My second full day in Stockholm presented itself with the opportunity to discover the other islands of the city. Östermalm is a beautiful area, definitely much calmer – and quite affluent, with nice restaurants and upscale boutiques. I got my coffee-fix at Cafe Saturnus, a lovely cafe tucked away up on a little side street. Upon entering, I instantly fell in love with its beautiful interior – mosaic tiled floors and colorful, funky decor. The tables are close together, adding to the cozy ambiance. From the counter full of pastries, I eyed their ginormous cinnamon buns, but opted for a pie – pecan and lemon, paired with a giant oat milk latte, served in a bowl.
Having seen much of the city, I craved seeing some greenery. I learned that Djurgården has plenty of open space, and is also home to 22 museums, cycling paths, and an amusement park. Taking the boat to Djurgården offered a unique view of the city and gave my feet a little rest!
There were a lot of people (and dogs!) walking along the port and enjoying the nice weather. Various waterfront cafés and benches offered the chance to sit down and people watch.
I had my heart set on tasting the city's best meatballs. I had heard marvelous things about Bakfickan, a beautifully decorated restaurant, adjacent to the Royal Opera Hall in Norrmalm. Certainly an indulgence, but every bit worth it. I was sat at the bar, a U shaped configuration at the center of the restaurant with a view of the kitchen. Condiments and napkins sat in a wooden conveyor cart that slid along the bar's marble countertop. I had the swedish meatballs with potato purée, lingonberries and pickled cucumbers, a perfect balance of bitter-sweet and sour. Their basket of homemade bread was generous and really very good too.
Post lunch, I was ready for fika. Fabrique bakery has some of the best cinnamon buns. Surprisingly it's a chain, but don't let that fool you. I tried their caramelized walnut and cinnamon sugar bun. Amazing.