Sweden hasn’t rested on its design legacy; beyond the classics of the 1950s and 60s— like Josef Frank, Greta Magnusson-Grossman, and Bruno Mathson—the tradition of Scandinavian design superstars continues, and rising designers co-mingle with iconic brands in the dynamic creative capital of Stockholm. From an Art Deco hotel with a Hollywood history to sleek, modern vegetarian eateries, here are our picks for aesthetically focused hotspots around Stockholm.
Swedish design goes well beyond wonders of IKEA. The first stop on your Stockholm adventures should be the Haymarket by Scandic hotel. Amongst hundreds of delightfully appointed stylish properties in Stockholm, the Haymarket by Scandic hotel shines above with boutique style art deco nostalgia. The hotel is housed in the historic department store from 1916, the Paul Urbanus Bergström PUB. The PUB is where Swedish actress Greta Garbo once worked in the hat department. Don’t forget to enjoy one of the artfully crafted cocktails at Greta’s the millennial pink lobby restaurant tailor made for your Instagram feed.
No trip to Stockholm would be complete without exploring Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. The area is known for the narrow cobblestone streets lined with brightly colored buildings. Stop into one of the many cafes in Stortorget, Old Town’s main square for a classic Swedish Fika.
Stockholm is home to countless museums chronicling the history, art, and culture of Swedish people a few favorites are the photography exhibits at the Fotografiska and the 17th century Swedish warship housed inside the Vasa Museum.
If you’re planning on taking home some wares from classic Swedish designers check out Stockholm’s fashion district Bibliotekstan for Swedish designers like Filippa K, Hope, Byredo, Acne Studios and Rodebjer. If vintage finds are more your style visit Södermalm, Stockholm’s hipster neighborhood for authentic retro Scandinavian pieces.
Stockholm is also home to the world’s longest art gallery, but it’s not locked away in some high brow location. 90 out of Stockholm’s 100 metro stations have been transformed into a 60 mile maze of murals, mosaics, sculptures, and curated tiles from 150 different artists. Each station has its own unique design and vibes to explore.
After exploring the inner workings of Stockholm’s underground you’ll work up an appetite. Challenge your taste buds with one of the many beautiful vegetarian restaurants. If you’re looking for a stylish but more relaxed experience try LGBT owned, Green Queen Organic Streetfood and Bar. If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale explore the creative culinary workings of Södra Teatern and stay for one of their many local performances or the stunning views from their rooftop bar. The historic venue has seven stages and bars, three terraces which host local artists of every stripe as well as many international acts throughout the year.
If vegetarian food isn’t your thing try TAK, the rooftop raw bar that specializes in Scandinavian food influenced by Japanese cooking methods. Located at the top of the trendy HOBO hotel, TAK is a relative newcomer to Stockholm’s culinary scene but you will not be disappointed in the food or the ambiance.
No matter where you end up in Stockholm, you’ll find beautifully curated practical spaces fit for even the most sophisticated design lover.