Visit lake Mälaren


Lake Mälaren is Swedens third largest lake and makes up one half of the waterfront in Stockholm - the other half beeing the much larger Baltic Sea. Lake Mälaren has played a very important role in the history of Sweden and of Stockholm of course. Birka Viking village and Drottningholm Palace are two examples of attractions in the lake area. But there is much more to see in the area. Mälarturism (Mälaren touism) is a network of the citys around the Lake promoting the area from Stockholm to Sigtuna, Gripsholm, golfing, harbours etcetera. Check out more info in Swedish only

The archipelago moves into the city

Stockholmers, Tourists and archipelago enthusiasts are all welcome to the former Shell Gas station on Strandvägen (the Djurgården end). In spring 2008 a service and information centre called Skärgårdsfönstret (Window to the Archipelago) will open. It will include a touristoffice, a café, taxiboatoffice, archipelago travel agency, lounge, harbour for chartered boats, conference area etc. The project will be runned by Viamare After Sales, initiator to the Network Öppen Skärgård.

A new eventpark to Stockholm

Photo: David Longstreath
The former Gröna Lund owners, the Lindgren family, and the suburb Botkyrka have joined forces in order to build a large eventpark in Hågelbyparken some 10 kilometers south of the City Centre. The amusement park will include a story park - Park Fantasia, a water park, an iron age village, a edutainmenthouse, a large concert and festival area and a magical familyhotel and other accommodations for up to 3000 guests. The Lindgren family and Botkyrka municipality will now continue with the plans. The construction plans will hopefully start 2009/2010.

Preview of new Clarion Sign


Photo: Clarion Sign
Got a preview of the new Clarion Sign hotel today. The hotel, Stockholms largest with 558 rooms,  will open in february 2008 at Norra Bantorget close to the Central station and filled with furniture of nordic classic designers Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto and Bruno Mattsson and a restaurant runned by New York swede Marcus Samuelson of Aquavit-restaurant. The Norra Bantorget has all the potential for being the next trendy area in Stockholm, and this is why: Bonniers Konsthall and the shops, cafées and plants that are being built in the area will connect the New Norra Bantorget area with Vasastan. Skanska Nya hem is building 75 apartments and Familjebostader is building 58 around the new Lilla Bantorget square. Rolfs Kök, Grill and the other restaurants plus cafées on this side of Drottninggatan has already brought light into this area.  

Vasastan the new artcentre in Stockholm


Photo: Art by Rémy Zaugg, Galleri Nordenhake
Vasastan area in Stockholm is becomming the new contemporary art centre of Stockholm. The industrial brickbuilding, designed in 1930 by the City Hall architect Ragnar Östberg, has now turned into the home of Stockholms seven premier art galleries: Brändström & Stene, Andrén-Schiptjenko, Gallerie Nordenhake, Natalia Goldin, Christian Larsens Aerea, Maria Sundberg galleri och Map (Mobile art production). The galleries are situated on Hudiksvallsgatan 6-8, Vanadisplan in Vasastan. An art-tour in Stockholm would start at Bonniers Konsthall on Torsgatan, via Galleri Loyal on Karlbergsvägen and then on to the new gallerycluster at Vanadisplan and en in the galleries on Östermalm.

Manor house in the Archipelago


Pictures: Svartsö Herrgårdspensionat
The beautiful yellow summer country manor built by the theatre director Gustaf Collijn in 1906 is almost like a dream. Beautifully situated on Svartsö island, close to Ljusterö, and north of Lådna in the Stockholm middle Archipelago. Svartsö Country manor bording house has room for 36 over night guests in really nice rooms of good standard - open until October 29 this season and opens again in april. A double room kosts 500 SEK per person plus additional dinner starting from 200 SEK.

Culture night at Kulturhuset in October


Photo: Kulturhusnatten/Darya & Månskensorkestern
For the third year in a row Kulturhuset (culture house) in Stockholm arranges its culture-house-night starting at 19.30 hours on friday October 12  and ends at 01.00. The whole house will open and filled with music, film, dance, artists, performances, bars, art and cirkus. It kosts 20 SEK for all events during the night.

First flight from Doha in Qatar to Stockholm

Qatar Airways starts their flights to Stockholm-Arlanda from Qatar november 27 this year. Qatar Airways is just one of several new direct intercontinental flights to Stockholm. SAS started flights from Beijing and Bankok earlier this year. There will be four weekly flights from Doha to Stockholm every week and the will take 6 hours.  

The beautiful woodland cemetary


Visited the beautiful Woodland Cemetary (Skogskyrkogården) today and was once again amazed by its beauty and the thought put in all the details - no wonder its on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There have been guided tours every Sunday at 13.00 during the summer which has been very popular. This will hopefully continue to develop.

Did you know that the 183 bus takes you from Skogskyrkogården underground station around the cemetary stoping at all the chapels and back to the Underground station? The bus departures only on weekends twice every hour, first tours starting at 1040 and then 1110 and so on until 1515. The bus tour takes 15 minutes and makes 12 stops on it's way. Heres a map of the Woodland Cemetary and how to get here.

Rodebjer opens her first store in Stockholm

The world is turning towards Sweden for fashion. The swedish designer Carin Rodebjer is one of them, based in New York. She has just opened her own first Rodebjer store on Jakobsbergsgatan 6, close to Biblioteksgatan in Stockholm.  The Architect Ola Andreasson and the illustrator Liselott Watkins have been working together with Rodebjer to create a cool new boutique.

Shoppingmall at Södermalm is being built

The Hornstull area on Södermalm island will turn some of their buildings into a shopping mall of 14 000 square meters. According to the plans the shoppingmall will open in 2011. The new shopping mall will be situated at the corner of Långholmsgatan and Hornsgatan and will also include restaurants and cafés.

Famous islands in the Archipelago

The silence of the beautiful Stockholm Archipelago attracts many people every year. Artists of all kind has also been drawn to the more remote islands  - there are some 30 000 islands to choose from - and the islands have inspired the authors, painters, poets and musicians during all times. The Swedish childbook author Astrid Lindgren used Norröra and Söderöra island in the archipelago to illustrate the book Seacrow Island about a father with his four children in a rented summer house on the island. The Norröra island is still as genuine and private as it seems in the film. Bullerö was owned by the Swedish nature painter Bruno Liljefors. You can visit his old hunting cabin and studio. Kymmendö was the island where the Author August Strindberg sought inspiration for "People of Hemsö", a vigorous tale about the Stockholm skerries. His writers cabin can be seen on the island. Runmarö is the choice of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer and Utö Island the place where the writer Gustaf Fröding spent his summers. Former ABBA.member Björn Ulvaeus has his summer house on the island Viggsö.

Japanese garden is being built at Yasuragi Spa


Photo: Yasuragi Hasseludden
The Yasuragi Hasseludden Spa in Nacka continues to develop the Japanese theme ? now with a large japanese garden (the size of three soccer fields), according to Dagens Industri. The garden will be a place for a stroll and peacefullness and will be built during five years. The first part, a stonestage and garden, will open in november 2007.

