After our adventures in London, it was time to go to Stockholm. We arrived in the late morning, eager for discoveries and wonder. We imagined a very hype cosmopolitan capital, very close to nature and our first impressions confirmed this. We landed at the airport of Skavsta at about 1 hour from the city center, which we reached by bus via a highway lined with large pine trees forests. Once at the city center (Cityterminalen), Nath’s aunt and cousin came to pick us up. This trip was also an opportunity to see our loved ones and celebrate our uncle’s 60th birthday with a surprise party!
After eating and getting our luggage at home, it was already time to go explore the city center accompanied by our cousin Elise. We had to act quickly because it was already 2pm and the sun sets at 3:30pm in November, so no time to waste! We took the metro to the Slussen station which gets you to the historic center of the city, on the island of Gamla Stan . Coming out of the subway, we only had to take left and gain height until reaching the Katarinahissen (Katarina elevator in Swedish), a public lift offering a stunning view of the city. A little further, Elise took us to the terrace of a bar that only opens in the summer. Parties and outdoor concerts are organized there, on the heights of the city, it must really be something! After this walk punctuated by the cold, let’s be honest, what better than to relax in a cozy coffee shop?
We highly recommend you to go to Gildas that was a real favorite for us! It’s impossible to not feel good when entering this candle lit coffee house with big comfortable armchairs. A perfect cozy and romantic atmosphere goes on there! People come to meet up, read, share and most of all have a good time with their friends. You can eat or enjoy a hot beverage served in one of those giant mugs, perfect for warming up your hands! We were very warmly received by a cheerful and funny waitress with whom we were able to discuss in English. The fact that many Swedish people speak perfect English helped us a lot to share with the locals during our trip, a very good point! This was the opportunity to learn a little more about the Swedish lifestyle and we got to taste one of the pastry specialties of the country: a kanelbullar. It is an absolutely delicious type of cinnamon brioche, perfect to go with a hot drink at snack or breakfast! On the evening, Elise cooked a typical Swedish meal for us made of bread toasts with garlic cheese and a meatballs, potatoes and cranberry sauce dish, it was delicious! Thank you Elise!!