Postcards from London

postcards from london london eye
London. Let me be honest here: I never really liked London, I always had tons issues with this city, only the British Library and Notting Hill actually appealed to me. But nevertheless I have been there for a few days in April again this year; meaning I have been to a city I do not really enjoy three years in a row at about the same time of the year – never organised by me though. And I have no idea what it was, I haven’t even been to Notting Hill, but I really enjoyed London this time around. I saw a few new places and a couple of known ones and this time, I was actually beginning to feel a bit more love for the city in general. And it truly wasn’t due to the people or the weather – because I always had friends with me (though always different ones) and always had a bit of a changing weather situation. Maybe it just was right this time around. I don’t know, but I’m glad I did enjoy London.

london thai food

Rosa’s near Carnaby

london buckingham palace

Jubilee Walk

london tulips

those colours…

london squirrel

we’ve had quite a few squirrel traums

london park witch house witch's cottage

witch’s cottage

london

Assassin’s Creed Realness

london Sherlock Holmes Pub

Sherlock is basically everywher

big ben theme london

and a chlicheé Big Ben/Themse photo, of course

baker street london

Baker Street

Sherlock Holmes Museum london

Sherlock Holmes Museum

cupcakes london lola's

Heaven

cupcakes train london space buns

happy me eating lola’s cupcakes on the train (also, I want more stars on cupcakes)

london what I got haul

what I got in London


Actually, I wasn’t looking for anything in London, but when I saw that they had Sole Protectors at the Irregular Choice store, I had to get them, so I didn’t have to order subsitutes online for my lovelies.
And the Sherlock Pin was too cute to pass (and I was reading Sherlock Holmes novels at that time, too).

a few things to do in Stockholm

stockholm guide
For all the other cities, I recommended the city passes, but I really would not for Stockholm – it’s a lot more expensive than anywhere else and also does not include public transport (you have to add and pay for that), and quiet a few museums/sihtseeing destinations are actually for free.

Sightseeing

Stockholm Almgreen

Almgreen


One of my favourite museums was definetly Stiftelsen KA Almgreen Sidenväveri & Museum, an old traditional weaving mill where they even show you how it was done and you can look at all the different devices and fabrics. So in case you enjoy handmade goods, that might be interesting for you.
Kungliga Slottet Stockholm

Kungliga Slottet


The Kungliga Slottet (royal castle) has a few different parts you can explore, from the treasury, to the reception rooms and a museum. Personally I think the recpetion rooms are most interesting and they also had a special exhibit on wedding dresses – I assume there is always a special exhibition worth checking out.
Royal Library Stockholm Bird

Lil’ bird at the royal library.


Public Library Stockholm

Public Library


The royal library and the public library are both worth having a look at for the architecture (from the outside and from the inside), the latter has a fantastic main round room that really looks like a dream library.
The Historiska Museum is free for everyone and as the name suggests all about history – and perfectly currated. It’s very innovative and yet has the feel of travelling back in time to it.
Stockholm Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum

Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum


Stockholm Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum

Dino Babes


Stockholm Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum

Old Dinosaurs


Another free museum is the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet with all the bones, insects and animals.
Abba Museum Stockholm

ABBA Museum


The ABBA Museum on the other hand is rather experience, but it’s also quite an experience. Besides the interective part it also features a lot of costumes and information.
The way to Engelbrektskyrkan is quite beautiful, as is the area, it’s not that far from busy city life, but very calm. The church itself is quite pretty, however keep the opening hours in mind, it closes rather early.
You can also visit, well look at, that is, the of flat where Astrid Lindgren wrote her stories (Dalagatan 46), apparently only authorised people can look at the rooms, but I really hope they will open it for the public one day.

Cafés
If you’re looking for vegan snacks and lunch, Koloni is the place to go. They have a few cafés throughout the city and they both have a lovely atmosphere and great food.
Café Kladdkakan is very central and quite cosy. They also have a big selection of snacks, but I really enjoyed the kadammom bullar.

vaxholm café kaffehörnan stockholm sweden

Kaffehörnan


In Vaxholm Kaffehörnan & Annat Gott Vaxholm is very beautiful, I had a lovely chat with the owner about photography, Sweden and Munich and there was the cutest dog as well!