Top security service at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is one of the top three airports in the world, when it comes to flow in security controlles according to Skytrax global voting among 8 million travellers during one whole year. Stockholm-Arlanda was surpassed only by the two large airports in Honkong respective Zürich.

Lydmar reopens next to Nationalmuseum

Per Lydmar, the man behind Berns Hotel and the now closed music hotel Lydmar, will open a new hotel focused on art, music and photo. The new hotel will be situated next to Nationalmuseum on Blasieholmen, in the former building of the German embassy, and is planned to open after summer 2008. The hotel will have some 50 rooms ccording to Dagens Nyheter. The new hotel will be named Hotel Lydmar. 

Hotell being built on Skeppsholmen


Photo: Statens fastighetsverk
Skeppsholmen will get its first hotel in 2009, which will give visitors another Skeppsholmen alternative besides the Af Chapman youth hostel. Its the Nobis group, also owner of Operakällaren and Hotel J, that will run the hotel- and conference business on Skeppsholmen. The new hotel will be at Långa Raden, former military logding and will include 50-70 rooms and a restaurant. The Nobis Group will also rent Skridskopaviljongen on Kastellholmen for conferences. The hotel will open in 2009-2010.

International authors invited



?Internationell författarscen? is a popular and yearly event where the City of Stockholm invites international authors to hold a lecture in Kulturhuset. This autumn authors from Finland, France, Pakistan/England, Germany, Hungary, USA and Southafrica will visit Stockholm. Among them the Nobel Prize winner in 2002 Imre Kertész. 
Mikko Rimminen, Finland (Tuesday Oct 2)
Michel Onfray, France (Thursday Oct 4)
Moshin Hamid, Pakistan/England (Thursday Oct 18)
Daniel Kehlmann, Germany (Thursday Oct 25)
Imre Kertész, Hungary/Germany (Thursday Nov 1)
Richard Ford, USA (Saturday Nov 10)

Zakes Mda, South Africa/USA (Thursday Nov 22)

One step closer to a new link

The county administrative board of Stockholm (Länsstyrelsen) decided thursday to accept the new link "Förbifart Stockholm", next step is for the government to make the final decission. The 21 km link between E18 at Häggvik/Sollentuna, via Lovön, and E4/E20 at Kungens Kurva would make it possible to travel between northern and southern Stockholm without passing the City or Essingeleden. The National Environment Protection Board (Naturvårdsverket) is critical to the link because of the sensitive environment of the island Lovön.

Country estate becomes restaurant and hotel


Photo: Sundby Gård
The country estate Sundby Gård, by the lake Orningen in Huddinge just 18 km from Stockholm, has turned into a restaurant and a café runned by chefs Bert Ek and Thomas Bjurholm. They also operate Restaurang Hågelbyhus in Tumba. InJuly-August next year Sundby Gård will also include a hotel. Huddinge is a suburb south of Stockholm.

Melker the new owner of Källaren Diana


Photo: Källaren Diana
Melker Andersson och Daniel Coyet, who are running the well renowned Fredsgatan 12, will open a new restaurant in Gamla Stan (Old Town). The charming vaults of former estaurant and night club Källaren Diana will open in October under the name Rouge. The restaurant will have a french theme and will be connected to Pontus Frithiofs Greenhouse restaurant on Österlånggatan. The opening date is not yet confirmed. Melker Anderssons other restaurants are among others Restaurangen, Grill och Kungsholmen.

Ulriksdals Flower show

Photo: Ulriksdal Flower Show

Garden lovers make haste. The Ulriksdal Flower Show, between August 30 and September 2, is held in the beautiful palace parks of Ulriksdal Palace - one of the most beautiful i must add. The whole exhibition will have a royal air to it, inaugurated by H M Queen Silvia. inspirational gardens, exhibitions, seminars, garden trends and shopping inspiration. The Slottsträdgården Ulriksdal is worth a visit even without the Flower Show.

Romantic restaurants


Photo: Kungliga Borgen
Where do you go for a romantic dinner in Stockholm? City newspaper recommends the following:
Bockholmen in Solna (One of my personal favorites. Restaurant by the sea in an old turn of the last century house) Kungliga Borgen, Greve von Essens väg 39, Gärdet. (a pink fairytale mini castle in the middle of Gärdet field)
Haga restaurang &delikatesser, Hagagatan 18, Vasastan (cosy Italian restaurant)
Fyra Knop, Svartensgatan 4, Södermalm. (warm creperie for dinner and dessert)
Fåfängan, Klockstapelsbacken 2, Södermalm. (Ultimate view in beautiful surroundings)
Stadsmissionens café, Stortorget, Gamla Stan. (The outdoor part of the café is sooo lovely)

French team won Archipelago Raid

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Pictures: Archipelago Raid

A french team, Jean Christophe Mourniac and Franck Citeau in Hobiecat Nissan France, won this years edition of Archipelago Raid. The Archipelago Raid was started in 2001 and is now in it?s 7th year.  It is a 300 ? 500 mile extreme race through the 100,000 islands of the Swedish, Åland and Finnish Archipelago region on F18 catamarans.  Teams compete in a prologue race that takes place from Kungliga Djurgårdsförvaltningen, Stockholm ? Bjono on Sunday 29th July.  The race itself starts from Bjono on Monday 30th July.  They then race to four different locations along the course starting at Fejan and ending at Sandhamn in Stockholm. Teams from 10 countries around the world will take part including: UK, USA, Germany, Finland, Sweden, France, Belguim, Australia, New Zealand, Norway.

Crayfish party on Djurgården


Picture: Tasteline
August is the month for crayfish in Sweden. We dress up in silly paper hats and bibs and eat cray fish ? the Swedish way I might add. With cheese toast on the side and crayfish boild with lots and lots of dill. Villa Godthem, by the waterfront at Djurgården arranges a crayfish-menu with chanterelle toast for starters and crayfish, bread and cheese for main menu and bluberry pie for dessert.

Medieval museum moves temporary

Photo: Kungliga myntkabinettet
The Medieval Museum (Medeltidsmuseet) will open its new temporary premises at Kulturhuset on August 14 at 12.00 oclock. The Medieval museum, free entrance, will open a shop, a smaller exhibition area and a childrens corner at Kulturhuset, groundfloor opposite Klarascenen. It will be open for public between 11-19 on weekdays and 11-17 on weekends. Mondays closed. The museum is moving due to the renovation of Norrbro bridge.

Sterling launches three new routes to Stockholm

Sterling launches three new european routes on October 28: From Brussels,  East Midlands UK and from Dortmund to Stockholm.


Gardens open for public


Photo: sjuträdgårdar
Private gardens open for the public is a relatively new phenomena in Sweden. SvD is writing a new series about open gardens in Stockholm, starting today with a wonderful red colored garden and a beautiful turn-of-the-1900-century house. Seven totally different gardens from the wild one on Lidingö to the herb garden on Långholmen are working together. Visit one of them, or all. All you have to do is to pre book.

