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You will find all my posts from the start, in August 2007, on the new address. I hope you enjoy the new look. Welcome

White Guide loves Stockholm

Swedens two best restaurants are both based in Stockholm according to the renowned White Guide: Frantzén/Lindeberg in Old Town and Oaxen Krog in the archipelago in Stockholm. 11 restaurant won the international world class category, 8 of them are based in Stockholm:

Lux Stockholm
 (opens again in april) 
Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen
Oaxen Krog

Operakällaren won the award for best wine-experience, Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren for best service, Pontus! for best coffee, Best bars are Guldbaren at Nobis Hotel and MarieLaveau/Little quarter and the restaurant close to the jurys heart was Sturehof.

Photo: Erik Olsson/Mistral

Semlor on Fat Tuesday

The semla is to be eaten on Fat Tuesday (that is today), but why only once a year? Almost as soon as christmas is over Swedes starts eating whipped cream buns, named Semla. Five Semlor (thats the name) per person is the average number of Semla-buns that a swede eat every year. If you are in Stockholm today you must try it.

Here are my recommendations, one from every district of the city:
Vetekatten, Kungsgatan 55, City
Xoko, Rörstrandsgatan 15, Vasastan
Gunnarsons Specialkonditori, Götgatan 92, Södermalm
Tössebageriet, Karlavägen 77, Östermalm

Read more about the semla tradition on
Photo: marie-louise johansson/imagebank sweden

AG has reopened

AG Restaurant & Bar
 (formerly nowned as Allmänna Galleriet 925) has changed owners and look. From industrial afterwork place to a chic steakhouse with interior design by Jonas Bohlin, who also has done Riche and Sturehof in the exclusive Östermalm district. 

Photo: -  a webb gallery for photography. You can buy original photos and signed photo books by swedish photographers as Denise Grünstein, Lars Tunbjörk, Hans Gedda etc

New attraction in the Stockholm Card

(Toy Land) has reopened in Stockholm, on Wallingatan 12. Leksaksland is a nostalgia museum with toys like Barbie, Starwars, Disney etcetera. The museum just opened and has free entrance with the Stockholmcard

Gotland Runt moves to Stockholm

One of the worlds most prestigeous off shore races - Gotland Runt moves to Stockholm City and changes its name ÅF Off shore Race, Stockholm Round Gotland on July 6th. The race will now be starting from Stockholm, instead of Sandhamn. Tens of thousands of Stockholm residents will now be able to follow the start on 6 July 2011 and every year from now on. The ÅF Offshore Race will comprise two interim stages. The first stage will start in central Stockholm, finishing in Sandhamn. The second stage stretches from Sandhamn, around Gotland, and back.

See a movie about it here

Stockholm meetings in a "private home" environment

Searching for a venue for a meeting in the middle of the city - central, intimate and with personality and cosy, almost homey, atmosphere. Then Tändstickspalatset (image above) and Klara Strand is the place. 6 rooms in Tändstickspalatset from the Kreuger room for 57 people to small board rooms for 4 persons. and 11 rooms at Klara Strand with sizes for meetings for 2 up oto 96 people. All rooms are funished as homes, but equiped with everything you need for a meeting. The Lunches are served by Operakällaren. Image below is from Tysta rummet at Tändstickspalatset.

Creative director of Acne shares his Stockholm

The creative director of the Swedish fashion label Acne, Jonny Johansson, shares his best Stockholm tips in an article for His favorites are
- two restaurants: Mathias Dahlgren and Bergamott,
- foodmarket: Östermalmshallen
- book store: Konst-ig
- design store: Svenskt Tenn (which has temporarily moved to Nybrogatan)

More info on Acne

Ski hotel in Stockholm

It might surprise some to find people in the Metro carrying skiis on their way to nearest cross country track or even to the nearest skislope. In Stockholm its not very unusual. But until now Stockholm hasn't had a ski hotel. Park In Hammarby Sjöstad has become Stockholms first Ski-hotel. It isn't as far fetched as you might think. The hotel is just next door to the Stockholm City Ski slope - Hammarbybacken! Read more about Hammarbybacken here

Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen chosen Best nordic restaurant

Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen in Stockholm has been chosen the "The Nordic Prize 2010" by the Danish Spiseguiden in collaboration with gastronomic experts from the five nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland)

"Oaxen" moves to the city of Stockholm

Oaxen Krog
is one of Swedens best restaurants, recognized all over the world. The restaurant is situated on an island on one of the 30 000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago.

Magnus Ek and Agneta Green has now decided on a new location for their new gourmet restaurant - The warf area (Djurgårdsvarvet) on the island of Djurgården in central Stockholm, just behind Gröna Lund. The restaurant will consist of a fine dining restaurant with around 40 seats and a more casual restaurant of 60 seats.

The new restaurant has no name yet, but will open in spring of 2012. The Oaxen Krog will close in the autumn of 2011.

Magnus Ek and Agneta Green has owned Oaxen Krog on Hölö south of Södertälje in 17 years and has been recognized in "The World's 50 Best Restaurants" and repeatedly been named the best restaurant in the Swedish restaurant guide White Guide


Stockholmers love their city

Stockholmers think of their city as a good friend or a passionate lover, according to a recent survey. 96 percent of the population in Stockholm likes their city, 6 of 10 people describes the city as a "close friend" or as "a partner in a happy relationship", and every second person has a passionate relationship to the city. This is according to a survey by Folksam Fastigheter. The five most common feelings which describes the city is; well-being, pride, happiness, stress and participation. Eight out of ten think that Stockholm will develop to be even better in the future.
Photo: Jeppe Wikström/Stockholm Visitors Board

Photos, photos, photos

Stockholms new top attraction Fotografiska (photomuseum) keeps bringing top photo exhibitions to Stockholm which attracts visitors from all over the world, right now showing Sarah Moon, but this spring also Albert Watson (25/3-12/6) and Edward Burtynsky (22/4-26/6) and smaller documentary exhibitions etcetera.

If you are visiting Stockholm this spring you will have at least two other museums focusing on photography. The museum of Modern Art in Stockholm (Moderna museet) has a large collection of photographs and will focus on photography in 2011 with their exhibition of Jeanloup Seiff (until May 22) and  "Another Story" where they will show works from their own collection including new donations with works done by Annika von Hausswolff, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe among others.

Kulturhuset (culture house) shows Anneè Olofssons the face of all fears (5/3-15/5) and Bonniers Konsthall shows the films of Rineke Dijkstra (16/3-19/6)
Photo: Sarah Moon/fotografiska

Lydmar Hotel wins luxury hotel award

Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report
, tracking luxury travel since 1979, has announced their 2011 Grand Award winners. Hotel Lydmar in Stockholm is one of them. Andrew Harper determines winners by finding those with exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place.

Two new Scandic hotels in Stockholm

The sustainable scandinavian hotel chain, Scandic Hotel, are opening two new hotels this year; Scandic Grand Central just next to the central station on Vasagatan in Stockholm and Scandic Victoria Tower in Kista Science City next to Kista Fair. 

I met with Scandics PR manager this morning for breakfast and heard all about the two new projects. And they are both very interesting I think, and will be a good addition to the city. The general idea with Grand Central hotel is to make it look as it has always been there by combining old and new and inviting the general public to be a part of the hotel in different ways. They have done this successfully before with Scandic Anglais and Scandic Malmen, so Im really looking forward telling you more. The Victoria Tower is a different story. The hotel is designed by Gert Wingårdh Architect and will be some thirty floors high and look like a big glass diamond and also furnished contemporary and yet cosy. Both hotels are opening in the autumn of 2011! 

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