Stockholm is one of the most inspirational cities in the world. It’s no wonder that its a natural habitat for the arts, creative innovation, fashion and music. it’s one of the most stunning cities I’ve ever laid eyes on, straddling two bodies of water and brimming with creative, progressive and forward thinking (not to mention beautiful) people. This energy is something every creative traveller should feed off, so in the hope to inspire the inspired, here are some of my favourite inspirational Stockholm moments.
Fotografiska is an international meeting place where everything revolves around truly amazing photography. I can wander for hours around this mammoth space, located in the heart of Stockholm the old customs building. Between exhibitions, I love heading up to their loft space to drink in the stunning view of the city.
It’s the perfect place to get away and think. I enjoy walking around Royal Djurgården and breathe in the fresh air. Sometimes if I’m feeling active, I event get on a kayak and paddle away in its calm waters. Every Stockholmer will tell you that this is the perfect escape from hectic city living. The area was originally a royal hunting ground, Djurgården of today offers Scandinavia’s biggest attractions – and many of its hidden gems.
Swedish fashion is a movement. I love window shopping (and yes, I’m often tempted to buy) along the shopping streets of Biblioteksgatan to check out the latest collections from brands like ACNE Studios, HOPE and Filippa K. Generally summised by its use of neutral color palettes, straight lines, and beautiful fabrics; Swedish fashion is functional yet fashionable and a masterclass in design. That said, there are some designers slowly breaking the mold with more garish and stand-out collections, but still with a strong Swedish design sensibility.
Even the most discerning of music lovers will enjoy ABBA and this funky pop-themed hotel is part of the Abba The Museum complex, where you’ll get the chance to sing in the Polar Studios. So if you’re looking for a place to stay in-tune (see what I did there?) with Swedish music, you must try POP House and enjoy one of its 49 stylishly decorated hotel rooms.
More quintessentially Swedish design will greet you at At Six, one of Stockholm’s newest design hotels. It’s the perfect base for those looking to explore art, architecture and design in the city. How can I be so sure? Well, the imposing marble Jaume Plensa sculpture might just give things away. Hot tip, if you’re looking for something equally as creative to eat, try TAK on the rooftop of their sister hotel Hobo, next door. It’s a masterpiece of taste.