Secret island is turning into Swedish West Indies

Picture: Gustavia, St:Barth
A small island by Rosendalsvägen, Djurgården is turning into S:t Barhélemy in the West Indies. The reason for this is to introduce the unknown history of Swedish colonisation in the West Indies between 1784-1878. A replica of a house in the capital city of S:t Barth is being built on the small Djurgården Island. The exhibition including speeches etc on Sjöhistoriska Museet will be open for free from August 4 until August 31 between 11.00-17.00.

Phone booths turn into Surf booths


The trend with wireless internet surfing might put the old Swedish phonebooths in the lime light again. 700 phone booths will be provided with a webb-transmitter, making it possible to surf wireless within a radius of 150 metres from July of 2007. 16 of the Telia phone booths are located in the city centre and the cruise terminals at Viking terminal Masthamnen, Värtahamnen and Estonia terminal Frihamnen. Check out for surf boots at NK on Hamngatan plus Hamngatan 8, 19 and 24, Sturegallerian, Tullhus 3 Skappsbron, Sergels Torg, Hötorget, Sveavägen 73, Kungsträdgården T-bana, Vasagatan and the Central station.

Sleep on water

Photo: The red boat
Stockholm is a city on water. Why not stay at one of the boat-hostels/inns in Stockholm. You will get a beautiful view and a unique memory, but the rooms are often small and less comfortable than usual. Choose between a stay at a hostel or a hotel stay. One is the ship Mälardrottningen hotel, that used to belong to the Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, married once to Cary Grant another is the wellknown af Chapman youth hostel situated on Skeppsholmen. The ship is currently being renovated and will return to its place in November 2007.   

The Red Boat Mälaren (Youth hostel/hotel) Kajplats 6, Söder Mälarstrand, Södermalm
The Ran (youth hostel/hotel), Kajplats 6, Söder Mälarstrand, Södermalm
Gustaf af Klint (youth hostel/hotel), Stadsgårdskajen 153, Södermalm. 
Mälardrottningen (Hotel), Riddarholmen, Gamla Stan.
Rygerfjord 1 and 2 (Youth hostel/hotel),  Kajplats 12-15, Söder Mälarstrand, Södermalm 
Af Chapman (youth hostel), Flaggmansvägen 8, Skeppsholmen. 
Kronprinsessan Märtha (Loginn hotel), Kajplats 15, Söder Mälarstrand, Södermalm.

Spa-weekend in beautiful surroundings


Photo: Nynäs Havsbad
You don´t have to go to Lappland in the northern part of Sweden to enjoy warm birch-oil, curing stones and jojk. Just  enjoy 80 minutes of Samezen at Sturebadet in Stockholm. Centralbadet is another traditional spa in Stockholm City. Japanese spa can be enjoyed in the archipelago at Hasseludden Yasuragi  a modern building on top of a green hill. In the summer you can take the sushi boat from Strömkajen and during the winter only by bus.

55 kilometer south of Stockholm you will find Nynäs Havsbad, a true archipelago experience, easy accessible from Stockholm central with commuter train. Nynäs Havsbad is beautiful situated in a turn-of the-century house. Another turn of the century hotel is found in the fashionable suburb of Saltsjöbaden. The white manorhouse looking Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden is easily accessible from Slussen in Stockholm with Saltsjöbanan-train. A real oriental weekend can be enjoyed at Nordic Blue Hotel, on Lidingö island in Stockholm. Relax in, Blue Hamam spa, the camekan oriental lounge and eat mezes. Nordic Blue is accessed by Subway to Ropsten and Bus. 

Manor houses & palaces around Mälaren


Photo: Gripsholm Slott
Stockholm is surrounded by freshwater on one side and saltwater on the other side. Within a 150 kilometre radios from Stockholm you can reach some 20 palaces, each with its own splendour and treasures. They lay as pearls on a necklace round lake Malaren. Why not visit these buildings of great cultural significans, from dazzling royal abodes to privately owned estates? Enjoy the generous selection of cakes and pastries at Taxinge-Näsby, Gripsholm Castles large portrait gallery for example. Most of them can be reached by boat or by local transports. Starting from Stockholm and go south and end back in stockholm from the north: Sturehov, Taxinge-Näsby, Gripsholm, Mälsåker, Sundbyholm, Fiholm, Strömsholm, Västerås, Engsö, Grönsöö, Wik, Uppsala, Skokloster, Rosersberg, Görväln och Svartsjö palaces.

Gourmet restaurants in the archipelago

Photo: Oaxen Skärgårdskrog
Sailboat, yacht or ferry? Summer in Stockholm is synonomous with the archipelago. The exclusive lifestylemagazine Stureplan lists the best restaurants in the archipelago, plus one of my own favorites:
  1. Oaxen, located on Hölö, Trosa archipelago is considered one of the best restaurants in Stockholm. Stay over night at the hotel boat m/s Stjerntorp.
  2. Bullandö Krog, a popular place for Swedes with their own sailboat, on the island of Värmdö. Take bus 440 from Slussen or boat. 
  3. A summermust for sailingcelebrities is Seglarhotellet in Sandhamn, easily accessed by boat from Strömkajen or Stavsnäs. Stay over night and enjoy the spa-area.
  4. Utö Värdshus is well renowned for its good food. Stay over night at the youthhostel, in a house or in a archipelagosuit and enjoy the after-sail at the Seglarbaren.
  5. Wermdö Golf och Country Club is the place to enjoy an evening after golfing, sailing. Stay at the small cottage by the puttinggreen. 
  6. Holmen kök och bar in the fashionable waterfront suburb Saltsjöbaden is really nice and leisure. Enjoy a lunchbreak or a sunny evening. You will reach it with Saltjsjöbanan-tram from Slussen. Stay over night at the Saltsjöbaden Grand Hotel.
  7. Kanalbaren, Strömma Kanal on Värmdö, the best bar in the neighbourhood. Take bus 433 or boat from Nybrokajen.
  8. Bockholmen hav & Restaurant, though quite centrally located close to the Bergshamra underground station, Bockholmen is a relatively unknown island, even for stockholmers. The yellow wooden villa is transformed into a lovely restaurant by the waterfront.

Summerevenings at lovely Rosendal

Photo: Rosendals Trädgårdscafé
Trädgårdsbaren (the Garden Bar) at the lovely Rosendal Trädgårdscafé, Djurgården is open every sunny Thursday evening from 18.00. Ecologic-produced fish and meat, biodynamic vegetables and ?homemade? bread is offered on the grill. In addition, the bar serves ecologic beer and wine.

The bar is closed if it rains ? phone them if you are unsure, +46-8 545 812. The café is open mon-fri from 11-17, sat-sun, 11-18. Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendalsterassen 1 

Viking for a day at Birka!

Photo: Vikingboat, Birka
Fascinated about the Vikings? Then experience the real thing at Birka. Birka is on the UNESCO world heritage list and is still an active excavation place. During the summer the island is packed with Viking craftsmen, merchants and activities. The beautiful boats are tied up, and the smells of tar, smithies and campfires are in the air. You can try to row a Viking boat, or throw a spear and youngsters can also try painting their own shields or baking bread.

