HEJ (meaning hi in Swedish) is a Scandi cool cafe / flower shop established in Bermondsey. With cozy Nordic interior and a wooden moose head mounted on the wall it gives the perfect hygge vibe, a little taste of Sweden in one of the most trendy streets of London. Here you can get coffee (of course), a selection of home-made pastries, open-faced sandwiches and Viking Balls – traditional Swedish meatballs in organic bread.
You can also find a shop section where they sell their own coffee blends, now also available from their online shop from wherever you are in the world after popular demand! Since they believe everyone should have access to great coffee, they also offer lessons at their coffee school for anyone interested, and even gives out free coffee if you pop in. This place sounds like coffee heaven to me.. If I was still living in London (and I actually lived in Bermondsey for a while) this would most likely be where you would find me most days!
“With a complex blend of hard work, an inquisitive nature and a dash of rebellion, we ensure our coffee delivers stacks of flavour and a generous heap of positivity in each cup” – HEJ
I am off to Paris for a long weekend with my girlfriends, looking forward to shopping, sunshine, picnic in the park, drinks and sightseeing! Below you can find some of my Paris themed travel essentials for anyone planning a trip, and if you have any tips for what I should get up to in Paris make sure to let me know in the comments!
Puglia lies on the heel of the ‘boot’ of Italy, and is known for the cuisine as well as the rustic landscape, cute white villages and beautiful beaches. I just came back from my annual holiday to this beautiful region and though I would share some images from two of my favourite places; the fisherman’s city Monopoli & the fairytale that is Alberobello.
Monopoli is a small and cute city full of the plants fichi d’India which I have become quite obsessed with. A great place to stay and wander around the old town which is full of trendy restaurants and bars as well as more traditional ones too. It’s an old fisherman’s port and you can therefore enjoy a great selection of seafood.
SOME THINGS I RECOMMEND THERE;
🌵 Stay at Fico Apartments, a trendy new apartment solution right in the middle of the town. We stayed here and loved it! Blogpost coming soon
🌵 Breakfast at Carlo Quinto with a beautiful view out on the sea
🌵 Wander around Centro Historico
🌵 Rent a Vespa for the day at Way to Move to explore even more
🌵 Eat the best panino at Vini & Panini in the cute outdoor area
🌵 Enjoy the best gelato at Gelateria Caruso
🌵 Have a cocktail or two at Tiles, and check out the amazing tiled floor in there
Have you ever heard of Alberobello? It is almost like a dream, full of these adorable little houses called trulli. These house are great examples of Italian folk architecture, a traditional structure found only in this region. Some of the trulli houses are now either stores, restaurants, or available to rent, which I would recommend you do! But many of them are still inhabited by locals, and some even open so that you can walk inside and have a look.
When you walk inside this little town it is like going back in time, or stepping into a weird but beautiful fairytale place. It is the greatest feeling, just getting a bit lost in time for a few hours and wander around..
After staying in the lovely airbnb in Torino a few weeks ago I was bit by the airbnb-bug! I love the idea of searching on their website for the perfect holiday home, and then living like a local in these quirky and cool apartments instead of staying in a hotel. We recently had a trip to Florence where I found the most perfect apartment, a bright and airy recently renovated place in a cool and trendy area near the city centre. It is owned by an architect who has an eye for colour and details. With its cozy, comfortable and quiet atmosphere, this place had the perfect Scandinavian vibe! Here are some images I took there, and if you want to see the full listing you can find it here.
The apartment was on two floors, with a large living room and kitchen as well as two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and a open loft solution with two extra beds. This gave a lovely feel to the flat, and made it very open and inviting. The colour scheme though the whole space was blue and light pink, which really works well together with the vintage elements. I am usually a lover of white walls, but after staying here I think I might be converted to adding some colour.
The kitchen was small but cute, I loved the fabric handles on all of the cupboards as well as the retro wallpaper behind the sink area. The marbled kitchen top was a beautiful detail too.
The light fixture in the bathroom with hanging lightbulbs and copper + yellow was stunning, even more so in real life! This was something I have never seen being done in a bathroom environment before, but it really worked. The cool wallpaper on one of the walls was a great detail too.
Here are some images from bedroom number one, my absolute favourite! The high seiling, clean lines and statement yellow chair gave it a great look. If you are planning a trip to Firenze I highly recommend you checking out this apartment. It’s cool, spacious, in a great location and owned by the loveliest people.
Next week we are off to Puglia, so if you want to follow along do add me on Instagram, find me here!
So ever since CEREAL came out with their new Copenhagen city guide I have had even more of an urge to travel there.. Just look at these beautiful images!
The guide features their favourites places, along with a photo essay of the city + personal essays by chef Rene Redzepi and owner of Gubi, Jacob Gubi. There is also a neighbourhood map and a section of additional recommendations from the CEREAL team.
Here is a selection of the stunning spreads from the guidebook;
Did you know they also have city guides for London, New York & Paris, as well as a variety of online guides? You can find them all here.
Now excuse me while I dream of Copenhagen for a bit…
OSLO is a vegetarian restaurant in Valencia, a little piece of Scandinavia in Spain with a warm and welcoming atmosphere! It is situated inside a 1850 building where you can discover little special areas throughout the space. The designers, Borja García Studio, has respected the atmosphere of the old building with the wooden beams in the ceiling and the brick wall. This combined with the modern and minimal furniture and touches adds the perfect Nordic feel.