Easier to shop at Hornstull


Photo: Iglo

Smaller shops in the Hornstullarea have started a homepage in order to promote the area and the individual boutiques. Well Im not very impressed by it yet, but its a good start. My own personal favorite café - the lightcafé Iglo and the cool Street market is not included, yet.  

Christmas is moving closer, so I will take a blog-break and return on Jan 7. Well I might get lots and lots of inspiration during christmas and blog a lot...

Cosy winter christmas cafés


Photo: ICA
The webpage Allt om Stockholm lists their favorite cafées north and south of Slussen in Stockholm. Loved the idea, blended it with some of my own favorites and here goes: 

North of Slussen

Ritorno, Odengatan 80-82, Vasastan - Play boardgames, read a paper and enjoy a classical atmosphere
Vete-Katten, Kungsgatan 55, Norrmalm - a traditional Stockholm classic.

Café Fix, S:t Eriksgatan 35, vasastan  - been here since 1910 and is still going strong.

Hotel Reisen, Skeppsbron 12-14, Gamla Stan  - for an afternoon tea or a hot toddy

Chokladkoppen, Stortorget, Gamla Stan - Cosyatmosphere for a hot chocolate. Gayfriendly.

South of Slussen

Café Blå Lotus, Katarina Bangata 21 - young alternative and creative people find their peace here. 

Café Fåtöljen, Hornsgatan 55 - the small rooms in the basement floor gives the right winter feel

Café Puck , Hornsgatan 32 - coffebar and art in the same building. The colourful paintings gives you energy on dull days.

Vurma, Bergsunds strand 31 - Vurma's newest addition is already a favorite. Visit the other Vurma on Polhemsgatan, Kungsholmen and Gästrikegatan, Vasastan.

New national arena in Stockholm

Photo: Svensk fotboll
The first step towards a new national arena (nationalarenan) for football/soccer and concerts in Solna, Stockholm (6km from Citycentre in Sthlm) will be taken during autumn 2008 and will be inaugurated in 2011. It will be the largest outdoor arena in Scandinavia,  with a roof that can be closed in order for it to be used all year around. 50.000 fotball fans or 57.500 people during a concert. A hotel with 250 rooms, a restaurant for up to 2 000 guests and conferencefacilities will be built in conjunction with the arena.

Stay over night in a jumbojet


Swedes are said to be humoristic and innovative when it comes to design. Judge for your self. I think the idea to turn a boing 747 into a youth hostel is certainly both fun and creative idea - and its also a great way to recycle. The Jumbo hostel will hopefully open in May 2008 in Uppsala according to Expressen. The plane will be located close to Arlanda Airport by Radisson SAS Arlandia Hotel on road 273. The hotel is not connected to the hotel.

Other unusual places you can stay in Stockholm is: the full rigged ship af Chapman and the old prison on Långholmen.

Monki - trendy at bargain price


Photo: Monki Skrapan
I have written about it before here here on this blog, but a colleague of mine reminded me the other day about it. Im talking about Monki Girl. Its just a great  place to find trendy clothes for women at a good price - and yes, its a swedish koncept. If its a success? Well the founders are the Weekday (Cheap Monday) group, so I believe that says it all. Besides their own collection you will find other streetwear and jeans from young designers in sweden and Hong kong. You will find the Monki store at: 
Monki, Götgatan 19, 
Monki, SOUK departmentstore, Drottninggatan 53
Monki, Skrapan departmentstore, Götgatan 78
Monki, Skärholmen Centrum, Plan 2 

