photography © Elisabeth Heier

Stockholm Furniture Fair and Design Week is coming up and I’ve asked a few Stockholm friends and residents about their favorite places to eat, shop, have a glass of wine or just a nice walk. For the places almost impossible to track down during the first stay in a new place – or like me, I hardly ever have time to actually see Stockholm while I’m there, work comes first. This week I aim for some time off in-between exhibitions, meetings and the fair, there are so many places to visit and see. And there´s some bonus tips here as well for those of you who is traveling there the upcoming week – on what to see outside SFF. 

Hanna Nova Beatrice

Hanna Novas recommendations 
Hanna Nova Beatrice is the editor in chief of the renown magazine Residence and My Residence, and always involved in Design Week for curations of exhibitions, lectures and launches. If someone knows what´s happening within the design scene it´s her. When I asked her what she likes the most about Stockholm, her favorite places and where she brings friends she told me; Stockholm is a beautiful capital, small enough to offer an intimate village feel at times, but big enough to keep you inspired. 

For food
When I have friends from abroad visiting I like to bring them to the classic restaurants, like Prinsen (Mäster Samuelsgatan 4), PA & Company (Riddargatan 8), Rolfs kök (Tegnérgatan 41) or Konstnärsbaren (Smålandsgatan 7) at Östermalm. I like the atmosphere and the stories steaming from these places. Saying that Stockholm has a very vibrant food scene with new restaurants opening up every month.

Cafe Nizza, photography © Cafe Nizza

For a drink
For an afternoon drink KB (Smålandsgatan 7), a classic artist bar with a bohemian feel, is superb. I also like the intimate bar at Teatergrillen (Nybrogatan 7), or for a quick stop with a friend, the restaurant bar at Brillo (Sturegatan 7), all at Östermalm. For Södermalm I like Bistro Sud (Swedenborgsgatan 8A) and Cafe Nizza (Åsögatan 171). 

Ett Hem, photography © Ash Jones for Cereal. See more here.

For a treat
The beautiful Hotel Ett Hem (Sköldungdagatan 2) with interiors by Ilse Crawford had so many “design visitors” knocking on its doors the first couple of years after opening they had to stop showing curious tourists around. But if you can’t afford to stay there you can book a aperetivo, breakfast or dinner in their small and very intimate restaurant – it’s a great “homely” setting and amazing food, and you get to experience the environment. You have to book well in advance as they have very few seats offered to non guests, and they don’t really promote this. 

National Museum, photography © Pia Ulin

Spending the day
I would start the day with breakfast at Hotel Skeppsholmen (Gröna Gången 1), a calm treat any time of the year with great views and interiors by Claesson Koivisto Rune, then I would visit some of the museums you stroll by on your way to the city – Arkdes (Exercisplan 4), Moderna Museet (Exercisplan 4) and this years must visit – the re opened Nationalmuseet (Södra Blasieholmshamnen) which has been very lovingly restored  in collaboration with some of Sweden’s best contemporary designers.  I would pay a visit to new and established interior shops such as Asplund (Sibyllegatan 31E) – playing a significant role in exporting the notion of Swedish design in the end of the 90s – the very established shops Svenskt Tenn (Strandvägen 5) and Malmstens (Strandvägen 5B) and the knowledgeable antiques shop Modernity (Sibyllegatan 6). Dry Studios (Upplandsgatan 36) is also nice to visit, and the book shop Konstig (Åsögatan 124) or well stocked magazine shop Paper Cut (Krukmakargatan 124-126). The cemetery Skogskyrkogården (Sockenvägen 492) by Gunnar Asplund is a must for everyone interested in architecture. For more interior inspiration I would book a lunch at the members club and co working space Alma (Nybrogatan 8) with a small craft shop and interiors by Tham Videgård. The food is amazing.

Alma, photography © Emil Fagander

As a bonus Hanna added her recommendations for exhibitions in the city during Stockholm Design Week, dont miss out on these!

The Fenix Palace, Adolf Fredrik´s kyrkogata 10
Last year we opened up the doors to a private residence in central Stockholm, inviting visitors to the curated world of Ariake and My Residence in collaboration with the stylist Annaleena interiors. This year we invite the public to experience a former entertainment palace (and in its later incarnation – also a church!) in central Stockholm. Open Tuesday-Friday during SDW. 

Frama / Spatial experiences, Kungsholm´s torg 1
Danish Frama is showing new pieces in the newly refurbished space of Andreas Martin-Löf architects, which they have collaborated with. The space can take 50 people at a time. 

The bakers house, Bondegatan 21
Experimental design studio Färg And Blanche have created a site specific exhibition in Emmas great great grand fathers amazing town house dating back to 1889. All pieces shown are inspired by the history of the house and the family. Pre booking is a must.

Alma, Nybrogatan 8
The members club and co working space Alma is worth a visit either way, with interiors by Tham Videgård. This week they also house an exhibition by Dux, showcasing their new collab with Danish Norm architects. 

Magniberg Bukowski, Berzelii Park 1
The auction house Bukowski has teamed up with fashion led bedlinen and experimental furniture brand Magniberg to create a stunning exhibition mixing great auction finds with beautiful textiles and avantgarde furniture. Don’t miss out. 

Fenix Palace, photography via Ariake

Pella Hedeby, photography © Kristofer Johnsson

Pellas recommendations 
Pella Hedeby works as an interior designer and stylist at Lotta Agaton Interiors in Stockholm. In addition to being a talented and influential stylist she’s the nicest person who shares her knowledge and inspires others over and over. Her favorite Stockholm interior- and design shops and restaurant is;

Photography CSA Show Shop

CSA Show Shop, Kocksgatan 52. An esthetic dream of a shop by Carina Seth Andersson. A special exhibit is to be seen during the fair this year, but in the end of the week it will be regular hours. 

Photo by Matateljen

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