SHOP AT … Stockholmers love their shopping, particularly when indulging in the fruits ts of home-grown talent. And why wouldn’t they? DESIGN Modernity (Sibyllegatan 6, +46 820 8025; modernity.se) has the crème de la crème of 20th century classic furniture – it supplies museum-quality pieces to collectors as well as stocking a choice jewellery collection and a good range of smaller, more affordable decor items, to give your IKEA dresser some kudos. Sibyllegatan is a good design destination, overall, with lots of interesting stores, up and down. FOOD While you’re there, nip across to Östermalm Saluhall, the ultimate indoor food market, with stalls selling fish and seafood, cheeses, Swedish meats, chocolates and anything else you might hanker after. It houses lots of little restaurants too (seafood, sambos, bistros) that you’ll genuinely want to sit
EAT AT … Stockholm’s foodie scene is really coming into its own as the reputation of Scandinavian cuisine grows. It’s not cheap to eat here, but choose wisely and you’re in for a treat. FANCY Pontus! (Brunnsgatan 1, +46 8545 27300; pontusfrithiof.com), is one of the most lauded restaurants by Pontus Frithiof, a true culinary royal in Stockholm. The three-storey super-eatery combines a seafood bar, a cocktail lounge with Asian bites and a traditional dining room with a very modern, fresh menu.
FUN A modern bistro by another local celeb, Mathias Dahlgren, Matbaren (Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, +46 8679 3584; mathiasdahlgren.com) is the informal dining option at the Grand Hotel – but this ain’t no canteen; there’s a Michelin star – with innovative dishes in a relaxed setting. FIKA Gilda’s Rum (Skånegatan 79, facebook.com/gildasrum) is a favourite with local creatives for its quirky decor, friendly staff and delicious coffee-break (that’s fika) offerings, just off the very cool Nytorget square.
Main picture, a city of islands, Stockholm is a collection of independent locales; above, view the impressive wreckage at the Vasa Museum.
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DRINK AT … There’s no real pub scene in Stockholm, but hip café-style bars are all over the place. PARTY Little Quarter, at Deep Southern-style restaurant Marie Laveau (Hornsgatan 66, +46 8668 8500; marielaveau.se) is a hub for boho-chic hedonists, serving up killer cocktails and the best live and electronic music in Södermalm. CHILL The Terrace (Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, +46 822 3160; lydmar.com), a library-style bar in the desirably boutique Lydmar Hotel, was made for settling in early to enjoy the warm atmosphere good food and great wines.
and eatt at – ie, i the pl place do doesn’t n’t smell ell like a butcher’s shop, as so many food halls do. FASHION Rodebjer (Regeringsgatan 50, +46 8206 614; rodebjer.com) is the home ground of Swedish womenswear designer Carin Rodebjer, a burgeoning favourite among the international fashion community for her characteristically minimal Scandinavian aesthetic. GO SEE … Cultural attractions are typically Cul very well run in Stockholm. PHOTOGRAPHY Fotografiska (Stadsgårdshamnen 22, +46 8509 (Sta 00500; fotografiska.eu) is as 0050 popular for its waterfront views, popu as it is for its exhibitions – the late Swedish master Christer Strömholm’s CHR, is on view until St November 25. No HISTORY A must-see is the Vasa Museum (Galärvarvsvägen 14, Mu +46 8519 54800; vasamuseet. +4 se), which holds an awe-inspiring se warship that sank in Stockholm wa harbour in 1628. Raised in 1961, its splendour, after three centuries under splendo water, is magnificent. FILM Murder mystery geeks will be well acquainted with the seedier side of Stockholm, through its depictions in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – the Stockholm City Museum runs Saturday walking tours (in English) of Södermalm as it is mapped out in the books, for 120SEK (€15) per person. Aer Lingus flies from Dublin to Stockholm Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun.