Civilised is probably the best word that seriously sums up Stockholm. The Swedish capital has it all. Its archipelago landscape, sprawling over 14 islands, sets the naturalist tone for a city that comes seamed by parks, bridges, sea views, and just looks utterly pretty.

Dont get a taxi! Taxis are seemingly the one thing in Sweden that isn’t regulated, resulting in staggeringly expensive fares if you happen upon the wrong one. Do stop for Fika! A Swedish institution. Fika takes place around 11am each day, it involves an excellent coffee accompanied by a cinnamon or cardamom bun and a chit chat with the locals.

STAY

This urban luxury hotel – grand on the outside; quintessentially Nordic minimalist on the inside – lies in glitzy Ostermalm district’s most coveted square, one street block away from popular park Kungstradgarden, high-end boutiques and waterfront views. 
www.nobishotel.se

EAT

The hub of the trendy Sodermalm District, Kvarnen is a legend on the Stockholm retaurant scene. Tasty home-cooked meals and popular beers have been served in this establishment since 1908. 
www.kvarnen.com

Keeping with Swedish culinary tradition Pelikan is another super retaurant that's been a staple for as long as anyone can remember. Great for dinner and equally for just propping up the bar for a drink and pinchos. 
www.pelikan.se

SHOP

NK short for Nordiska Kompaniet is a gem of a department store designed by Ferdinand Boberg, Sweden's leading Art Nouveau architect in 1915. Discover the best International brands alongside homegrown talent. Otis Batterbee will be arriving in NK in 2018. 
www.nk.se

Image courtesy of NK Stockholm by David Thunander, Studio CA

Mood is a shopping mall that you want to seriously hang-out in. Discover great fashion, beauty, food and drink. More recently Mood hosted an IKEA pop-up but this has now popped off! 
www.moodstockholm.se