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Bakverket – breakfast all day long

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A few years ago, Dagens Nyheter elected Bakverket as the best breakfast spot in Stockholm. After hearing that you could have breakfast all day at Bakverket, my curiosity was awakened. I was staying at Motel L and had not booked any breakfast at the hotel, with one main reason: to discover breakfast spots in Stockholm and mainly to visit addresses like Bakverket!

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Ontbijt, all day long

I think I walked in at Bakverket around 11am, talking about a late breakfast. To order you go to the counter. The menu is written on a blackboard in Swedish. I did not speak any Swedish back then and so chose the big breakfast. As you can see in the picture, that was literally a big breakfast! I got a fresh juice, a hot drink, oatmeal, a bowl of yoghurt, a bowl of lettuce, a bowl of butter, a delicious and freshly baked piece of baguette and cheese and ham. I paid about 12 euros. My breakfast was my lunch at the same time.

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In addition to the extensive choice for breakfast, Bakverket is also a perfect place to fika and have lunch. Everything is prepared with much love and once you enter Bakverket the smell of freshly baked bread is welcoming you. I was there on a weekday in March and it was quite quiet but on weekends they often queue. During the summer months you can also take a seat on Bakverket’s terrace.

SoFo

Bakverket is in SoFo, the hippest area of the trendy neighborhood Södermalm. SoFo stands for the neighborhood south of Folkungagatan. The neighborhood is getting very popular and thus more tourists exploring the area. Bakverket is a very popular place among the locals who come to drink coffee, have breakfast, brunch or lunch, read the newspaper, etc. After breakfast at Bakverket, it is well worth a visit to the unique shops in the surrounding streets.

Motel L, a budget friendly design hotel in Stockholm

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If you are looking for an affordable design hotel in Stockholm then we’ve got what you are looking for. In the center you will pay around 150-200 euros or (much) more for one night in a design hotel. When I traveled to Stockholm for the first time, my quest for affordable accommodation led me to Motel L.

Hammerby Sjöstad

Motel L is located in Hammerby Sjöstad, just south of Södermalm, and only opened in 2014. Although the hotel is not located in the city center, you are in Gamla Stan within a half an hour walk. The tram, which stops right in front of the hotel, takes you to the center in 10 minutes. In addition, Södermalm is known as the hottest area in the world so if you want to explore that part of the city, Motel L is really close by.

In Hammerby Sjöstad you can also do a lot of things. Until the end of the last century there was mainly industry in this area, but in recent years there have been major infrastructure works that gave the neighborhood to a new elan. In the new housing blocks, a sustainable lifestyle is highly attributed. They use as much green energy as possible. Something the rest of the world can learn from!

Sportsmen can follow their hearts at Hammarbybacken. In winter months you can even go skiing and cross country skiing. In summer, this is a great place for cycling, walking or running. From the top you would have a beautiful view over Stockholm.

Affordable Motel L

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Upon entering Motel L, the funky décor immediately catches you. The lobby is spacious and divided in several smaller areas. The lobby (which they also call their living room) has powerful wifi and is a perfect place for small meetings or to work as a digital nomad.

The room is just big enough and has a lovely bed from the Swedish brand Carpe Diem. The bathroom has a rain shower. You can also book rooms without breakfast. There are plenty of nice breakfast places in Stockholm to discover (like Bakverket). Useful to know if you like to have breakfast in the hotel: if you book via their own website, breakfast is offered.

Motel L also offers family rooms and is also a good choice for those arriving by car in Stockholm: they do not have a parking space but in the same building as the hotel you will find a public parking lot. With some luck, you can also find a place in the street.

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Motel L is a good choice. The only disadvantage I can think of is that you, during the day, can’t quickly get back to your hotel room when you’re in town. So make sure you don’t have to. Note to self: don’t forget the cable of your external battery (been there…).

Tip: there is a second Motel L in Älvsjö, near Midsommarkransen, the new and upcoming neighborhood of Stockholm.

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Shopping in Stockholm

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I just love Scandinavian design and fashion, so I regularly travel to the Swedish capital with a half-empty suitcase. In particular, I focus on chains like MQ and Gina Tricot, which are not available in Belgium. That Lindex’s maxi dress from last summer is still on my mind. I regret that I didn’t buy it. Because I often get questions on shopping in Stockholm, I prepared this extensive shopping guide for Stockholm.

Where to shop in Stockholm

Stockholm literally counts thousands of shops! So you can shop pretty much everywhere in Stockholm, but I’d like to point you to the best shopping streets. Shopping in Stockholm also often means shopping in pedestrian streets (except at Kungsholmen, Vasastan and in most parts of Södermalm) where no cars are allowed.

Drottninggatan

Drottninggatan

The queen of the shopping streets in Stockholm! Here you will find the best-known chains like H&M, Monki, Zara, Gina Tricot, Lindex, Indian, Salt, Cubus,…
The Åhléns department store is also on this street (on the crossing with Hamngatan, near Sergels Torg). In Åhléns I buy a lot of makeup each time I visit Stockholm (usually Bare Minerals or a similar natural Swedish brand like Estelle & Thild). In this supermarket you can find just about anything that you are looking for. Also good to know: under Åhléns Stockholm City you will find a branch of the ICA supermarket chain (open until 23h!).