Shopping

Stockholm si fi nerd sf bokhandeln

SF Bokhandeln


Since I posted about retro shops in Scandinavia (and therefore Stockholm) already, I onlly actually have one shop left to mention, the amazing SF Bokhandeln, the Swedish Nerd/Geek Bookstore with all the merch you could want. I think they have more books and DVDs than the Malmö shop, but a little less merch. It’s a fantastic store with a great atmosphere.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Rosendals Stockholm

Rosendals


To get to Rosendals garden and castle (more like a villa tbh) you can, depending on your location, take the ferry or cross the bridge. The whole “island” is quite lovely to walk around and especially the gardens and the area around the castle are worth checking out.
vaxholm stockholm sweden

Vaxholm


Like in Oslo you can take a bus to a suburb and Vaxholm is probably one of the most famous ones. It ahs all those small chlicheé swedish houses and it really is very cute. It has both a cost and the loveliness of a small town, I’d highly recommend going there for an afternoon.
Stockholm Castle Drottingholm

Drottingholm


Stockholm Castle Drottingholm selfie

Selfie (because you got to use the amazing weather)


Stockholm Castle Drottingholm library

Library


You can also spend half a day at Drottingholm, have a look at the beautiful castle and if it’s sunny (warm) enough just sit at the water and enjoy the sun and view. It’s so beautiful and calming. On of the guards there asked me where I got my bag, so I told her, when I came back she had found the website and was about to order one for herself.

That was everything I had about my journey in April. I really hope you enjoyed it and got something out of it.

Holmenkollen | wanderlove and ski jumping

Holmenkollen oslo
One of my favourite things about Oslo was Holmenkollen for sure. Writing this I feel a heavy case of wanderlust – maybe with a good pair of boots next time, so I can actually go hiking for real (however the snow was so high at parts, you couldn’t have used the paths anyway). Nevertheless I had a wonderful time up there.
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
You take the metro for a short time to get there and can leave at the station Holmenkollen or further up. Then you can walk towards the museum and the ski jump/hopptarnet (best word ever, right?). The museum is really interesting and features everything from skis to the history of skiing, the ski jump and climate change.
Holmenkollen Oslo ski
Holmenkollen Oslo elevator snow
Holmenkollen Oslo ski jump snow
To get up to the jump you take an elevator that is a bit like Willy Wonkas elevator, so no good for people with vertigo – then again if you got vertigo, a ski jump might not be on your bucket list. For me however it was amazing, the experience and the view are so impressive. It ceared me mind and was incredibly refreshing (not only, but also because it was freezing).
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
Holmenkollen Oslo snow selfie
Holmenkollen Oslo snow ski jump
I then proceeded to walk towards the chapel and would have hiked further up hadn’t the snow been about 20-30 cm high. I guess good foot wear would have helped as well, but to be honest I expect Oslo in Easter time to be 7-10 degrees, not -1. However I’m not that sensitive towards the cold, so it was okay. At least I really got some clear fresh air.
Holmenkollen Oslo snow chapel
Holmenkollen Oslo snow
Holmenkollen Oslo snow shoes
And then I could warm up again at the cute and beautiful Hoppkaféen. Of course, in the mountains you drink hot chocolate with wipped cream and hmmm, those waffles…. They have sweet and savoury toppings for the waffles and you’re free to take as much as you want. Obviously I went for the rasberry yam and cream and I can still taste it looking at this photo. Also doesn’t everything taste the best after wandering around in the cold? To me that was a the perfect end to my hiking trip even though I would have loved to stroll furth upwards.
Holmenkollen Oslo snow ice
Holmenkollen Oslo snow waffle hot chocolate

a few things to do in Oslo

Oslo Guide
I arrived in Oslo in the early morning via ferry (which was a dream of mine for a long time and since I know that it isn’t the best thing for the eviroment it will most likely be my only cruise) and it was so cold. Apparently about 7-10 degrees colder than it usually is around that time, so it was snowy which seems also pretty appropriate/clicheé for Norway. Nevertheless I enjoyed the city with all the possibilities to walk around and the museums.

