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An Instagrammable Guide to Stockholm

As you might have noticed from my Instagram, I am living in Gothenburg for almost a year already. Last Summer, when I visited Scandinavia for the first time, I surely highlighted my trip to Stockholm, which made me come back to Sweden for a much longer period because of coffee shops, a healthy lifestyle, Fika, people, and eco-friendly culture.
Since then, I have visited Stockholm five times, and as an architecture geek, I am falling in love with the city more and more every time.

Here’s my very Instagram-friendly guide to Stockholm.

Where I Stayed
The most important thing for me while booking a hotel is the location. It is crucial for me that the hotel is budget-friendly, centrally located, but in a calm area. On top of that, it is also my concern that, as a conscious traveler, the place I am going to stay is eco-friendly. That’s how I found a perfect match for all of my needs and wishes, which happens to be Hotel Tegnérlunden right in the heart of Stockholm.

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Hotel Tegnérlunden is located at Tegnérlunden park, where you will meet a statue of the iconic Astrid Lindgren. A lot of bars and restaurants are within walking distance.
The hotel has many options for breakfast (including vegetarian & vegan options), the breakfast venue is located on the 6th floor, which means that you will have an amazing view over Stockholm city center while having your daily dose of nutrition.

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The iconic Gamla Stan
The old town of Stockholm is full of 17th, 18th-century buildings, narrow colorful streets, modern Nordic and international restaurants, cozy cafes and a lot more attractions like the Royal Palace or Storkyrkan Cathedral. Make sure to discover the old town on foot!
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And in the evening you can enjoy nice cocktails in modern bars full of local and international people.
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Where to Fika
Fika is probably the most Swedish thing you will ever experience: a coffee/tea break with something sweet like Swedish chocolate balls or cinnamon buns. You can fika (it is also being used as a verb) with your friends or even on your first date.
If you are a coffee lover like me, Stockholm will also be your favorite destination. You have cute little coffee shops almost everywhere, that serve very delicious Swedish desserts. My favorite fika places change almost every month, but one place that always tops my list is Rosendals Trädgård where you can go for plants shopping right after your coffee break.
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My other fave fika place around Sweden and especially Stockholm is Johan and Nyström. They serve hands down one of the best coffees in the country. The minimalistic Scandinavian interior design makes the coffee shop a great place for meetings, and even for work.

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There are also various cozy coffee shops around Gamla Stan that you definitely need to check out. For your best breakfast & brunch experience, you can also check my previous blog post about Stockholm.

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3edf41e5-7cc5-45e1-b35d-92e9d7061bd9Even though I have been to Stockholm several times, this was the first time I visited the Swedish capital during wintertime. It might indeed be colder here than in other countries in Europe, and it gets dark pretty early, around 3pm, but I would still suggest you visit Stockholm during late November/early December just to enjoy open-air ice-skating, Christmas flea markets around the city, and a lot of mulled wine while walking around the city.

Here are some pictures I took while discovering Stockholm by foot on Skeppsholmen, Södermalm, and Norrmalm.

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I hope you will enjoy your stay in Stockholm and make sure to share your favorite destinations with me on Instagram.

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25 Hours in Vienna

In 2019 Vienna was named as the most livable city in the world for the 10th year in a row by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. So this August, while visiting Prague, I decided to go on a weekend trip to Vienna and to revisit one of my most favourite places in Europe.
One of the main reasons why I always wanted to go back to Vienna since 2015 (when I first visited Austria) was a bit more than just famous museums or outstanding architecture. More and more travellers like me are seeking more of a sustainable approach when it comes to travelling. So if a conscious holiday sounds right for you, then Vienna is definitely a place to be. Starting with an enormous amount of green areas in the city, a lot of vintage stores and sustainable fashion designers, the city is also very pedestrian and cycling friendly.
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Now let’s talk about the city itself and where to stay there in order to make the best out of your vacation. To be honest, I spent way more than 25 hours in Vienna (around 72 to be exact) but soon you will realize why I decided to name this very blog post “25 Hours in Vienna”.image2 (3)

