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so arrive early to claim a seat during weekend
brunch at the spacious Vasastan location.
Odengatan 39; pomochflora.se.
"Take an afternoon fika at Sturekatten, a charming eighteenth-century
teahouse in Östermalm. Its ornately
decorated rooms are perfect for
drawn-out lunches and coffee
breaks. At Nytorget 6, a warm and
lively neighborhood restaurant in
the heart of Södermalm, cozy up for
a plate of traditional meatballs and
don't miss the signature cocktails
and delicious homemade desserts."
- Nancy Little, irtuoso travel
advisor, Los Angeles
You can't visit Sweden without partaking in
fika, the custom of slowing down for a coffee break, typically with something sweet to
eat, such as a kanelbulle (cinnamon bun). An
integral part of the social fabric, fika with colleagues at work or with a friend or date at a
café is an everyday activity for most Swedes.
This top-notch café - one of the city's most
popular fika destinations - serves excellent espresso, matcha lattes, smoothies, and
cold-pressed juices. Fresh kanelbullar, hearty
sandwiches, and tempting baked goods, such
as banana-pecan cake or gluten-free chocolate cake with Nutella frosting, fill the display
case. Sankt Eriksgatan 88; kaffeverket.nu.
Pom & Flora
"I just serve here what I prefer eating, or what
we as a family prefer eating," says owner Anna
Axelsson, who opened the first Pom & Flora
in 2013 in Södermalm. Inspired by Australian
breakfasts, Axelsson adds Swedish ingredients to the equation, using rye bread for avocado toast and composing chia puddings with
local fruit, from pears to lingonberries. Food
bloggers flock here to snap the colorful plates,
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Gallery District and Designgalleriet
Stockholm's Gallery District spans Hudiksvallsgatan, an industrial lane on the northwestern edge of the city with a cluster of
contemporary art galleries. Exhibitions feature up-and-coming Scandinavian artists
and well-known international names (a wellreceived Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective
at Christian Larsen, for example). For design, look south to Designgalleriet, a gallery
dedicated to promoting young local artisans
and designers, as well as established firms.
Kammakargatan 52; designgalleriet.com.
This unmissable structure - six stories high
and sheathed in shiny brass - calls itself a
museum but has the soul of a gallery. Temporary exhibitions have featured fashion and
films, but tend to focus on Nordic artists, as
in a current show of work by renowned belle
epoque painter Anders Zorn, on loan from
the Zorn Museum. This creative complex
also exhibits sculptures on the rooftop, as
well as a penthouse replica - furnishings and
artworks included - of the former home of
founder and art collector Sven-Harry Karlsson. Eastmansvägen 10-12; sven-harrys.se.
SHOPS AND SIPS
This southern island has evolved from a
Clockwise from left:
Pärlans Konfektyr goodies, Bar Hommage, and
Mini Rodini beachwear.
scruffy working-class neighborhood to a
hub for the city's creative class, particularly
the area known to locals as SoFo (due to its
location south of the main thoroughfare
Folkungagatan). It's easy to understand the
comparisons of this part of Södermalm to
Brooklyn, especially on weekends, when
sidewalks and cafés fill with young strollerpushing families. Excellent coffee shops,
bars, and independent boutiques line the
streets around Mariatorget (Maria Square).
And as the weather warms, so does the ambience, as storefronts throw open their doors
and alfresco seating packed with Swedes
soaking up the sun takes over the streets.
Shops from Swedish brands large and small
occupy this main artery in SoFo. At Pärlans
Konfektyr, a candy store plucked from the
1930s, shop girls in pinafores and pin curls
wrap boxes of caramels. Swedish Hasbeens stocks trendy 1970s-style wooden
clogs. At Mini Rodini, kids' clothing comes
in eco-friendly fabrics with cute illustrations from founder Cassandra Rhodin.
And an outpost of Acne Studios, the cult
fashion brand known for its androgynous