Shoes shoes shoes - 2 000 sqm


Feet First

, Europes first shoe departmentstore, has opened in Stockholm. 2 000 square meters with all types of shoes; stilettos as well as comfortable walking shoes. The new Shoe Gallery is situated on the trendy part of Drottninggatan 50-52. Check out

Inspiring invitations at the post musuem


Photo: Postmuseum
Not very many will recieve an invitation from Micael Bindefeld,  Swedens celebrity party organizer number one. His motto is that the party starts when the invitation is being opened by the invited guest. Even though you will not be invited to one of his parties, you can now enjoy the creativity and thought put into some of his best invitations in a unique cooperation between the Postal museum and Micael Bindefeld at "Bindefelds Bästa Brev" exhibition at the Postmuseum October16-March2.  

400 hotel rooms in ICT center Kista


Kista Science city, one of the leading ICT clusters in the world, is expanding. Within a year a new exhibition hall and international fair, Kistamässan, will open. And already in 2009 a 41 story hotel building, with 400 rooms will open in the same area. The new hotel will be runned by Scandic-Hotel chain.  

Restaurant Mistral will close and reopen


Photo: Sandra Qvist/DN
One of Stockholm's star restaurants will close on December 22. The Mistral opened in 2003 and has since then been enjoying a Guide Michelin star for the restaurant located in Gamla Stan (Old Town). According to Svenska Dagbladet the owners Fredrik Andersson and Björn Vasseur will open the Mistral at a new location sometime during 2008. There will be new chefs in Mistrals "old" premisses. The new restaurant named Frantzén/Lindeberg, runned by Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg  and will open early 2008.

See the city from a bike


Photo: stockholm city bikes
Rent a bike from Stockholm City Bikes and see the city.  A day card gives you access to Stockholm City Bikes (50 different locations) during a limited period. It is activated the first time of use and is then valid for the next 24 hours during the opening hours of Stockholm City Bikes. You can also buy a day card that is valid for several days at a cost of 25 SEK/day. The last day for biking this season is October 31st . They will be back in april.

New Sterling flights from Stockholm


Photo: Luftfartsverket
are expanding their flights to Stockholm. People living in Firenze in Italy or Murcia in Spain will be able to fly to Arlanda next summer. The new routes opens April 1, but you can reserve your tickets from today. Prices starting on 675 SEK  per person. 

Where to buy Swedish fashion

Photo: Carin Wester
The image of  the fashion country Sweden is gradually changing. It's no longer only the land with clean basic every day wear and the country who produces clothes for the masses. Clearly, jeans from Acne, Nudie and Cheap
Monday opened the eyes of the world, but there are much more to be seen. Swedes are internationally minded and quick to pick up different trends. No wonder that Stockholm has become a place for a more conceptual fashion during the last few years. Thanks to the smaller shops in SoFo, City and Östermalm the smaller labels have gotten their own arena. Stockholm has a lot. Heres just a small selection of the brands with their own stores.

Acne Studio
Norrmalmstorg 2/Hamngatan 10-12.
Camilla Norrback, Norrbackagatan 60.
Carin Wester, Rörsstrandsgatan 40.
Fifth avenue shoe repair, Bondegatan 46B.
HOPE, Norrlandsgatan 12.
Jenny Hellström, Hornstulls stand 11.
Monki, Götgatan 19, Souk Drottninggatan 53
MTWTFSS Weekday, Olofsgatan 1/ Götgatan 21.   

Nakkna, Tjärhovsgatan 3.

Nudie Jeans, Skånegatan 75.
Rodebjer, Jakobsbergsgatan 6.
Whyred, Mäster Samuelsgatan 5B.
Öös Designunion, Svartensgatan 12A.

Designshopping right now

Photo: Asplund
Swedish interior design has been sought after since the concept  Swedish Grace was introduced in the 30's. It has since then kept its place in the limelight. Amazing patterns and good craftmanship is another side of the swedish design herritage. Both this an the modern minimalim with a twist can be found in the swedish furniture and design flora. Here are my favorite adresses 

Asplund, Sibyllegatan 31, Östermalm.  - Minimalism and modern high quality scandinavian furniture, rugs and lamps.