Sergels Torg

Bibliotekstan

Around Biblioteksgatan you will find the high-end shops like Louis Vuitton, Prada, the Swedish Filippa K and Tiger of Sweden. Also the more expensive sister of H&M, &Other Stories, has a flag ship store here. Mäster Samuelsgatan also has nice boutiques for you. Not to be missed if you like a minimalist style is the Swedish brand Whyred.

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Bibliotekstan is also called the fashion district of Stockholm. Apart from Biblioteksgatan, the side streets Jakobsbergsgatan, Mäster Samuelsgatan and Smålandsgatan also belong to the district, as well as adjacent streets Norrlandsgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan and Norrmalmstorg square. Jakobsbergsgatan is the street for the up-and-coming labels such as Nudie Jeans and Sandqvist.

Old Town

Shoppingstraat Gamla Stan

In addition to the many tourist shops in Gamla Stan, you will also find a lot of design and craft shops. Krabat and Kaleidoscope are two nice shops where you can definitely find wooden toys or a nice gift for the kids. Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan are the most popular streets, but you can also discover a lot of gems in the side streets.

Södermalm – Sofo

Södermalm, also known as the hottest district of Europe, is famous for its vintage and design shops. Streets with many shops are Götgatan and Bondegatan. The neighbourhood Sofo (south of Folkungagatan) also has a lot of hip shops. Popular shops are Fire Stations, Grandpa, Twist & Tango, Weekday, L:A Bruket, Stutterheim, …

Kungsholmen

Kungsholmen is not immediately known for their shopping offer but there is also something for everyone on this island. The big chains are located near Fridhemsplan, in Västermalmsgallerian. Here too, you will find a department of Åhléns. Walk through the narrower side streets and you will find a location of the popular Grandpa and Granit. At Kungsholmen I also found a shop that only sells black and white items.

Department Stores

MOOD Stockholm

This small shopping mall is located between Drottninggatan and Bibliotekstan. You will find a lot of Scandinavian brands like Samsøe & Samsøe, STHLM BLVD,… . There is a lot to experience at MOOD and you can even go and shop with a personal shopper!

NK

Shoppen in Stockholm - Nordiska Kompagniet

Nordiska Kompagniet or in short NK, is the Harrods of Stockholm. This shopping mall has 4 floors with mainly luxury goods ranging from clothing and shoes (especially Scandinavian designers but also many international brands), cosmetics, design, …
Although you probably would not recognize them, many Swedish celebrities are also shopping here. NK even has the Swedish royal family among its regular customers. Nordiska Kompagniet opened in 1915. The windows are always a blast for the eye. Around Christmas, it’s a trick to catch a glimpse of the thematized windows! Even when the Eurovision Song Contest  was organized in Stockholm, the showrooms of NK were in Eurovision theme and very popular!

More shopping malls

Sturegallerian

Also Gallerian, Stockholm’s first shopping mall, and Sturegallerian are in the center and have a spacious offer of shops, often complemented by catering and other services.

Mall of Scandinavia

Close to Solna, 7 minutes from central Stockholm, shoppers can get their hearts full at Mall of Scandinavia . The shops in this shopping center are open every day from 10 am to 9 pm, also on Sundays. For Christmas shopping, they will even stay open until 22:00!

Ikea

Ikea Kungens Kurva

Of course, Ikea should not be missing in this list! Every hour there is a free bus from Vasagatan (not far from Centralen, Stockholm Central Station) which brings you to Ikea Kungens Kurva in 20 minutes. On the hour the bus travels to Ikea, on the half hour the Ikea bus returns to the center. Kungens Kurva is the largest Ikea in the world and worth a visit.

Outlet shopping

Stockholm Quality Outlet

Stockholm Quality Outlet is a giant shopping mall with a comprehensive offer. This shopping center is half an hour (metro + bus) from Stockholm Central Station. Go to SL.se and enter ‘Barkarby Handelsplats’ for the current travel information. On working days the mall is open from 10 am to 8 pm, on weekends from 10 am to 6 pm.

Acne Archive

Looking for an Acne jeans for a low price? In Acne Archive in Torsgatan 53 (Vasastan) you will find the collections of previous years.

Opening hours of the stores in Stockholm

Although most supermarkets have quite ample opening hours in Stockholm (some even 6 am to 6 pm), I think the opening hours of eg clothing stores are quite “limited” for a metropolis like Stockholm. Most shops are open from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays. Some shops until 20h. On Saturday they often close at 17:00.

Open on Sunday?

Even though Stockholm is a big city, it doesn’t mean all shops are open on Sundays. Stores that are open on Sundays often have shorter opening hours, eg 12 am to 4 pm or 11 am to 5 pm. So shopping in Stockholm on Sundays is limited. If you have the option, you might want to choose another day to go shopping.

Closed on midsummer and christmas

Most shops close on midsummer and christmas. Usually both on midsummer eve and christmas eve and the day itself. The shops that are open on the eve of mid summer or Christmas close already at noon. These different opening hours are often listed in advance on the website of the respective shops and shopping centers. Other opening hours may also vary from the regular opening hours.

Sales

If you see the word ‘Rea’ then there are bargains to do. The sales start somewhat earlier than in Belgium. In mid-June I already saw the “rea” signs everywhere. There appears to be no fixed start date for summer sales, as it differs from region to region and product to product, but most of the stores start with the sales the week before or after midsummer. Immediately after Christmas there are sales in Sweden. Furthermore, there are often also mid-season bargains to find.