Whilst in Stockholm

We spent a few days in Stockholm last week, before heading up north. We were just cruising around, exploring a bit more. We found some new favourite places that I thought we’d share with you. So the next time you go to Stockholm you have a bit more to explore too! And no surprise to those who know me, that most of the places are coffee related.

We decided to visit Sandra, at En Nypa Socker, who made our amazing wedding cake, to see how her cafe turned out and to say again how much everyone loved the cake. I was starving, as we hadn’t had breakfast yet so I ordered the Roast Beef Salad . I have to say it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had! Mat went for the artichoke pesto toast, which he was very happy with. This was finished off with coffee (what else did you expect from me?) and a Swedish Christmas classic; mjuk pepparkaka mmm…

Also located on Kungsholmen is this neat little coffee shop called Smakfamiljen on Norra Agnegatan 36. Selling coffee beans, coffee accessories, some chocolate and coffee for take away. Or you can sit by a little bar disk, or you will be able to soon as Henrik, who is the owner, was in the process of building one. . We had some great coffee, one of which was roasted in Stockholm from Drop Coffee. Henrik got an interest for coffee whilst at university and then worked for a shop in Stockholm that sells coffee and coffee making equipment and he opened his own shop just about a year ago. He specialises in brewed coffee, rather than the Ozzy and Kiwi inspired artisan coffee shops of London, who tends to favour the flat whites.

Drop Coffee, mentioned earlier is an interesting place to visit too, they roast their own coffee and have just moved their roasting to a bigger location so that they can roast on a larger scale then previously. If you’re on Söder, check out their cafe, but make sure you go to the one on Wollmar Yxkullsgatan. (I have to say I wasn’t a big fan of the one they have near Medborgarplatsen).

I’m saving the best cafe for last, this will from now on be my favourite place whilst in Stockholm. It’s simple, scaled back with a relaxed atmosphere, serves great  press coffee and toasts and it’s cheap – now that’s a rarity in Stockholm! They serve coffee at 25SEK and Västerbotten cheese toasties for 25SEK, that’s a bargain and they’re yummy too! The staff was very friendly, warm, chatty and welcoming – another thing that sadly is a bit of a rarity in Stockholm. Good manners are still free, so don’t be stingy with them! Make sure you pay them a visit, simply called Kaffe, on the corner of St Paulsgatan and Kvarngatan. Map here.

If you’re a foodie, then this is the place for you! Cajsa Warg. They have one shop on Söder, which opened in the early 90’s, they wanted to create a food shop where it was fun and inspiring to do your grocery shopping. Stepping in to their shop feels a bit like a time machine. Their second shop, is larger and located in Vasastan, the building is an old Cinema and is now a Cajsa Warg grocery store and a cafe. Sadly, we didn’t have time to visit  the Vasastan shop, but next time we’re in Stockholm in the summer, I’ll be sure to pay it a visit as it looks amazing! Here’s a picture of the one on Söder, I love the old wooden step ladder!

Your chance for an adventure of a lifetime

If it wasn’t for the fact that Mat and I will be on the other side of the world at the time of this fantastic event, I’d definitely apply for a space on what seems to me, the adventure of a life time! So if you’re around next spring, it’s not too late, get your application in before 10 Dec for Fjällräven Polar 2013. Apply here. And here’s a little video of what it’s all about! (if you apply let me know so that I can vote for you!)



We got our bags

We are in Sweden at the moment, back home at my mum and dad’s in Nosebay. And of course we stopped off in Stockholm first to see some friends and to get us some proper gear for our future adventure around the world.

For me there was no question about it, when it comes to choosing a back pack for our trip, or for any other outdoor gear, I always head for Swedish brands. Fjällräven has since long been my favourite outdoor brand. They make high quality gear, which is technical yet stays true to it’s heritage look and it has been tried and tested by ‘real outdoorsy people’. Closely followed by Haglöfs, Lundhags and Tierra. And for gloves, you got to look up Hestra.

When it comes to making backpacks, this brand is a step a head of everyone else. The Scandinavian approach to rucksack and backpack design is a bit different, they design a bag that is meant for carrying heavy hiking gear in the mountainous terrains of the north.

So we headed to one of many outdoor shops in Stockholm, based on Kungsholmen and tried on a few bags. I was immediately sold on Fjällräven’s Kajka, it is a brilliant design and the best detail of all, and I believe the only rucksack in the world, where you can change the width of your shoulder straps depending on the width of your shoulders. A simple but yet so clever idea. And it didn’t take too long to convince Mat that this was the right bag either. Seeing as he has become a big fan of the brand in the last couple of years. He was very upset last year when they had sold out of his dream winter jacket. He was lucky to get one this year instead though.

So now we have our bags, all we need to do is decide what to pack into them, or rather, what not to bring with us.

Check out this little video for a close up on the bag.