Washington Post loves music clubs in Stockholm

"When the sun goes down in Stockholm, the music heats up thanks to a collection of intimate venues and a hip fan base dedicated to pop music appreciation" says the Washington Post in a cool article on Stockholm nightlife.

"But this is Stockholm, a global beehive of 21st-century pop, where Swedes treat their music with the reverence it deserves. In recent years, Scandinavia's largest country has churned out some of the most finely crafted, detail-oriented pop on the planet, produced by artists such as Stockholm sensations Lykke Li and the Knife.... When I visit the land responsible for all these fantastic sounds, it makes perfect sense. In Stockholm, the nightclubs are clean and intimate, the sound systems are loud and lush, the DJs are encyclopedic, and the bands can be brilliant"

Read all about the Stockholm music scene at Washington Post

All the places mentioned in the article:
Hornstull Strand, Södermalm
Nada, Södermalm
Indigo, Södermalm
Petsounds record store on Skånegatan, Södermalm
Södra Teatern, Södermalm
Snotty, Södermalm
Debaser Slussen, Södermalm
Scandic Hotel Malmen, södermalm
Louie Louie,Södermalm
Berns Salonger, Östermalm/City
Riche, Östermalm/City

Even more on nightlife in Stockholm

Photo: Washington post at Strand in Stockholm

BBC is doing the Stieg Larsson Millennium tour

BBC tried the Stieg Larsson Millennium Tour in Stockholm. "The Swedish capital Stockholm now has its own version, based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, as Carmen Roberts has been finding out"

Supershuttle an alternative to taxi in Stockholm

, a shared ride from door to gate, will be launched in Stockholm on February 1. It is a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to taxi if you are more than one and is going to/from the suburbs in Stockholm to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. A single fair to or from Kista costs 220 SEK.

Medieval museum in Stockholm nominated for prize

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm is nominated for the "Museum of the Year Award 2010". The museum reopened in 2010 after an extensive renovation and is now one of three nominations for the Swedish award by Riksförbundet Sveriges Museer. The prize wishes to draw attention to the museum that best demonstrated innovation and societal activity. The winner will be announced on March 30.
Photo: Medeltidsmuseet / Anders Hviid

Svenskt Tenn has moved

The interior design icon Svenskt Tenn on Strandvägen in Stockholm has temporarily moved to Nybrogatan 15 (also on Östermalm), due to an extensive redesign and extension of the store. Svenskt Tenn will move back to its home on Strandvägen in September 2011.

Sheraton Hotel Stockholm 40 years

Looking better than ever. The Sheraton Hotel Stockholm celebrated its 40s anniversary yesterday with a fantastic party. The Sheraton Group chose Stockholm as their first establishment in Europe in 1971 and was very popular, and still is. In fact the hotel room scene in "ABBA - The Movie" was filmed at the Sheraton in Stockholm and not in Australia as implied in the film. The Sheraton Hotel is also featured in the famous Stieg Larsson books about Lisbeth Salander. 

The hotel had a face lift a couple of years ago and is now looking better than ever. The hotel is located in the city center with view over Gamla Stan, the City Hall and the lake.

Photo: Björn and Benny at Sheraton Stockholm in Abba-the movie

Stockholm Adventures is nominated for best eco-experience

The outdoor-activity company Stockholm Adventures is nominated for the best Eco-tourism experience in Sweden (Grand Travel Award). Its the Association for Ecotourism (Ekoturismföreningen) and Travel News that has nominated three companies, among them the Stockholm based Stockholm Adventures. The prize will be awarded on February 16.