Carin & Carl, Karlavägen 40, Östermalm. - Antique and newly produced gustavian furniture.
DesignHouse Stockholm, Smålandgatan 11, Norrmalm.  - Several swedish designers produce furniture and things for DesignHouse. Was accnowledged by Time Magazine in their listin of the world's top 100 places to shop design.
DesignTorget, Kulturhuset, Norrmalm. - New things and gifts for the trendy person.

Plan ett, Birger Jarlsgatan 32, Östermalm. - Classic modern scandinavian interior design and with contemporary art exhibitions.
Posh Living, Sveavägen 41, Norrmalm. - Swedish stylists favorite store with focus on coloured minimalism
Room, Alströmergatan 20, Kungsholmen. - A classic swedish design shop. Cosy large furniture and striped fabrics.
Stockhome, Kungsgatan 25, Norrmalm. - Pricy things for homes and gardens.
Svenskt Tenn, Strandvägen 5,Östermalm. - Josef Franks amazing prints and furniture in a dream store.

Best soul music clubs

Photo: Club Soul

Stockholm is a great city for that cool groovy soul party. Here are the AOS readers best Soul dance music places:
Soul at Fasching - A classic soul club every Saturday

Raw Fusion at Mosebacke - Funk, soul, deep house, disco, broken beats or hip hop. Heres the place.
All Souled Out at Kvarnen - Every wednesday with the best of the 60's and 70's soul and funk

Hotline at Sodra Bar - every second thursday with soul, soul and soul.
The Soul Clam at Musslan Bar - New and vintage soul and R&B played now and then.

Three new gay clubs

Tired of going to Torget in Gamla Stan, Lino, Club Gaysha, Patricia on Sundays and Hallon? Three new gay clubs are opening this autumn in Stockholm according to Aftonbladet. Check out more info on QX.
Coco Loco on Sveavägen 36 opened a month ago. Every friday at 22-03 with two dance floors and a "schlager bar".
Bacchi Wapen on Järntorgsgatan 5 opens end of November. Wednesday-Friday 12-03 and Sunday Brunch.
Club G at Kolingsborg, Slussen opens tonight. Every friday 22-03 with three dance floors.

Shopping for second hand in Stockholm


Photo: Marlon Brando
Leather jackets, well worn makes you look rock-chic or cool like Marlon Brando. This favorite autumn garment is it this season. Here are ten great second hand addresses, suggested by City.
Second Läder 118, Odengatan 86
Påkläderiet, Södermannagatan 19, Södermalm
Emmaus, Götgatan 14, Södermalm
ML Secondhand, Kommendörsgatan 14, Östermalm

Emma Loca, Västerlånggatan 14, Gamla STan

Di Nuevo, Rådmansgatan 54, Norrmalm

Judith Secondhand Herr (men), Hornsgatan 65, Södermalm

Myrorna, Tomtebogatan 5, Vasastan

Camillas Kläder, Flemminggatan 28, Kungsholmen
59 Vintage, Hantverkargatan 59, Kungsholmen

Cosy autumn hotels for meetings


Photo: Högberga gård and Vår gård
Meetings, meetings, meetings! Autumn is a hectic time of planning for the next year. Creativity is often born out of inspiration, so why not do the planning at a cosy meeting hotel close to the water - on an island in the archipelago in a charming environment. Here are five ideas for that personal meeting.

Högberga Gård, Lidingö
Vår gård, Saltsjöbaden
Skepparholmen, Saltsjö-Boo
Små Dalarögård, Dalarö
Krusenberg Herrgård, Arlanda/Uppsala

Camilla Norrbacks' cool eco fashion


Photo: Camilla Norrback

"Modern luxury is as much about the inside as it is about the outside, glamorous superficiality replaced by giving yourself that which is good for both body and conscience", says the Stockholm based designer Camilla Norrback on her website about using only ecological materials. Her collection with eco-luxury garments will be showed at Paris fashion week October 4-7. She works with ecological cotton, woll and silk. Her garments are sold at several stores in Stockholm, among them Ekovaruhuset.

