stockholm guide


illustration by julia rothman

today’s city guide comes swedish-american art director & stylist joanna swanson. joanna is based in sweden and today will be sharing her local’s guide to shopping, eating, entertainment, lodging and site-seeing in stockholm! i’ve been dying to visit stockholm for so long now that i’ve becoming something of an internet stalker with the way i follow people’s flickr streams who’ve recently visited. the colors, the homes, the light- it’s too beautiful for words. and i’m so thankful to have joanna’s guide so i can plan my imaginary trip in my head. if you’re lucky enough to be visiting soon, i hope you’ll take joanna’s tips with you. thanks, joanna!

*each listing has a link listed, but for some reason they’re not underlined in red. i’m trying to figure out why they’re not highlighting as links, but in the meantime, they’re there. just roll your mouse over the shop/place name and you’ll see the link works (sorry!)

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SÖDER

The bohemian chic part of town mixed together with yuppies and families. Sofo (south of Folkungagatan) around Nytorget is my favorite area of Söder. Here you will find lots of second hand shops and independent fashion boutiques as well as restaurants. Also you will not want to miss Götgatsbacken for more great shops and Brunogallerian.  

ÄTA, DRICKA & DANSA (eat, drink & dance)

Tradgraden2  (Trädgården

Mosebacke: A must with one of the best views of Stockholm. This night club and bar offers a wide range of great concerts. During the summer months you can enjoy a glass of wine on the huge terrace as the sun sets over Stockholm. Weekends they serve brunch with live jazz music.
Address: Mosebacketorg 3.

Urban Deli: I love this grocery store and restaurant in one. The packaging is stunning and the food delicious. 
Address: Nytorget 4.  

Louie Louie: Fun 50’s style rock café, clothing and record store in one. Lots of tattoos, rockabilly hairstyles and loud music. They serve good soups and sandwiches. Sometimes they even serve a vegan version of Swedish meatballs – a classic. 
Address: Bondegatan 13


(Good Store photo via EkoSthlm

Good Store: 100 % Vegetarian grocery store where 95% of everything is stock is organic. You will find everything from tofu to organic diapers.

Address: Skånegatan 92

Nyfiken Gul: If you are in the mood for a BBQ then this is the place for you. Nyfiken Gul is a café, restaurant and bar located on the outskirts of Södermalm right on the water. Have a seat under the trees and select food from a varied menu. During the summer months you can enjoy live music.
Address: Hammarby Slussväg 15.   

Hermans: Organic and vegetarian buffet. The good food and a breathtaking view of the city. 
Address: Fjällgatan 23b.   

Fyra Knop: The world’s coziest, or at least Stockholm’s coziest, creperie in true French sprit. With wooden benches, ropes and life vests creating a marine-inspired decor. You will want to sit her for hours on end. 
Address: Svartstensgatan 4.     

Bakverket: Breakfast your favorite meal? Breakfast at 4pm? Bakverket serves breakfast all day long. Everything is made with love and simply divine.  
Address: Bondegatan 59.  

Sardin: A tiny Tapas restaurant with a mix of Swedish and Spanish food.
Address: Skånegatan 79 

Samba Sushi: One of the best sushi restaurants in Stockholm – hands down. 
Address: Götgatan 28 

Noodle House: A Vietnamese restaurant constantly striving towards expanding their kitchen.
Address: Götgatan 62

Marie Laveau: Restaurant, bar and night club with good food, great drinks and nice prices.
Adress: Hornsgatan 66.  

Back A Yard: A Jamaican restaurant with a real at home in Jamaica feeling. Great food and good vibe. 
Address: Folkungagatan 128

Judit & Bertil: Simple and good food at great prices. Good bar as well. 
Address: Bergsundstrand 38.  

Coffice: A coffee shop where you can meet lots of Swedish freelancers. It is a a coffee shop and freelance office space in one. 
Address: Tjärhovsgatan 5.  

Bio Rio: An old movie theater with nice interior design, good movies and fun events such as quiz nights and movie with brunch.  
Address: Hornstullsstrand 3

Café Copacabana: Great little coffee shop located right next to Bio Rio. 
Address: Hornstulls Strand 3. 

