A Week­end in Stock­holm

LuxeGetaways - - Editor’s Note - By Matt Long

Stock­holm is not a hard place to love; I learned that al­most in­stantly on my quick, long week­end in the Swedish cap­i­tal. It was the fin­ish­ing touch on a 40th birth­day jaunt around North­ern Europe, and I was not so se­cretly ex­cited for my first time wan­der­ing the streets of the Swedish cap­i­tal. I pinned all of my hopes on Stock­holm, and within hours of be­ing there, I knew that I had made the right choice. But I also made an over­whelm­ing choice. Un­like nearby Helsinki or Oslo, there were sim­ply too many choices: too much to see and do, and def­i­nitely too much to eat. By the end of the week­end though, I had sussed out the best way for any first-timer to truly ex­pe­ri­ence Stock­holm, in the most com­fort­able and en­joy­able way pos­si­ble.

For the unini­ti­ated, fika is frankly the last thing I ex­pected to find in this in­cred­i­bly pro­duc­tive and driven so­ci­ety, and yet it is ac­tu­ally at the heart of their suc­cess. Sim­ply put, fika is that spe­cial time in the af­ter­noon when you join a friend or two at a lo­cal cof­fee shop to reen­er­gize and en­joy some cakes or pas­tries. It is a won­der­ful way to re­lax for sev­eral mo­ments in the mid­dle of the work­day, and re­fo­cus be­fore tack­ling what lies ahead. It is fun, pro­gres­sive, and it is un­de­ni­ably Swedish.

The food tour was not my only sam­pling of de­li­cious food; I also had some of the best bites of the trip at the place where I least

ex­pected to find it, my ho­tel.

Photo: Hen­rik Trygg / me­di­a­bank.vis­it­stock­ © Can Stock Photo Inc. / phi­ilp­kin­sey

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