Best Christmas markets in Stockholm

Christmas is just around the corner, and the dark season is illuminated by all the marvelous Christmas decorations and Lucia celebrations. One natural choice at this time of year is an outing to one of the city's Christmas markets. More Christmas on Stockholmtown.

Old Town market at Stortorget Square
  (Open daily until Dec 23)
The Gamla Stan (Old Town) Christmas Market is on the oldest square in Sweden is a beloved century-old tradition. Picturesque red stalls with food, drink, Christmas candy and handicrafts.

Skansen (Open daily until Dec 19)
A traditional Christmas market in Skansen's marvelous settings. Well-stocked booths with food, candy and Christmas decorations. Experience living history and Swedsh Christmas atmosphere and traditions in all the historic buildings. Skansen is open all year around and this year even on christmas eve.


Drottningholm Palace
(Dec 4-5)
An outdoor fair by the Royal Palace, where the palace gift shop and Royal chapel will be open and there will be guided tours.

Sigtuna Christmas market (Sundays until Dec 19)
Traditional Christmas market in the picturesque city of Sigtuna

Photo: Henrik Trygg/Stockholm Visitors Board

Passport tv explores Stockholm

Check out this video of Stockholm made by Passport TV (Gay travel TV)

“Passport TV explores Sweden’s most exciting city and finds a wonderland of art, culture, and unique attractions. Come with us as we discover what makes Stockholm one of Europe’s most fascinating and romantic getaways.”

Abercrombie and Hollister opens in Stockholm

Two new chain stores are opening in Stockholm. The latest example is the youth fashion chain Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch.

- We hope to open two Hollister stores in the summer of 2011 and an Abercrombie & Fitch in Stockholm in 2012, says establishment manager Richard Collyer to the trade magazine Market.

New Waterfront is greener than green

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre
is not only cleverly placed - its also cleverly built and cleverly environmental.

  • It's more than twice as energy efficient as the EU standard "Green Building"
  • The glass facades are 1 040 m2 solar collectors that on average gather 1 MW of heat energy on a daily basis. this is equivalent to  90 000 normal low energy bulbs.
  • The building is cooled by water drawn from the lake, stored in 250 tonne of ice tanks in the basement.
  • About 20 000 m2 of material has been reused from the building brevisously occupying the site.

Preview of the new Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre

Stockholm is beautiful

This is what it looked like on my way to the office this morning at Nybrokajen quay wiewing the Nordiska Museet on Djurgården. Stockholm is absolutely stunningly beautiful right now. Living in the north has its advantages.

Young designers at Gallery Pascale in Stockholm

If you are in Stockholm this weekend you shouldn't miss the new young designers exhibition at Gallery Pascale that opens tomorrow Saturday. Gallery Pascale and the editor Dan Gordan at Swedish interior Magazine Sköna Hem has invited several young designers to take part in the exhibition. The exhibition named "Roots - about looking to the past" (Rötter om trådarna tillbaka).

Gallery Pascale, Humlegårdsgatan 15
Exhibition takes place: November 27- January 9

Unfortunately Blogger is not publishing my images. Check out the Sköna hem link for images

Pop-up event in Milano

A pop-up event on Largo La Foppa, Milan in Italy takes place today and until Sunday in connection with an online campaign "Swedish City Breaks" in Italy . Above are some images taken just one hour ago. If you are in Milan, bring something that reminds you about Sweden and go to Largo La Foppa, Moscow, Milan and you will get a little souvernir.

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Stockholm on Swedish City Breaks

Sweden tenth place in Nation Brand Index

Sweden is certainly one of the most admired countries on the planet: it’s the only Nordic country that nobody confuses with any of the others, and it ranks well above the others”
, Simon Anholt commented to The Swedish Wire

Sweden remained at the tenth position in Anholts Nation Brand Index 2010.

Bianchi Cafe and Cycles in Stockholm

Bianchi Cafe & Cycles guests can enjoy the best of Italy: high quality bicycles, good antipasti and strengthening espresso. Drink some espresso while you are waiting for your bike to be repaired in the bicycle shop.

The store concept is based on Bianchi shows up and offers an exclusive selection of cycles in combination with an Italian cafe and espresso bar plus a repair and bike shop.

Bianchi Café & Cycles is situated on Norrlandsgatan 20.