Debaser: The best pop and rock place in Stockholm. Been hosting great legends as Bob Dylan and The Strokes as well as smaller independent bands.
Addresses: Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1. and Medis, Medborgarplatsen 8.  

Trädgården: Just re-opened in May at a new location. I have not been there yet but I think that this bar / restaurant / club will be the place to be during the summer months. 
Address: Hammarby Slussväg 2( (under Skanstull bridge) 

LÅT OSS SHOPPA (Let’s shop)

(Hattbaren)

Hattbaren: Yupp that is it! Hattbaren is a bar of hats. Why not spend hours trying on hats? The staff is delightful. 
Address: Götgatan 39

Tjallamalla: Could be one of the best stores in the world. Clothing and accessories by over 250 designers and the stomping ground for new and upcoming talent. Upcoming stars mixed in with established designer such as minimarketCarin Wester and Rodebjer  
Address: Bondegatan 46

Grandpa: A chic shop filled with hard-to-find vintage furniture and clothing from designers such as WhyredHope, and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
Address: Fridhemsgatan 43 (Kungsholmen) and Södermannagatan 21. 

Papercut: A small store that sells movies, books and magazines. Spend hours browsing the shelves. 
Address: Krukmakargatan 24


(photos from Family Living Magazine clothing from Butik Under

Butik Under: A small little shop filled with vintage and unused children’s clothing from the 70’s, old puzzles, games and much much more. They also sell clothing from young up and coming designers. 
Address: Tjärhovsgatan 19

Judits Second Hand: Great second hand shop with a selection of clothing and accessories from the 50’s -70’s as well as modern trends. Judits also has an antique store on Krukmakargatan. 
Address: Hornsgatan 75

Lisa Larsson: Second hand shop that encourages customers to mix both vintage and new as well as the price tags on your finds. This so that you can create your own individual style. 
Address: Boindegatan 48

Sara Clausin: Great clothing store with brands such as Dea KuibalGerard DarelHeartmade and Schumacher
Address: Bondegatan 50 

Tiny Masters: Tiny shop with unusual jewelry presented in a unexpected way. You will find jewelry made of Fairtrade and environmentally friendly gold. 
Address: Grindgatan 29 

Beyond Retro: Vintage clothing for people obsessed with fashion. Beyond Retro’s staff consists of musicians, actors, designers, tailors and more making up of a very creative environment.
Address: Åsögatan 144 and Drottninggatan 77 (City)   

Ki Ki: A Japanese design boutique where you can find cute little presents and such. As you walk into the store you are handed a cup of green tea.
Address: Renstiernas Gata 41.  

Bondens egen Marknad (Farmers Market): Buy flowers and vegetables directly from local farmers. 
Address: Katarina bangata

Konst-ig: Stockholms best book store when it comes to design and art books. I always bring my design friends from New York here when they visit. 
Address: Åsögatan 124

KÖPCENTER (malls)

Bruno Address: Götgatan 36
Skrapan Address: Götagatan 78

TITTA & GÖR (see & do)

(Vee Speers showing at Fotografiska)

Fotografiska: In May 2010 Fotografiska opened its doors. The museum is a new meeting point for contemporary photography. I have not been there yet but cannot wait to head over and see their current exhibitions of Vee Speers as well as Annie Leibovitz.  
Address: Stadsgårdshamnen 22

CITY/ÖSTERMALM/DJURGÅRDEN

I decided to merge the 3 above areas together since they are within walking distance of each other. There are a lot of big museums in the area as well as great restaurants and posh shopping. Around Stureplan, the heart of Östermalm, is where you will find night life that continues on until the weee hours of the morning at clubs such as Berns, Rose, Spy Bar and Hell’s Kitchen. If you are visiting in the summer you might want to bring your sunglasses with you out. The sun rises very early during the summer months so you will probably want them by the time you head home. And as for shopping you will want to head down, Biblioteksgatan, Birger Jarlsgatan, and Grev Turegatan. 

ÄTA, DRICKA & DANSA (eat, drink & dance)


(Restaurang B.A.R.)  

