Candles during All Saints' Day

Image: Skogskyrkogården
This upcomming weekend is one of my favorite ones. The traditional custom of lighting candles on family graves is still widely practised, and anyone travelling in Stockholm on this weekend is met by some beautiful scenes - graveyards filled with candles in remembrance of the people you love. This tradition now lives side by side with the more international tradition of halloween parties.

One of the most beautiful places in Stockholm during All saints Day is the UNESCO World heritage Skogskyrkogården.

Read more about the All Saints' Day tradition on

Mini urban foodhall in SoFo

Images: Johanna Nilsson
A small urban foodhall has just opened in SoFo on Södermalm island. The new food hall has a really interesting concept. Its a restaurant, bar and foodhall all in one.

My colleague Johanna just loved the place because the entire food hall is one open space and you could sit there for a long time sipping on a glass of red and see people walking in and out of the Nytorget Urban Deli.

These kind of mini foodhall/ delis seems to be a new trend in Stockholm. Last week I enjoyed a lunch in Hammarby Sjöstad area in Stockholm at Fine Food deli and restaurant. Really nice

Les Chambres - an exclusive lifestyle store

Images: Les Chambres
Stockholm has several nice lifestyle stores, but just recently the posh area of Östermalm got its first. I haven't seen it for myself yet, but trust my colleague Marcus who went passed it during a site visit today. Looks great!

At Les Chambres Stockholm you can
- shop clothes from several top quality brands,
- get your hair done at the hairdresser, 
- relax with a cup of coffee in the café and
- buy the flowers in the flowershop.

Delta opens rout from New York to Stockholm

Delta airlines opens a new route from New York to Stockholm starting May 28. The flight departs once a day from John F Kennedy airport. The route from Atlanta to Stockholm will be closing down at the same time.

Central Station is getting a make-over

The Central station is getting bigger, airier and lighter. It will be easier for you to go between different floors, different platforms and different methods of transport. The station will also house a wider range of stores, cafes, restaurants and services, including pharmacies, grocery stores and delicatessens. Everything you need when you are travelling.

The people at the central station promises todo everything they can to make life as easy and trouble-free as possible for all of you coming to the station while the renovation is taking place. There may be times when it is quite messy, with temporary footpaths and cordoned-off areas. To keep disruptions to a minimum, we are also going to be working at night.

Stockholm’s Central Station was opened in July 1871. Back then, 518 passengers travelled on ten trains to and from the station. Now, almost 140 years later, more than 200,000 passengers travel on more than 1,000 trains every day. This is why we are renovating and expanding Central Station to meet tomorrow’s travel needs. We are going to keep the characteristics of the historic building, while creating a travel centre of the future.

So please be patient and allow yourselves a little more time for your journey. And you can look forward to your station being even better when it is finished.

Read more about the building projects in Stockholm here

Norwegian blogger in Stockholm

One of the top interior design bloggers in Norway, Emmeline, have been in Stockholm this weekend and blogs about all the interior design shops she loves....

Internetworld loves

Internetworld have chosen as one of the best sites in Sweden. One of the jurymembers wrote "Love the new look of the site, easy to read, exciting, beautiful pictures and most of all easy to use! Makes me want to go!". Im keeping my fingers crossed, on november 11 the top list will be revealed.

Vasamuseum is awarded best in Sweden

The Vasamuseum in Stockholm was awarded The best tourism experience in Sweden in The Trip Global Award ceremony in Stockholm. Skansen in Stockholm was one of the second prize winners and Millennium Tour in Stockholm was also among the nominated. Read more here.

Nordic Light best boutique hotel

Nordic Light Hotel was awarded the Best Design Hotel in Sweden, for the second year in a row at  the World Travel Awards 2009.

Stay by Royal Invitation

The Swedish Crown Princess Victoria is getting married during 2010. Why not make your visit a royal one by staying at the many castles and palaces in the Stockholm area. Here we have listed the ones with a personal interior and cool design to it.

Rosersbergs Palace is actually owned by the Royal Family and is the only Royal Palace in Sweden which offers accommodation.  
A colourful and pleasant environment and design is also available at these Castles: Häringe Slott, Ulfsunda Slott and Görvälns Slott, where the rooms are all decorated individually and set in a beautiful surroundings outside the city area. For golf lovers we recommend the Golf course Bro Hof Castle and a stay at a manor house nearby. Bro Hof is one of the best golf courses in Sweden and offers a top class experience.

Wellness in Stockholm

There is more to Sweden than Swedish Massage. Stockholm - the capital of Sweden offers several hotels specialized in wellness.

