On The Streets of Stockholm
As the stylish design crowd descend on Sweden for Stockholm Design Week, we take a look at the best cultural, fashion, eating and drinking offerings in the city.
Because it can’t be all work and no play.
Stockholm Design Week is the worlds leading meeting place for the of-the-moment Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Stockholm has not only cornered the market for the most stylish of interiors, but the coolest of street style, fashion labels and off-beat art. This archipelago capital city is also home to major tech companies such as Skype, Spotify and, er, Candy Crush.
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Off the streets of Birjer Jarlsgatan is where Snickarbacken, a secret hideaway with homemade ecological sandwiches and coffee a-plenty can be found. Once fed and watered, browse the photo and art gallery and shop that’s stocked with vintage Celine, Commes des Garcons, Dior, Raf Simmons together with new brands such as Stutterheim and Ann-Sofi Back
Nestle down for a Scandinavian breakfast in the comfort of the library at the Lydmar Hotel. This luxe boutique bolt-hole has a picturesque waterfront location in the heart of Stockholm. So, make like a local and participate in Swedish cultural norms like ‘fika’ (pronounced ‘fee-kah’), which translates as, ‘taking a break from work to socialize over cups of coffee’.
MODERNA MUSEET, Skeppsholmen
Stockholm’s island of Skeppsholmen is home to a vast number of the city’s most renowned museums. With one of Europe’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art, Moderna Museet is at the helm of this art centric island where the works of Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali, alongside up and coming Swedish artists, are on display.
ARKITEKTUR MUSEET, Skeppsholmen
Showing that the stylish Swedes know a thing or two about architecture as well as interiors, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design has everything we ever wanted to know about Swedish architecture starting from the 19th Century.
Courtesy of Spirit Museum
SPIRIT MUSEUM, Djurgardsvagen 38
Dive into a boozy history with spirits and alcohol at the Spirit Museum that’s beautifully housed in two 18th century naval buildings. The exhibitions include Art Pop from the Absolut Art Collection – be sure to try one (or five) of the tasting tours.
Courtesy of Riche.se
One of the most popular spots in town, Riche, is found in the elegant Ostermalm neighborhood. Boasting a unique menu fusing both French and Scandinavian cuisines, Riche is a firm favourite amongst the city’s fashion, media, hipster and business crowds alike. Perhaps it’s the elaborate wine selection, or perhaps its offerings including moules frites and Swedish delights like toast skagen. Whatever it is, it’s a must-visit for a glimpse into the Stockholm scene.
Have a walk down Strandvägen and onto Nybroplan, if Bukowskis is open it’s well worth a browse through their beautiful collection furniture, art and glassware from Swedish contemporary artists that are up for auction.
Close to Nybroplan and Norrmalmstorg is Swedish fashion powerhouse, Acne. The flagship store has set up home in one of the most famous buildings in the country that once housed the bank where the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ heist took place. If that doesn’t entice, their clean and crisp fashion surely will.
Embrace Scandanavian furniture design at contemporary Swedish store, Asplund. Stocking cutting edge Swedish designers including Thomas Eriksson, Ola Wihlborg and Claesson Koivisto Rune as well as renowned European brands including Alessi and B&B Italina, it’s the perfect one stop shop for a foray into the world of Swedish and European design.
Spark the night into action
Start a Stockholm night out with a tipple at the upmarket townhouse Nosh and Chow. Functioning like a Soho House-style club, the ambience is intimate and the cocktails delicious.
Courtesy of Sturehof
Sturehof is Stockholm’s very first seafood restaurant dating from the 1896 and is a bustling Stockholm institution. Open every day of the year without fail, a meal at Sturehof always feels like an occasion.
Most the city’s nightlife is clustered around neighborhoods, Östermalm, Gamlastan and Södermalm.
This spectacular chandelier-swinging club is a unique spot where Stockholm’s finest let their hair down. The opulent 19th century mansion houses a plush cocktail lounge, a members only club, three rooms dedicated to dance-ready club music and then there’s the restaurant that’s had the facelift courtesy of modern design king, Sir Terence Conran that’s not to be missed.
Stureplan Square is home to luxury fashion brands including Gucci and Louis Vuitton by day and is the queen of the night come sunset. Here sits Spy Bar in a renovated luxury flat with its 3 floors of dancing. But, be prepared, so popular is Spy Bar that queues start to form from 1am.
A palace of sorts, the legendary Sturecompagniet is a glitzy three-story, five-dancefloor affair made of marble interiors and magnificently high ceilings. Sturecompagniet has a club-in-club feel and while one floor is blasting the latest dance beats another is playing jazz.
One stop shop
For a totally different experience check into this 12-roomed, 1910 guesthouse and stay put for the weekend. Ett Hem translates to “a home” in Swedish and guests seem more like family friends or friends of friends. Play the grand Yamaha piano or rummage the larders for a snack, sup upon a cocktail from the well-stocked bar where the bar policy is simply ‘make yourself at home’. This place has topped most the hotel lists for good reason – it’s the best.
Stockholm Design Week runs from the 2nd – 8th February.