How to spend half a day on Södermalm

This is a suggestion on how to spend half a day on Södermalm: Start by picking up some good ʺbreakfast to goʺ from Mellqvist Kaffebar on Hornsgatan. Enjoy it together with the magnificent view over the city from Monteliusvägen. From here it’s only a 15 minute walk to Fotografiska and the Herb Ritts photo exhibition. Go check it out, we loved it! Continue with some shopping in the area of SoFo. The blocks are packed with interesting, cool and creative shops specializing in clothing, design, jewelry, vintage, music and much more. Do not miss for example Grandpa, Tjallamalla and Dusty Deco. Finish up with something to eat at Nytorget Urban Deli. #visitstockholm #grandpa #dustydeco #tjallamalla #nytorget #mellqvist #montelius #fotografiska #herbritts

This is a suggestion on how to spend half a day on Södermalm

Start by picking up some good ʺbreakfast to goʺ from Mellqvist Kaffebar on Hornsgatan. Enjoy it together with the magnificent view over the city from Monteliusvägen. From here it’s only a 15 minute walk to Fotografiska, one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography.

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Continue with some shopping in the area of SoFo. The blocks are packed with interesting, cool and creative shops specializing in clothing, design, jewelry, vintage, music and much more. Do not miss for example Grandpa, Tjallamalla and Dusty Deco. Finish up with something to eat at Nytorget Urban Deli!

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The hotel ship Prince van Orangiën opens for the season April 1 2015

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Some Stockholm hotels offer a view of city’s waters. At the hotel ship Prince van Orangiën, guests can even hear the waves cluck outside the window.

The ship is moored by the Beckholmen bridge and belongs to restaurants Oaxen Krog & Slip. The ship has six double cabins sized 7.5 to 22 sqm with comforts that one does not always expect on a ship. Avaible for up to 12 people.

Prince Van Orangiën was conceived as the home and office for a shipowner. No expense was spared when the ship was built in Holland in 1935. The cabins are individually decorated with features from the period. Some of the rooms have access to a private deck and some have a bathroom with a tub.

Guests can also enjoy a comfortable lounge – where the continental breakfast is served – and lovely deck seats.

More info at oaxen.com/prince-van-orangien

Stockholm for foodies

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Stockholm is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, so if you’re up for some truly innovative dining adventures, you’ve come to the right city.

In recent years Stockholm has gained international attention and reputation as a place where chefs are reinventing their roots and food traditions, and are creating new.The Stockholm restaurants that hold one or two Michelin stars are certainly blazing their own trails and are continuously seeking new ways to present Swedish cuisine. Here are the stars on the Stockholm version of gastronomy heaven:

Two stars:
Mathias Dahlgren Matsalen
Frantzén
Oaxen Krog

One star:
Esperanto
Volt
Gastrologik
Mathias Dahlgren Matbaren
Operakällaren
Ekstedt

The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

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The permanent exhibition at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design will tell you all you need to know about Swedish architecture and construction from the 19th century up to today. Explore fascinating drawings, models, design and sustainable urban development. The temporary exhibitions are:

Constructing Worlds – Photography and architecture in the modern age
20 February – 17 May 2015

Fengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity), Chongqing Municipality

The exhibition Constructing Worlds takes you on a journey through 20th and 21st century architecture and photography. The 250 works all have in common that they have changed the way we look at architecture and how we perceive the world. Constructing Worlds highlights the art of photography’s capacity to reveal wider truths about our society. Among the participating photographers are Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Julius Schulman, Hélène Binet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andreas Gursky, Nadav Kander and Iwan Baan. The works show buildings by architects like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Rossi, Charles and Ray Eames and Daniel Li.

Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality

Ung Svensk Form (Young Swedish Design)
13 February – 29 March

Young Swedish Design is an award and an exhibition that aims to increase and broaden the knowledge of young innovative Swedish design. The exhibition brings together the best and most exciting young Swedish design today. It consists of 22 works in areas such as product design, textiles, fashion, handicraft and furniture that have been selected by a renowned jury.

www.arkdes.se

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The Vasa Museum

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Design in all its glory but what happens when design goes wrong?

The Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.

The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961.

www.vasamuseet.se

New gay and lesbian bars and restaurants in Stockholm

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Bitter Pills
A newly opened meeting place for queers and lesbians in the hipster-dense Hornstull. The atmosphere in the bar is relaxed and the decor is simple with kitsch details. Take the opportunity to try a creative drink from the inhouse-composed drinks list. For food, Bitter Pills offers ssäm, a Korean dish that is eaten in leaves, and on Saturdays they serve brunch. The owners are well-known in LGBT circles as they have previously run the popular lesbian bar Roxy. www.bitterpills.se

Photo: Christian G_Stockholm Pride

The Secret Garden
A homely restaurant and gay bar based in a rustic 17th century house in the Old Town. Sit down under a street light in the cozy, glass-covered inner courtyard, with a great-value cocktail or a glass of wine. The menu is mixed and the dishes are well-made. The Secret Garden is open throughout the year and suits those looking for a quieter alternative to the city’s night clubs. DJ during the weekend. Read more>>

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Bistro by Adam
Bistro by Adam is an Italy-inspired, good-value restaurant with generous opening hours. The customers are a mixed crowd, but the place is extra popular in gay circles. Here you can eat most of the day’s meals. The decor style is pure in black, white and checkered. Downstairs the bistro offers an amiable evening hang-out where exciting Italian drinks are blended with a selection of coffees and cocktails. www.byadam.se

Two hotels in central Stockholm

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Hotel Skeppsholmen. On a peaceful and lush island in the middle of the bustling city lies a more than 300 year old house. This rural setting is the home of award winning Hotel Skeppsholmen, a modern and eco-friendly hot spot situated on the waterfront. The hotel has 81 rooms to offer and a popular restaurant – and because modern design permeates throughout the hotel the staff’s work uniforms are sponsored by the Swedish brand Acne.

Hotel Skeppsholmen, Gröna Gången 1, +46 8 407 23 00
www.hotelskeppsholmen.com

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Hotel Hellsten is like those classic gumball machines you can find at Supermarkets: all the colors of the rainbow, something for all taste buds – and really, really sweet. From the jazz nights in the bar and the exquisite conservatory used as breakfast room to the individually decorated rooms with specially designed beds that will improve your sleep – this hotel is perfect for everyone in search of impeccably good taste.

Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, +46 8 661 86 00
www.hellsten.se

Find your special place in Stockholm’s fika jungle

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Business people
Wienercaféet, Östermalm: This café takes its inspiration from Paris and Vienna, and visitors can see how the baked goods are made. The central location on one of Stockholm’s most exclusive streets attracts many businesspeople. www.wienercafeet.com

The rainbow family
Vurma on Kungsholmen: A colorfully decorated café with a wonderfully cozy atmosphere. Popular among people on parental leave. www.vurma.se

Fashionistas
Tures in Sturegallerian, Östermalm: A popular café and restaurant with a Mediterranean feel. You’ll have to fight for a seat on the cozy outdoor terrace in summertime. www.sturegallerian.se/butik/tures

Hipsters
Pom & Flora on Södermalm: This is the place to check out the latest in fashion and spot a few celebrities. Of course, you can take home the delightful sourdough bread. www.pomochflora.se

Seniors
Vetekatten, Norrmalm: One of the most classic places to fika in Stockholm, with roots dating back to the 1920s. Vetekatten is divided into several areas: there is a bakery with savory breads, lunch and sandwiches for take-out, and a genuine coffee house where visitors can have a seat. www.vetekatten.se