Photos: Ann-Charlotte Jönsson/Stockholmtown-blog

Preview of Stockholm Waterfront Congress & Hotel

Stockholms new landmark - The Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre - opens in just three months, on February 24 2011. The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, opens already on January 18, 2011.

Stockholm Waterfront comprises 14 000 m2 of meeting facilities with various capacity and exhibition facilities offering daylight, flexible solutions and advanced technology. Whether you need an auditiorium for 3 000 pople, conference rooms for smaller meetings, gala dinner or concert. The movable walls can be set up in any number of ways to create the perfect venue. The Congress centre is built right on the edge of water viewing the Lake Malaren and the City Hall.

Photos: Ann-Charlotte Jönsson

Ryanair opens four routes to Stockholm

opens four new routes to Stockholm from Biarritz, Brindisi, Ibiza and Malaga. Two weekly flights to Stockholm-Skavsta from Biarritz and Brindisi, three times per week from Ibiza. Ryanair also opens a new route Malaga to  Stockholm-Västerås Airport from Malaga with two flights per week from the summer 2011. Ryanair flies to 41 destinations thereby from Skavsta and carrying 2.5 million passengers a year while contributing with up to 2500 jobs.

Photo: Jeppe Wikström/Stockholm Visitors Board

Live christmas calender at the City Museum

Every day in December the Stockholm City Museum and friends, opens their live calender on the southern side of the City Museum building. The calender opens every day at 17.00-17.15 and will be a mix of Stockholm history, christmas carols and christmas traditions.

Stockholm new luxury hotel - Nobis - opens in a week


Stockholms new contemporary luxury Nobis Hotel opens in a week on December 1. Luxury today is not so much on the surface without the time, accessibility, individuality and personality.

- With function as a starting point, we have worked hard to create the feeling you can get in a home built up over many years, " says Ola Rune, architect and designer at Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Photo: Louise Bilgert/Nobis Hotel

Get that "Scandi" look for your home

Go for blonde wood like birch and designs with clean, minimalist lines. Mix it up with quirkiness and splashes of color, like the textile patterns by Josef Frank. Stockholmtown lists a few shopping tips!

photo: ROOM/Mikael silkeberg

New shop in constant change


Snickarbacken 7
is a new interior design store with associated art gallery and a small cafe. Stepping into this place is best described as entering into a bazaar. At Snickarbacken 7 you should be able to find those furnishings gadgets or vintage furniture that are unique and clothes. The gallery will sell books and show international contemporary art. The idea is that there will be a meeting place of constant change. Snickarbacken 7 is situated on the exclusive Östermalm district. This is a new must see in Stockholm. Image: Elle Interiör
Address: Snickarbacken 7, Östermalm

Design in the neigborhood:
Gallery Pascale

Swedish meeting place of the year found in Stockholm

Hufvudsta Gård
in Stockholm was awarded "Årets mötesplats 2010" - Meetingplace of the year by the organisation Svenska Möten in competition with top class meeting venues all over Sweden.  Congrats Stockholm!

At Hufvudsta Gård and Conference, as well as our sister establishment Görvälns Slott, we are constantly changing and renewing the rooms with new and exciting colors, wall paper and design.

Svenska Möten has more than 120 establishments, from all over the country of Sweden. Each and every member is carefully chosen and judged in the following categories- quality, accommodation, environment, safety and technology.

Danish magazine on trendy Christmas shopping in Stockholm

The danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende writes about the trendy and bohemian SoFo district in Stockholm and gives 9 ideas on where to go and what to shop.

Hotel Rival, Tshirt store, interior design at Granit, lunch at Urban Deli, vintage at Judiths,  Herr judiths and Byredo are some of the ideas.

Image: Helle Schjønning/Berlingske

Guardian lists their favorite places for Stockholm on a budget

"Although Stockholm does not even figure in Mercer's top 50 most expensive cities, so its reputation appears somewhat unjustified. I met up with local blogger Anna Östman for a tour of her local haunts in hipster Sodermalm, with its thriving cafe and bar culture, and refined Ostermalm, before heading off to explore more of the city's best budget-friendly hangouts"

Read the entire article from The Guardian here
Image from Grill restaurant

Grand Hotel's Spa - best in the world

The Raison d'Etre Spa at Grand Hotel in stockholm was chosen

one of top spas in the world, according to the belgium newspaper De Tijd.