Children?s activities are also available onboard the m/s Victoria during the morning trip from Stockholm, and Viking period clothes can also be borrowed onboard. If you take the morning tour, don?t miss the dramatised tour.

Let Snerrir, the ?brave? warrior, Tora the bondswoman, and the rich and vain Brynhilde take you through their everyday life in the trading metropolis of Birka! Next summer Strömma Kanalbolaget will offer families to rent a furnished Viking period house, including diner and loan replica clothes. The evening is spent around the campfire with merchants and others. (30th June? 19 th Aug).

8 Water ways

Photo: from Stockholmcharter

Stockholm the city on water offers a great variety of water-vehicles. The only limit is the size of your wallet. 
  1. Rowing boat in the city:  Djurgårdsbrons sjöcafé, Djurgården: 85 SEK/hr, 400 SEK/day
  2. Rowing boat in the archipelago: Free of charge with ?båtluffarkort? (hop-on card) from Waxholmsbolaget
  3. Pedal boat: Djurgårdsbrons sjöcafé, Djurgården: 100 SEK/hr, 300 SEK/day
  4. Canoe in the ArchipelagoResarö
  5. Sauna float:  First hour: 4875 SEK, following hours: 1875. Skipper, towels, soap etc is included.
  6. Waterscooter in the archipelago  at Rindö harbour, costs 1250 SEK/hr and includes fuel, security and insurance.
  7. Sailboat
  8. Luxury yacht   

Best views in Stockholm


Stockholm is a walking city ? especially in the summer. Why not explore the city from above? Here are some ideas that you can read more about on Stockholmtown:
Kaknästornet, Djurgården
Stadshustornet, Kungsholmen

Vanadislunden, Vasastan,
Bredablick or Solliden at Skansen,
Skinnarviksberget, Monteliusvägen, Katarinahissen (Katarina elevator), Fjällgatan and Fåfängan on Södermalm

Karlsson on the roof-sightseeing


A new way to get a great over view of Stockholm is from the roofs of the city. Be Karlsson on the roof for an hour and try a new and untraditional way to explore the capital city of Sweden; sightseeing on the roofs. Well this is not something for the person afraid of heights since you are walking 43 meters of the ground, dressed up in helmet and shoulder harness.

The complete experience takes 1,5 hours, the tour 45 minutes. It costs 300 SEK and takes place weekdays at 16.00/17.30 and weekends 16.30/18.00 and starts at Birger Jarls Torg, Riddarholmen. The tour takes on a maximum of ten people at the same time so you need to pre-book. The guides speak several languages.   


Unusual ways to see Stockholm


Do you seek adventure? Stockholm offers a great variety of ways to explore the city and its beautiful surroundings. With Viamare sjöflyg (seaplane) you can fly over the city and land on water in the archipelago. From Bromma Airport to Grinda or Sandhamn takes about 20 minutes. A hot-air ballon is another unique way to see Stockholm, but if, when how and where you will fly depends all on the weather conditions. A guided tour with Segway is a relatively new way to explore the city (segway a electric gladiator-looking vehicle) and with a RIB-boat you can explore the archipelago in high speed. You can also go on a archipelagorace, a fast sightseeing tour.

Grand Hôtel joins InterContinental

Grand Hotel in Stockholm will join the worlds largest hotel chain InterContinental Hotels & Resorts which will make it even easier to book the hotel from all over the world. 80 percent of Grand Hotels guests are from outside Sweden. Grand hotel will be the only five star hotel in all of Scandinavia. The Swedish family Wallenberg will continue to own the hotel through the Investor Company and will still be members of The Leading Hotels of the World.

Design theme at 3 museums

Hands on movement -  crafted form in dialogue at Liljevalchs. (until 26 augusti) 
10 stories -  Swedish art 1910-1945 at Moderna museet features Ivan Aguéli, Nils von Dardel, Siri Derkert, Sven X-et Erixon, Sigrid Hjertén. (until 9 september)
Game Art at Galleri K1, Kulturhuset how artists are inspired by computer games?. Exhibition between August 30 and October 7, 2007.

Hottest indoor nightclubs and bars

Picture: Teatron 

Heres a list of the coolest nightclubs - most of them situated at Stureplan and Östermalm:
HotelletSolidaritet NightclubOlssons Video, and StorstadCafé Opera, Operakallarens Veranda,
The Spy Bar, Laroy, Hells KitchenThe Lab, StureCompagniet, Scandic Anglais, La Camera, White Room, V*****Teatron, NeuSoap Bar, Grodan Coctail Club 

New 4-star lifestyle hotel for families

The Best Western Time Hotel will open in October 2007 situated in the calm, residential downtown area called Vasastan, close to Arlanda Airport bus stop and Vanadisbadet (out door poolarea). The hotel offers 144 comfortable rooms and most rooms have a French balcony. They have also got 15 studios with smaller kitchen for långterm-guests or families. 

The Best Western Time Hotel has a modern, classic design and the spacious lobby with its stylish lounge-bar is the natural meeting point for all guests.

Konserthuset opens restaurant

One of Stockholms landmarks, the blue Concert Hall at Hötorget is so popular that it has grown out of its costume. During the years to come a transparent wing will be attached (towards the hötorget skyscrapers and on the parkinglot) to the building, including a restaurant for 120 people, a ticket centre, an exhibitionhall for video art. The new wing is planned to open in 2010.

Missed the Eric Höglund Collection?


Swedish glass is world famous and Eric Höglunds? glass is collective items even outside Sweden. One of Stockholms unknown pearls are situated at the Färgfabriken museum. They hosts a permanent collection of Eric Höglunds powerful and expressive glass. A 450m2 permanent exhibition including paintings and works from wrought iron, bronze and glass through Eric Hoglund's 50 years as  an active artist. During his career he also made over 150 commissioned works for public spaces in Sweden as well as abroad.

Färgfabriken is closed during the summer but Eric Höglund Collection is open Tuesday-Thursday

Pontus! is opened


One of our best chefs, Pontus Fritiof has opened his new restaurant, namely Pontus! at Brunnsgatan ? a  800 square meter food palace at Stureplan. With three different concepts Pontus hopes to bring all types of people to the restaurant, blue collars as well as white collars. The restaurant serves nice a la carte with ecological touch, the oysterbar serves mainly oysters and the bar serves all types of drinks. The place has already got great reviews.

Sheraton welcomes families

Sheraton Stockholm are launching a familypackage,  FAMtastic, All children who checks in will recieve their own guestbook to write or draw in, their own bedroom next to their parents and a bag with gifts at half price. The package also includes free food if the family eats together. Sheraton also offers babysitters and special activities for children.

First sushiboat to Hasseludden Yasuragi

Its often said that all great things are three. When you?ll try the new Yasuragi Sushi boat you will receive a nice sushi-lunch, a cruise through the archipelago and Spa treatments at Yasuragi Spa in Nacka.

