Design District, Helsinki: lots of cool shops

Artek is a design furniture company founded in The furniture and lighting selection consists of collections designed by architect Alvar Aalto and interior architect Ilmari Tapiovaara.

Naantali: it's not called the sunshine town for nothing

Naantali: it's not called the sunshine town for nothing

Långholmen hotel/hostel, Stockholm: get banged up for the night in this former prison

A hotel that started life as…a Swedish Prison Långholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

Kvarnen, Stockholm: I recommend herring three ways with schnapps followed by a drink and a dance in the bar at the back

Legendary restaurant, bar and waterhole with a century’s history, in the old blue-collar district of Södermalm. Enjoy well-made, classic Swedish fare.

Moominworld: to be honest, there's not a great deal to see and it's really aimed at very young kids. But this didn't stop us going twice and there's lots of good merch in the shop.

Moominworld: to be honest, there's not a great deal to see and it's really aimed at very young kids. But this didn't stop us going twice and there's lots of good merch in the shop.

Kvarnen, Stockholm: I recommend herring three ways with schnapps followed by a drink and a dance in the bar at the back

Legendary restaurant, bar and waterhole with a century’s history, in the old blue-collar district of Södermalm. Enjoy well-made, classic Swedish fare.

Cafe String, Stockholm: good sandwiches, bit studenty but that never hurt anyone.

Cafe String, Stockholm: good sandwiches, bit studenty but that never hurt anyone.

Bellevue restaurant, Helsinki: bit pricy but pretty fancy. Especially the tea.

Bellevue restaurant, Helsinki: bit pricy but pretty fancy. Especially the tea.

The Viking Line: book a table for the two-hour sitting at the all you can eat seafood buffet. Wine and beer on tap. A good way to visit Stockholm and Helsinkin in one mini break. Or you could take it to Turku and bike round the archipelago

The Viking Line: book a table for the two-hour sitting at the all you can eat seafood buffet. Wine and beer on tap. A good way to visit Stockholm and Helsinkin in one mini break. Or you could take it to Turku and bike round the archipelago

Rosendal's Garden, Stockholm: it's a garden centre, but not as you know it. Worth seeking out.

Rosendal's Garden, Stockholm: it's a garden centre, but not as you know it. Worth seeking out.

Snotty, Stockholm: a Britpop hideaway. Ah, Britop.

Snotty, Stockholm: a Britpop hideaway. Ah, Britop.

Nordic Bakery: for when you're back home and fancy a bit of Scandi

cinnamon buns from The Nordic Bakery = best in the world

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