I shouldn’t really call this post ladies who brunch as I’m here with my husband. But despite my bestie (Sam, the Rose to my Cinnamon Bun) not being here I really wanted to write about this place. Yes, I’m a laptop blanker in a cafe (you know that the ‘blanker’ should read something else right, just don’t want to swear lol).
I’m sitting in Gretas. It’s the cafe of the most beautiful hotel ever, Haymarket by Scandic. I mean…I’ve not seen the rooms to be fair, but the lobby is amazing. It’s interior decor is à la 1920s glamour and film. This used to be an old department store building up until about two years ago. Think old Selfridges of London.
The Swedish movie star Greta Garbo used to work in this department store before she became an actress. It was called PUB back then after it’s owner Paul Urbanus Bergström. Hence the name of the cafe, Gretas! How cool is that.
I’m sitting here typing away listening to roaring 1920s music played through the speakers. It’s full of people and other laptop blankers hahahaha like a lot of them… or a lot of us should I say… munching away on my avocado toast, because of course!
I can’t recommend Greats enough, the staff were so kind and the food and coffee we had tasted so good. This is our first visit here but it certainly will not be our last! I find the prices are surprisingly reasonable for Stockholm, which is well known for being a very expensive city.
You won’t believe the oh for flucks sake moment I had about half an hour ago. I asked my husband to take some photos of me… I am just about to hand him my trusted beloved Olympus Pen camera… I proceed to take it back as it felt rather light, lighter than normal. Oh for FLUCKS sake, I cannot believe it. I’ve forgotten to put the battery in… Not just that, but the battery is back in ENGLAND! not here in Sweden. Colour me slightly annoyed (read absolutely fuming with myself) Now I won’t get the beautiful shots I want of this wonderfully gorgeous art deco 1920s cafe. You have no idea how sad this makes me, none of my iPhone photos do this place justice. oh well, as I’m sure Greta said more than once; The Show Must Go On!
They say the devil is in the details and oh my, this place has a lot of wonderful details. What about these two fantastic dogs in the lobby or what about the cute monkeys holding the lights.
Pineapples are a big part of this decor, from light fixtures to the other little bits and bobs dotted about the place. Whomever designed the interior of this hotel has really done a brilliant job!
We are staying at my mum’s for just under a week. We are enjoying spending time with my family, relaxing, eating my mum’s amazing home cooked food and just being lazy. It’s a holiday after all, one must be a little bit lazy on holiday, it’s the law isn’t it? I do miss my mum terribly but I chose to marry an Englishman so what is a girl to do? I try to pop back as much as I can each year although it is nowhere near as often as I would like.
Each spring the gorgeous cherry blossoms bloom in Kungsträdgården, or the Kings Garden as it would be in English. Everyone swarms here for the obligatory annual cherry blossom selfie. I judge them all of course… all whilst performing exactly the same act hahahah but I excuse my own behaviour with the ‘But I’m a tourist, kind of, so it’s OK that I do it’. As an expat it’s OK isn’t it hahahah
It’s still a bit chilly in the air and most people are wearing their winter coats. We usually have lovely warm summers so when I’m back at the end of June it will be lovely and warm and I cannot wait! Us Swedes, in Stockholm anyway, love to sit outside with a good coffee in hand and just watch the world go by whilst having some good conversation with some good friends. I’m very much looking forward to doing just that this summer.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever been to Stockholm or Sweden? What were your impressions of it? Please leave me a comment because as usual, we would love to hear from you!
Until Next Time,