Yasuragi Hasseludden arranges two daily sushicruises.
The boat leaves Nybroviken, kajplats 9, at 11.00 and 13.00. The trip includes roundtrip Hasseludden and costs 200 SEK which includes the 1 hour and 45 minute trip, sushi and misosoup. Stay for the day or stay over night.

Japanese architect, Yoji Kasajimas elegant, grey-brown buildings seem almost to rise out of the natural rock at this hotel and Japanese bath, with warm water sources inside and out. Massage, facial and body treatments, as well as other activities, such as meditation and qi gong ? all in a setting inspired by Japanese design.

New yearly design event

35 rooms designed by Swedens? best architects and designers ages 24 to 75. The jugend buiding ?t-house? (Birger Jarlsgatan/Engelbrektsgatan) will transform into a temporary designexhibition. The aim is to show a home (not installations) for a fictive family of 11 persons including exwife, children etc and that it will include sounds, light and smells?!.

The exhibition also hosts a restaurant runned by Vassa Eggen, seminars twice/week and smaller events. The entrance fee will be first visit: 150 SEK, 2nd visit: 50 SEK and 3rd Free. It will be open every day, except Monday, from 11-22 o clock. Between september 1 and October 14. The items will be auctioned after the exhibition and the surplus goes to Childhood Foundation and the producers.

Floating outdoor hotel?


One of the debate themes in Stockholm at the moment is the gigantic floating hotel planned to be built in Riddarfjärden. Stockholmers either love the idea, or hate it. Anyway, Stockholm will probably get this floating hotel including an outdoor Kallbadhus in the middle of Riddarfjärden in 2009! Its 130 meter in diameter and 9-12 meters high with a public walking deck on the roof. 70 rooms, a restaurant and meeting facilities are also planned. 

Carl Eldh Studio Museum enters cyberspace

One of our ?unknown pearls? is the Carl Eldh Studio Museum. Due to the construction of Norra länken (car tunnel) the museum is closed during 2007. But don?t despair: In the meantime you can enjoy their new website.

Carl Eldh (1873-1954) was one of Sweden's most prominent sculptors during the first half of the 20th century. The studio in which he worked and lived for more than three decades is now preserved as a museum. This unusual wooden building was designed in 1919 by the architect Ragnar Östberg, who also designed the Stockholm City Hall and other buildings of note, and it contains several hundred sculptures by Carl Eldh.

Eco-cool in Stockholm

The fashion industry has become very interested in sustainability. There are several places in Stockholm where you can buy trendy eco-clothes, so called ?fair trade?:

  1. Ekovaruhuset  Österlånggatan 28, Gamla stan
  2. Happy Hippo Riddargatan 28, Östermalm
  3. Nudie Jeans   Skånegatan75, Södermalm
  4. Bazoueira  Bondegatan 70, SoFo, Södermalm
  5. Sencha  Sibyllegatan 36, Östermalm

The best cafés in Stockholm

Emma Andersson, working at Espresso House in Gallerian Hamngatan is the best barrista in the City. She was recently awarded Beige Award 2007 in barista Cup.  The best cafés in Stockholm are according to Stockholms bästa kaféer, chocolaterier och tesalonger  the following:


Alfons coffee Shop, Scheelegatan 6

Ill Caffè, Bergsgatan 17

Alfons Coffee Shop, Birger Jarlsgatan 70

Caffè Nero, Roslagsgatan 4

Cocovaja, Norrtullsgatan 51

Mellqvist bar, Rörstrandsgatan 4

Primafila, Upplandsgatan 16

Mellqvist bar, Rörstrandsgatan 4

Salino?s, Dalagatan 58


Frapino Café, Långholmsgatan 3

Svart Kaffe, Södermannagatan 23

Esters Café & Thehandel, Folkungagatan 95


Depå cofferoom, Smålandsgatan 10

Espresso House, Stureplan 8

Sosta Expresso Bar, Jakobsbergsgatan 5-9

Upper Queen Street, Drottninggatan 10

Zanzibar Café, Norrmalmstorg

Café Foam, Karlavägen 75

Molto Espressobar, Karlavägen 64

Djurgården/Gamla Stan

Blå Porten ,Djurgårdsvägen 64

Café Edenborg, Stora Nygatan 35

Caffellini, Västerlånggatan 60

The Cardigans works with PUB

Nina Persson, lead singer of the Indie-pop band The Cardigans, will be the fashion icon of the departmentstore PUB at Hötorget. She will blogg about fashion, design shoppingwindows among other things. The new PUB-departmentstore will become fashion-shopingstore number one with different inriktning on each floor. ?Love fool? was the first international hit by swedish indie pop band The Cardigans from their debute album ?First band on the moon? 1996. The song was featured in the film William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo di Caprio.

2 boat sightseeing ideas

There are three new ways to explore Stockholm this year. Strömma has introduced three new boat sightseeing tours; The first is Good Morning Stockholm , a sightseeing tour for stressful early birds. The two other are; Swedish Wilderness, a half day tour to Tyresta Nationalpark, in English and Swedish. An addition to the regular sightseeingtour Nybroviken-Djurgården, the Stockholm Sightseeing also stop at Masthamnen to pick up cruise passengers.


Best brunch in the city

Skip breakfast and enjoy a great brunch in stead. Here are some of my favourite places:

Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen

Sirap, Surbrunnsgatan 31 A
Villa Källhagen by Djurgården.

Mosebacke, södermalm.

Fåfängan Restaurang & Café som ligger på Klockstapelsbacken 3.

Kharasmi som ligger på Dalagatan 44.

Mojo Coffee på Adolf Fredriks kyrkogata 12.

Deville som ligger på Roslagsgatan 6.

Café Creem som ligger på Fleminggatan

Ulfsunda Castle -a design hotel out of the ordinary

54 individually designed hotel rooms in the four wings of  Ulfsunda Castle is something out of the ordinary. The place is owned by Svensk Inredning Viking AB who bought the castle in 2003. The Castle was built during the years 1644 -1647 and the interior today is Scandinavian modern with thoughtful solutions to every detail and yet done truthfully to what you expect from a castle. They have really put an effort into every room, like light under the bed, nice and personal interior details. Different Swedish designers and artists have decorated some of the rooms, for instance Doc Forests room 112, well renowned tattooer (read about him in John Irvings ? until I find you) and Eva Paradis, potter and owner of paradisverkstans paradise room nr 101 . The Conference area with the soooo cool Kristinarummet is also worth a visit.

Nordic Sea and Nordic Light are now labelled with a swan

The label swan (Svanenmärkning) certifies that a hotel is working hard on sustainability. The two centrally located Nordic Hotels, Nordic Sea and Nordic light, received recently the ecological Svanenmärkning.

Designed coffeebreak in Vasastan

Two new designer cafées in Vasastan.  Caffé Como is a new cosy modern designed café in Vasastan and perfect place for breakfast. And yes, the name is inspired by the Corso Como boutique in Milan. Sandwiches, salads and a healthy menu are served at the new R4 on, Rörstrandsgatan, one of the most restaurant and bar dense street in Stockholm.    

