Weekend Get-Away: Stockholm!

October 21, 2011

Stockholm is SUCH a cool city. I have been only a few times, but each time I felt an urge to move there (and not many cities do that to me!). It’s beautiful, it’s trendy, it’s kid-friendly, most people speak English, and it’s always voted one of the best cities for families to live… so it must be true! I recently met up with the lovely Britt Hanson, freelance illustrator, one half of the husband-and-wife duo behind fanfamfun blog and beautiful mama of two, and she had me green with envy over her recent three-year stint in Stockholm. I asked her to write a family-friendly guide to the city, and thankfully she obliged.  Here is Britt’s guide complete with her own cute illustrations…

It’s horrible. It really is an awful place to visit. Hungry polar bears have even been known to roam the streets looking for food! There, that should do it. That should keep this geographical gem off the radar of the visiting hordes.

Ok, I’ll come clean. Stockholm is one of the most beautiful (and clean) cities in the world and we absolutely love visiting. I should also mention, we’ve lived there for three years. So what’s so special about it? Isn’t it cold, dark and miserable? It’s cold and dark in the winter, but oh so beautiful. And even more beautiful in the summer.

This is a city built on fourteen islands at the mouth of a lake and the Baltic Sea. These islands continue out to the Stockholm archipelago, where you’ll find around 30,000 more islands and islets that will literally charm your socks off. So, there’s water here, there and everywhere. What else? Do acres upon acres of parks and greenery take your fancy? Not forgetting culture, fine architecture, fashionable people and cutting edge design amidst this sea of blue water and ever so green greenery. And to top all this off, it’s as child friendly as a cuddly toy polar bear.

Here are our favourite places to have some fantastic family fun.

SEE

STAY

PLAY

EAT

Stockholm is such a family-friendly city. All the restaurants have highchairs, changing stations, offer children’s meals, and you don’t get a judging look from staff when you bring your family in. Enjoy Fika (coffee break) — This is something that most Swedes do everyday around 3 or 4. Make sure to stop at one of the hundreds of fantastic cafes and enjoy a cup of coffee and a Kanelbullar.

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Dina
October 21, 2011

I am so glad that you just wrote about this as I was in the midst of planning a trip there!


Temporary Stockholmer
October 21, 2011

Hmmm, maybe I should count myself lucky. Reading this post from our home in……. guess where…….. Stockholm indeed! Yes it is a fab city, all mentioned above is the post is very true and we are having a lovely time here. Your post is great and Britt should be congratulated on compiling such a helpful and extensive write up on Stockholm, great for anybody wishing to visit.
However, i feel i have to highlight that there is another side to Swedish society that doesnt get mentioned often in rav reviews about the city and country. That is that (once a baby reaches the age of 1) both parents work full time, kids spend every day in care, estates and playground are deserted during weekdays and being stay at home mum (like myself) is seen as being a burden to society, you are not contributing…. I get astonished and disapproving looks here when I mention that I like to spend time at home with my 2 small children and almost feel the need to apologise for my choice. I am sure there are exceptions to this, there always are and so I stand corrected, but here in the outskirts of Stockholm, this is very much the case.
Don’t get me wrong, I love your post and love reading about this beautiful city and country and a visit here, especially with children will not disappoint. Just sometimes I wonder if those who envy life here so much, know about day to day ongoings and it’s norms, values and culture. Especially since this post is written on a child centred blog, I felt obliged to comment.
Many happy visits nevertheless to Stockholm!


August 8, 2012

Oh, lovely that Sweden is on your list of weekend getaways! I’m a mother of three, living in Sweden and writing about kids’ fashion on my blog (in Swedish though…) who just found your blog and love both the idea end the design/layout! Don’t miss out on Djurgården if you’re ever in Stockholm during the summer!


August 9, 2012

…but you should try Gothenburg in Sweden aswell, great for kids and lots to do!


February 11, 2016

I have been to this place in stockholm, its amazing to be there with a new concept of “interactive cooking” . The ambiance is also very corporate style and a good place for official meetings and team buildings .


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