25 Hours Hotel in Vienna (Museums Quarter)

I mean, be prepared to have an architectural WOW factor in Vienna, especially the old town is full of amazing buildings. Absolutely every facade is a solid architectural masterpiece. And yes, this architecture is extremely beautiful and all, but sometimes… all you need is something just a bit quirkier than your standard hotel. So that’s exactly why I decided to spend my weekend in 25 Hours Hotel in Vienna.
Located right in the heart of the Museums Quarter (MQ), 25 Hours will be not only your favourite hotel but your favourite hang out place in the city. Their open bar has one of the best drinks, music, and sunsets in Vienna. I think nothing shows the true spirit of the Viennese life more than this crazy hotel: creative, artistic, fun, vintage & different. Their sustainable approach to the zero-waste and eco-friendly environment is one out of many other reasons why I will definitely go back there!
The hotel features a circus theme and the illustrations in the rooms are made by a Berlin-based artist Olaf Hajek. And the outstanding interior design is made by Dreimeta.
In order to make your trip even healthier, you can attend the Yoga sessions that 25 Hours Hotel offers three times a week, or simply relax in the spa area with a steam bath and sauna!

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25 Hours Hotel in the Museum Quarter, Vienna

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View from 25 Hours Hotel Terrace

My favourite thing about mornings at 25 Hours Hotel was breakfast. As a vegetarian, sometimes I struggle to find the right nutrition on some hotel breakfast buffet because most of the hotels go for meat-based dishes. But not at 25 Hours! Just like their logo says “come as you are” they really are aware of the diversity of their visitors and this place makes sure everyone will feel equally welcome here.

After a decent breakfast, you also have a lot to discover in the Museum Quarter by itself: two of the most important museums MUMOK and LEOPOLD are located there, where they also run temporary exclusive exhibitions from all over the world.

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If you happen to visit the Austrian capital in August like me, be prepared for the heat. But once again, Vienna is a place with a lot of options. You can either join the locals on a hot sunny day and get refreshed at the Danube Island, or chill out in one of the many parks that Vienna has to offer. My favourite park in the city center is Stadtpark, which is very close to the old town. You can also visit Burggarten or Sigmund Freud park in front of the Votivkirche. And if you want to go to a more peaceful place head to Prater, or visit my all-time favourite park Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark on the 18th district.

And if you are a museum person and want to see the most iconic Kiss in the world, you should definitely check out the Belvedere Museum. The palace was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Prince Eugene of Savoy (what a lucky guy, don’t you think?).
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For your historical Viennese coffee and Sachertorte experience head over to Demel, a famous pastry and chocolate shop founded in 1786 that once served the Royal court. After Demel, you can have a luxurious shopping experience at the Golden Quarter. BUT if you trust me and go for more eco-friendly shopping, you will have a lot of options in Vienna! Places such asGreenground andZerum offer modern fashion made from organic materials. You can find super trendy vegan bags all from recycled polyester and more.

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Graben, Vienna

The food scene in Vienna deserves a completely separate post because, with a lot of Austrian traditional cuisine, this city is also one of the most vegetarian & vegan-friendly places I have ever been to. You have an enormous amount of options to try the most delicious vegan and vegetarian food from all over the world. And here’s a special shout out to Café Mendez for finally satisfying my cravings for the Mexican food with the most delicious vegetarian burger!

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Cafe Mendez, Karlsplatz, Vienna

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Where to Stay in Prague

It is no wonder Prague has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe during the last couple of years. A city where you can enjoy beautiful architecture, delicious food, one of the best beers and most importantly – cheap prices even during the most touristic season; July-August.

Prague’s beauty comes from that it wasn’t severely damaged during World War II. Therefore many of its historic buildings still remain intact today. Its buildings were also relatively untouched during the 17th and 18th century, which nowadays make Prague one of the most breathtaking cities with an unusual mix of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture that is hard to find anywhere else in the world.

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View from the Astronomical Tower in Prague

Here is where to stay in Prague in order to make the best out of your trip without breaking your bank!

