Today wasn’t rainy as predicted. It rained a bit in the morning and then remained gloomy through the afternoon. Instead of spending our days in cafes and museums, we decided to bike more of the city. This time, we explored the island Södermalm by bike.
There was one cafe we had to visit for breakfast though. Greta’s is the pink cafe in the hotel Haymarket by Scandic. It’s 1920’s theme and avocado toast make it a pretty photo op.
We also split the blackberry cheesecake. So good. From there we headed south to Södermalm.
Södermalm is big island, and while there are some hills in the center, the perimeter is pretty much flat with great bike paths. It’s known for it’s hipster vibes, coffee shops, boutiques and second hand shops.
We took the metro to the Skanstull station. Outside there is a city bike station where we grabbed two bikes and rode west on Ringvägen.
Our plan was to loop up and around the island, but when we got on Västerbron we accidentally kept going across the bridge towards another island. We should have figured, crossing a bridge meant leaving the island but we were too caught up in the views from the top of the bridge. At sunset this spot would be perfect for capturing the Gamla Stan skyline with purple pink hues behind.
When we realized our mistake we looped back across the bridge and jumped on Söder Mälarstrand, a road that lines the northern side of Södermalm. It’s a great route for biking with views of the water and Stockholm skyline on the left, and views of greenery and cliffs on the right.
After returning our bikes, we walked to Herman’s vegetarian buffet. This one is much bigger than the first vegetarian buffet we tried, Hermitage. But it’s also more expensive.
We had fun sampling the wide variety of dishes while taking in the sweeping views of Stockholm from their outdoor space.
Since the weather had remained so nice, I told Rosie I’d meet her back at our hostel and went to wander Gamla Stan. I can’t get enough of the colorful buildings and cobble stone of Old Town.
There are fewer tourists around in the evening so I was able to sneak through Stockholm’s thinnest street without hardly any other tourists.
Tomorrow is our last day in Stockholm. We fly to Riga, Latvia tomorrow evening! I can’t wait to explore there. It looks like a town out of a fairy tale.