  • Caffé Como, Odengatan 106
  • R4, Rörstrandsgatan 4

Momma is a new favorite in SoFo

Restaurant Momma (former folkhemmet) is situated, close to Nytorget in SoFo, is a great place to go for food and drinks. Relax in the sofas and comfortable chairs in the bar area or eat  something from the ?rustic elegant? menu. The restaurant has got fine reviews from all newspapers in Stockholm as well.

5 ice cream cafées worth a detour

Stockholm is enjoying really hot weather at the moment. A cool ice-cream in the sun is a great way to cool off a bit. Here are five places worth a detour:
Stockholms Glasshus,  Birkagatan 8, Vasastan
Montis, Gallerian, Hamngatan 37, City
Stockholms glass- och pastahus, Götgatan 5
Gelateria Italiana, Drottningholmsvägen 22, Kungsholmen
Kafé Kåkbrinken, Västerlånggatan 41, Gamla Stan

9 places to go for drinks on a float

Enjoy a drink with a water front view on a ship or raft in Stockholm at:
Restaurang Kungsholmen near the City Hall, MS Gerda, Kungsholmen Mälarpaviljonen, Kungsholmen, Flyt,  Gamla Stan (Old Town), Strandbryggan, Djurgårdsbron, Loopen Marina, Södermalm, Thaiboat, Södermalm,
Sjökrogen Pampas Marina, Solna/Vasastan and Patricia, Slussen. 

Goodmorning Stockholm sightseeing for early birds

Are you an early bird? Then you?d love the ?good morning Stockholm tour?. Experience a very different Stockholm from the water ? early in the day, as the city awakens, when the waters lie perfectly still and sweet birdsong echoes in the glittering morning light. The boat takes you from the Old town, Stockholm?s oldest parts, via Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm?s most modern parts, out to Fjäderholmarna ? the innermost islands of the Stockholm archipelago and Djurgården. The tour starts at 08.30 and takes 2,5 hours and costs SEK 150. The tour runs daily June 2 August 18 from Nybrokajen.

New! Guided tours at the Royal Swedish Opera

The Royal Swedish Opera House is open for guided tours summer 2007. Enjoy a tour in one of the Great opera houses of the world. The Royal Swedish Opera has a thrilling and dramatic history that goes back to the 18th century and King Gustavus III. The king loved opera! He was later assassinated at a masked ball in his own Opera House in 1792. A story that was used in Verdi?s opera The masked ball.  The 18th century building was pulled down and replaced in 1898 by the present building, which became the home stage for great singers such as Jussi Björling and Birgit Nilsson. Included in the guided tour is an exhibition of ballet and opera costumes.

Guided tours starts 19th of June and lasts until 19th of August, seven days a week, at 13.00 and 15.00 in English and Swedish. Cost 70 SEK  per person. Group booking on tel 08- 791 43 14 (12.00-17.00) Minimum group fee: 800 sek. 

Sturebadet at Grand Hôtel is the best in the world!

The magazine King has listed the world's five best gyms in the world. Among them is Sturebadet Grand Hôtel

14 hot summerclubs in Stockholm this summer

1. Spymlan - (Spy Bar outdoor club at Humlegården), Humlegården/Stureplan
2. F12 Terrassen, Fredsgatan 12, City
3. Riche, Birger Jarlsgatan Stureplan/Östermalm
4. Trädgården, Fleminggatan 2-4, (Kungsgatan) City
5. Debaser Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1, Slussen
6. Fåfängan, Södermalm
7. Genuine Soulshine at Boule & Berså, Sjökvarnsbacken 13, Nacka
8. Mosebacke, Södra Teatern, Södermalm
9. Stockholmsterassen, Kulturhuset, City
10. China, Chinateatern, City
11. Babylon, Björns Trädgårdsgränd 4, Södermalm
12. Mälarpaviljongen, Norr Mälarstrand 64, Kungsholmen
13. Riddarkällaren, Södra Riddarholmshamnen 19
14. Street, Hornstullsstrand 9, Södermalm

Best restaurants in the city according to DN

Dagens Nyheter (one of Swedens largest newspapers) have selected the best restaurants in Stockholm this year. Here?s the list of all Gulddrakar (golden dragons)

Restaurant Luxury/gourmet category

Winner: Leijontornet Gamla Stan.
Runner up:  Lux, Kungsholmen/St Essingen  and Mistral, Lilla Nygatan 21, Gamla Stan phone: +46 8 10 12 24

Middle price

Winner: Carl Michael,  Djurgården
Runner up:   Kungsholmen, Kungsholmen and Momma, SoFo/Södermalm

Restaurant Budget price

Winner: Caffè Nero, Roslagsgatan 4, Vasastan phone: +46 8 22 19 35

Runner up: Kharazmi, Vasastan and Campoloro, Döbelnsgatan 71, City phone +46 8 612 81 09


Winner: Inferno, City

Runner up: Judit & Bertil, Street/Södermalm, Pet Sounds Bar, SoFo/Södermalm, Leijonbaren, Old Town and Reisen, Gamla Stan


Winner: Xoko, Vasastan

Runner up:  Café Saturnus, Eriksbergsgatan 6, Östermalm, Café Lola, Renstiernas gata 23, SoFo/Södermalm, Kaffebar, Hornsgatan 78, Södermalm and Cocovaja, Vasastan

Dinnercompany for singles

Going for dinner by yourself? Do you want company? Restaurant Jernet, Lidingö centrum, Elverket, Grill and Prinsen offers dinnertable for single persons wanting company for dinner. Just ask to be seated at the ?sam-bord?

A new organised restaurant tour "Krogrundan"

"Krogrundan"(restaurant tour) is a new incentive idea for a company of 4-12 persons. The evening starts with a snaps followed by a beer and starter at Wärdshuset Ulla Winbladh, on Djurgården. After one hour a bus/taxi will take you to Melanders Fisk at Skeppsbron where the main course and wine will be served. Dessert, coffee and avec will be served at the last stop; Stockholm Fisk on Vasagatan. Food, drink and taxi fares are included in the 800 kronor/ person. Payment takes place at the first stop Ulla Winbladh. 

Medieval museum moves temporarily

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm will temporarily be housed in Kulturhuset, at Sergels torg right in the middle of Stockholm, where a small display and shop will be opening on 14 August. The move is necessary because of the renovation of Norrbro (the North Bridge). While this is taking place we will be rebuilding our permanent displays. The new Museum of Medieval Stockholm is expected to open in the late autumn of 2009 or the spring of 2010.


ABBA museum location will be Tullhuset

A hundred-year-old custom warehouse, on the south quay of central Stockholm, will become an ABBA museum. At the turn of the year the renovation of the building will start and in the spring of 2009. Stockholm?s new attraction will open its doors, easily accessible by foot, bus or ferry from central Stockholm. ABBA the Museum will also house an event hall, a café and the world?s biggest ABBA shop.

