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As the Scandinavian adage goes, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’. Head to Stockholm in the winter and you won’t find much of the latter, though – this is a city that faces its Arctic winds in steezy streetwear and cosy bars. Here’s our guide on what to wear, where to stay and visit, if you’re lucky enough to be heading that way.
A chunky knit, lightweight jacket, tote bag, blue-wash jeans and adidas Originals Yung-96 trainers available at ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

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Wear this

Experts when it comes to understatement and functionality (this is the land of Acne Studios and IKEA, after all), the Swedish do winter well. In this cream chunky jumper and lightweight jacket, you can become a minimal layer player, too. Stash your stuff in a matching tote and team with straight-leg denim and a pair of adidas Yung-96 creps and you’ve got one laid-back ‘fit that will carry you right through to sunset – which is about 2.30pm in December if you were wondering.
Stockholm's Old Town

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Stay here

Stockholm has a reputation for being one of the pricier cities in the world, and if you order two cocktails you’ll find that’s pretty deserved. With an Old Town (Gamla Stan) that’s all cobbled streets and Christmas markets selling rocky road, it’s worth saving up for, though. Despite being made up of 14 islands, it’s also easy to navigate on foot. Head to Södermalm in the south and you can take your pick of design-focused apartments to rent, plus your kronas go a little further. Colourful cafes packed with mismatched furniture and vintage shops also make this neighbourhood worth knowing.

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Visit here

Applying their efficient approach to design to dining, too, you’ll find the city loves a hybrid bar/restaurant. In Taverna Brillo, you’ve got an affordable fail-safe for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the fancy Östermalm district. Proving that some things can actually be all things to all men, it’s a bread shop, deli counter, ice cream parlour and live music venue, too. For those of you who think a kebab is only a late-night staple reserved for an evening on the Bigg Market, you’ll discover Stockholm also has a lot of love for this delicacy. Sample another culinary hybrid – the kebab pizza – at popular snack stop Pizzeria Nivå and you can round off your night in relatively affordable style, something that doesn't happen too often here.