New outdoor restaurant by Djurgården

Photo: Strandbryggan
Fiore is the name of a new outdoor restaurant by Djurgårdsbrunnsbron-bridge on Östermalm in Stockholm. The menu is simple italian and the atmosphere relaxed. And the popular Strandbryggan on the other side of the Djurgårdsbrunnsbron-bridge have got some competition.
Fiore is situated on Strandvägen 56

Scandic Malmen turns chic

Concerts five days a week, international dj:s and a cosy bistro and bar will turn Scandic Hotel Malmen on Götgatan by Medborgarplatsen into a new centerpoint. Scandic Hotel Malmen is perfectly located between the popular SoFo-area and Slussen. The "new" hotel lobby will open in the autumn.

Princess Madeleine patron of Fashiondays

photo: svensk damtidning
H R H Princess Madeleine of Sweden, known for her interest in fashion, is the patron of Stockholm Fashion Week by Berns. Sthlm Fashion Week by Berns will take place June 30- July 2. One of the new designers showing this season is Agunandagirl and Nikolaj d'etoile and wellknown Swedish brands such as Filippa K, Whyred and Acne.

Stockholm Int. Fairs grows

Stockholm International Fairs has made a major commitment to rebuild and extend. In total, SEK 350 million has been invested in the expansion, so that by late 2009 a newer and larger Stockholm International Fairs will be able to open its doors. Exhibitors and congress organisers can look forward to a total exhibitionarea of almost 70 000 sqm, 10 000 sqm more than today.

Absolute Ice bar - double size

The world's first permanent Absolute ice bar is now twice the size. You can now hold brief, effective and cool meetings here at Nordic Sea hotel. The venue can accommodate 60 guests, and tailor-made solutions are available: why not consider freezing your products in blocks of ice, projecting your presentation onto a screen of ice, or ordering the ultimate ice experience, with an ice menu and a three-team ice sculpting competition? Reed more about new mood meeting areas

Meeting rooms to keep you awake

The Nordic Sea Hotel launches new meeting rooms to keep you awake. This summer, the Nordic Sea Hotel will launch three new creative meeting rooms and double the size of the Absolute Ice bar. With features such as daylight simulation and below-zero temperatures, the hotel can help meeting organisers to ensure that participants stay alert! 

Havet - the Light Room Havet offers a space in which to optimise learning and development for your employees. Additional writing boards and vibrant lighting makes learning a stimulating experience. Havet has room for 50 people.

Horisonten - the Energy
Room Horisonten is a room that exudes energy, with décor that is about as far removed as you can get from a traditional conference venue. A circular bar surrounded by "wall-writes" (walls that you can write on), groups of sofas, comfy armchairs and TV screens all help to create a stimulating and dynamic environment. Horisonten has room for 20 meeting attendees.

Djupet - the Dialogue Room Djupet encourages interaction and dialogue, and has room for 30 people. There is a stage, with room for sofas and armchairs, from which panel debates, press conferences, etc. can be conducted. Participants can also hold round-table discussions.

200 new experiments at Tom Tits

The largest investment ever makes Tom Tits Experiment in Södertälje south of Stockholm one of the most interesting children attractions in the Stockholm area. 200 new exciting experiments and attractions is added to the 400 existing attractions, among them a bicycle up the wall, travel in the 40 meter long slide, a giant robot roller coaster, a storm-ground and a water rocket.

First Design Hostel opens in July

The first Swedish Design Hostel opens July 1st in Stockholm. It will be located at Gärdet, close to all attractions on Djurgården Island. According to the owners Svenska Turistföreningen, the new hostel will be furnished with Swedish design only. More info will come.

Kung Carl a beautiful city hotel

A fellow-worker went on a hotel tour at Hotel Kung Carl, situated at Stureplan, in the heart of Stockholm - and she loved it. All the rooms have their own special character, from classical elegance to modern design. The restaurant, Kung Carls Bakficka, offers dishes where the Scandinavian cuisine meets tastes from south Europe. The Hotel Kung Carl is a Best Western Premier Hotel.

Metro library in Stockholm

Borrow a book in the Metro of Stockholm. This will be a reality on three metrostations in Stockholm, but only available for Stockholm County library card holders. The three library metro stations are Bredäng, Högdalen and Östermalms Torg.

Stockholm Skyview - new attraction

Stockholm Skyview

Stockholm will have a new attraction at the Stockholm Globe Arena named "Stockholm Skyview". A tram gondola  will take up to 17 people one hundred meters up, offering a great view. The new attraction will be inaugurated in the autumn of 2009.

Don't miss out on Stockholm’s Culture Festival in August

The cultural life in Stockholm will explode during Stockholm's Culture Festival. The forgotten squares and parks in Stockholm come alive during the six day long festival from 11 o'clock until midnight. More than 500 shows, performed by 200 artists from all over the globe, will be crammed into the festival area between August 12-17. There will be free admission to 99% of the program.

Sergels Torg square: Activities on the building facades, avantgarde circus and things you can participate in. •Brunkeberg Square: Club music & Hiphop and house for the younger crowd 
Gustav Adolfs Square: "Cultures meet" themes every night: Opera meets carneval, Swedish folkmusic meets Senegal Percussion, Stockholm meets Harlem etc.
Blasieholms Square: Creative activities for children aged 0-12 everyday from noon until 18.00.
Raoul Wallenberg Square: "Rites of Life" a photo exhibition: 20 cultures from birth to death by photographer and writer Anders Ryman.
Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen islands: This years Art project is all about defence. Six outdoor exhibitions from different angles.

·Movies: CinemAfrica arranges two movie evenings at the roof of Kulturhuset (culture house). Stockholm Film Festival arranges with five out door movienights at Tantolunden-park on the theme Revolutionary romance with movies such as Marie-Antoinette and Rebel without a cause.

Connect Hotel opens at Skavsta Airport

Photo: Connect hotel Arlanda Airport
Skavsta International Airport in Nyköping south of Stockholm will get its first airport hotel in July 2008. The Connect Hotel will offer backpackersroom, sk Quick Sleep, or normal three star hotellrooms according to Travel News

Exchange your plants at vintage plant shop

Tired of your plants. Why not exchange your ivy to a tomatoplant at The Vintage Plant Shop - a secondhand store for plants. According to DN på Stan it started as an artproject and will be open during this summer and situated at Hornstulls Strand 1 on Södermalm, close to the Streetmarket.  

Tvärbanan extends to Solna

Photo: DN
Starting next year the popular Tvärbanan-local train will be extended to Solna and the new national arena in Solna. According to the plans it will all be inaugurated in four years, the summer of 2013. The new local train will start in Alvik and go via, Ulvsunda, Sundbyberg to Solna Business Park and end at Solna Station.

The Tvärbanan local train runs between Sickla Udde and Alvik today. Check out the SL map

New childrens playground at Skansen


Skansen Openair museum has built a new fun playground for small children named Päronparken (The Pear Park) a village with "warm eggs" made by a large animal, an exciting ruin, hairy rope-rastafari sheeps to ride, a labyrinth to explore and mushrooms to jump on and plenty more. All made by tile, wood, ceramics, rubber and rope

Two photo exhibitions on Raoul Wallenberg square

There will be two photoexhibitions with swedes at Raoul Wallenberg square in Stockholm this summer. In June-July with Mattias Edwall and in August-September with Anders Ryman

  1. The Photographic museum shows photos taken by one of Swedens foremost photographers Mattias Edwall. He has worked with the swedish avant garde circus Cirkus Cirkör for more than a decade and will show his fun and unexpected pictures from now until end of July. (Top photo)
  2. The amazing photo exhibition "Rites of Life" by the swedish photographer and writer Anders Ryman which shows ceremonies, rites and rituals from birth to death all over the world. Amazing photos from 20 cultures during 7 years of travel will be at display on Raoul Wallenbergs square and free of charge. The exhibition is a part of the Culture festival and opens August 5 and will be at the square until end of September. (bottom photo)

Red Bull Air Race comes to Stockholm

Prepare for a spectacular air race event in front of the City Hall on July 5-6. The Red Bull Air Race World Series features the world's best pilots in a motor sports competition based on speed, precision and skill.

Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial race track with spectacular backdrops and jaw-dropping action. Spectators are guaranteed to experience one of the most innovative and exciting new sports competitions around today.

Globe Arena area expands

The Globe Arena area in Stockholm expands with an additional arena, "Stockholmsarenan", for sports and events. With the new arena, the Globen Area will consolidate it's position as the number one arena in Stockholm. The Globe Arenas consists of The Globe, Hovet and Annexet arenas. The new Stockholmsarenan will be inaugurated in 2012.

Dance dance dance week

Streets burstling with dancers and dancers. The organizers behind Stockholm International Dance Week, which takes place during June 7-15, hopes that the streets, parks, squares and metro will be filled with dancers and dancing during the Dance Week at Stockholm Globe Arenas. Thousands of dancers from Sweden and prominent danceguests will compete in this large dance event. Learn how to dance Chacha, rumba, Salsa, African, Walz, hip hop and what ever you can imagine during June 9-10 at the Globe Arenas. Plenty of other events take place all over the city.

National day celebration!

June 6th is Swedens national day. The City of Stockholm organizes a party for all Stockholmers in all ages. Most of the program is in swedish.
Music and litterature at the City Hall,
Ballons at Skeppsbron,
Concerts and food festival Smaka på Stockholm in Kungsträdgården,
Family activities at Rålambshovsparken,
Sports activities national games at Hammarby Sjöstad,
City walks in Old Town,
Events in several parks in the city and the suburbs

and ofcourse traditional midsummer celebrations at Skansen

Music summer - June

Stockholm shows its most beautiful side with its lush green parks its water and beautiful buildings. What can be nicer than being outdoor and hearing music. Here are some of the music highlights during june.

4. Cathryn Williams & Neil Maccoli, Nalen
4. Gavin Degraw, Berns
4. Eldkvarn, Kungsträdgården
4-8. Stockholm Early Music Festival
5. Charlotte Perelli (Eurovision), Kungsträdgården
6. Deasars, Debaser Slussen
6. Billie The Vision and the Dancers, Debaser Medis
6. National day celebration Kungsträdgården, Skansen
7. Celine Dion, Globen
7. Yvonne, Debaser Medis
8. Khaled, Berns
10. Michael McDonald, Göta Lejon
11. Kylie Minogue, Globen
12. Mad Professor feat. Victoria Moralez
13. Dolly Parton, Stockholm Stadion
13. Håkan Hellström, Gröna Lund
13. Johan Kinde, Södra Teatern
16. Robyn, Mosebacke
19. Jay-Z, Globen
22. melo, Berns Terassen
24-25. Acceleratorfestivalen, Munchenbryggeriet
25. steve Lukather, Berns
26. Erykah Badu, Berns
27. DeVotchKa, Debaser Slussen
27. Pugh with Jojjee & Loffe, Tantogården
28. Avril lavighne, Jonas Brothers, Annexet, Globen
28. Will Oldham, Berns
28. Kent and Thåström, Zinkensdamms IP
29. The Magnetic Fields. Cirkus

Music summer - July

July months hotest concerts. Here is the list - day by day.