Sightseeing
I’d say the Oslo Card is pretty useful, since there are tons of great museums in and around the city, for example the Munch Museum – what Van Gogh is for the Netherlands, Munch is for Norway and while I personally enjoy arists like Dahl a lot more, the museum has a fantastic concept and is really worth it if you’re interested in Munch (funny thing: in front of the museum three Chinese people asked me to take a picture with me, I have no idea if they thought I was an artist, but it was weird and funny).

National Gallery Oslo

National Gallery


If you want a general overview over (Norwegian) art, the National Gallery (Nasjonalmuseet) is amazing, the art is sorted by era and you basically walk from the beginnings towards modern art. Obviously I loved the room dedicated to Dahl, but they have quite a few gems there. At the museum people were really friendly and a woman as well as a guard told me they liked how colourful my dress was.
Zoologisk Museum Oslo

Zoologisk Museum


Zoologisk Museum Oslo T-Rex

T-Rex (Zoologisk Museum)


Of course, Oslo has a museum for Naturalhistory as well. And while the geological part was closed, the zoological part was pretty interesting on it’s own. It’s rather small, but they have some pretty cool pieces there (like … umm … the T-Rex that welcomes you in Room Two). The era is surrounded by a big botanical garden that seemed pretty, but probably is even more beautiful in summer.
Fram Museum Oslo

Fram


r Gjøa Fram Museum Oslo

Gjøa


Fram Museum is considered the best museum in Norway and even though I’m not that much into ships and have only vague background knowlegde on the topic of exploring the poles, I found it really innovative and enjoyable. I guess for someone who is really into this topic, it must be a breathtaking experience.
Vikingskipshuset museum vikingship oslo

Vikingskipshuset


Nearby you can look at more ships, at the Vikingskiphuset, a very small museum with a small collection, but a interesting one – being this close to Viking Ships and the treasures is fantastic – as is the multimedia show they play about every 15 minutes.
Karl Johans Gate Oslo

Karl Johans Gate


Karl-Johansgate is both a place to shop and boulevard with beautiful houses that leads towards the castle (which was closed when I was there) starting at the beautiful central station. Pretty close to central station you can have a look at the cathedral, too, before strolling further down the street passing the Nationaltheatre.

Cafés
I have to mention team (inside central station) here, I am not sure whether or nor they are a chain, but their kanelbullar are probably made in heaven.
The cute Retrolykke is exactly what the name suggests, a retro café with various chairs and tables that do not match and so many colours (also the service guy who was there while I was there reminded me of Dane DeHaan. A lot.). I think Ruth 66 has a similar concept, but they were closed when I wanted to visit.

Shopping

grünerløkka oslo

Grünerløkka


Grünerløkka and especially Markveien is perfect for some alternative shopping, there are lots of second-hand and vintage stores selling everything from clothing to furniture. It’s ver hipster-y, but that of course also means that it’s not stuffed with fast fashion.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Telthusbakken Oslo

Telthusbakken


Telthusbakken is a small street with even smaller houses that look exactly the way you imagine Norwegian houses, they are just adorable and colourful. Obviously, I want to like in the pink one.
Gamla Aker View Graveyard Oslo

Gamla Aker View


Very nearby you find the Gamla Aker church and graveyard, a truly beautiful graveyard with a very interesting structure and probably one of the most amazing views over Oslo.
Vår Frelsers Gravlund olo graveyard

Vår Frelsers Gravlund


Only about three minutes away you find the next graveyar, Vår Frelsers Gravlund where lots of famous people are buried (e.g. Munch).
Akershus Oslo

Akershus


Akershus Oslo

Akershus


I went to Akershus very early in the morning and it ws fantastic. It was freezing, but so impressive and really enjoyable to walk around the fortress and also have a great view over harbour and city.
Drøbak Oslo

Drøbak


To get to Drøbak you have to take the bus for about an hour, but on the journey you can already enjoy the landscape. The small town itself is popular among natives for summer houses, but also the place where Julebuk/Santa lives – they have a little shop and house (Tregardens Julehus) which I assume is fantastic, but was closed while I was there. However all the small houses are very cute to look at and the view from the cost is so enjoyable.
Oslo

Ferryview


I always want to go on a cruise, so I went to Oslo by ferry, however you can also do a cruise to just discover the fjord of Oslo and I assume it’s pretty similar to what I experienced when arriving in Oslo in the early morning. You can see Drøbak from the ferry and a few houses sprinkled throughout the landscape and it’s so so beautiful.
Holmenkollen Ski Jump Oslo

Holmenkollen Ski Jump


One of my favourite things about Oslo was the Holmenkollen, about which I want to write a post in the near future. It’s a perfect place for hiking, enjoy a great view and learing about ski jumping history.

