Not for nothing is this Nordic beauty the unofficial capital of Scandinavia: Stockholm is a growing center of great food, cutting-edge design and postcard scenes of storybook bridges, canals and architecture.
Author Chaney Kwak Photography Nicholas Pitt
LEGEND HAS IT that Vikings founded Stockholm after filling a hollowed-out log with gold, laying it in the water and letting it guide them ashore. The tale is dubious, but the mes sage is clear: This city is golden. The 14 islands that make up Stockholm were once known to the rest of the world as the Venice of the North. And although classic Swedish humility prevents locals from saying so, Stockholm gives that other canal city a run for its money in many regards, especially in the culinary department. Forget frozen meatballs and bland potatoes; as Nordic cuisine finally receives the attention it deserves, Stockholm’s foodie scene is coming of age. Today, visitors to Stockholm will find a cool capital filled with rich history, cosmopolitan glamour and stunning beauty. With an unparalleled standard of living and cutting-edge style, this Nordic archipelago has proven itself worthy of its uncharacteristically immodest self-applied title: “The Capital of Scandinavia.”