Growing popularity for ecological food


Photo: Ekovaruhuset
The ecological trend is strong at the moment in Stockholm. In fashion and in the restaurant and food industry. And far from the un colored and boring 1990-trend. Its a longing for the sustainable high quality thing, produced in the neigbourhood.  Here are some of the best places to buy Fair traded eco-food:

Afroart, Hornsgatan 58, Södermalm - Fair Trade chocolate, tea, coffee etc
Bondens butik, Tengdahlsgatan 30, Södermalm - Ecological produced food from neigbourhood farmers
Ekovaruhuset, Österlånggatan 28, Gamla Stan - Clothes, beauty products, fair trade food and candy
Emmaus, Götgatan 14, Södermalm - Ecological and Fair Trade coffee, tea, marmelade and chocolate
Happy Hippo, Riddargatan 28, Östermalm - Ecological and Fair Trade products.
Källan, Tunnlandsvägen 58, Bromma - Ecological food
Cajsa Warg, Renstiernas gata 20, Södermalm - Ecological and small scale produced food. Also ready to eat dishes.
Naturbageriet Sattva, Krukmakargatan 27, Södermalm - Bread and pastries made of ecologial flour.
Organic Green, Rehnsgatan 24, Vasastan - Vegetarian restaurant and health food.

Hot congress summer

With almost 40 000 international congress delegates who together spent more than 150 000 hotel nights in the Stockholm region, this congress summer was one of Stockholm's best ever. "It's very satisfying to note that more and more international fair and congress organisers ar now choosing Stockholm for their event", says Björn Delin Manager International marketing at Stockholm international Fairs in his latest newsletter.

Scandic Hotel turns totally ecologic by 2025


Photo: Tasteline
The Hotel chain Scandic new goal is to exclude all carbon dioxide by 2025. And they have already started by presenced steered lights, thermo steered heating, usage of renewalled energy, cars driven by renewalled fuel, water efficiant water taps, showers and toilets, KRAV-labelled food (eco labelled), garbage sorters in 23 000 hotel rooms, switch to electricity from waterpower plants and no use of disposable packages.

Hotel Stureplan opens in January

The first 58 rooms of Hotel Stureplan will open in January and in early summer 2008 the hotel will have 102 rooms.  I have written about it before.

Afternoon Tea at Diplomat


Photo: T/Bar at Diplomat
Autumn is the hugely popular afternoon tea time. The chic Hotel Diplomat on Strandvägen has just opened up their T/Time at T-bar. From 14-17 you can sip Hotel Diplomat's own blend and indulge in homemade scones with whipped cream. Hotel Diplomat is situated on Strandvägen with a view over Nybroviken bay.  Grand Hotel is another great sea view hotel offering Afternoon Tea.

Restaurant 1900 opens in November

Niklas will open his new restaurant 1900 in November. Im so looking forward seeing and eating there.  

Shopping for jewellery in Stockholm


Photo: Sandberg
The world has opened their eyes for the stylish and yet fun Swedish jewellery. Madonna loves Efva Attling, Karl Lagerfeld loves David&Martin and Dadas diamonds was chosen "Rookie of the year" during fashion week in Stockholm August 2006. Heres addresses and names to nine of the best new unique jewellery makers in Stockholm.
  • Efva Attling Graphic simple but exclusive jewellery for men, women and dogs sold in the store at Hornsgatan 44, Södermalm
  • David & Martin, Graphic forms and numbers on silver and gold sold in their own store on Hökens Gata 5, Södermalm
  • Sandberg, Raw, humouristic and unique jewellery and my personal favorite sold in their own store on Nybrogatan 9, Östermalm
  • Dadas Diamonds, Fun exclusive silver jewellery sold at NK and Svenskt Tenn
  • Sophie by Sophie, exclusive jewellery by Sophie Gyllenhammar Mattson sold at NK and W.A Bolin
  • Gaudy, The Royal Family loves the modern exclusive look. The shop is situated on Strandvägen 3, Östermalm (next to Svenskt Tenn).
  • Galleri Etena, Clean lines and mix of materials such as gold and plexi, Hornsgatan 30, Södermalm
  • Goldbar Juveler & Design, Exclusive personal jewellery made by goldsmith Lotta Torstensson on Köpmangatan 16, Gamla Stan
  • Made by, three designers in one shop on Vikingatan 20, Vasastan

Elite builds luxury hotel in an old mill


Photo: Stockholms Länsmuseum
The old mill, Saltsjöqvarn, situated by the water front in Nacka is turning into an Elite Hotel according to Dagens Industri. The hotel will open in 2010. Elite Hotel Group will then have three hotels in Stockholm. The others are:  Elite Palace Hotel in Vasastan and Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza on Östermalm.

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