Restaurang B.A.R. (Blasieholmens Akvarium & Restaurang): Good food with a laid back vibe. Sundays they offer a a variety of different bbq squares such as salmon och scallops – delicious! 
Address: Blasiehomsgatan 4a 

Restaurang Hjerta (heart): This great restaurant is located in a former shipyard that has been refurnished to keep the maritime-touch. During the summer months they will have an extensive outdoor seating by the water. Hjerta (an alternative Swedish spelling to heart) opened on Valentines day 2010, “We cook food and serve wine with a lot of heart, and we do it with a twist”.
Address: Slupskjulsvägen 28 B, Skeppsholmen.  

Gården Bar & Grill: A 9000 Square foot (900 square meter) outdoor restaurant, bar and lounge seating 450 people premiered early spring 2010. When the sun is out Gården will be packed. The food is supposted to be out of this world. 
Address: Skolgården Norra Latin, Norra Bantorget. 

Josefinas: If the sun is out then the terrace at Josefinas is the perfect place to lounge after a long walk around Djurgården or the place to hang before a night out. 
Address: Galärvarvsägen 10, Djurgården

Zink Grill: Here you can enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon tapas and dinner in a French Bistro kind of way. The deserts are heavenly. 
Address: Bibloteksgatan 5.

Due Fratelli: Real Italian style pizza. Don’t let the interior design fool you. 
Address: Birger Jarlsgatan 95

Rosendals Trädgård (garden): The gardens main purpose is to present organic cultivation to the public. Their plots and greenhouses have a wide range of biodynamically grown vegetables, flowers and herbs. They can be bought in the Garden Shop and used for cooking in the Café. Rosendals Trädgård is an oasis well worth a visit. 
Address: Close to Waldemarsudde, Djurgården. See click here for map. 


(East wall illustrations Lovisa Burfitt)

East: I have been a regular at East for 15 years. Good food and party vibe. Try the Tempura roll 2, the “secret sauce” is to die for. And check out the walls…. they change them up from time to time. 
Address: Stureplan 13

Pontus: Head down stairs and indulge in melt in your mouth good food or stay upstairs in the bar and feast on some of the best sushi in town. Try the scallop rolls, they are out of this world. 
Address: Brunnsgatan 1

Blueberry: One of my favorite places to grab a smoothie or a quick lunch. A few different locations around Stureplan and in NK. The flagship store, on Sibyllagatan, is also a health food store. 
Addresses: Sibyllegatan 15, Birger Jarlsgatan 21 and in NK (see malls).

Yogayama: A meeting place for yoga, mindfulness and food that does us well. Yogayama also has a great little shop and amazing spa treatments. 
Address: Jungfrugatan 8

Östemalms Saluhall: This food market will have you weak in the knees. The stalls, restaurants and cafés all mix together in this fantastic building. I can spend hours wandering around the different counters planning a meal. Grab a smoothie at Planet Food or try a classic Skagenröra (you just have to try it) at Lisa Elmqvist. 
Address: Östermalmstorg. 

PA & Company: Small intimate restaurant with a fun vibe. Great food! And if you go you have to have the Gino for dessert. 
Address: Riddargatan 8. 

(Story Hotel’s terrace) 

Story Hotel: Eat here, sleep here or both. Whatever you choose you will not be disappointed. As you step into the bar at Story Hotels you might feel like you stepped into a bar in Soho, New York.  
Address: Riddargatan 6

Grill: Amazing design and great food with a good vibe. Here you will find a variation of lounge chairs and sofas mixed in with dinner tables, crazy wallpapers and neon lights. A true feast for the design lovers eye as well as the food lover.
Address: Drottninggatan 89   

LÅT OSS SHOPPA (let’s shop)

(Granit

Bondens egen Markand (Farmers Market): Buy flowers, bread and vegetables directly from local farmers. 
Address: Tessinparken, Gärdet (they also have one on Söder)

turQuoise: The name explains the shop, everything turquoise or almost everything. Wonderful store filled with warmth. As you walk in you almost feel like you walk into a different India and a smile will grow from ear to ear. Here you will find beautiful things for your home, clothing and accessories. 
Address: Malmskillnadsgatan 42

Acne: The flagship store located at Norrmalmstorg is filled with great clothing, shoes, jeans, jeans and jeans.
Address: Norrmalmstorg 2 and Nytorgsgatan 36 (Söder).  

