7 City Gems In Europe We Can’t Wait To Visit
(And What We’ll Be Wearing When We Do)
It’s safe to say in the last year, binge-watching Netflix has become the new ‘going out’. If hours of TV consumption has taught us anything, it’s that a little escapism is exactly what we need. If like us, you can’t wait to tick some places of your bucket list, then it’s time to start planning for when this is all over. From cocktail nights to art exhibitions, we’ve rounded up the seven spots that are at the top of our list.
Stockholm - Vete-Katten
Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm, Sweden
Often overlooked by tourists, make this iconic patisserie your first stop in Stockholm to indulge in a sweet treat. Known for its lavish interior, warm atmosphere and Swedish pastries, Vete-Katten is also the oldest patisserie in Sweden and was one of the first businesses founded by a woman, ever. Ester Nordhammar started what is now known as Vete-Katten in 1928 with a vision to create a ‘simple patisserie, decorated like a vicarage’. What’s not to love?
Copenhagen - Torvehallerne
Frederiksborggade 21, 1362 København, Denmark
A bustling atmosphere, the smell of fresh, organic street food, and surrounded by friends? In 2021, this literally sounds like a dream day out. Placed right in the centre of Copenhagen and near to the picturesque lakes, this food hall is usually open all year round, delivering a veritable smorgasbord of cuisines (and drinks outside). If you love people watching, locally-grown food and and Danish delicacies, this one’s for you.
(Near) Prague – Hruboskalsko Rock City
Turnov, Czech Republic
The past year has given many of us the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Long walks have reminded us just how some good exploring and exercising can make us feel, and the benefits on our wellbeing. Soak up the therapeutic atmosphere at Hruboskalsko Rock City, right in the heart of Czech Paradise. As one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the Czech Republic, Hruboskalsko is best known for its steep canyons and impressive rock towers, reaching up to 55m. If you fancy an adventure, then this deserves a place on your bucket list.
Berlin - C/O
Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Starved of art for the last year, jump on this chance to unleash your inner culture vulture and make a beeline for C/O Berlin. The nonprofit gallery promotes emerging artists and hosts some of the most renowned artistic talent in Germany. Artist talks, panel discussions, film screenings and guided tours are all on offer so you’ll be spoilt for options - we recommend Nadine Ijewere’s current showcase on identity politics and beauty in diversity, currently set to run until late September 2021.
London & Paris – Mama Shelter
London - 437 Hackney Rd, London E2 8PP
Paris - 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France
If like us, you’re craving a buzzing atmosphere then put Mama Shelter to the top of your list. A relaxed restaurant and sun-drenched rooftop, Mama has several unique bars dotted around the world, with London and Paris East and West being favourites, each with its own quirky design. You’ll be greeted by lively and welcoming staff, before settling in to try out Mama’s renowned signature dishes and a behemoth list of cocktails – have enough of those at their London location and you might even feel bold enough to try out one of their karaoke rooms.
Oslo - HIMKOK Storgata Destilleri
Storgata 27, 0184 Oslo, Norway
Did someone say ‘cocktail night’? HIMKOK (pronounced: Him-kook) is more than a bar. The three-storey building calls itself home to a barber’s, a spirits distillery where 80% of the cocktails are sourced and a bar echoing Prohibition-era interiors. With an air of the exclusive, you’ll need an eagle eye to spot this well-hidden distillery and ring the doorbell to get in. Not only revered for its sustainable practices, ordering off-menu is welcome and the cocktails will make the wait for a night out well worth it.
Helsinki - Helsinki’s Market Square
Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Sometimes you just can’t beat a shopping day. Helsinki’s square is home to one of the most popular markets in the city as well as many special events and themed markets, such as the famous Baltic Herring Market, one of Finland’s oldest ongoing events. If there aren’t any events on during your visit, you can shop at the nearby market hall, Kauppahalli, which is open all year-round. Surrounded by the south harbour and Esplanade Park, this market offers up stunning views and historical landmarks, alongside its many charming market stands.