Yulia's travel notes



Lydmar Hotel


Lydmar is my regular bolthole in the city with its waterfront location, relaxed atmosphere and effortlessly stylish interiors. In the winter months enjoy late brunches in the hotel’s cosy restaurant and lounge designed as a private living room. Comfortable leather sofas and shelves lined with books and art give a true sense of home away from home. In the summer head to the terrace for great cocktails and mix with the trendy crowd.


Eat & Drink


 Mellqvist Kaffebar


Morning coffee is taken rather seriously in Stockholm. Mellqvist Kaffebar in Vasastan is a true local institution that serves one of the finest coffees in town. Great spot for people watching and my favourite place for breakfast.




My guilty pleasure on every visit is a Swedish cinnamon bun (or two!) and the best ones in town are made by a boutique chain of bakeries – Fabrique. Their bread displays are impossible to resist and with a number of locations across Stockholm you are never too far away from their sumptuous treats.

But luckily for us Fabrique have their very own outlet in London! So next time you feel like a cinnamon bun head over to Geffrye Street in Shoreditch for the real deal.  




The best juice bar in Stockholm with a very cool vibe, raw interiors and house music blasting from the oversized speakers.  It's a hip mix of a farm shop and basement bar serving a wide range of healthy organic juices.




Svartengrens is where the love of meat brings a new meaning to in-house sustainable cooking. All the ingredients are sourced locally from the nearby archipelago and the menu changes daily depending on the seasonal produce. But the focus here is on the meat, butchered and dry aged in-house with a wide choice of cuts.

And as in any self-respecting Stockholm restaurant, there is a bar serving micro-brewery beers and creative cocktails in a cool and easy going environment. 


Lilla Ego


It is the hottest spot in town right now serving haute cuisine in a very relaxed environment that tastes and looks just as good as the hype would suggest. The brainchild of two young and award-winning chefs, Daniel Räms and Tom Sjöstedt, serving creative Scandinavian dishes. Make sure to book 3 months in advance or expect a long wait for the seats at the bar overlooking the open kitchen.




A Stockholm institution with a buzzy Parisian brasserie feel, all-day-dining and seemingly never out of fashion. With several bars catering to a varied crowd of party goers it is more fun and sophisticated than most in Stureplan.

It is also one of a few places in town that is open from early morning till late at night all year round and my usual hangout when visiting over Christmas when most of the city shuts down.  






Stockholm based niche fragrance house set up by Ben Gorham, oozes a feel of understated luxury in everything from their bottle designs to the beautiful packaging. It is loved by those in the know for its unique unisex scents. And I am totally addicted to their fruity PULP perfume!

Although you can stock up on these chic bottles in London, I always like popping in to the flagship store for the full brand experience and to see the new releases and lines first hand. 




A modern luxury brand inspired by downtown Manhattan and Parisian chic stocks the collection of everyday staples in a sleek industrial setting. Each piece, from the custom leather jackets to jeans and t-shirts, is executed to perfection.

My favourites from BLK DNM are skinny jeans that I stock up in different colours and high quality cotton tees!




The brand that made raincoats look cool. Stutterheim epitomises Swedish sense of style and quality. Its roots stem from the traditional raincoats worn by Scandinavian fishermen. Each garment is hand-stitched with individual seamstress’s details written on the inside. I just love that level of detail!

The boutique is located in the cool and artsy Södermalm where you can browse their colourful selection of raincoats and wellies.




Uncommon Stockholm

Not your typical guidebook - it is a travelogue written by the locals and travellers giving a unique perspective to their own city. 




Yulia's travel notes