Gustavsberg - an archipelago tour in the winter




Photo: Gustavsberg Expo, Bistro and Hamn
Come and enjoy stockholm's scenic archipelago and the unique heriage of the old gustavsberg Porcelain Factory, says the broschure of Gustavsberg Harbour - and I do agree. Go here by boat (in the summer) or by bus (nr 420, 422, 424, 425, 428-430, 474, 492) from Slussen. The area is nice and on a relatively small area there are plenty of things to see and do:
1) Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum (discover some of the top ceramics, among them porcelain of Stig Lindberg and the Nobel dinner set etc)
2) Gustavsberg Art Gallery, Glass Expo and Studio shop at Gula Byggningen. The artgallery opened in June 2007 and is devoted to present top contemporary art in ceramics and glass. The gallery also houses a display of unique art for sale.
3) Tornhuset Gallery selling nice nostalgia things and beautiful black and white pictures from Stockholm and Gustavsberg. Tornhuset also has a nice café with a view over the lake.
4) Antikhuset, specialized in selling vintage china and works of art from Gustavsberg during the years 1850 - 1990
5) Gustavsbergs Glashytta (Glassworks) where you can see and try to "blow" glass
6) In the same building as the Glassworkds you will find Restaurant Glashuset which is a really nice restaurant, there is also a café in the Tornhuset Gallery and a Bistro (image above) with the interior made of ceramics.
7) Factory outlets of  HPF Household porcelain factory, Hackman-Rörstrand, Villeroy & Boch, Orrefors Kostaboda.
Read also about the Porcelain Factory .

Amazing view from new sky bar


Photo: Ahrbom & Partner

It's not everyday that Stockholm gets a new viewpoint, but it happened last week. Well, well, the building itself was built in 1961 and has been used by the Swedish Tax Agency but has now turned into a departmentstore called Skrapan, an officebuilding, studentapartments, apartments and the restaurant Imperiet. A new giant glass box has been built on top of the old skyscraper - and is now the home of Stockholm's skybar with the name "och himlen därtill" (and heaven too). For curiosity: The Skybar is named after the 40s movie "All this, and heaven too" starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer. It opened on Lucia, thursday December 13, and the view is amazing!!! 

New version of a Christmasmarket


Photo: Plezuro
A new place to meet, a center for creativity for the city audience. Here you will find the local cheese specialist, textiles design, photo exhibitions, cool music from all parts of the world. All of this in a city in the city, down the stairs from Odengatan/St Eriksplan. Visit the Christmas market on Atlasmuren 22, on December 20-23 between 12-19 o clock.

Three new suites at Globe Hotel


Photo:  one of the new Suites
Quality Hotel Globe at Stockholms Globe Arena adds three luxury suites on the top floor of the hotel, a spa area and a large banquet hall. The three new suites, the largest being 120 square meters with feature its own relax and spa area. An adittional  relax and sauna area is built for other hotel guests on the top flor. In addition to this the "Stjärnrummet", a banquet hall for 300 people is also being built on the top floor. Quality Hotel Globe at the Globe Arena just opened 40 new rooms on the theme Antarctica designed by well renowned swedish White architects.
The Quality Hotel Globe is situated next door to the Globe Arena in Stockholm, the largest event venue in Stockholm.

Four days of Seinfeld at Rica Talk Hotels


All fans of the TV show Seinfeld are welcome to Rica Talk Hotel in Älvsjö during four days and nights. The marathon movie event starts thursday January 10 at 1800 with "The Seinfeld Chronicles" (aka "Good news, bad news") from 1989 and ends Monday January 14 at breakfast with "The Finale 1&2".The whole Seinfeld collection will be shown in all hotel rooms, the restaurant and bar. And when you are hungry you will be served "Bologna Sandwiches" that Estelle made for Jerry and soups, big sallad and pies - all Seinfeld classics.

Stockholm Water Front Building - City Congress


Photo: Stockholm Waterfront Building

A new, exciting element in Stockholm's skyline is being developed. When the Stockholm Waterfront Building is completed in 2010, Stockholm will receive a new, long awaited congress hall with room for 3000 participants in local and international events. The property will also include a hotel, Rezidor Park Inn,  with 418 rooms, as well as a view over both Riddarfjärden and Stockholm's City Hall.The Stockholm Waterfront will also include a first class office building with a panorama view over the water as well as the city. The location creates unique conditions for communications and accessibility.

Best vintage shopping in the City


Photo: ICity, Skatboet
Where are the best vintage shops in Stockholm? Judiths second hand on Södermalm is the most wellknowned one and a shop most Stockholmers find their way to. But what other alternatives do Stockholm have. Im not much of a vintage shopper so here are ICITYMagazines favorites:
Herr Judit, Hornsgatan 75, Södermalm (Vintage clothes and accesoirs for men)
Le Shop vintage, PUB 03, Hötorget, City (Hand picked vintage clothes from 70's and 80's and fashion classics from Dior, Lacroix etc)
Mint & Vintage, Sankt Eriksgatan 48, Vasastan - first yard building on right hand. (Girly, flirty, ruff and rocky vintage and swedish)
Skatboet, Katarina bangata 28, Södermalm. (goth and new romantic style)
Niniette, Nybrogatan 63, Östermalm (Luxury secondhand)