  • The newly opened Clarion Sign Hotel hosts the renowned Selma City Spa (image), where you can enjoy a swim on the roof viewing The City Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquette takes place.
  • Together with Raison d'Etre, one of the world's leading spa development and management consultancies, Grand Hôtel will offer guests unparalleled spa experiences during the autumn of 2009. Located in the Burmanska Palace wing of the hotel, Raison d'Etre spa will offer a truly innovative classical concept. Spread over two floors, the 1400m² spa will feature eight treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art and functional training fitness centre.


Archipelago spas:

  • For a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian spa the yasuragi spa is the ultimate choice. And with the combination of Turkish style the Blue Hamam is a recommendation.  

Wellness is just so much more than just spa experiences

  • Stockholm have two exclusive champagne bars; The Brut Bar at Restaurant Prinsen and the Bollinger Bar at Hotel Stureplan
  • Oysters are sensual and exclusive. Try the Oysterbar at Pontus!
  • Sit down and enjoy a wide selection of wines by glass at the Prime Winebar (image)
  • Stockholm has two restaurants specialized in desserts; Xoko in Vasastan and the Dessert room at Cloud Nine.
  • Why not use a private shoppingexpert while here in Stockholm. Smart City Shopping.
  • Light therapy in a cosy atmosphere at Iglo 

Hotel opens in Hammarby Sjöstad

Image: Hammarby sjöstad area
Hammarby Sjöstad is an exciting new district in Stockholm where the City has imposed tough environmental requirements on buildings, technical installations and the traffic environment, from day one. The new district will now get its first hotel - Hammarby Sjöstad Park Inn hotel with some 177 rooms. RBG Bar & Grill will tempt guests with gourmet burgers, light bites, a choice of soups, local dishes, salads and signature dishes from the grill.

The Hammarby Sjöstad area is a popular district and has already several restaurants, nice strolling areas by the lake etcetera.

The New Park Inn hotel

Scandic builds a flagship hotel in Stockholm

Scandic Hotels
is a leading sustainable hotel chain. Standing at the junction of Kungsgatan and Vasagatan, Scandic Stockholm will offer over 400 rooms, a gym, conference facilities, a restaurant and a bar. Construction has already started and the hotel is set to open in autumn 2011. The area around Vasagatan is one of Stockholm's most expansive and exciting, with its central location and numerous ongoing development projects. And this is where the city's big new hotel – Scandic Stockholm – will be built. The flagship hotel will have over 400 rooms, meeting facilities, a restaurant and a large hotel bar/lounge that is open to everyone. Read more about it in the pressrelease.

Shop til you drop - hotel in the store

Bildcollage: Room & Serve
Rica Hotel on Kungsgatan is nothing less but a departmentstore-hotel! The hotel has a direct entrance to the trendy lifestyle department store PUB, which makes it a perfect place to stay for trendy concious shoppers. The hotel itself now has an interior to match, and with a nice view over the market at Hötorget square, Hötorgshallen food hall and the blue Concert Hall (Konserthuset) in Stockholm.

Fire festival in the archipelago and at Skansen

Sothing serenity is something you will discover in the archipelago when the summer is over. For a weekend the Stockholm archipelago will be lit up by bonfires on floats, torchlight processions and fireworks - over land and sea. Its all to celebrate the cosy darker winter period, and the celebration takes place this upcomming weekend, October 17-18. Restaurants in the archipelago will serve special menus, so keep an eye out and enjoy autumn at some of the archipelago islands. More information, in swedish only at Visit Skärgården

If you cant make it this weekend, then make a mark in the calender on December 18-20 when the open air museum Skansen celebrate Midwinter solstice celebration with fire and ice as theme. There will be ice sculptors and fire artists working on the Solliden square, and performances and music composed for the occasion on the Solliden stage

New restaurants in Stockholm

Images from: Djuret restaurant
Autumn is synonymous with new restaurants. Besides the seafood restaurant B.A.R  several interesting restaurants are opening this autumn - and some a bit earlier... All of them have a unique concept and are operated by renowned people.

La Vecchia Signora - an italian restaurant opens on Södermalm by the owner of the popular LoScudetto. Though the name sugests a soccer place for soccer, but the old lady is the name of sockerteam juventus from Turin. The food will be north italian. Address: Åsögatan 163, Södermalm

Buco Nero
- Caffè Nero is a renowned espressobar in Stockholm. Buco Nero, situated in a former car hall,  will be a cool urban food hall in a restaurant environment with. Address: Roslagsgatan 4, Norrmalm/Vasastan (opens nov/dec)

Tantra - Love and making love is in focus at this new indian restaurant. Red walls and erotic paintings on the wall will surely put you in the right mood. The owners already have a couple of popular indian restaurants. Address: Ringvägen 153, Södermalm (opens october)

Djuret - This small restaurant in Gamla Stan next to Guide Michelin restaurant Lejontornet serves food made by one type of meat at a time. The interior is done with a sense of humor. This is not a place for vegetarians. Djuret is swedish and means The Animal. Address: Lilla Nygatan 5, Gamla Stan

Högkvarteret - Headquarters (högkvarter) for Homo- bi- and queers but also a bar, gallery and restaurant. Address: Närkesgatan 8 Södermalm.

