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How to Spend 24 Hours in Stockholm with Courtney Trop of Always Judging

H&M Studio’s A/W ‘17 collection is perfect for day-to-night exploration.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Alec Kugler

If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Stockholm, Sweden, even if it’s just for 24 hours, do yourself a favor and make the trek. Not only is the city itself beyond gorgeous, everything from the people to the food to the nightlife makes it our newest must-see European destination. Since we conveniently found ourselves in town for the unveiling of H&M Studio’s A/W 17 collection, we knew we had to make the most of our brief time abroad, and who better to explore with than Courtney Trop, founder of Always Judging? With sunny skies from morning ’til night, we designed the perfect day of sightseeing, food, and drink until we all felt like impossibly chic Scandinavians—dressed in some of H&M Studio’s signature pieces, of course.

 

Enjoy an afternoon Fika

Taking Fika is a serious right of passage in Sweden. It means enjoying a break from the day’s activities to drink a cup of coffee, snack on a delicious pastry, and spend time with friends. No matter the time or street you walk down, you’ll invariably find groups of Swedes having a traditional fika (or three). This might be our favorite part of Nordic culture—savoring time away from work and among friends, family, and colleagues. With a long winter looming in just a few short months, there’s no time like the present, and we couldn’t wait to take part ourselves!

 

Shop at the outdoor markets

Even in summer, temperatures in Stockholm hover around 60 degrees (or 16 degrees Celsius). But no matter the weather, everyone heads outside to shop at the various markets and street vendors for groceries, trinkets, and flowers. We clearly couldn’t leave the city without exploring Hötorget, the Haymarket Square, one of the largest meeting points in Stockholm. The flowers in Sweden were beyond gorgeous, and we couldn’t resist picking up a bouquet to commemorate our afternoon of shopping.

 

Explore the city waterways

Fun fact—Stockholm sits on 14 separate islands where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. In addition, nearly 30,000 islands make up the entire archipelago, which has earned the city’s nickname, “Venice of the north.” Of the numerous bridges throughout the city, we’re partial to the Riksbron Bridge. It connects Stockholm proper to Swedish Parliament and Old Town, and it has one of the most stunning views of the waterfront ports in the entire city. Just wait until sunset—it’s a true made-for-Instagram moment.

 

Relax with a cocktail

After a long day roaming the cobblestone streets of Old Town, or doing some serious damage at the Acne Archive (apologies to our credit cards), there’s no better way to wind down than with a delicious cocktail at a picturesque bar. We recommend the Haymarket Hotel, which has a 1920s cinema vibe that pairs perfectly with their signature mojito. Better yet, the moody decor is the ideal backdrop to our favorite two-piece look from H&M’s A/W ’17 collection.

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