Have you been to Oslo yet? If so, what did you like best?

a few things to do in Malmö

Malmö Guide
Malmö is the perfect city to discover by walking, for me personally it’s also the perfect size for a city (similar to Augsburg in a way). People are incredibly nice and in the first half hour alone two people randomly started talking to me (one about my Star Wars jacket which was quite fun and a girl from Sightsavers who called me a queen for travelling alone). My time was interrupted by rain, but Malmö is one of these cities beautiful no matter the weather.

Malmö Haven

Haven


Station AreaMalmö

Station Area

Sightseeing

Malmöhus Malmö

Malmöhus


Snake Malmö Malmöhus

Snake


Malmöhus is the castle of Malmö (hence the name), but you can not only have a look at some royal reliquia, but it’s also a fantastic museum the top floors are reserved for art and historic objects, there also is a exhibit on the history of Malmö that is decorated with lots of historic items. It really is a great museum when it comes to making history interesting for everyone. They also have a selection of natural history pieces and living animals (which is somewhat weird, because they are stored in the basement, however they mainly have animals that enjoy the darkness).
St. Petri Church Malmö

St. Petri


St. Petri Church is really beautiful, very light and not to cluttered.
Another beautiful place is St. Gertrud where you can walk around in the yard, enjoy the lovely houses and disvover something new behind every corner.

Cafés

Café Bagaget Malmö

Café Bagaget


Café Bagaget is across the street from the hostel I stayed at (an amazing hostel!). The Café is colourful and cosy, everything they sell is made and served with love and the kanelbullar are delicious.
While I’m pretty sure Coffee Factory is a chain, the café in Malmö is so cute. The interior is filled with books and random chairs that do not really match.

Shopping
If you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan food I can highly recommend Astrid och Aprona. Not only does the store look adorable from the outside, it also offers a vast selection of vegan/vegetarian food and fruit.

SF Bokhandeln Tardis Malmö

SF Bokhandeln Tardis


SF Bokhandeln is nerd heaven. They have a few shops in Sweden and while I think Gothenburg (Göteburg) is the biggest, the one in Malmö is pretty big too and I think has a bigger selection than the one in Stockholm. And they have a tardis! Besides that they also have everything from books to funkos and merchandise.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Half-Timber House Malmö

Half-Timber House


It’s lovely to discover the city centre by walking around – you can look at all the 19th century houses, the half-timber houses, Lilla Torg and the townhall.
Gamla Graveyard Malmö

Gamla Graveyard


I’ve talked about graveyards before and Gamla Graveyard is a another beautiful one. It’s the old graveyard (gamla = old) and they do not bury people there anymore as far as I know, but instead there are a lot of flowers and even a small river.
plidannsparken Malmö flower

Plidannsparken Flower


plidannsparken Malmö flower

Plidannsparken Tower


plidannsparken Malmö flower pavillion magaret

Plidannsparken Pavillion


plidannsparken Malmö flower

Plidannsparken


Plidannsparken is close to the opera and very large. I enjoyed walking around a lot and there are tons of people jogging and walking their dogs. It seems to be pretty popular among natives, too. The park is centered around a small lake and there is a round tower you can see from every place in the park. You should definitely check out Margaretenpavillion as well, it’s beautiful and there are lovely flower beds all around.

Have you been to Malmö yet? If so, what did you like most?