Cloud Nine - French colonial style food with inspiration from New Orleans as well as from Africa and the West Indies. Don't miss out on their amazing dessert room (dessertrummet). Read more here. Address: Lilla Bantorget/Torsgatan 1, City

La Neta - Mexican taqueria with real ambitions. Though its fastfood, its quality. Address: Barnhusgatan 2, City

MatMekka - Slow food, pure raw materials and products in a thrilling collision between Swedish tradition and world food signed by the swedish eco-chef Carola Magnusson is served at the Ethographical museum. The former museum restaurant Babajan got the eco-food-trend started in Stockholm. Babajan has moved. MatMekka moves in. Address: Ethnographical Museum, Djurgården.

Everyone is talking about Larsson

Photo: Anna-Karin Andersson
Some 50 journalists from all over europe has done it, The spanish prime minister did it a couple of weeks ago. Yes we are talking about the Millennium tour in Stockholm- in the footsteps of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist in the books by the swedish author Stieg Larsson. This images is taken by a colleague of mine in London just recently. And yes, on the top shelf you will find Stieg Larssons The Girl Who kicked the hornets nest. Millennium tours are organised by Stadsmuseum

Flexibility in focus at City Conference Centre

Stockholm City Conference Centre, offers conference venues in two buildings; Folkets Hus and Norra Latin. The conference floor in Folkets Hus venue has been just been refurbished. Folkets hus now offers a 550 square meter flexible conference floor. Read more about the new venue here 

City Conference Centre has 50 conference rooms in two classic but unique buildings - Folkets Hus and Norra Latin. The rooms accommodate from 5 to 1,400 people and the total capacity is around 4,000 guests.

Priceworhty Seafood restaurant

The people behind Lux Stockholm (one of the gourmet restaurants) are opening a new restaurant on November 6, 2009. They are also collaborating with the young and promising swedish designer Jens Fager plus the renowned gallery Gallery Pascale in Stockholm.

B.A.R (Blasieholmen Aquarium and Restaurant) will be an "Ocean Grill restaurant" focusing on top class quality in a "leisure environment" at "the best price in the city". The idea is that you choose your lobster or sea food from the aquarium and can then choose from a side order menu. They will also offer an "a-la-carte menu" with seafood and meat, a bar etc. Check out their english website

B.A.R opens on Blasieholmsgatan just behind Grand Hotel and Nationalmuseum. They will be able to seat some 120 people. B.A.R. is the third restaurant, directed by the two award-winning chefs and gastronomic visionars Henrik Norström and Peter Johansson.

Jens Fager has designed exclusive objects for Lux Stockholm. 25 plates (illustration above) and large bowls etcetera. A few of the objects will be for sale at Gallery Pascale 

Culture house for children

Just a couple of days ago I heard that Stockholm is getting a Culture House for Children named Palatset (the palace) during 2011. The former National Archives at Riddarholmen in Stockholm is transformed into a culture palace for all Sweden’s children.  

Palatset (the Palace) will become Sweden’s national stage for children’s culture. The Palace is large – eight floors and 5000 square meters filled with the greatest culture and most exciting experiences for anyone from six to fifteen to a hundred years old.

Off the beaten track-shopping

"Whats new?" is I think the most frequented asked question we get at the pressdepartment at Stockholm Visitors Board. So I thought I would share some areas off the beaten track in stockholm.

Götgatsbacken, Södermalm - We talk a lot about the SoFo-area, but Götgatsbacken-hill is the gateway to it. Here you will find young and trendy shopping with swedish labels like Monki, Weekdays and David&Martin but also American Apparel. The Creperie Fyra Knop is a "hidden favorite"

Hornsgatan, Södermalm - is the main road through the island of Södermalm. Its dusty, long and full of cars, but also great for vintage shopping. Here is where you will find the Filippa K Second hand store and Judits second hand + Herr Judits which are two great places to find vintage. Herr means Mister by the way. Mobili is a good furniture second hand store.

Birkastan, Vasastan - A cluster of great shops and restaurants. Among them the dessert shop Xoko, but also Black market with avant garde fashion and the fashion designer Carin Wester.

Odengatan, Vasastan - Continue from Birkastan on Odengatan. here you will find some great antique shops along the side streets Västmannagatan etc. Further between Sveavägen and Birgerjarlsgatan you will also find great places for brunch and lunch such as Deville, Sibiriens Soppkök and Ramen Ki-Mama and bars such as Storstad.

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