I have to admit it; I am obsessed with Stockholm these days. Having recently dashed across to the design-conscience city, I love how they can make any space cosy with their playful attitude to lighting and casual approach to creating great tasting food – not to mention beautiful architecture.

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In Stockholm I ate at this fantastic restaurant, Ekstedt that uses wood as the only heat source in the kitchen. All the food is cooked in a wood fired oven or directly over the flames of a fire pit. I have never tasted anything like it – fire, smoke, ashes and soot created the most sumptuous food. I ordered the cold smoked langoustine, kohlrabi and pine, dried reindeer, vendace roe and charcoal cream, juniper baked turbot, birch fired duck, sunchoke and elderflower and wood fire oven baked quince, saffron and frozen herbs – this place is on fire (ahem).

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Photo: Ekstedt

As you’ll know, design is a way of life in Stockholm, which means everywhere you turn promises a myriad of fun shops oozing beautiful furniture and lighting – make sure you leave lots of space in your suitcase. I love the sound of the Hornstulls street market where you can stroll and browse the antique and flower stalls – just my cup of tea!

A short car journey away for there, make sure you head to Sofo. Like London has Soho, Stockholm has Sofo, a cool little neighbourhood that I hear is the new and upcoming place to go. I love the sound of the restaurant Meatballs for the People, where you can either eat in or takeaway to cook at home. Grandpa is also on my wish list of places I want to go to. Apparently it is the meeting point for vintage loving style mavens who flock to its doors to view carefully curated antiques and own brand products.

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Photo: Grandpa

I hope that helps a little. I can’t wait to go back to Stockholm. It is a fabulous scene bubbling with exciting things to do and new places to discover. Please let me know your recommendations too. I am always curious to find new places. Happy Thursday everyone!