In January I took a 4 days holiday to the beautiful city of Stockholm – my first time in Sweden and in this part of the world. It’s an absolutely stunning part of the world, the people are incredibly kind and generous, and above all they do food, drink and hospitality very well. Here’s some of the highlights:

“113 Saint Mark’s Place”

In the hotel Bar at the Hotel Diplomat, the cocktail list is exciting, seasonal and exciting. A great range of drinks but this was my favourite: with rum, butter, and super creamy. Hotel is fantastic too, great hospitality and very personable service. Can highly recommend!

Meatballs, lingonberries and pickled cucumber

Traditional Swedish dish of meatballs, with mashed potatoes, creamy sauce, lingonberries and cucumber. Hearty, delicious, and great comfort food, especially considering the arctic temperatures outside!

Spiritmuseum, Stockholm

A museum located in the Djurgarden district of the city, dedicated to the relationship Swedish people have with alcohol. A really interesting way of spending an afternoon, plenty samples (not just drinks!) and lots to excite the senses too. Well worth a visit if ever in town. Spiritmuseum, Stockholm.


This beautiful bar can be found in the small restaurant just off the Opera House in Stockholm. Great for a hearty, delicious and traditional lunch. Great wine list too, and a perfect place to stop by during the day.

Fika Friday

‘Fika’ is apparently the Swedish word for ‘meeting up for coffee and cake’. It is a thing to make an effort on a Friday (or any day!) to sit down together with friends, family, colleagues, and just enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Sounds great, no?! Swedish cinnamon buns are great to enjoy and warm you up on a cold afternoon.

Entrecôte Beef to share

Hidden away in a very small side street in Stockholm, Restaurang AG is an absolute hidden gem. A sign outside that doesn’t do the place justice at all, you come in and go up some stairs that look like an emergency exit to access the restaurant, but once you’re there it’s totally superb. First thing you see is all their meats hanging and curing in cupboards in front of you, a busy restaurant and an open kitchen. Service is fast not but rushed, staff efficient and obviously well-trained (not to mention fluent English), and the food is some of the best I’ve had. A restaurant that obviously cares a lot about it’s product! Great to see! After dinner we went through to the bar, where service again was as great as I’ve experienced at any bar in London or anywhere. Top tip? The incredible Bacon Old-Fashioned- worth the trip alone!