Mrs H: This is where fashionistas will find notable designers such as Hervé Léger, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel. 
Address: In Birger Jarls passagen, a few great shops in this short passage that links Norrmalmstorg to Birger Jarlsgatan. 

Design House Stockholm: Kitchenware, furniture and china all designed by both well known designers and newcomers. 
Address: Smålandsgatan 11.

Asplunds: Contemporary Swedish furniture and carpets – a design lovers dream. Here you will find products designed by some of the greatest Swedish designers.
Address: Sibyllegatan 31. 

DIS Inredning: DIS has broken away from typical Swedish design. Here you will find stunning furniture and products to fill your home with from both Swedish and foreign designers. 
Address: Humlegårdsgatan 19

Granit: Black, white and grey. Smart storage solutions. Porcelain, glass, kitchen and bathroom products. Granit is a store where you can spend hours planning and organizing your home. Great prices. 
Address: See website for stores. 

Svensk Tenn: Furniture, textiles, lamps and gifts all designed with bright colors and bold patterns. Here you will find some Josef Frank classics that are and will remain super hot. 
Address: Strandvägen 5

Bookbinders Design: Heaven for a notebook lover. Here you will find notebooks, binders, folders, guestbooks, storage and more in wonderful colors and fabrics. Most of the products are produced at their Swedish printing facilities.
Address: Humlegårdsgatan 19 and NK (see website for more locations)

Map Sverige: Inspiring paper store filled from floor to ceiling with colorful paper stock. 
Address: Birger Jarlsgatan 23


(Holy Sweet at Les Chambres)  

Les Chambres Stockholm: A new addition! This lifestyle shop offers the latest international fashion as well as art, interior design, books, a café (with amazing cup cakes), a hairdresser and florist. One stop shopping. 
Address: Nybrogatan 20 

KÖPCENTER (malls)

Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) Address: Hamngatan 18-20
PK Huset Address: Hamngatan /Norrlandsgatan (next to NK)
Gallerian Address: Hamngatan / Regeringsgatan (across the street from NK)

TITTA & GÖR (see & do)

Magasin 3 Konsthall: One of Europe’s leading institutions for contemporary art. See website for current exhibitions. 
Address: Frihamnen 3. 

Moderna Museet: Stockholms museum of modern art is located out on a tiny, very pretty island in the center of Stockholm. The museum has a great shop with lots of contemporary Swedish design and a great lunch restaurant. See website for current exhibitions. 
Address: Skeppsholmen

Arkitekturmuseet (Museum of Architecture): The museum has a permanent exhibition illustrating the most important milestones in Swedish architecture. 
Address: Skeppsholmen

Junibacken: An entertainment park for children based on Astrid Lindgrens books. A must if you are traveling with kids. While on Djurgården you might want to check out Skansen (a zoo) as well as the Gröna Lund (an amusement park). 
Address: Galärvarvsvägen, Djurgården. Next to Vasamuseet

Kulturhuset: Located in the center of town. Kulturhuset offers a wide range of activities such as interesting exhibits, reading room, restaurants, playroom and theater. 
Address: Sergels torg 3.  

VASASTAN/NORRMALM

Mainly a residential area but it is still filled with trendy and stylish bars, galleries and small little stores. 

ÄTA, DRICKA & DANSA (eat, drink & dans)


(Robert E´s Choklad photo via EkoSthlm)

Robert E´s Choklad (above): If you love chocolate then this chocolate lounge and shop is well worth a visit. And if you are interested why not try a chocolate tasting? Mostly organic.
Address: Odengatan 72.  

Coco Vaja: With the best soups in town, coffee to die for and the sweetest staff, Coco Vaja is one of my favorite places to lunch.
Address: St. Eriksgatan 109

Steam: Stockholms best dumplings? I think so. This tiny, tiny little take out restaurant serves steamed dumplings that melt in your mouth. An other one of my favorite places to pick up lunch. Across the street from Coco Vaja. 
Address: St. Eriksgatan 118    
 

Caffé Nero: Brunch, lunch, dinnner? Or maybe just a a coffee? Caffé Nero will not disappoint. 
Address: Roslagsgatan 4. 