Best places in Stockholm

Which are the best restaurants, bars and cafees in Stockholm? Dagens Nyheter newspaper have now finaly released the nominees of Gulddraken-awards (The Golden dragon) for restaurants, bars and cafees. Here are all the nominations:

Best budget restaurants
Thang Long Pho, Upplandsgatan 51, Vasastan (Vietnamese)
Råkultur, Kungstensgatan 2, Östermalm/Vasastan (sushi)
Indian Garden Heleneborgsgatan 15 A, Södermalm (indian)

Best mid-price restaurants
Brasseri Godot, Grev Turegatan 36, Östermalm (French kitchen with a twist)
Hjerta, Slupskjulsvägen 28, Skeppsholmen (Scandinavian interpretation of southern European cooking)
Pubologi, Stora Nygatan 20, Gamla Stan (Gastro-pub)

Best Luxury restaurant
Lux Stockholm, Primusgatan 116 (contemporary swedish, which unfortunately is temporarily closed due to a fire)
Operakällaren, Karl XII:s Torg, City (Classic)
Mathias Dahlgren, Matsalen Grand Hôtel, Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 6, City (contemporary swedish)

Best bars
Little Quarter/Marie Laveau, Hornsgatan 66, Södermalm
Kåken/Restaurang 1900, Regeringsgatan 66, City
19 Glas, Stora Nygatan 19, Gamla Stan

Best Cafees
Carotte, Tegeluddsvägen 92, Frihamnen/Gärdet
Mellqvist Kaffebar, Rörstrandsgatan 4, Vasastan
Le Petite France, John Ericssongatan 6, Kungsholmen

Photo: Yanan Li

New York Times on delicious Stockholm cafees

"Swedes are among the world’s most keen and discerning coffee drinkers. They also have a sweet tooth. One of the first Swedish words any new visitor learns is fika, which means a coffee break, usually enjoyed with a little cake or pastry", writes Stephen Whitlock in NY Times and lists his favorite cafees in Stockholm. Here are his favorite places for a delicious dessert in Stockholm:

Cupcake Sthlm, Sankt Eriksgatan 83, Vasastan
Xoko, Rörstrandsgatan 15, Vasastan
Petite France, John Ericssonsgatan 6, Kungsholmen

POCK - Per Olsson Choklad & Konditori, Heleneborgsgatan 19, Södermalm 

Saturnus, Eriksbergsgatan 6, Östermalm
Riddarbageriet, Riddargatan 15, Östermalm

Stockholm Jazz Festival moves to Skansen

Stockholm Jazz Festival moves to Solliden stage at Skansen on Djurgården, a
fter many years at Skeppsholmen. The festival takes place on 17-19 June. The three day pass costs 795 kronor  and a one day pass 595 kronor.

The festival is one of the most established music festivals in Stockholm and has taken place every year on Skeppsholmen island since 1980. The festival is now known as just Stockholm Jazz.

Wizz-air opens new routes to Stockholm Skavsta Airport

Wizz Air will increase their number of destinations to Stockholm-Skavsta Airport with four new routes: Kiev (Ukrane), Lodz (Poland), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Belgrade (Serbia).

The Kiev and the Lodz routes opened in December with two weekly flights each. The Vilnius route will open on April 16 with three weekly flights and the Belgrade route opens on April 3.

By the way: Stockholm Skavsta Airport has just launched a new website.

W magazine on Lisbeth Salander

W magazine features actress Rooney Mara on the cover, styled as Millennium heroine Lisbeth Salander in the books and films by Stieg Larsson. The City Museum (Stadsmuseum) does Millennium Tours in Stockholm.

Maraboupark - the latest addition in the Stockholm Card

is the latest addition to the Stockholm Card - and one of several art halls on the move lately, seeking out new, edgy art for their exhibitions. Marabouparken (Marabou is a swedish chocolate company) is one of Sweden’s best-preserved functionalist settings. In the park there is a collection of sculptures as well as a gallery with exhibitions of contemporary art and a permanent collection featuring Hilding Linnqvist. There is also a restaurant and shop.

More hot art museums are found here

Beatrix Potter at Millesgården

For the first time in Sweden, Millesgården presents an exhibition with the world-famous British author of children’s books, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). Her illustrations introduced many well-loved animal characters, such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-duck and others.

Peter Rabbit& his Friends at Millesgården is an exhibition for the whole family, in which Beatrix Potter’s well-known stories are portrayed in both playful settings for children and an in-depth exploration of Beatrix, the woman behind the best-selling books. The exhibition takes place at Millesgården, January 29-May 15.

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