Day Trip: Kochel am See

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust
Wednesday I took the train to Kochel and decided to walk around for a while. The village itself is quite cute, but I actually wanted to run through fields and woods. Well, I did not want to actually hike, because the weather wasn’t perfect, just get out and walk around like I did on Holmenkollen. However as it turned out the way towards the Franz Marc Museum was beautiful and I walked there (in the woods, mainly), but the way alond the lake was also along a street… So after enjoying the artwork in the museum when I decided to just walk a bit longer, it really wasn’t perfect. Nevertheless, it was lovely, even though it would have been better without the street… But I met four cat, so my day way complete and I actually saw a lot of beautiful flowers and places.
Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust cat

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust cat

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust noodles

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust bumblebee

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust swan

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust

Kochel am See Kochelsee wanderlust cat
mini golf cat <3

Kanelbullar & Cake | a bit of a Scandinavian food diary

scaninavian food diary
Yeah… food diaries. Personaly while I enjoy watching/reading about what people eat, but I’m pretty bad taking a picture of every single meal I have. Also, I mainly photograph food at cafés, so basically all of it is building a base for my diabetes. Nevertheless I wanted to share a few photos of kanelbullar, coffee and tarts.

Grand Café Amsterdam

Grand Café Amsterdam


Nemo Rooftop Terrace Amsterdam

Nemo Rooftop Terrace Amsterdam


De Pijp Amsterdam

De Pijp Amsterdam


Waffle Amsterdam

Waffle Amsterdam


Teylers Museum Haarlem café

Café at Teylers Haarlem


Paludan Copenhagen

Paludan Copenhagen


Mormors Copenhagen

Mormors Copenhagen


Hotel Chocolat Copenhagen

Hotel Chocolat Copenhagen


Café au Park Copenhagen

Café au Park Copenhagen


Café Bagaget Malmö

Café Bagaget Malmö


Coffee Factory Malmö

Coffee Factory Malmö


Team Central Station Oslo

Team Central Station Oslo


Holmenkollen Café Oslo

Holmenkollen Café Oslo


Godt Brod Oslo

Godt Brod Oslo


SJ Snack Oslo to Stockholm

SJ Snack Oslo to Stockholm


Koloni Stockholm

Koloni Stockholm


Drottingholm Stockholm

Drottingholm Stockholm


Kaffehörnan & Annat Gott Vaxholm

Kaffehörnan & Annat Gott Vaxholm


Kladdkakan Stockholm

Kladdkakan Stockholm

a few things to do in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Denmark Guide
I was told Copenhagen was the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals/big cities, but to be honest, I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate it, but it was nothing special/incredibly beautiful for me. Never the less I want to share what I did like about the city.

Sightseeing
Like in Amsterdam you can get a Copenhagen Card with a beautiful design and for a appropriate price (if you enjoy museums, castels etc of course), but since I had a museum day, I probably made up for the price in that day alone. The museum quarter is easily accessible and enjoybale by foot, usually it’s up to five minutes from one place to another. For paintings, both SMK (statens museum for kunst) and Hirschsprung are beautiful collections with a lot of Scandinavian art from eras I love (romantic landscape artworks are what I care for most and there was so much Dahl even though quite a bit was closed). Hirschsprung has a fantastic installation where you can listen to classic music matching paintings of people making music.

Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg


Rosenborg Copenhagen

Rosenborg


The Rosenborg castle is very close by, too and if you’re there at 10 am sharp you can get in within seconds, an hour later a lot of people were waiting already.

Geologisk Museum Copenhagen

Geologisk Museum


Geologisk Museum Copenhagen

Geologisk Museum


Of course, I went to the Geological Museum as well (it’s across the street from Rosenborg) – it’s small, but very lovely. And especially the second floor is pretty cool with the fossils, minerals and things like that.

Zoologisk Museum Copenhagen

Zoologisk Museum


There are even more fossils at the Zoological Museum which is near the university and there is a fantastic Diplodocus (Misty) and a video about how she was found (I cried, it was so beautiful and I’m a crybaby).

Glyptotheket Copenhagen

Glyptotheket


One of the most famous museums is the Ny Carlsbery Glypthoteket with it’s selection of artwork, statues and beautiful winter garden. The winter garden probably was my favourite thing and I guess it’s a lot of fun during actual winter as well.
If you have a walk through the city, I’m sure you will want to pass beautiful Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid, but I would highly recommend passing Palads Cinema, too. It’s a colourful cinema near Central Station and so so amazing.

Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen

Slotsholmen Christiansborg Castle


Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen Kitchen

Slotsholmen Kitchen


Slotsholmen Castle Christiansborg Kopenhagen Ruins

Slotsholmen Ruins


Slotsholmen is were you find Christiansborg, the church, ruins, representation rooms and the kitchen and it’s very nice just walking around the various “stations”, especially the ruins are really interesting.

Cafés

Paludan Copenhagen

Paludan


One of the most beautiful cafés in my opinion was Paludan a shop for antique books and a café, too. It’s very lovely and so delicious. Also, you eat next to shelves of amazing books – what more could you want?
Near Amalienborg you can find Café Mormors, a kitchy retro place with lots of old stuff inside and fantastic food.

Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat


If you like Chocolate (and who doesn’t) Hotel Chocolat is the place to be. I had a salted caramal chocolate frappuccino and oh my was that amazing! Highly recommend it and everything else they sell seems delicious, too.

Shopping
Personally, I think shopping in Copenhagen wasn’t that amazing, but of course Disney Store (one of the few European ones) is a must. It’s 90% kids stuff, but it’s always cute and magical.
If you’re looking for camera stuff (like I did because I had the wrong charger with me), Photografica is the perfect shop. I highly recommend it, because the staff is so nice and competent.

Walks, Trips and Parks

Norrebro Graveyard  Copenhagen

Norrebro Graveyard


Personally I really like graveyards and Norrebro graveyard is both pretty big and pleasant. You can walk through it like a park and stroll towards H.C.Andersen’s grave as well.

Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


Tivoli Copenhagen

Tivoli


One of my favourite things about the city was Tivoli. You can’t imagine my surprise! I thought it would just be an overpriced tourist-y place, but it was a wonderful park with lots of flowers and even though I did not go on a ride, if was great to have a look at the beautiful merry-go-rounds.

Fredriksberg Copenhagen

Fredriksberg


Fredriksberg Copenhagen

Fredriksberg


After having a walk through Vesterbro and Fredriksberg you reach castle Fredriksberg and the garden, a beautiful huge park with lots of flowers. After walking for a while you can have a snack at Café au Park, a real affordable place compared to most cafés in Copenhagen.

What did you like most about Copenhagen and how do you like the city in general?

Vintage and Retro shopping Guide for Scandinavia

Retro Shopping Guide Scandinavia
I love thrift and Vintage shopping, but it’s always a bit difficult to find a good shop in (an unknown) town, so I wanted to tell you about a few cool store I found on the way. However I found no shop at all in Copenhagen, so if you know good ones, please go ahead and let me know.
I have to mention that I discovered Vintage, even 20s-50s to be alot cheaper in Scandinavia than in Germany. And I’m not talking about saving 5-10 €, but Germany being about 5-10 times as expensive. In Stockholm I got a cupcake dream dress from the 50s for the converted price of 26 € for which I would have paid 200+ € here in Munich, I’m sure.

Amsterdam has a lot of Vintage shops, most of them are more focused on 80s/90s fashion however (and not on the cheap side either). So, for me personally, it’s more for accessoires. But: there are some reproduction shops, more expensive than second hand, but at least they sell some swing dresses. Nevertheless I want to share some shops I think have a great selection.

Juffrow Splinter Amsterdam

Juffrow Splinter


On Negen Straatjes you find quite a bit of old/kitchy/retro stuff, Juffrow Splinter has quite the selection when it comes to nic-nac and things you really don’t need.
The Fantasy Shop Chimera (Damstraat 7) has a lot of Asian stuff on the top floor and besides fairy and magical things a few repro dresses, e.g. Hell Bunny. It’s a very magical place and not only worth a visit due to the clothes, but due to the aura and decor.
Personally I considered the reproduction shop I ♥ Vintage (Prinsengracht 201) a bit too expensive for just getting something while travelling, but it is a beautiful shop with a small-ish, but very well-chosen selection.
Both Marbles Vintage (Staalstraat 30, Ferdinand Bolstraat 28, Haarlemmerdijk 64) and Bis Vintage (Sint Antoniesbreestraat 25-A) are your typical thrift shops. They have a lot to offer and even though most of it is random stuff from the 70s-2000s, you might find a 50s gem in between. Since all of them are rather central/close to sightseeing attractions, you can definetly check them out.
1953 Retro & Chic Amsterdam