Nobel for the noble, and others


Photo: Nobelstiftelsen
The cream of the swedish business world, the royal family and the worlds foremost scientists are all in Stockholm today. They will gather at the Koncerthouse for the Nobel Prize ceremony and later on gather for a banquet at the City Hall. Few of us will ever be invited to the Nobel festivities, but if you want to experience some of it you can visit the Nobel Museum (free entrance today) or eat a Nobel Prize dinner at the City Hall cellars (stadshuskällaren) any time of the year. Here are some more ideas.

Smörgåsbord at Christmas in Stockholm


Photo: Ulriksdals värdshus

Christmas is for many swedes synonymous with "smörgåsbord", a typical swedish buffet. It's a tradition to eat smörgåsbord with your workplace and of course at Christmaseve with your family. DN På Stan has chosen three classical traditional Smörgårdsbord and three modern ones.
Långbro Värdshus, Stora mans väg 4, Älvsjö (traditional)
Ulriksdals värdshus, Ulriksdals slottspark, Solna. (traditional)
Djurgårdsbrunns Värdshus, Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 68, Stockholm. (traditional)
East, Stureplan 13, Stockholm (Asian/Japanese)
Nam kang, Birger Jarlsgatan 38, Stockholm. (Korean)
Portofino, Brännkyrkagatan 93. (Italian)

Surfers paradise in Stockholm this winter?


Photo: Quicksilver Swedish Surf Championship
Stockholm is a city of water, but I have never thought of it as a surfcity - have you? Seriously, this weekend the Quicksilver Swedish Surf championships with Swedish Surf Tour Final takes place in Stockholm at Torö stenstrand, Nynäshamn south of the city this weekend! The organizers have arranged with a sauna for all competitors, which will probably be needed.

FlyNordic launches 5 new destinations


Photo: FlyNordic

launches five new routes to Stockholm Arlanda airport during spring 2008:

From Alicante (starting April 5) Mon, Wed, Sat and (+ Fri, from June 4).

From Krakow (starting Jan 14) Mon, Wed, Fri and  Sun.

From Malaga (starting April 5) Saturdays (+Tues, from June 17)

From Paris (starting Jan 14) Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sund.

From Warszaw (starting Jan 14) Tues, Thur, Fri and Sund.

Gingerbread architechts


Photo: Arkitekturmuseet
Metropolis is the chosen theme for this year's Gingerbread House Contest and Show. As usual, the contestants have been free to put their own spin on it, as is evident in the entries on display here in the Museum of Architecture. The Gingerbread houses will be displayed between December 4-January 6.

Boutique hotel at Stureplan




Photo: Hotel Stureplan

Got a preview of  a new small intimate boutique hotel, perfectly situated at Stureplan in Stockholm. The interior design is made up of high quality traditional Swedish craftsmanship furniture made especially for the hotel. All rooms are individually decorated in the 18th century Gustavian style with additional contemporary features. High ceiling, stucco, balcony, bay window, open fire, cabin rooms, loft rooms or suits? The choice is yours. Hotel Stureplan aims to become a legendary hotel already from the start. Known for its personal, top class service, comfortable atmosphere and state of the art technology. Welcome to a hotel where excellent service is the minimum standard opening in February-March 2008.

Scandinavian navy style at new low fare hotel

Visited the new Hotel Micro yesterday and think its a great alternative for a family or girlfriends travelling to shop. The rooms are like small cabins without windows decorated in marine colors blue, red and white which gives it a clean, fresh scandinavian look. And its priceworthy: 495 for one person during the weekend. All rooms have bunk beds, the lower dbouble bed being 120-140 cm wide, and the top one is 90-120 cm wide. Though the rooms are small they feel OK. If you stay two or more people in the room you pay an additional 50 SEK per person. Four girlfriends during weekend costs: 645 SEK per night. The beds are top class. Each room has a mirror of course, and a work table and a stool to sit on. New and fresh showers and WC for ladies and gentlemen you find on the same floor. Towels in the room.