Hanoi Bar: Delicious Vietnamese food with easy on the wallet prices. 
Address: Birger Jarlsgatan 121.  

Sirap: In the mood for brunch? Then head over to Sirap and sin. Maybe on blueberry pancakes?  
Address: Surbrunnsgatan 31a. 

Ki-mama ramen & sushibar: Noodles and soups that are scrumptious. Don’t let the website fool you. Also check out Ki-mama sushi-bar, some of the best sushi in town.
Address: Birger Jarlsgatan 93 (ramen), Observatoriegatan 13 (sushi) 

Kaffeverket: Delicious sandwiches and yummie salads great place for lunch. 
Address: St. Eriksgatan 88

Vasastans Ost: Ost means cheese in Swedish. Vasastan is the area. So it goes without saying here you can pick up lots of melt-in-your-mouth cheese. They also serve lunch and have cheese tastings. Head around the corner to Bakery & Spice and pick up some sourdough bread to go with your cheese. 
Address: St. Eriksgatan 90

Bakery & Spice: So you have your cheese from Vasastans Ost, now you can pick up your organic sourdough bread to go with it and then head over to Vasaparken and have a pick-nick. The parks is just a 2-3 minute walk away and you can see it from the shop. 
Address: Torsgatan 46

Tranan: A classic. Here you can sit upstairs in the dining area and enjoy some fish or head down to the bar and have some Swedish meatballs. Always a good vibe and great food. 
Address: Karlbergsvägen 14 (at Odenplan)

Musslan: An other classic. Very small restaurant and bar that always has a good vibe going. Live Dj almost every night after 10pm. 
Address: Dalagatan 46 

LÅT OSS SHOPPA (let’s shop)


(Nunc Inredning

Plezuro: A cute little shop unique clothing and accessories. Johanna, the owner, is very sweet and dedicated. 
Address: Rörstrandsgatan 28.  

Syster Lycklig: An exciting mix of nick-nacks and furniture, fabric for your home as well as clothing and accessories. 
Address: Tegnérgatan 12.  

Jascha Loves Designista: The merge of Jascha clothing and Designista resulted in the super cute Jascha Loves Designista. Here you will find a mix of womens clothing and cute design things. 
Address: Upplandsgatan 45

Eat! Ekoaffären: All organic grocery store by Jarlaplan.
Address: Tegnérgatan 3  

Nunc Inredning: A great little interior design shop with a mix of old and new. You can also shop online.  
Address: Vikingagatan 15

TITTA & GÖR (see & do)

Designgalleriet: A great little gallery for design lovers. Here you can see young up and coming designers as well as established. Focusing on fashion, graphics and interiors.  
Address: Odengatan 21 

There is a few galleries located at Hudviksvallsgatan 8 and around the corner at Hälsingegatan, showcasing Swedish and International contemporary art. Natalia Goldin GalleryGalleri NordenhakeAndren-Schiptjenko and Galleri Andersson/Sandström to name a few.   

KUNGSHOLMEN

Mainly a residential area but you will find a few cute shops and good restaurants in the area. 

ÄTA, DRICKA & DANSA (eat, drink & dans)


(Restaurang Kungsholmen)


M/S Gärdas: A cool boat, restaurant and bar. Located next to Kungsholmen. 
Address: Kajplats 466, Norr Mälarstrand.  

Kungsholmen: Located by the water and on the water this restaurant offers both a great atmosphere and delicious food. Next to M/S Gärdas. 
Address: Kajplats 464, Norr Mälarstrand

Jin & Peeters Dumplings and Chicken Deli: So I love dumplings and if you do as well you will love this place. As well as their Belgian waffles. 
Address: Kungsholms Strand 157 

Allmänna Galleriet 925 (AG): This restaurant and bar, located in an old industrial warehouse. Is not very easy to find but well worth it. You might hesitate to enter since AG almost shares the same entrance as a porn shop – take a chance. Head up to the second floor for some delicious food and an almost NYC meatpacking vibe. Closed in July. 
Address: Kronobergsgatan 37, second floor. 

