Ever since I became single a couple of months ago I’ve been enjoying my own company more than I thought I would, so much to the point where I’m almost constantly doing everything by myself lately. Ever since I was 14 years old I’ve either been in or out of a relationship and I’ve never fully given myself the chance to find out who I am outside the part I played of the perfect girlfriend. I did it with such enthusiasm to the point where I didn’t know who I was without my significant other, and when that ended I threw myself into a new pair of arms. So for the first time ever I feel at peace in myself as a person and I’m now full of life, happiness and excitement rather than drowning in someone else’s darkness.
I’m doing a lot of “first things” this year, always pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and growing as a person. I have lunch or dinner by myself, take myself out on dates (because the last one was such a monumental disappointment but a really funny story nontheless ((shoutout to the boring guy who not only “forgot” his wallet but also his manners and failed to thank me for the free dinner))). I’m even going to the movies by myself, something that I especially enjoy because I get to pick the movie and no one tries to steal my popcorn.
But my favorite thing is going to a nice café and sit there for hours just people watching, writing and being in the moment. There’s one place in particular that I’ll miss about Stockholm, and that’s the cozy little bistro called Muggen in the heart of Götgatan in Slussen. This place will forever hold a special place in my heart, not only for the good food, well-made coffee and ambience, but also for the perfect location for people watching, overlooking the always so busy street outside. On those lazy Sunday mornings, this is the perfect place for brunch with their amazing American pancakes, not to mention the incredible grilled sandwiches (make sure you try their chevre sandwich!) if you fancy a nice and satisfying lunch.
The fika culture is so deeply implanted in Swedes that it’s almost a human imperative and this place certainly delivers. With the generous opening hours of 08.00-23.00 on weekdays and 10.00-22.00 on weekends, makes this place perfect for those breakfast and lunch lovers out there, but also for hanging out with a glass of wine and a few friends before heading out to the Stockholm night on other adventures.