Grand Hotel was chosen one of the top 100 destinations for a honeymoon in Conde Nast’s Brides special Honeymoon Guide.

Kings of the past in the present

What if todays Swedish Monarcs lived a life like the Kings of the past? Three architects gives their visions in the exhibition named "Ett modernt slott för en modern monarki" (a modern Palace for a modern King). The exhibition is curated by the architect magazine Rum (Room). Participating Architects are: Magnus Larsson & Alex Kaiser, Emma Jonsteg  &Mattias Liström at Utopia Arkitekter and Nina Taghavi.

Where: The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren)
When: November 17 - January 9

Zorn exhibition at Waldemarsudde

With works on-loan from national and international museums and private collections, the exhibition  - Zorn Masterpieces at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm- aims to give a comprehensive presentation of one of Sweden's greatest national painters.

Anders Zorn is arguably Sweden's most successful painter of all times. This year marks the 150th year of his birth, which is celebrated in the exhibition Zorn Masterpieces. The exhibition presents the first opportunity in a number of years to experience some eighty works by the artist, including several important international loans.

For Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, it is a special joy to be able to show the works of Anders Zorn at Waldemarsudde, since Zorn often visited Prince Eugen here, and the Prince in his turn paid several visits to the Zorns in their home at Mora.

15 pct increase in overnight stays in Stockholm in September

Stockholm County had 927 590 overnight stays in hotels, hostels, vacation villages and camping sites in September 2010, which is an increase by 15 % compared to the same month in 2009. It was one the sharpest increases in the country in terms of both number and percentage.

Stockholm County has had 7 688 491 overnight stays so far this year, which is + 6 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

Summer of 2010: Almost 3.5 million overnight stays were made at hotels, hostels, vacation villages and camping sites in the county of Stockholm during June, July and August 2010. This is 168 000 more than last year and an increase of 5 %. The rise in June and July were relatively modest whereas August surpassed last year's level by 10 %.

Additional information

September overnight stays (pdf)
Summer overnight stays

Three popular exhibitions at Stockholmsmässan this weekend

Stockholmsmässan opens its doors for one of their busiest weekends. Three of the most popular fairs are opening this weekend. Scandinavian Boat Show, Det goda köket - Stockholm Food & Beverage Show and Allt för hälsan - Health Wellness and Fitness Fair

Skyview closed today due to Storm

The popular Skyview attraction at Ericsson Globe is closed today due to a storm in Stockholm. Its open again.

Stockholm-Bromma airport grows

Stockholm Bromma Airport, the city airport of Stockholm, is growning fast. This year, more than two million passengers have passed through the airport. Stockholm-Bromma airport is primarily a domestic airport. Today you can fly nonstop from to 13 destinations in Sweden, plus Brussels in Belgium, Helsinki in Finland and Aarhus in Denmark.

150 000 have seen the Terracotta army exhibition in Stockholm

The Chinese Terracotta army exhibition in the rock galleries below Östasiatiska (The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities) on Skeppsholmen, opened on August 28 and has already had 150 000 visitors. But it is surely a one of a kind exhibition. Soldiers and a large collection of never-before- exhibited objects from a total of five imperial tombs are on display in the caverns beneath the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska).

If you only have time for one exhibition while you’re in Stockholm. This is the one. The exhibition is open daily 10 am - 8 pm until January 16, 2011.

Feel Air opens new routes to Stockholm

Feel Air opens new routes to Stockholm from New York and from Bangkok. Dates are not official.

Best places for Live music in Stockholm

Where can I go for some live music in Stockholm? This is one of the most frequently asked questions at the Stockholm Tourist Center. The November-December issue of What's On lists one venue from every district:

Lilla Hotellbaren
Live music every evening from both established and less well-known performers and bands. You and your friends will have a chance to recharge your batteries and find your rhythm after shopping and big city life in the trendy Sofo-district
Address: Scandic Hotel Malmen, Södermalm.

Hellsten Earth Bar (image)
Every Thursday the bar is transformed into one of Stockholm's most important jazz venues. There are also extra performances some nights.
Address: Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, Vasastan.

Nalen Bar
A popular bar with influences from the American South and melodies from classic club jazz and soul to funk and slick blues.
Addresss: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 72, City.