Af Chapman will be back in november

The popular youth hostel ship ?Af Chapman? will be back at Skeppsholmen in november. The Af Chapman youth hostel on land is open during the summer as ususal.  

3 great swedish designers according to Time Magazine

Time Magazine USA lists The Design Hundred. Three Swedes are among the 100 top deisgners:

Classic Josef Frank, is now being sold by furniture chain Anthropologie in the US. Design House Stockholm, who also been successful with several products in the Musum of Modern art shop and the designgroup Front.

New shopping district in Stockholm

The Sickla area is undergoing a transformation from an old industrial area to a commercial district for culture, design, education and business. Recently Sickla köpkvarter was awarded The best shoppingcentre 2007. The newest addition to the shopping area is Magasinet. You will reach Sickla Köpkvarter with Tvärbanan (Tram), station Sickla Udde and then on to bus 74.   

Carin Wester opens flag ship store

Carin Wester is one of Swedens best designers right now and on her way to an international career. Check out her new larger flagshipstore on Rörstrandsgatan 40.  

New Grandpa store on Kungsholmen

The SoFo-guys at Grandpa have opened a new store across the water from Södermalm. Check out their new store at Fridhemsgatan 43, Kungsholmen.


People choice award

Curious about which bar, boutique, café and club Stockholmers love? For the third year in a row the Magazine People presents "People Choice Award" Stockholmers decide which place they like the best.

Bar: Riche, Rival and  Babs Bar och Kök

Clothes: Le shop, Birger Jarlsgatan 9, Weekday and Bröderna Erikssons Dammode

Café: Papa Ray Ray, Swedenborgsgatan 13, Mocco and Vurma, Gästrikegatan 2

Club:  Ace at Mango Bar, Housewives at Teatron and Yes! At mosebacke, Mosebacke Torg,

Night-food: Nybrogrillen at Berzelii Park, Folkets Kebab at Folkungagatan and Maxi Grillen, Björns Trädgård, Medborgarplatsen.

Stockholms largest hotels

With the new large hotels in Stockholm the hotel map and the competition between the hotels will be sharpened. This is the top ten list of large hotels in Stockholm

  1. Clarion Hotel Sign (Choice Hotels) with 578 rooms opens February 2008
  2. Nordic Hotels (Nordic Sea and Nordic Light) with 542 rooms
  3. Clarion Hotel Skanstull (Choice Hotels) with 532 rooms
  4. Sheraton Stockholm (Starwood) with 462 rooms
  5. Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel (Rezidor) with 459 rooms
  6. First Hotel Amaranten (First Hotels) with 423 rooms
  7. Park Inn Postterminalen (Rezidor) 420 rooms opens 2010
  8. Scandic Sergel Plaza (EQT) with 403 rooms
  9. Grand Hôtel Stockholm (Grand Group) with 376 rooms
  10. Scandic Malmen (EQT) with 327 rooms

104 new hotel rooms at Stureplan this autumn

A Venetian palace at Birger Jarlsgatan 24-26 (beside Spy Bar) is turning into Hotel Stureplan. The new luxury hotel will open in January 2008 in end of October 2007. The interior design will be mainly in classic gustavian style and all Dutch tile stoves, stucco and beautiful windows will still be centrepieces in the interior.

Design exhibition in september

35 rooms, 2000 square meters and some 30 architects ? The exhibition Casa Cor - the passionate home will show how Stockholmers will live in the future. The exhibition is not about technology, but about passion and the familyrelations within a family. There will be a ?house? for a fictitious family with parents, teens, ex-husbands and grandparents live together. The exhibition will be held at T-house, Engelbrektsplan 1, by Humlegården. The exhibition will open Sept 1-october 14.

Modernised Djurgårdstram in 2010

Djurgårdslinjen (tram) will be modernised and extended. The tram runs between Waldemarsudde at Djurgården to Norrmalmstorg. The route will now be extended from Norrmalmstorg to Centralen and ready in spring 2010.

Budget tourism in Stockholm

BackpackSweden  is an independent travel guide focusing on the budget tourism in Sweden. They aim to guide you through the hotspots of Stockholm and Sweden, valuable accommodation, and cheap alternatives with help from local tourist offices, businesses and expertise. 

Stockholm International Fair expands

Stockholm International Fairs will expand their exhibition facilities. 8 400 square meters in conjunction with the A-hall will include exhibitionspace, conference facilities, a new entrance and restaurants. The new hall will be ready in 2009.

Östermalmshallen the worlds best food hall

Östermalmshallen in Stockholm is one of the world?s best food halls in the world according to the American magazine Bon Appétit. An expert panel of chefs and cookbook-writers chose the Stockholm food hall number 7 in the world:

  1. Campo dei Fiori, Roma
  2. Tsukiji, Tokyo
  3. Borough Market, London
  4. La Boqueria, Barcelona
  5. Maché Raspail, Paris
  6. Tor Kor, Bankok
  7. Östermalms Saluhall, Stockholm
  8. Central Market, Hongkong
  9. Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City
  10. Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

Buy Ecological food in Stockholm


Can I buy Ecological food in Stockholm. Here are some ideas from the booklet  ?Eko Stockholm? by Ekologiska lantbrukarna: Cajsa Warg at Renstiernas Gata 20, Södermalm is a great ecological store. Babajan at Etnografiska Museet, Djurgården, is one of the best eco-vegetarian restaurants in the city and always busy. Bondens Butik, at Tengdahlsgatan 30 sells products, including chicken and other meat, from small scale farms. In Sofo on Katarina Bangata, Södermalm and at Tessinparken, Östermalm, they sell newly harvested products in Bondens Egen Marknad (Farmers own market), Green n? Lean, on Scheelegatan 17, Kungsholmen serves eco-fastfood. Simons Skafferi (pantry), Kungstensgatan 12, Vasastan, Street Restaurang at the Street Market, Hornstullsstrand 4 Ekovaruhuset, Österlånggatan 28 i Gamla stan sells ?Fairtrade? clothes.


Art returns to Vinterviken

Skulpturens hus in Vinterviken/Aspudden closed down in November 2006. But has reopened again under the name Wintervikens konsthall and is now runned by the popular café next door. Winterviken. In 1865 Alfred Nobel constructed the world?s first nitropglycerin-factory in an area called Vinterviken in Stockholm. Two years later he invented the dynamite and manufactured it in this location undtil 1920. Today the factory-area is transformed in to an art-gallery, and a nice recreational area with cafées, allotment gardens and a beautiful park area by lake Mälaren. In the summer the outdoor ecological Vinterviken gardens serves sandwiches and music by local musicians. The area Aspudden, Midsommarkransen och Telefonplan is one of the trendier suburbs in Stockholm.

Five new restaurants in Djurgården

Djurgården is a lovely place for both stockholmers and tourists with some of the best attractions in the city plus a wonderful environment. Five old-new restaurants are opening at Djurgården this spring. Enjoy them or a pic-nic of your own anyplace? 