1953 Retro & Chic


Now to a favourite of mine, even though I did not get anything: 1953 Retro & Chic (Staalstraat 2 – Instagram) is a beautiful store with things dating back to the Victorian time (and of course, the 50s, too). They sell quite a bit lingerie – of course, it’s not cheap, the quality seemed pretty high.
Laura Dols Amsterdam

Laura Dols


Finding a large shop in Amsterdam is always a surprise – they look small from the outside, but you can go up- and downstairs and towards the rear house at Laura Dols (Wolvenstraat 7 – Instagram). It’s a large Vintage shop with clothing from most eras and downstairs there’s a grand selection of “prom” dresses (fancy, evening, cocktail, bridesmaids, wedding dresses), but they also sell lots of accessoires (like my lovely beret).

Even though it’s smaller than Copenhagen, Malmö has more Vintage shops. Well, I did not find any in Copenhagen, so that was pretty easy. Still, Malmö has some very cute shops, most of them in the same era, so perfect for a Vintage trasure hunting afternoon.

Beyond Retro Malmö

Beyond Retro


Beyond Retro Malmö

Beyond Retro


Beyond Retro (8 Claesgatan – Instagram) has a big outlet in Malmö were prices are really okay. I got a dress for (converted) about 20€. The great thing is that the outlet offers a lot of stuff without being stuffed. There’s lots of space to get a good look at the clothes and besides vintage things they also offer amazing upcycled things.
Love Street Vintage Malmö

Love Street Vintage


Love Street Vintage (Kärleksgatan 5 – Instagram) is the opposite: it’s a very small shop, but so cute! It’s real Vintage, slightly dark and has that fancy aura good ols Vintage shops have.
Famous Ape Malmö

Famous Ape


If you want Reproduction and Vintage, Famous Ape (Davidshalsgatan 9 – Instagram) is the place for you. The lower floor is filled with Vintage dresses, novelty shorts, shoes and sports wear. The ground floor is very clean, hipstery repro, both floor have very selected pieces and both floors fit their content so well.
Liebling Malmö

Liebling


Liebling ( Davidshallstorg 8 – Instagram) sells mainly Reproduction, but the entire shop seems to be in the wrong decade. It has a very midcentury feel to it. To me personally it felt like I should have a Latte Macchiato and a Crossiant while browsing – very cosy!

Oslo‘s Grünerlokka is the Hipster and therefore Vintage/Repro area, it’s very cute and has quite a bit to offer. There are other shops too in different areas, but I can really recommend Oslo for Vintage shoppers.

Manillusion Oslo

Manillusion


Markveien in Grünerlokka is the place for Vintage shopping. There are both retro cafés and shops, like Manillusion (Markveien 38 – Instagram) – it’s not cheap, but they offer a lot of big and small retro brands and have a great selection. The shop also looks like what retro dreams are made of.
Frøken Dianas Salonger Oslo

Frøken Dianas Salonger


Frøken Dianas Salonger Oslo

Frøken Dianas Salonger (also slightly sad I did not get the blouse)


Walking down towards the Alkerselva you pass the fabulous Frøken Dianes Salonger (Markveien 56 – Instagram), probably one of the most beautifully designed shops, it has this very real Vintage flair to it. They offer both Vintage (so many blouses!) and repro, everything with a femme fatale/diva vibe to it. The staff is very friendly and the shop is worth a visit for the interior design alone.
UFF Oslo

UFF


UFF Oslo

UFF


UFF (Karl Johans gate 5 – Instagram) has two shops in Oslo, but I liked the one on Karl Johans Gate better than the one even closer to Central Station (however they are only 5-10 minutes apart). The shops are both on the cheaper side and more like thrift stores. However, the things they sell date back far into the last century and the conditions of the pieces are pretty good as well.

