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REVIEW: Hotel Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden

Elegant, luxurious and historic with tip-top service, Hotel Kungsträdgården is a great choice for a visit to Stockholm on business or pleasure. 

Stockholm. One of the most expensive cities on the planet. Unfortunately for my bank balance, it’s also one of my favourites! Food is pricey and accommodation even more so. Unless you’re feeling terribly flush, you may find your budget restricts your enjoyment.

View of Stockholm Sweden
View of Stockholm, Sweden

Opened last January, Hotel Kungsträdgården offers comfortable rooms in a spectacularly restored 18th century residence, bang in the centre of the city. As I chatted to Adam, the hotel’s immaculately dressed concierge (think English gent meets Swedish aristocrat), he explained that while the hotel’s rooms are on the small side. Basically – the hotel doesn’t scrimp in any other areas, something that makes it top value for money in the city. When it comes to repeat business, this hotel has it nailed.

Hotel Kungsträdgården Exterior
Hotel Kungsträdgården Exterior

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Sweden’s Incredible Hipster Foodie Scene

Hipster or not, here’s why you should visit Sweden for a unique, food experience.

Hipsters. It doesn’t seem to matter where I travel, I always seem to come across some. From tiny bars hidden down cobble streets in Barcelona and Caribbean hipsters drinking beer out of cans in St Kitts, to the trendsetter students in the Kallio neighbourhood of Helsinki, they appear to conform to a style, while having a few unique quirks according to the country. After reading Meet The Original Hipsters, it got me thinking about a few recent encounters with Scandi-hipsters.

Made In Kallio Helsinki
Made In Kallio, Helsinki

You know who I mean right? They’re the ones with the checked shirts, thick-rimmed glasses, heavy boots, signature beard (optional for girls!) and an air of ‘not trying’ (when actually they are).

 Typical hipster: beard – tick, checked shirt – tick, thick rimmed glasses – tick

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REVIEW: Ekstedt Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden

Fire, quality ingredients and a hipster air of cool… Ekstedt in Stockholm is Michelin starred cooking at its most creative.

“You’ve got a table at Ekstedt and you’re not taking me? I’ve lived in Stockholm six years and been dying to go there!”

The words of my older sister Verity when I told her I’d be abandoning her to go for my first Michelin star dining experience. She wasn’t best pleased.

Exterior of Ekstedt Restaurant, Stockholm
Exterior of Ekstedt Restaurant, Stockholm (photo: @BackpackerMacca)

Fire. Fire. Fire.
The concept behind Niklas Ekstedt’s casual-yet-trendy Stockholm restaurant. After growing up in a small village in Northern Sweden where life revolved around the great outdoors, he was never going to settle for a generic gourmet eatery. Keen to revitalise traditional Scandinavian cooking techniques, while using local, seasonal ingredients, Niklas created Ekstedt. When it comes to the cooking, no gas or electricity is used. It’s a place where microwaves are banned… and I couldn’t be happier.

Peering into the wood burning oven at Ekstedt Restaurant, Stockholm
Peering into the wood burning oven at Ekstedt Restaurant, Stockholm (photo: @BackpackerMacca)

After a quick tour of the kitchen (which featured a cast iron stove from the 1870s), lots of charcoal, and of course – fire, we took our seats at the chef’s table. The high bar area seated four in a row, and faced several chefs as they cooked items over the open fire and assembled beautiful plates of food. Continue reading REVIEW: Ekstedt Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden

Unexpected January News, Plus Top Places To Visit In England in 2016 and Lumiere London

As mentioned towards the end of last year, I made one big resolution for 2016: To explore the UK more. It’s easy to be distracted by exotic beaches, guaranteed sunshine and exciting cultural experiences. This year, rather than hotfooting it around the globe, I felt like it was important to get to know my country inside-out.

So what did I do yesterday? Oh yeah, about that… Continue reading Unexpected January News, Plus Top Places To Visit In England in 2016 and Lumiere London