Two things I enjoy when visiting a new city are exploring by foot and sampling the food. So the Sunflower Walk and Eat series, with their emphasis upon walks and food, is a winning combination for me. Armed with my review copy of Walk and Eat Stockholm I set off to discover Sweden’s capital city.
Walks and Public Transport
Sunflower describe the series as being aimed at “walkers who also love food”. The main content of the Stockholm book was 11 walks and 3 excursions further afield, all using public transport. There was plenty of variety: the walks and excursions extend from central Stockholm to the islands of the archipelago and to the forests and national parks around the city.
I had limited time on this trip (as I was attending the TBEX conference), but I tried two walks from the book. The first was an easy 5km route through the central Stockholm islands of Södermalm and Gamla Stan, and the second was a boat trip to Fjäderholmarna followed by a short walk around the island. Both of these were good suggestions. Although Gamla Stan (the old town of Stockholm) is well known, I might have overlooked Södermalm, a trendy area full of bars and restaurants, and with a few old streets of its own. And, left to my own devices, I doubt if I would have discovered the footpath leading to a viewpoint looking across to the Town Hall and the old town.
TheoFjäderholmarna excursion would be ideal for anyone who is short of time. The boat trip gave a good flavour of the archipelago, passing by several different islands, their waterfronts lined with grand buildings, ordinary dwellings and even a funfair. The island itself was small enough to explore thoroughly (being only half a kilometre across), but it had places to eat and drink, as well as picnic areas and several craft shops.
What I liked about these walks was the attention to practicalities. The walking routes were very detailed and I found them easy to follow. There were also instructions for how to get to the start and finish of each walk, a detail that is sometimes neglected in walking guides. And there was information about matters such as frequency of boats and the best times to avoid the crowds.
Discovering Swedish Food
Eachxwalkxincludedxsuggestions for places to eat along the way. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to test these out, but they looked like a good mixture of places in different price ranges with a variety of traditional Swedish dishes. There were also recipes at the end of each walk. These ranged from Swedish meatballs and baltic herring to cinnamon buns, and they would be useful for anyone who is self catering while in Stockholm. Or just as a treat to save until you get home!
The book also had lots of information about Swedish food and menus, including a glossary of common menu terms and helpful tips for those on special diets such as vegetarian or gluten free. And there are other practical hints: when to visit, where to stay and how to survive on a budget.
Sunflower Walk and Eat Series
The Sunflower Walk and Eat series is available in printed form or in pdf format (to be used on a Kindle or other mobile device). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys walking or food, or who wants some practical advice for a short trip. It will certainly be accompanying me on my return visit to Stockholm next month.
Thanks to Sunflower Books for providing me with a review copy of Walk and Eat Stockholm.