Meet the author Antonia af Petersens in Stockholm

Stockholm - Antonia af Petersens
Antonia af Petersens

Antonia grew up in Stockholm and works as a freelance writer and journalist. She has contributed to various Swedish newspapers, web publications and lifestyle magazines. She is also the author of the interior book New Nordic Colour (UK). She knows every street and winding alley of her hometown, but still is driven by her endless curiosity to constantly explore new spots and angles, making her the  perfect author for The 500 Hidden Secrets of Stockholm. 

What Antonia loves most about Stockholm

"I love that Stockholm is pedestrian-friendly and surrounded by a scenic backdrop of brakish water, lush greenery, picturesque neighbourhoods and contemporary architecture. I also fancy the interesting mix of nordic heritage and global influences reflected in a dynamic range of culture, shopping and dining experiences."

"I love that Stockholm is pedestrian-friendly."

A perfect day in the city for Antonia might look like this

"My perfect day takes place at almost every island in the capital. It starts early when our baby boy wakes up. My husband sneaks up to one of the nearby sourdough bakeries to buy breakfast bread and back home. When everyone is full and satisfied we lace up and head towards city. After crossing Sankt Eriksbron we stroll along Odengatan, through Vasaparken, checking out Sven Harrys before reaching Pom & Flora’s second filial for a second breakfast of their seasonal oatmeals and bowls. On a sunny day we might continue along the lush esplanade of Karlavägen, pass stately Engelbrektskyrkan, take a quick detour to check out the vintage furniture at Dusty Deco before continuing to Karlaplan where we take a right turn at Narvavägen towards Djurgården. While there we might grab a fika at Rosendal.

Dusty Deco Stockholm
Stockholm - Dusty Deco

If the weather isn’t great we would probably skip the walk to Karlaplan and catch the charming vintage tram from Norrmalmstorg to Djurgården and pay a visit to Liljevalchs instead. After that we jump on the ferry to Slussen and stop by my parents or my grandmother in Gamla stan and hope any of them can babysit for a few hours. We stroll Katarinavägen up to the eastern parts of Söder and enjoying the great view along the way. At Nytorgsgatan we would buy some irresistibly cute kids clothes from Betón before continuing to Café Nizza to eat dinner. If it isn’t too late when we head back to Gamla stan we hopefully have time to end the evening with a cocktail at Corner Club before picking up our son and jump on the bus back to Kungsholmen, watching some of Stockholm’s most glorious landmarks passing by the window in warm, twilight hues.