Increase in travel to Stockholm in November


Photo: SAS
The number of passengers travelling on international flights at LFV Airports increased by a massive 10% in November compared with the same month last year. A total of 1, 7 million passengers flew from Stockholm-Arlanda and Stockholm-Bromma during Neptember this year. This is a 3 percent increase compared with the same month in 2006. International passenger numbers in September were up 10 percent to 1,1 million whilst domestic passenger numbers were down 3 percent to 0,6 million.

Construction of ABBA-museum starts now


Photo: Abbamuseum
The construction of Stockholm's new tourist magnet, ABBA the Museum, starts in Stora Tullhuset at Stadsgården. 6,500 square metres on four levels, featuring everything about one of our biggest Swedish icons - ABBA. Read more in the english pressrelease here.

ABBA - How it all started


ABBA have sold around 370 million records around the world. Elvis and The Beatles are probably the only ones who surpass those figures. Every year 2-3 million albums are sold, which means that ABBA are still one of the world's best-selling groups. It all started on a June night in 1966, when 21-year-old Björn Ulvaeus is on tour with the Hootenanny Singers and 20-year-old Benny Andersson is touring with the Hep Stars. Under an oak-tree in

the town of Linköping a mutual friendship is born, along with the idea to write a song together. They later met with Annifrid and Agneta and eventually formed the group ABBA.  The big breakthrough comes on April 6, 1974, when ABBA wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with "Waterloo". Read more here

ABBA Museum - the interior

Photo: Abba museum
The Abba attraction will be a multimedia interactive experience telling the success story about ABBA from the start to the last performance. Visitors will be the focal point of the whole attraction - being able to sing, dance, laugh, cry, make their own record etcetera,  and with a longing to return back to the attraction. The Entrance will be from the Slussen side of the building. Beside the interactive part of the attraction, the museum will also feature a warderobe department, filled with original costumes - some displayed for the first time. And visitors wanting a ABBA souvernir will have all their needs met at the ABBA shop in the entrance. You can also reach the shop directly from the street.  

ABBA museum opens June 3, 2009


Photo: ABBA Museum
The ABBA museum will open June 3, 2009 in Stockholm. The opening will be celebrated throughout the week all over the City between June 3-7 2009. Activities, music, performances and festivities will take place on the quays from Stadsgården to Kungsträdgården. Entire Stockholm will ooze of music, said Ewa Wigenheim Westman and Ulf Westman, initiators to the ABBA Museum. Today 3 000 VIP packages for the opening week will be launched today. Reed more about it here. Ticket release for plain tickets will be March 13 2008. The entrance will be approximately 245 SEK.

Birkastan the new SoFo


Photo: Made By

52 shops in the Birkastan area at Vasastan (Norrbackagatan, Rörstrandsgatan och S:t Eriksgatan) are cooperating in order to turn the area to a natural place for shopping, eating and drinking according to Vi i Vasastan. This is a welcommed initiative since the area is an upcomming place for trends and shopping. I just recently wrote about it here. First thing on the agenda is a open shop night on thursday the 6th of December. When shops will be opened until 21.00 and filled with discounts and activities. Initiators are Plezuro, People like us and Made by.

Eco-cool in Stockholm


Photo: Ekoparken
With the global interest in themes like climate changes, the interest for global tourism has grown. Stockholm is a great place to visit for a Eco-stay.  Love and respect for nature are key elements of the Swedish soul and a vital part of modern society. Outdoor life, the right of common access known as "allemansrätten,"  clean drinking water and international work for the global environment are three clear, concrete examples of how the Swedes express their relationship to the environment.  A great way to experience this is to travel to Stockholm. Here are some ideas for an eco-trip to Stockholm at Stockholm Visitors Boards Pressroom.

New life at Sergels Torg square


Photo: Svenska Dagbladet

Stockholms modern city centre is undergoing a change from grey and dark to warm and friendly. The Sergels Torg square called "Plattan" will become an indoor strolling area in December 2009, according to SVD. The whole roofed area will become an indoor strolling and shopping area and a restaurant will open under the fountain, where Kapp-Ahl store is situated.

TomTit attraction closes temporarily


Photo: Tom Tits Experiment
Tom Tits Experiment, Sweden´s largest science centre, in Södertälje will be temporary closed from December 21 due to refurbishment and give room to new experiments and surprises. The attraction will open again in spring 2008.

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