1) Residence U Černého Orla
Located right in the heart of Prague’s old town, just 100 meters away from the historic Charles Bridge, Residence U Černého Orla is set in an elegant Baroque house. If you are looking for a vintage styled, centrally-located and budget-friendly hotel, you should definitely check out Residence U Černého Orla.
One of the best things about the hotel is the breakfast, which is served every morning during the weekdays from 7 – 11 a.m. and during the weekend from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Residence U Černého Orla Restaurant. It includes not only Czech but also international cuisine. You can have a fresh start of the day with a French or English breakfast alongside a lot of other options in their menu.
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The comfort about Residence U Černého Orla is that you can basically walk to anywhere in Prague’s old town and discover every little street by foot.
The iconic John Lenon Wall is just a two-minute walk from the hotel.
Also, if you’ll take my advice, leave your windows a bit open while you sleep, trust me, you will wake up to the most delicious Czech Chimney Cake smell, which is every dessert lover’s dream to find.

 

Another good thing about the hotel is that every day from 3 – 5 p.m. you can enjoy free snacks like fruit, club sandwiches and cookies.

If you need any help or advice from their friendly staff working there regarding entertainment in Prague, they will help you out at any time by arranging tickets to theatre performances and more.

 

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2) MeetMe 23
Another budget-friendly and super modern option you have while staying in Prague is MeetMe23. Located right in front of the Central Station and around 400 meters away from the National Museum of Prague, Meetme23 will give you a really comfortable vacation experience, with 24 hours reception desk. They even have a fun game called Escape-Game, which is your chance to win free drinks in the hotel’s restaurant.
Breakfast is served every morning from 7 – 10 a.m.
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You will also meet those cute blue figures at MeetMe23, where you will be able to create your own little figure right next to the reception desk, which will be a nice memory from your Czech trip.
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Now that you have an idea about where to stay in Prague, let me tell you about the Vegan-friendly places in the city. Because, as a pescatarian who is on her way to be vegan, it can be tricky for me to find good food on the go. While I love vegetarian food and am always ready to try something new, it’s next to impossible to find a meat-free dish in some areas.
If you’re a pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
As locals told me if you went to Prague ten years ago and said you were vegetarian, you might get a few raised eyebrows.
But thankfully things have totally changed since then. Places like Vegan’s Prague, Beas Vegetarian Dhaba, or Veget Bistro Café will blow your mind away with their super delicious Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine.

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Vegan Sushi in Prague

Stay tuned for my amazing weekend trip I took to Vienna while visiting Prague. Coming your way super soon!

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Astronomical Clock in Prague

Meanwhile, you can follow my journey on Instagram. Make sure to share your travel stories with me!

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Let’s Go Somewhere: Milano

As some of you might already know, I am not living in Lisbon anymore and instead, I decided to pursue my dreams in Sweden! So as a spoiled girl by the Portuguese weather, where you have summer basically 9 months per year, I suffered quite a bit surviving the Swedish winter. So as a true Scandinavian already (I try to adapt with the local places as soon as possible) I took an example from my fellow Swedes and I decided to treat myself with a short trip to the South of Europe. So I booked my flight to Milan for the first time ever to try the most delicious food in the world, to enjoy the warm April days and to attend the highly anticipated Milano Design Week.

I will not waste my time talking about the mainstream things like: “While in Milan you should definitely visit the Duomo Cathedral and etc.” Can we drop that already? it’s 2019! We DO know about the touristic attractions, what we need to learn more is how to discover the city like a local.

EATING OUT

After my arrival on a Saturday afternoon from Gothenburg to Bergamo airport, I decided to take a quick walk around the iconic Brera neighbourhood and then to rest a bit before partying like a local during the evening. As a huge pizza & cocktails fan, I decided to book a table at Dry Milano and to have the Saturday night out like a true Milanese.

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Dry Milano’s iconic Pizza!

DRY MILANO:
Dry Milano is the unique pairing of two unusual things (for Italy at least): Cocktails & Pizza. It’s a place that is characterized by its modern environment, good music, vintage vibes, and one of the rarest cocktails in town!