LÅT OSS SHOPPA! (let’s shop)

Grandpa: A chic shop filled with hard-to-find vintage furniture and clothing from designers such as WhyredHope, and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair.  They also have a little espresso bar. 
Address: Fridhemsgatan 43 and Södermannagatan 21 (Söder). 

KÖPCENTER (malls)

VästermalmsGallerian  Address: Fleminggatan / St. Eriksgatan.  

GAMLA STAN (the old town)

ÄTA, DRICKA OCH DANSA (eat, drink & dance)


(Le Rouge

Le Rouge: With plush upholstery and drapery reminiscent of the Baroque period, Le Rouge, is Stockholm’s Moulin Rouge. Sexy and romantic with amazing food and a good atmosphere.
Address: Österlånggatan 17 (bar) & Brunnsgränd 2-4 (restaurant)  

Grill Ruby: An American bbq joint. The grilled lobster is um ummm good. Also check out the French Bistro Ruby next door.  
Address: Österlånggatan 14

Pontus in the Greenhouse: An other Pontus restaurant. Located by the water Pontus in the Greenhouse is lovely for dinner as well as just a drink after strolling through the old town. 
Address: Tullhus 2 – Skeppsbrokajen 

LÅT OSS SHOPPA (let’s shop)

Ekovaruhuset: House of Organic. Filled with clothing from Johanna Hofring (store owner), Kuyichi (great organic jeans), John Patrick Organics, LoomstateAnja Hynynen and more. They also have a store in New York. 
Österlånggatan 28

THE SUBURBS

ÄTA (eat)

Langbro

(Långbro Värdshus

Långbro Värdshus: Excellent brunch in a beautiful old house. After your brunch have a long walk in Långbro park. Do book a table, you can do so via the website (boka bord). 
Address: Stora mans väg 4, (subway Fruängen). 
 

Landet: Great food and fun vibe. Worth a little subway ride out of the city. 
Address: LM Ericssons väg 27, Hägersten (subway Telefonplan)

Kafe Sjöstugan: Cute little café located on the water.
Address: Pipers väg 22, Solna.   

Boule & Berså: For a nice relaxed, fun and playful afternoon or evening head out to Boule & Berså. Play a game of Boules and have a beer. Cash is king. 
Get there: Take bus 53 from Slussen to the stop Henriksdal (about 6-7min). Walk back towards Danvikstullbron. Take a left at just before the bridge and follow the signs. Phone: 08 641 38 25

LÅT OSS SHOPPA (let’s shop)

Textilcentrum: Fabric, fabric and more fabric. 
Järnvägsgatan 56, Sundbyberg 

KÖPCENTER (malls)

Sickla Köpkvarter Address: Sickla, see website for directions. 

TITTA & GÖR (see & do)

Tensta Konsthall: The vision of Tensta Konsthall “To become a model for a culturally innovative and socially engaged international center of contemporary art”. Do check the website to see what exhibitions are up. 
Address: Taxigränd 10, Spånga 

OTHER


(Hotel Fabriken Furillen, Fårö, Gotlland)

Skärgården: Stockholms skärgård (archipelago) is one of the most unique, spectacular and beautiful places in the world. With more than 24 000 island, from big to small, some inhabited others not, I feel the archipelago is paradise. So if you visit Stockholm no trip is complete without at least a short excursion out amongst the islands. To best see the islands you need to do so by boat. Some islands to explore are Fjäderholmarna (a short trip), Vaxholm and Sandhamn (further out). For more informations on boats and excursions have a look at Waxholmsbolagets and Visit Skärgården websites. 

Gotland: Do you have a few days to spare while you are in Stockholm? If so I would like to recommend taking a short flight from Bromma Airport or the ferry from Nynäshamn to Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea. Gotland offers amazing beaches, shopping, historical sites and Gotlands hästar (ponies). While here you might want to explore Fårön or Gotska Sandön

Ali

I really need to stop going places until a designsponge guide has been published for them – this is the third time I’ve just been somewhere and then a guide has been published for that place – fortunately I had visited some of these places while I was there at the weekend – another place I would add in Gamla Stan is Cafe Mineur – Stora Nygatan 31 – 11127, fantastic food in a converted cellar with the added bonus of an art exhibition to look at while you eat.