Stockholm has a great selection of Vintage stores. Most of them are pretty small, but with a surprisingly good selection, even dating back to the 20s.

Old Touch Stockholm

Old Touch


Old Touch Stockholm

Old Touch


Old Touch (Upplandsgatan 43 – Instagram) is a fantastic Vintage store, that really deserves the name Vintage store, they main focus is on 20s-50s clothing in light colours. It’s a dream (or lots of dreams) in pink, white and yellow – including beautiful lingerie and prom dresses. The prices are really low and the staff is so friendly (but attention! Opposed to most shops in Scandinavia they only accept cash). There are at least three more Vintage shops in the street/very near by, so definetly have a look at the beauty that is Old Touch.
The brand Daisy Dapper (Katarina Bangata 33 – Instagram) might be known to those of you who enjoy reproduction dresses, but they also sell Hell Bunny, Collectif and other brands. Daisy Dapper also offers quite the range of brooches (erstwilder!), tights, accessoires and home decor.
Engströms Trikåaffär (Scheelegatan 5) is not really a Vintage/Repro shop, but the interior is amazing, the shop offers a lot of stuff (socks, lingerie etc). It’s more than 100 years old and they still sell their things via the counter, not on hanging rails.

I just love the way you can browse in Vintage/Retro shops and they do not have the fast fashion “just buy” feel H&M and Co have (want to write about that topic soon as well).
I hope I could help you a little or provide an insight in the shops I checked out. What is your favoutire shop in Sweden, Norwegen, Denmark or the Netherlands?

a place of my dreams | Teylers Museum in Haarlem

Haarlem Teylers Museum
Did you ever fall in love with a place? I did on various occassions, but I feel like this is my true place love (is this a thing? can we make it a thing?). When I arrived in Haarlem I already enjoyed it, it was pretty cold though so after walking around for a while I wanted to go to a museum. However, Teylers Museum was about 15 € and I was on the verge of searching for something else, but as I found out it was a naturalhistoric museum I wanted to go. Luckily for me I only had to pay 2 € due to my age, but looking back, for me it would have been worth any amount of money (with the Amsterdam Card it’s free!).

Haarlem

Haarlem, the white church (the same exists in black, too)


Haarlem itself is a lovely cute town, only about 10 minutes from Amsterdam, so a perfect day/half day trip. Personally I really recommend starting the day at Meneertje Pannekoek, even though I only had a Latte Macchiato. It’s very sunny during the morning and you have a beautiful view. Then you can walk through the town – there are tons of churches and two of them are exactly the same just in different colours!
Teylers museum Haarlem

Teylers Museum


Teylers Museum Haarlem

the inside


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Bones…


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

and teeth


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Fossil Room


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

all the fossils!


Of course, my favourite place to visit was Teylers Museum, it’s a place for both romantic art and science (yay!) with a big selection in both areas. There are even scientific instruments to be found and usually they have a big special exhibit as well. Besides fantastic artworks and fossils you can also enjoy the lovely architecture and design of the museum. I’m pretty sure Mr. Teyler and I are soulmates – at least when it comes to interest art and science, I’m not that aware of his political/personal beliefs as I write this. However, his museum (which was opened posthumous, because based on his will his collection was to be received by a soon-to-be museum) was the first public museum of the Netherlands, and to me that shows that he must have been at least a bit of a good person as well.
Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Jurassic Park Realness


Teylers Museum Haarlem Fossil

Scientific Instruments


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

because why wouldn’t you need a heater while enjoying art? I pledge for heaters with chairs in front of them in every museum


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

Pieter Teyler van der Hulst


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

and who doen’t adore this beautiful room?


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

cats cats cats!


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

you can almost feel the cold


Teylers Museum Haarlem Romantic Art

part of the special exhibit


It is a small museum, when you compare it to the ones in bigger cities, but the selection is amazing and has a lot to offer. The atmosphere is great, it calmed me down a lot, because it’s not overcrowded. The café too is very lovely and has delicious caramel brownies. So if you have the time, I highly recommend spending some time in the lovely town and the museum.
Teylers Museum Haarlem café

café


Teylers Museum Haarlem café

delicious treats after art and fossils


Teylers Museum

one pretentious art aficionado