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Cocktail FRENCH75, Dry Milano, Via Solferino 33.

The best thing about Dry Milano is that you will definitely get in touch with the local culture because there are mostly Italians having drinks & dinner there. Also, the bar is famous for its best Pizza in town, but if you ask me, they also serve the BEST desserts in Milan.

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Dry Milano, Via Solferino 33

The staff working there are super friendly and open (like every Italian) and they are always there for you to give you the best tips about drinks and food that are being served in the restaurant. I would suggest you book your table at least 2 days in advance, especially if you want to visit Dry during Friday/the weekend.

GOD SAVE THE FOOD:

What I love about Italy is how they have this “breakfasting out” culture on a daily basis. And as a true breakfast/brunch lover I found my personal paradise called GOD SAVE THE FOOD right in the heart of Milan.

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For the Italian standards, GOD SAVE THE FOOD was the innovation in food business back in 2011, when they opened the first branch because unlike the typical Italian cafe, God Save the Food is the place you can visit at any time during the day/evening. Starting from 7.30 a.m. with the incomparable Italian Breakfast like Coffee with Cornetto Alla Crema, accompanying with Açaí bowl, continuing the afternoon with the Brunch/lunch menu, God Save the Food transforms into a dinner/drinks place during the evening!

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God Save The Food, Piazza del Carmine 1

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God Save The Food, Piazza del Carmine 1

So basically, if you go there several times a day, you will end up having a different vibe and experience each time. The idea of God Save the Food is to be accessible for EVERY kind of people (Worker, Freelancer, Tourist, Local, Student, etc) at ANY TIME.


I visited the one at the Brera Neighbourhood, because they have one of the most beautiful esplanade, where you can enjoy your food outside in one of the fewest places in Milano, where cars are not allowed, so you can have your delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner peacefully!

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Piazza del Carmine 1

In total there are 4 branches of God Save the Food in Milan: in the districts of Tortona, Brera, Piave / Porta Venezia and the last born on the -1 floor of Rinascente – Duomo, a catering service for events and private parties and a food truck for bringing God Save the Food around Italy.

PASTICCERIA LORIA:

you will see Pasticcerias (Italian small coffee shops/Bakery) basically on every corner of Milan, but Pasticceria Loria at Viale Piave 12 stole my heart with its modern design, delicious coffee and esplanade in the calm neighbourhood in Milan, where mostly local people live and hang out.
If you always walk while travelling and like to discover the city by foot (like me) Pasticceria Loria is a great place to rest a bit and get your energy back with its famous Macchiato and also a little Italian sweet never hurt nobody!

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Viale Piave 12

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Viale Piave 12

CAFFE’ CARLINO:

A well-travelled person once said: “An Italian breakfast a day will keep the doctor away”, unless you get diabetes, because they eat lots of sweets, but while on vacation I usually don’t follow the strict diet rules. So, I was falling in love with Italian little coffee shops all over again. I came across with the super local and super delicious Pasticceria called CAFFE’ CARLINO with an inviting interior design and the sweetest people working there! And unfortunately I missed it, but Caffe’ Carlino is famous with its Tortelli alla crema that is served ONLY during the carnival in February. So if you happen to visit Milano during late winter, make sure to stop by there especially for Tortelli and THANK ME LATER.

OUT AND ABOUT:
If you decide to discover Milan by foot (like me), because basically the weather is good almost 24/7 during Spring/Summer, you will need around 1,5 day/2 days in total to see EVERYTHING and even the things you did not know existed in Italy. My favourite neighbourhood to walk around is Brera (well like everyone else’s) and Navigli, which is very good for your Instagram!

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Navigli, Milan, Italy

For shopping (for a normal people) you can take a walk to Avenue of Buenos Aires, but for FANCY people you can shop around Duomo, or visit the new Porta Nuova district where you can get your Balenciaga sunglasses, Versace shirts or see the iconic Gucci wall, which changes every season!

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Porta Nuova, Milan, Italy

Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will be talking about my weekend trip from Italy to France!
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