Julie

This is great, I decided to visit Copenhagen in the fall, but Stockholm is on my list as well, maybe next spring…Seems like a great list of addresses, lovely…thanx

Katie

This is f a n t a s t i c! I can’t wait to visit some of the places you have described on my next visit to Stockholm. I travel to Sweden every other year or so and find myself wandering around aimlessly visiting familiar shops, now I will have a little direction & new places to fall in love with.

alisha

I love Stockholm and hope to use this guide in the future! For now I’ll just read it and dream. :)

Jes

Aaaargh! I’ve just come back from Stockholm and looked in your city guides to see if you had one for there!!

Never mind :)

I would also recommend to eat, Bla Porten, Djurgardsvagen 64 – a really nice outdoor cafe with delicious self-service food!
A good bar, recommended by a local, was Debaser, Carl Johans Torg 1-5. It’s kinda located under a bridge, has really good music, and is an outdoor bar.
Finally, we hired City Bikes for the 3 days, which was £12 each and an awesome way to travel round the city! You can register for a card at the tourist information centre :)

simone leblanc

amazing! Stockholm is fabulous! I would love to go back especially since seeing some new discoveries in this post!

Emily

We’re going to Stockholm in 2 weeks. This is awesome!

milli-jane

Ohh this is fabulous! I’m off to stockholm very soon. Stockholm, copenhagen, talin and oslo. All for only a day though :( But I’m really looking forward to it!

Can’t wait to capture those colours through my lens and the typography in these photos really caught my eye! must look out for that.

Glad to have stumbled upon your blog :)

caroline

You’re killing me design sponge! I went to stockholm and copenhagen (the subject of another one of your travel guides the other week) last summer and I had to rely on the shopping guides from Lucky Magazine – I would have killed to have this guide with me then. The only thing I can add to this guide is that Ahlens, a department store that from what I heard is like a Swedish equivalent of Macy’s, is actually more like an American equivalent of design within reach! I was blown away by all of the amazingness to be found on the home goods floor, and the prices were reasonable compared to other stores in Stockholm. I would also like to play up the mentions of the Vasamuseet and Skansen – two of the best museums I’ve ever been to in my entire life. You MUST google them. Skansen is an outdoor folk museum consisting of buildings from different time periods moved there from all around sweden. It’s a great way to see realistic interior design from all through the history of the country!

Lindsey

I, too, want to sing the praises of Skansen, one of the most amazing places I have ever been and well worth a day even during a short visit to Stockholm. (It seems that Caroline, who I have a strong suspicion is my sister and travel partner, beat me to it). Their gift shop is also fantastic, with a great poster selection (I bought a huge packet of cancelled Swedish postage stamps that are lovely). My sister and I did not stop smiling and taking pictures the entire day, especially because of the beyond lovely motifs painted onto many of the buildings’ interior walls.

Karin

I’m from Stockholm and was thrilled to read about my own city – and even more excited to see all the nice comments from those of you who’ve visited it! American tourists are usually the best ones… ;)
I would just like to add three things to the list:
Vurma – a really nice café, with both sandwiches and sweets, right next to Bio Rio at Hornstull.
Strand – a restaurant/bar/night club in the same area (just go down towards the water). good prices, good beer, good bands and delicious brunch during the weekends.
Svensk Hemslöjd – a traditional craft store at Sveavägen 44 (City area), where I happen to work… You can buy handprinted fabrics from Jobs and Stig Lindberg, handcrafted objects from all over Sweden as well as really good quality yarn, to make your own masterpieces…
I hope you’ll enjoy Stockholm!

ayesha

Awesome! I’ll be reaching Stockholm on the 20th! Thanks so much for the guide :)

Josie

I’m arranging a trip to Stockholm at the moment! Anyone have any good hotel recommendations?

Aly

I’ve been living in Stockholm for the past year and this is fabulous! You’ve done an excellent job highlighting my ultimate spots in this city. I, too, would add Cafe Mineur in Gamla Stan and Cafe String–Nytorgsgatan 38 (because you can buy everything in there, including the chair you’re sitting in!), but, other than that, you’ve captured this city’s perfection. LOVE it!

M

This is great. I went to Stockholm last winter and I loved it. One must definately go for some viking sauna.