Wirströms Pub
A sports bar in a unique setting where people get together to talk soccer. Live music five nights a week.
Address: Wirströms Pub, Stora Nygatan 13, Gamla Stan (Old Town)

Södra Bar & Kök
Mosebacke Square, in the neighborhood of Stieg Larssons's Millennium triology, is the setting of a bar that offers unexpected music and an unbeatable view of Stockholm.
Address: Södra Bar, Mosebacke Torg 1-3, Södermalm

New apartment-hotel in Stockholm

Biz Apartment Gärdet is a new apartment-hotel, with 175 hotel apartments, in Stockholm. The apartments are designed by Love Arbén, a renowned Swedish designer. This is a great alternative if your are staying a night, a week or a month – the rate decreases the longer you stay.
(The website is only in swedish)

AddressSehlstedtsgatan 4

Flux Shop invents itself every month


The trendy crowd in Stockholm has a new favorite place: The Flux Shop on Tjärhovsgatan 14, Södermalm. Every month they present a new brand. They look for the things we wish were sold in our city, but isn’t. The aim of the company is to create Nordic clothing based on a conceptual approach to the process, where experiments with forms provide the setting for the visual motive in the design.

The danish avantgardist Barbara I Gongini is being sold until November 25. Then a new designer will be shown. 

You will also find a growing collection of "Flux-works". To buy or participate in. Paintings, sculptures, dinners, lectures and unexpected services. Anything is possible. Fluxus is an art-ism based on humor and simplicity. Fluxus is not a movement or a style. It is an attitude. The shop has only been open a week, but already the leading auction house Bukowskis will will be auctioning an artwork from Flux Shop on the 17th of november.

Flux Shop, Tjärhovsgatan 14, Södermalm

New four star hotel opens in Stockholm

A new four star Best Western Hotel opens on the shopping street Drottninggatan 77 in Stockholm. The hotel, named Best Western Bentley Hotel will have 119 rooms and a restaurant.

Just love Gubbhyllan at Skansen

One of my favorite restaurants is at the open-air museum Skansen. Its named Gubbhyllan (Gubbe means old man and hyllan means shelf) and is one of the restaurants at Skansen. They serve small scale produced traditional swedish food with a twist. The food is always great and the atmosphere "homey". And when I visited the restaurant yesterday the owner "KC" had just come from the northern part of Sweden where he had bought pheasants for the restaurant.

Peak Performance King of Style in Stockholm

November 20 sees the freestyle skiing elite gather together at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium to crown the king of big air. This competition is one of the biggest in freestyle big air and will be run in a head to head format.

Peak Performance King of Style is part of the Stadium Winter Jam, a full day, activity-packed event at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium which attracts both competitors and visitors from all over the world. During the day there will also be a big air contest for snowboarders, the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, winter sports fair and a rail arena open to the public as well as loads of other action.

Dinner with a genuine Nobel atmosphere

The award ceremony of The Nobel Prize takes place on December 10. But you can get a feeling of Nobel anytime. In beautiful Vinterviken Bay, only 15 minutes with bus from the City terminal you will find the former factory of Mr Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel from 1891.

Now ”Winterviken” is owned and run by Markus and Erika Aujalay and offers possibilities for all kinds of events and parties. Why not have your own Nobel dinner here on the Nobel Prize day December 10. Markus Aujalay is one of Sweden's most reputed chefs. He has worked at the most exquisite restaurants both abroad and in Sweden and won most titles there are to be won in Sweden

In this incredible building there are neither crystal chandeliers nor velvet chairs, instead our ceiling is adorned by wooden beams, brick inner and outer walls and wooden floors. The main hall has dining capacity for up to 400 guests. Utilizing the remainder of the house another couple of hundred can be served. Additionally there are several rooms suited for smaller parties.

More Nobel Prize ideas here

Ryanair flies from Madrid to Stockholm

Ryanair have opened a new route from Madrid in Spain to Stockholm-Skavsta airport.

Gotland in Stockholm

Lime stone formations, a medieval city (Visby), beaches, good climate, and unusual birds and wild life makes the Island of Gotland a popular place to go for a vacation. If you visit Stockholm you can get a piece of Gotland at a new restaurant: Restaurang Gotland. The restaurateurs focuses on locally produced food from the Gotland county. The island is renowned for their truffles and small farms.

Other restaurants in Stockholm named after a city or a county:
Restaurang Göteborg - situated in Hammarby Sjöstad is named after the second largest city
Restaurant Hälsingborg - situated in the city district is named after a city in Scania (Skåne)

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