"LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT"
by Wilhelm Hansson
Sometimes I return to Skinnarviksberget to feel that quietness again. There I can survey not just the city, but also my dreams and the things I want to achieve. And I have realised I can achieve many of those things in Stockholm.
“The Old Town is located between Södermalm and the centre of Stockholm. The buildings here are, as the name suggests, very old. They are built very close to each other which creates many narrow alleys. Go here to study the architecture and to discover the boutiques selling Swedish handicraft. By keeping away from this district in the middle of the day you will avoid the crowd of souvenir hunting tourists. Enjoy the nightwalk.”
Some people say they never leave Södermalm. They are probably just lazy, but they claim that this neighbourhood has everything. You will find lots of quirky boutiques as well as cosy cafés, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs here. There are a few very nice parks like Vitabergsparken and I highly recommend the walk along the water from Skanstull to Hornstull. People from all over Stockholm keep Södermalm awake day and night.
“Östermalm has an exclusive market hall with fresh vegetables, exotic fruits, good meat and other interesting provisions. The best thing is that almost every stall offers samples of their food. But Östermalm has of course a lot more to offer. The boutiques selling branded clothes are countless, the cafés and restaurants are expensive, and the coloured cocktails in the clubs are costly. So if you’re going to Östermalm and want to have fun, don’t leave your credit card at home.”
Vasastan & Kungsholmen
„Vasastan and Kungsholmen are perfect places for having lunch or just taking a coffee. Especially during the day it’s nice to sit in the sun at one of the open-air cafés on Rörstrandsgatan. The people here are somewhat prudish but very nice. Most of them are singles or young couples who have recently become parents. At night, you will meet these people in the small crowded pubs or in the fancier bars and restaurants.“
"WHY I MOVE AND RETURN"
by Ewa Olszewska
Living in Stockholm for so long has planted a bigger seed of Swedishness in me than I will ever admit. But I like it. And every time I set foot on Swedish turf at Arlanda I know what to expect, where to go and what to get annoyed at. It generates a familiarity I dearly miss. Yet it keeps changing. It keeps up. It surprises. And that’s why I love it.
No matter where I find myself living, stepping out of that plane makes me feel at home once more.
“Staying away from the main streets where plastic Viking helmets are sold, you will find real gems such as one of the best restaurants in town: Leijontornet. Enjoy small idyllic alleys where vintage shops offer one-of-a kind jewellery and the best ice cream in town.”
Home of the most beautiful and famous view of Stockholm town, the ugliest traffic trap and the oldest architecture. Considered the most bohemian part of town, the attitude is truly very laid back and hip.
“There are two groups that live on Östermalm. Both are rich and fabulous, but whereas the first group will do anything to ensure you know this the second group has enough style and grace not to flaunt it. You’ll know it anyway.”
Vasastan & Kungsholmen
„Eclectic mix of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Fashion bloggers, IT and PR people work hard and play hard alongside young families that envy them.“