A friend of mine visited me in Stockholm the first weekend in August. We didn’t have any solid plans, but just wanted to hang out and take it easy. The weather this summer has been unusually warm even in Stockholm, so we were looking at doing something in close proximity of water and sea wind.
Our first spot was Monteliusvägen, which is a short scenic route with a very nice views of Stockholm. Also, it was in shade and there was a nice breeze from the water.
Then we headed to Stikki Nikki for some ice cream. They have great ice cream and insane portions! I think my friend took medium size and it was huge! I was second in line, so I asked for a small portion in a medium cup, so it wouldn’t melt all over me.
It also happened that it was Stockholm Pride day on Saturday. Our plan was to watch the parade for an hour or so, but I think that we watched for closer to three hours and then joined the parade for a part of the way.
Summer 2018 was a summer of severe forest fires in Sweden, so the fire brigade had this small trailer with words that their real fire trucks are out putting out forest fires.
And I loved the army’s pride slogan! 😀
In the evening we had a reservation at Adam/Albin. My friend treated me to a birthday dinner here and it was a night to remember. I absolutely loved everything they served! The dinner was incredible and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. The dinner was quite pricey, but the wine and the food were simply amazing.
The next morning we had dinner at my place and decided to take a ferry to Fjäderholmarna. I’ve just heard that it is an island not too far from central Stockholm and has a brewery, some craft shops and that people go there to swim.
The boat ride was really nice and took about half an hour.
The island itself is pretty small. There were people here and there sunbathing and sitting on the rocks near the water. There is also a cafe and some craft shops.
We walked around a little bit and then picked a solitary spot on the rocks and sat there just enjoying the sunshine and the breeze.
At some point it started looking like it’s going to rain, so we decided to go back to the city.
It rained heavily while we were on the ferry, so our timing was impeccable. It was still somewhat rainy, so we decided to eat something. I have heard a lot of good things about a restaurant called Surfers, so we decided to head there. It tuned out that they actually move out of their normal restaurant space for the summer and they had a tent set up in a park. Surfers had very good Chinese food and most of it was quite spicy. Surprisingly, they had some amazing cocktails and we had a couple.
After Surfers we headed to Mr. Cake for dessert. I think their desserts looked better than they tasted, but that might be due to the fact that the food at Surfers was very spicy and my taste buds haven’t fully recovered.
And after dessert we wanted to sit outside some more and have a couple of cocktails. There is a bar called Pharmarium in the Old City of Stockholm, which had great reviews and on paper their cocktails seemed great, but in practice I preferred cocktails at Surfers much more. It is a pity that sometimes bars focus on the cocktails being super challenging and fancy and the taste isn’t actually that good. We liked their terrace, which is awesome for people watching, but cocktails were quite average.
These two days turned out to be just about food and hanging out, which is what we were looking for. I love Nordic countries in the summer. Everyone is so relaxed, weather is nice, and there is a lot going on. You can fit so much into just one weekend.