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Stockholm, the capital of Scandinavia

Bring your creditcards, fancy outfits and high heels ladies and gentlemen. This time I am taking you to my beloved city:  Stockholm. What else? The ‘pièce de resistance’ of Scandinavia, where preppy meets trendy. With a population less then 1 million, this city is clean and fairly quiet for being a capital. But when the days become nights and the sky becomes dark (very early in the winter time), the pretty Swedish come out to play. Check out this Stockholm Travel Guide, the all you need to know before booking your next ticket to Sweden…

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The city centre is easy to reach from Arlanda airport with the Arlanda Express or Flygbussar (100 kroner so 12 euros) and takes you within 35 minutes to St. Eriksplan or in 45 minutes to T-Centralen (Central Station). The public transport is great! Bus (the busses go 24/7), trains, tram and metro. Thank you for making the metro system so easy. The metro will take you anywhere and still runs in the middle of the night on weekends (Monday till Thursday 05.00 till 01.00). Good karma for yourself while being so environmentally friendly. The coolest hotel in town would be Story hotel inspired by Ace hotel in New York (or the other way around).

Everybody knows the Swedes are trendy and who doesn’t dig the Scandi style? I am on team Scandinavia for a while now.  Nordic chic has been a key influence to fashion for some time and it finally reached the Netherlands. The Scandinavian shops like Tiger of Sweden and Acne all opened stores in Amsterdam quite recently. Nothing but love for Acne and Stutterheim, so up your game with Swedish brands. If only I had a million crowns to spend.

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Have you ever heard about Stureplan? The street/square with the famous ‘Magic Mushroom’ in the middle? This is your hotspot for restaurants, bars and clubs. Stureplan Gallerian hosts shops like J. Lindeberg and Morris for my dandy men. And for the ladies : Don’t’ miss the shopping street Bibliotheksgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan. Coolcats can shop my favorite brands there like COS, &Other Stories, Urban Outfitters and Filippa K. Acne is represented in the city centre with 3 stores and they are all as good as you can imagine. Shopping made you hungry? Go to Östermalms Saluhall for the finest Swedish fresh and healthy products, it sure makes you wanna try everything. Yummie. Or look out for the hidden gem Snickarbacken 7, this is a concept store with a great lunch menu. Please try the “Kokostosca-kaka”, a to-die-for cocos brownie. Check out the classy bars like Sturehof  and Grand Escalier for the rich and famous of Stockholm. Also noteworthy; Riche, Miss Voon, Taverna Brillo and many more great places for afterwork or dinner.

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If you wanna be up all night to get luckySweden’s capital is a pricey place for a drink, so when Stockholmers go out they do it in style. Le Rouge is one of the city’s many cocktail bars furnished in Belle Époque Parisian style, with Velvet-padded booths. There’s a really vibrant cocktail scene: It costs a lot to drink in Stockholm, so they make every one special. The posh clubs, the cool restaurants, the classy bars can these get any better? You pay for quality and that’s what you will get. Stockholm offers Europe’s finest clubs like Berns, Club Rose, V at Sturecompagniet you name it. In summertime visit F12 or Tradgarden, very urbanThey got it going on! The Dutch DJ’s are very popular in the Scandinavian countries. Our Dutch DJ Tiesto is a regular here and seems to own an apartment in Stockholm too. PS. The rumours about Swedish drinking habits are all true.

Sodermalm, the Shoreditch (London) or Williamsburg (New York) of Stockholm is a walhalla for fashion lovers like myself. Looking for hot hipsters with beards? Spot them here in their natural habitat. Get out at metro stop Slussen and enjoy the streets with nice fika at places like Muggen or find your way to Nytorget Urban Deli. Coffee: The Swedes call it fika. Fika is a lifestyle. Coffee—anytime, anywhere, in enormous quantities and almost always with a cinnamonbun or princesstårta. Love it. Gotgatan for American Apparel, Monki, Cheap Monday, Gina Tricot and not to forget Grandpa’s biggest store here where vintage meets exclusive clothing and wannahaves. When you are really hungry? Go for sushi at Ljunggren. Late  night dinner or dancing with the hipsters (or vipsters)? Marie Laveau is the answer. PS. I heard from insiders; Alexander Skarsgard is a regular here.

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Vasastan, how great it is to live in this part of town. Close to the park, Stockholm school of Economics, the bibliothek (library) and Odenplan where you will find many restaurants and breakfast places like Mellqvist and a lot of traditional Swedish food restaurants. No, it’s not only meatballs. If you’ve only had the Ikea version, you don’t know what you’re missing cause there is more: Blueberries, Lax (salmon), mushrooms, cheese, dairy products like vanilla blueberry yoghurt bring it on. By the way: These guys where eating quinoa long before we did.

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Cultural stuff? Oh yes, plenty! Gamla Stan is the old city and is not be missed, the cutest houses you have ever seen. My favorite museum would be Fotografiska (the Photography museum) and is well known for it’s great expositions. I was lucky to have been visiting the ones of David La Chapelle and Helmut Newton. Also the museum shop is awesome, all the posters I have on my wall where bought at this shop. Like! History lovers can check out the Vasa Museum, it’s is a tribute to the Vasa ship which is still preserved inside the museum. How is this possible? Go see for yourself! My other advice is to visit the Moderna Museet, it’s comparable to our own Stedelijk Museum and hosts cool expo’s like Jeff Koons and much more contemporary art heroes.

Stay Classy Stockholm, I’ll be back!

Love,

Valentine

Amator Stockholm

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