Villa Godthem (former Wärdshuset Godthem), next door to Ulla Winbladh värdshus, undergoes a transformation and will invite the public to a new Swedish-French/provancal style kitchen under the guardian of former Gyldene Freden chef Hans Eriksson with main courses 195-295 kronor. A new bar and a new place for barbecue is being built and will offer weekend brunches on Saturday and Sundays. The restaurant will be open Tuesday-Friday 11.30-23/24, Sat 12-24, Sunday 12-22.

Ekorren Konditori at Biskopsudden, beside Waldemarsudde and in the boat harbour area, is now being put to order by Johnny Askerwall, former owner of Rosendals Wärdshus. Ekorren Konditori will keep its name but will become a classic summer restaurants with lighter summer food and excellent surroundings. The restaurant will open in end of April. The Café will be open everyday between 10-22. Ekorren konditori, Biskopsvägen 5, Biskopsudden, Djurgården. Phone: 08-662 01 80. Carl Michael close to Gröna Lund and the ferry at Allmäna Gränd opened recently the doors to a modern 16th century restaurant with classic Swedish food with modern influences. Main courses from 147-300 kronor. Open: tues-fri 11.30-15, 17-22.30 and weekends 13-22.30.
 Djurgårdsbrunns värdshus will open in mid May with Mathias Pilblad, a member of the swedish national team in food. The prices range from 90-285 kronor and the food will be Swedish with French, Spanish and Italian Mediterranean influences. The restaurant will be open every day from beginning and june and weekend brunch during low season.  

Josefina opened in autumn 2006. It's a fine line between ostentatious and elegant. Whether the white décor with its stucco work, columns and huge crystal chandeliers belongs to the former category or the latter is in the eye of the beholder. The restaurant?s owners have said that they wanted to create a culinary amusement park, and they have certainly achieved this with their interior design, the stunning Djurgården waterside setting and the classic dishes on offer.

Foodmagazine honours Scandinavia

Scandinavian Design have an image of clean line and simplicity and the food is not far from it, says the British food magazine Olive in a celebration to Scandi Style. The magazine is also impressed by the many restaurants in Stockholm for instance ? and offer recipes to smoked salmon with horseradish cream on rye bread, meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry preserve, Janssons temptation and kanelbullar called "Sunday morning cakes"

Face lift at Drottninggatan

Drottninggatan is undergoing a change, from undefined to fashionstreet number one for a younger crowd. Earlier this spring H&M opened there largest store in Sweden on Hamngatan. The store is the first store in new shopping arcade. On the opposite side, the Debenham store has turned in to SOUK with shops like TopShop, Oasis etc. Nilson shoes are also opening a new store. And Pub department store is also changing into a more fashion oriented shopping store. Recently the Awesome Rags opened with Swedish labels like Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Pour, Resteröds, We and J Lindeberg but also See by Cloe, Cacharel etc

New meeting premises at GrandHôtel

Four new meeting premises have just opened at Grand Hotel. The new four rooms have been designed by well-renowned White Arkitekter in Sweden and are named Stockholm, New York, Berlin and St Petersburg after Vicke Andréns allegory painting in Spegelsalen ceiling. The Stockholm auditorium takes 215 persons, New York with up to 95 persons and Berlin/St Petersburg with ten respective twelve persons.

Foodwalks in Stockholm

The company Matkaravan (food caravan) organizes guided walks through food halls and food stores in Stockholm. They specializes in food from other countries than Sweden, though. There are plenty of places to shop for Indian, Malaysian, thai etc.

Restaurant Aquavit opens in the new Clarion Hotel

The New York based Swedish restaurant Aquavit will be in charge of the new restaurant at Clarion Sign Hotel (opening feb 2008) that is now being built at Norra Bantorget in Stockholm. Aquavit is runned by the celebrity cook Marcus Samuelsson and Håkan Swahn. Clarion Hotel will own and run the Swedish baby-sister-restaurant Aquavit Stockholm and will licence the name from Håkan Swahns American company.

Top restaurants according to White Guide

F12 in Stockholm was chosen number one for total experience and Oaxen Skärgårdskrog as number one for foodexperience, according to White Guide. Other restaurants chosen for international class was Esperanto and Mistral in Stockholm. Among the ten top restaurants in Sweden you will also find Edsbacka Krog, Vassa Eggen, Lux and Operakällaren in Stockholm.

Esperanto recieves Guide Michelin star

Esperanto received their first star in Guide Michelin.  Edsbacka krog north of Stockholm keeps its two stars and Fredsgatan 12, Lux Stockholm, Mistral and Operakällaren in Stockholm keeps its star.

Attractive country for businessmen

The book: The flight of creative class by Richard Florida launches an index of how sexy a country is for business. That is:  Which level each country?s is for the general businesslife in areas of creativity, technology and flexibility. Sweden is number one, followed by Japan, Finland, USA, Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway and Germany

Brunch-cruise with Strömma

How about a three hour brunch-lunch-cruise in the archipelago? S/S Stockholm departs from Strandvägen every Saturday and Sunday at 12.00 on a tour to Vaxholm and back again. Arrival 15.00. Cruise and lunchbuffé costs 395 SEK. Reserve in advance.

Best Swedish art galleries

Eight Swedish art experts have chosen the best Museum/Art Gallery in Sweden published in Swedish designmagazine Konstvärlden & Disajn. Three of the top five are situated in Stockholm: Number 1; Magasin 3, Number 2; Bonniers Konsthall and Number 3; Millesgården

New hostels in the Archipelago

Stockholm Archipelago have two new hostels - open all year, Fäfrubacken in Möja (STF Vandrarhem Möja) and one at Sandhamn (STF Vandrarhem Sandhamn).

4D Cinema opened at Tekniska museet

Cino4, Sweden's first 4D cinema, has now opened. See film with all your senses and fly with us in a totally different way. In cino4 the chairs are moving, you get watersplashed, smell things and feels the breeze. Tickets costs 60 kronor for adults and  30 kronor for children.

First Small Luxury Hotel

Victory Hotels in Gamla Stan is the first hotell in Stockholm to become a member of the organaisation Small Luxury Hotels in the World. The chain has 400 members in 60 countries, among them two swedish hotels.

New cruise terminal to be built in Stockholm!

The large terminal will be 3,000 square metres in area and will be finished in time for the 2008 cruise season. Magazine 9 on the Frihamnen pier is to undergo a complete interior and exterior renovation. The terminal will be 3,000 square metres in area and will include a café, Internet access, shops, a departures hall, customs and luggage handling. The new terminal will exude a sense of modern Swedish design. Every year hundreds of international cruise liners call at Stockholm during the summer season. The number of calls is growing steadily, and over 300,000 cruise ship passengers are expected in the run-up to the 2007 season.

- This is an extremely important tourist group for Stockholm?s ever growing tourism industry. A good first impression ensures satisfied ambassadors for Stockholm as a destination,? says Martin Rosborg, Managing Director of Stockholm Visitors Board.

Construction will begin in spring 2007 to ensure it is completed in time for the 2008 cruise season, which runs from May to October. Planning for potential uses of the terminal during the winter is currently under way.

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