee but it was great. I’ll tell you more about it in my other post. There were a lot of great shops in this area. Really worth visiting. The only cultural thing we did was visiting the Photography museum, which had some very interesting exhibitions. I’m definitely going back to Stockholm, because there is still a lot to discover.
We spent our last day in Sweden in Göteborg, where we had brunch in this American diner where they serve pancakes and bagels. A bit on the expensive side but the atmosphere made it ok. You pay around 15 euros for a brunch. And the pancakes were actually very tasty.
This weekend in Sweden was a lot of fun. Maybe a bit exhausting but so worth it.
Sankt Eriksgatan 88 C
113 62 Stockholm
114 39 Stockholm,
111 45 Stockholm
111 43 Stockholm
My Stockholm coffee post will soon be online. So stay tuned.