I discovered so much just wandering around, such a design packed city. I kept regretting that I had flown ryanair with the ensuing luggage restrictions because otherwise I would have gone on a crazy shopping spree. But I definately need to go back now and print out this guide. There seems to be so many great places that I missed.

Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

corinne

aie ! just back from Stockolm, went there 2 weeks ago and despite we had your great guide had a lovely time; such lovely that we are planning to go back next Summer !
Thanks a million for all these great infos !!

Karen

I’m so glad to see others have already described Skansen as more than a “zoo.” My day there is one of my most fond memories of my 2-week trip to Scandinavia 14 years ago, so I was hoping Skansen was still as wonderful as I found it then.

Giovanna

I just simply love Stockholm and it’s people. Is one of the best cities for design lovers, speacially Scandinavian.
If you’re into lovely handmade ceramics, as I do, check out Manos, is runned by sweet Karin Eriksson.

As for restaurants, from the guide, I’ve checked both Hermans (nice views) and Fyra Knop ( try their cider). But my suggestion for swedish food is Nalen.

http://www.nalen.com/eng/page_3.aspx?HId=6

Thank you Joanna for sharing your Stockholm with us.

Emily

What incredible timing! I am traveling to Stockholm on Saturday. I’m so thrilled to have some insider tips before I go! Quick question – In regards to the Stockholm archipelago, is it possible to visit some of the islands with just a day trip or two? Do I need to stay overnight or are they close enough to take the ferry out in the morning and return in the evening? Thanks!!

Karin L

In regards to Emily’s question about the archipelago – you can definitely go on a day trip in the archipelago! I recommend Grinda (owned by a foundation so no land is private and you can walk everywhere), Utö and Sandhamn.

Rachel

This is great! Just in time for my semester abroad at Konstfack! Speaking of — anyone here have a good suggestion for housing in Stockholm? I’d like to live with fellow designers or students, but the search for a place alone is seemingly tough. Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!

fiona lynne

I LOVE Stockholm! I’ve only spent one very cold December night there but spent hours wandering the streets rubbing my frozen hands and falling in love :)

I would recommend Hotel Story as a place to stay – the design was amazing and the bar and restaurant downstairs are great too: http://www.storyhotels.com/

Splendid Willow

Joanna, this is the BEST Stockholm guide that I have ever read! And being from Stockholm myself, I agree with so many of the destinations and shops! Bravo! 5 stars!

Thank you Grace for finding Joanna and sharing this w. us!

Mon

Sarah

Herman’s was AMAZING!!! They have a very delicious vegetarian buffet brimming with a variety of scrumptiousness. For students, they have a 2 for 1 deal on the buffet if you both get a drink, which is such a steal!! SO much food!

sapphire

I think something happened to my comment…only get a blank page after submission.

Anyway, wonderful book and will help me on my travels while living in the city.

Helen

Just back from Stockholm on holiday and wanted to say thank you for this guide, was especially helpful as we were staying in Soder. I’m sorry to report the closure of Nyfiken Gul, however, as their staff have all been kidnapped and taken to London to start it over here *evil laugh*

Stephanie

Headed to Sweden tomorrow! I knew I could count on Design Sponge to have a guide to Stockholm :)

Avi

I’m off to Stockholm next week, so thanks for the fantastic guide. Does anyone know when the sales (rea) end this summer?

Maibritt

I have just returned from my trip to Stockholm! I was at Fotografiska and — WOW! The Vee Speers’ Birthday Party really impressed me as well as a number of other artists! Really worth it, to go there…….. It’s a must! I also love all of the Monki-shops they have i Stockholm (6 shops!) and the cinema “Victoria” in City is so great :–)

Tiny

Hai! I’m not a Stockholmer but I was just here in Stockholm for 3 weeks and I think you should definitely include Gallery Pascale in your guide! It,s one of the first galleries dedicated to Swedish design :D Thank a lot for all the great tips!

Ryan McLeod

Oh. my. god. I have no idea how you were able to try all of these places! I’m in Stockholm for another two months and am adding all of these to my list :D Thanks!

Sue Nesham

Had a look now ready to shop with Ylva today …can’t wait! Suzi

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