I’m writing this as I sit outside Espresso House in the sunshine with my iced coffee. In other words, spring has decided to show up right before I leave Stockholm. It’s actually my last week here—time flies! Here’s how I spent my last week in Sweden:
May 3: Visited Fotografiska, a photography museum and one of Stockholm’s top attractions (10/10 would recommend.) Also tried chocolate-coated licorice at a candy boutique! I was skeptical at first, but the chocolate made it palatable. I still don’t have the guts to try traditional Swedish salty licorice, though.
May 4: Studied at the National Library.
May 5: Visited Djurgården, an island in Stockholm with lots of museums and nature. It’s home to the ABBA Museum, Gröna Lund amusement park (which just opened for the year), and Vasa Museum, to name a few. I took my friend to my favorite cafe on the island, Rosendals Trädgårdskafé. Window shopped at NK and had dinner at Surfers, a lively restaurant serving Chinese fusion.
May 6: Had omakase at Sushi Sho, my first and only Michelin-starred dining experience in Stockholm. Definitely the peak meal of my semester.
May 7: Visited my host family one last time. We went down to Kanaanstrand, a beach in their neighborhood, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
May 8: Took the ferry to Lidingö, an island out in the Stockholm archipelago, for dinner with the rest of the Student Media team. We ate at Lulu’s, a cute restaurant serving poke bowls and Japanese-inspired food.
May 9: Wandered around Nytorget, people-watched at the Observatorielunden public park, and had dinner with my core course at Ölstugan Tullen.
May 10: Went on a morning run to pick up a lox bagel at Dåndimpens, a sandwich shop I’ve been meaning to visit after seeing multiple recommendations for it on TikTok. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, but trekking into the depths of Årsta was worth satisfying my semester-long bagel craving. I can now disprove these Reddit threads claiming there are no good bagels in Stockholm.
May 12: Wandered around Nytorget, my favorite neighborhood in Stockholm, one last time. People-watched while soaking up the sunshine. Procrastinated packing and cleaning as much as possible.