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how to visit stockholm like a local

I was so excited to finally visit, but I wanted to make sure I visited Stockholm like a local and not waste any time on boring tourist sites. As luck would have it I had the coolest Swedish clients just before visiting and they gave us the lowdown on what we should do for a short three day trip.

The rumours are true, Sweden is expensive! We ate breakfast at our airbnb everyday to save a few pennies and, um, then for the rest of the day blew our budget.

Stockholm is a series of islands linked by bridges and we stayed on Soderalm. I don’t want to say hipster because that would be a disservice but it was the coolest downtown, stylish neighbourhood full of bars, restaurants and boutiques but also a real life area where people lived. Peering into people’s homes and beautiful interior design was pretty fun,

Here were my 7 highlights:

1. Urban Deli | Nytorget |
How to visit Stockholm like a local
After arriving we headed here for lunch. It’s a deli, wine bar and restaurant and we had a lovely afternoon sitting at the bar drinking wine and snacking from the deli counter.
2. Nytorget 6 restaurant
Visit Stockholm like a local

I’m not sure how we managed to snag a table here as there’s normally a 2-3 week waiting list so do book ahead before you arrive if you fancy a visit. It’s beautiful, atmospheric and tasty. This restaurant is surrounded by lots of boutiques, restaurants and bars.


3. Fotografiska Photography museum
How to visit Stockholm like a local
This former Customs House turned into a photography museum I think is a must visit. Even if you haven’t got time to go around the museum the shop is awesome, and I bought some ace prints and postcards.
4. Åhlens Department store
  How to visit Stockholm like a local
This is right in the middle of central stockholm, has the most AMAZING home decor department and a super cute restaurant for tea and lunch on the 2nd floor.
5. Biblioteksgatan
How to visit Stockholm like a local
This street has all the Swedish brands you are keen to mooch around like Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, Acne, COS and And Other Stories.
6. Fika at Weinercafeet 1904
How to visit Stockholm like a local
Fika is the Swedish version of afternoon tea and it’s essential you do this at least once. I loved this slightly chi chi place, with lush cakes and great people watching.
7.  Real deal Swedish food at Restaurang Tradition
How to visit Stockholm like a local
Errrr yum!

My 5 Favourite Holiday Skincare Products


I love selecting and packing skincare for holidays and sunny work trips. Probably because I love holidays and beauty products! Here’s 5 of my favourites that I’ve used for years.



French pharmacy skincare brands are great at sun care and I love the unshiny light formulation and reasonable price of the La Roche Posay facial sunscreen. Great for home as well under makeup on hot days. The rest of their sunscreen range is also great.

Available here for £10.70

2. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse


Smells incredible, full of gorgeous ingredients and the perfect product to apply after a day in the sun before you head out for the evening. I use it after moisturiser on shoulders and legs. Definitely a classic for a reason.

Available here for £17

3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir


I love to keep this in my sunscreen bag and take it to the beach with me. Smells amazing and a lovely facial refresher. Another classic.

Available here for £11

4. Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Body Lotion


I’m not a huge believer in aftersun, as I’m pretty sure it’s just body moisturiser with a different scent. I do, however, love putting on loads of a basic lotion, as moisturised skin definitely won’t peel.

Available here for £3.65

5. Witch hazel Gel


The best thing for bites, itches and rashes which all seem to go hand in hand with hot weather.

Available here for £3.05


Living Proof Blowout Review

living proof blowout review

I was already completely sold on the Living Proof brand and as I wanted a new styling product to review, their blowout spray was my immediate go-to. The hair brand’s products are free from silicones, oils, parabens and sulfates and they are seriously cutting edge when it comes to technology. 

It’s claims are ‘breakthrough thermal speed-shaping technology’ but the only way to describe it as it leaves my hair looking like a hairdresser has done it. It’s easier to style, I find it effortless to create a nice shape with the brush and it dries quicker. By the end of the day my hair looks less straggly and more cohesive in it’s shape. It can be used on second-day hair as a finishing product.

To use I blast my hair with hairdryer and wait until it’s evenly half dry all over. I then liberally spray with the product and use a vent brush to dry and create a bit of shape. I would say it’s suitable for those with straight and wavy hair and is only worth using it if you’re actually going to be using a hairdryer and not just leaving it to dry naturally.

Available here at Cult Beauty from £13

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