We eventually ended up in Broms, a beautiful little cafe / florist that combined both minimalist and rustic charm with its array of modern artwork and industrial lighting. If I didn’t feel like I was in Stockholm before…
In keeping with my ever so touristy appearance, I opted for a cinnamon roll, a firm favourite with the Swedes. I did, however, receive a slightly puzzled look from the waiter when I asked for tea and soya milk. It all made sense when he pointed to the ‘DIY’ coffee and tea station, stocked with nothing other than fruit tea. No wonder I seemed strange! I can’t envisage fruit tea and milk ever being a good combination. Slightly disheartened, I went back to enjoy my cinnamon roll, followed by a glass of soya milk and a few disgruntled sips of fruit tea.
It goes without saying that Djurgarden was beautiful, where the only interruption was the occasional tram going past – hardly an unwelcome sight for someone living in England! We ended up finding a bench beneath the trees to rest after our walk, which shed their leaves in the wind to create a rain like effect. Combine that with a pristine waterfront view and you can understand how we fell in love with the place!
After a stop at the hotel (and a change of shoes. Note to self: pointed black boots are not suitable footwear for long walks… Ow) we headed into the city centre to explore some of shops in town. It didn’t take long for us to take refuge in Designtorget, filled to the brim with quirky and minimalistic homeware. It’s at this point that I really wished I’d saved more space in my suitcase. Or, you know, just bought another one with me.
It was at this point that we decided to make a swift exit before we bought the entire store and hunt down something for dinner. With Ostermalm being nearby, we opted to pay a visit to restaurant/bar Nybrogatan 83, an evidently popular hangout for drinks and food. We were informed on arrival that there would be a 45 minute wait, so stopped for drinks to reflect on the day. After about 20 minutes, we were ushered into the main seating area where a live band played a mixture of folk tunes whilst we pored over the menu. With so much choice, it was reassuring to see that we also wouldn’t be paying the prices we did the night before at Berns!
We decided that, because dinner was go good and the staff were so lovely, we would return for breakfast to try their morning menu later in the week. For the time-being, however, we began planning our next stop that I’ll be talking about in part three of my Stockholm travel diary – Gamla Stan. Until then!