1. Gnaris Barkley, Nalen
1. Miyavi, Tyrol
2. Madlib, Mosebacke
2. Scott Henderson, Fasching
5. John Diqweed, Berns
6. Melo, Berns Terassen
9. Loo Reed, rockopera Berlin,  Annexet
9. Cat Power, Berns
12. Countrygala with swedish top artists, Skansen
16. iron Maiden, Stockholms Stadion
16-19. Stockholm Jazzfestival, Skeppsholmen
17. Yngwie Malmsten, Berns
18. Chicago, Cirkus
18. Daniel Johnston, Berns
20. John Mayall, Berns
21. Ice Cube, Kägelbanan, Mosebacke
22. Salomon Burke, Debaser Medis
23. Anna Järvinen, Lykke Li, Mosebacke
24. Magnus Uggla, Amanda Jensen, Skansen.
25-3/8. Europride
27. Lill-Babs, Eva Dahlgren, Peter Jöback, Skansen
29. Juanes, Annexet, Globen
29. Mange Schmidt, Adam Tensta & Lazee, Gröna Lund
30. Petter, Hoffmaestro & Chraa, Mosebacke

Music summer - august

Music and summer, summer is music. Here are the August music events
1. Mavis Staples, Berns
2. Drive -By Truckers, Nalen
5. Weeping Willows, Mosebacke
9. Lars Winnerbäck & Marku Krunegård, Miss Li, Emil Jenssen, Cissi & Nour, Zinkensdamm IP
11. Cinema Bizarre, Klubben
13. Bakyard babies & Takida, Skansen
13. Kings of Convinence, Nalen
14. Gentleman, Gröna Lund
15. Salem al Fakir, gröna Lund
20. Dag Vag, Mosebacke
22. Eric Gadd, Gröna Lund
25. Club Killers feat. Asha All, Tityo and Ane Brun, Mosebacke
26. Breeders.Berns
27. Nationalteaterns Rockorkester, Mosebacke
29. Stray Cats, Berns
29 Popaganda music festival at Eriksdalsbadet with Bob Hund, Sebastien Tellier, Bonde Do Role, Shout Out Louds, Joel Alme.

Strolls for all the senses

When I go for a citybreak I love to wander around, curiously just exploring the unknown. Here are some of my favorite walks in Stockholm:

By the waterfront on Söder  
Södermalm is situated on a hill with an amazing view over the green Djurgården and Old Town at Mosebacke, Fjällgatan etcetera. Se the old Stockholm, red cottages and romantic environment. Fetch a free map at the Stockholm City Museum or Stockholm Tourist Centre. Don't miss out on Monteliusvägen - a small path on Södermalm, with a great view over the City Hall and picturesque houses and gardens.

Djurgårdsbrunn canal  
This is a nice walk with many pit-stop options. Stroll through the beautiful villas in the "diplomatic town" along the canal to the romantic Djurgårdsbrunns Wärdshus (inn), accross the bridge, to Rosendal Palace and Rosendals Gardencafé. Enjoy the lush green wild park environment.  Why not continue on Strandvägen back to the city.

Start with the allotmentgardens at Hornstull. They are all one of a kind decorated with love and dreams. Stroll along the waterfront. If its a weekend you don't want to miss the Street market.  Stop at Nyfiken Gul for some barbeque and end the evening at SoFo.

Riddarfjärden runt  
Börja på Riddarholmen och gå mot slussen längs södermälarstrand, över Västerbron, Rålambshovsparken längs Norrmälarstrand och förbi Stadshuset.

New members of gourmet association


, Mathias Dahlgren, Rolfs Kök and Långbro Värdshus are new members of the  Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic association dedicated to bringing together both professional and non-professional members worldwide who appreciate and share a mutual interest in cuisine, wine and fine dining. Some 20 restaurants in Stockholm are members.

Airport Shuttle takes you to the hotel

Airport Shuttle
offers transfer between most hotels in Stockholm city and Arlanda International Airport (ARN). The service fills the gap between the big establish services like Arlanda express train and the Airport Coaches which often is combined with a taxi to reach the end destination. AirportShuttle takes you all the way to the hotel.

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