Frida Hård, 35, with her son Einar 7 months, lives in Stockholm
Hi! Sorry to bother you but I’m on hunt for the best Stockholm tips for tourists, would you like to share yours?
Brilliant! So where is the best place in town for a night out?
Oh, there are so many good places it´s difficult to pick one! But for the summer time I would say Trädgården which is a fantastic bar under bare sky. It’s the best, best, best tip I can give! I will definitely hang out there this summer. Best venue for concerts is Södra teatern. Lot’s of nice drinks, lovely terrace and a fabulous view. I’m going there tonight actually, to see Swedish artist Markus Krunegård.
Ah, fun! Do you go to a lot of concerts?
Yes, I’m very interested in music. Before having Einar, my husband and I went to about four to five concerts a week. We will continue to do that on occassions when managing to find babysitter.
That’s cool, do that! So Frida, since you’re a parent yourself, where should families with kids go on a holiday in Stockholm?
I would take a boat trip to the archipelago, Fjäderholmarna, where I would eat shrimps. It’s fantastic out there! The kids can swim and you and your loved one can sit on a cliff and kiss… It’s actually a tip not just for families but everyone. On a rainy day I would go to Kulturhuset that has a lot of fun activities for children.
I would like to introduce you to my good friend Into, 27. Into lives in Årsta, plays in the punk band Abjekt and wouldn’t hesitate to grab a taxi for one block after pay day as I just found out!
Hej Into, tell me something about you I didn’t know:
- One time I called for a limousine to drive me 200 meters to the liquore store (Systembolaget). I bought the cheapest beer Kung while the limo waited outside to drive me back.
Haha, you’re crazy! How much did that cost?
- 1 000 Swedish Kronor. But I had just got 28 000 kronor into my account so I had to use them for something. And I had never tried a limo before.
That’s such an Into thing to do. Now, tell us some about all your tattoos. Which one is your best one?
- Right now it’s the Danger Mouse. The colours are so damn good and it’s the most random tattoo I have.
Do you regret any of them?
- No none. Some I might not do again, but that’s not the same thing.
Where do you get them done, and is it expensive?
- AtSwahili Bobs on Bondegatan. It’s expensive but on the other hand it’s a life time investment.
You work at this really popular place named Strand. Well, you can call it a bar street now maybe?
- Yes, it has a grown to embrace a classic bar called Bar Brooklyn, a club, a live section and a restaurant. We have a lot of live bands playing every week and the range is as wide as our public. The fact that I hang there so much outside of work proves it’s a great place!
Sara Othman, 27, lives south of Stockholm (Sköndal)
Hey, hope you don´t mind stopping for a chat. Where are you off to?
I’m on my way to work, at Stureplan.
So… the very nice area in the city! Do you hang out there much? Like, when you go clubbing etc.?
No, not really. I’m mostly at ”söder”, the south of Stockholm (the hipster area). But actually, last Saturday I went to this really nice place close to here, called Konstnärsbaren. A cosy, arty bar where you can sit and have a chat, drink your wine and solve world problems… I recommend it!
Ah nice, solving world problems… But where would you go, you know, to meet people?
Haha, well, the south area of Stockholm is full of nice people so you will easily bump in to good ones. A place called Bara Bistro is a nice. And, oh, the Caribbean bar Babajan at Katarina Bangata! Hardly anyone knows about this place…
Must say you have a rather nice style, where do you buy your clothes from?
Thanks! If I could afford it I would buy them at Filippa K, she has good everyday kinds. A little more budget is Tjallamalla. Cool vintage clothing-store at Bondegatan 46.
Sales of Swedish food in the UK up by almost 30% since 2006
Swedish food is taking over the UK according to new figures from Statistics Sweden, with high-end shops and supermarkets racing to take advantage of the trend. In the past five years, sales of Swedish foods in the UK have risen by almost 30% and are expected to have rocketed even further in 2011 as mainstream retailers have started to respond to the market.
Scandinavian food is now amongst the most sought after in the world, having recently eclipsed the more traditional food nations of southern Europe. Fäviken Magasinet, a small restaurant in the mountains near the Swedish ski resort of Åre, has been tipped as the successor to Noma “the world’s best restaurant”, Frantzén / Lindeberg in Stockholm was named “One to Watch” in the 2011 St Pellegrino restaurant awards and Östersund in Jämtland was recently made a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
British retailers have also been quick to jump on the trend with Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and John Lewis all selling Swedish speciality products ranging from cheese and yoghurt to crispbreads and lingonberry jam. Marks and Spencer even launched its own Swedish cinnamon buns in September 2011. Larger mainstream supermarkets are also starting to stock foods including Oatly, Almondy and Scan meatballs.
A new breed of boutique Swedish delicatessens and top class restaurants has recently taken shape, particularly in London, as well. This year has seen the launch of a new Totally Swedish shop in Barnes High Street, whilst café / delis including Scandinavian Kitchen and Nordic Bakery are going from strength to strength.
The Swedes are even making their mark on the UK restaurant scene. Hedone in Chiswick, West London, is headed up by Swedish food blogger-turned-chef Mikael Jonsson and has received rave reviews since it opened this summer. Jonsson’s innovative menus and the importance he places on top quality, fresh ingredients epitomise the modern Swedish chef.
London based newspaper The Evening Standard included Swedish fashion in their list of predicted trends for 2012.
"There will be no escaping the Swedish invasion set to take place on our high streets next year. Leading the charge is Stockholm-based budget brand Monki. A favourite with Swedish teenagers and fashion-forward Brits who make pilgrimages to Stockholm to get their fast fashion fix, Monki opens its first UK store on Carnaby Street in February. A spin-off company of Hennes, the chain responsible for other British high-street success stories H&M and COS, Monki will be accompanied by cult Swedish denim brand Cheap Monday which also plans to open its first stand-alone British store at the start of next year. Customers seeking the “Scandi look” can expect slim-fitting denim, edgy basics and a host of affordable leather jackets which bare a striking resemblance to those associated with high-end Swedish brand Acne.” Karen Dacre
Celebrate a Swedish Christmas with seasonal Christmas music, Swedish mulled wine and gingerbread cookies when the popular Christmas From Sweden concert returns to Wigmore Hall in London on the 23 Dec, at 7 pm.
In a programme ranging from traditional Swedish Christmas carols, to classical and jazz, the audience is in for a rare treat.
MARGARETA BENGTSON soprano, harp BENGT FORSBERG piano MATS LIDSTRÖM cello, artistic director TAMSY KANER cello JUDITH HERBERT cello ROBERT MASKELL guest performance
CHOIR OF THE SWEDISH CHURCH IN LONDON CARINA EINARSON conductor
Christmas From Sweden 2011 is presented by From Sweden Productions in collaboration with Anglo-Swedish sponsors and partners. This annual concert aims to bring the best of a traditional Swedish Christmas to a London audience, and to build on the British awareness of Swedish music established by the critically acclaimed classical music festival, From-Sweden.
With a fabulous food culture, long, sandy beaches and sleek design hotels all within easy reach of the city, Malmö, in southern Sweden, is the ideal destination for those who want a city break. What’s more, with the launch of the only direct flight from the UK (RyanAir) and the festive Christmas markets coming up, Skåne is set to become more popular with UK tourists this winter than ever before.
Ever wanted to know what Swedish Christmas is really like? Now you’ve got the chance!
Mia Karlsson from Skåne in Sweden has invented advent calendar app “the Swedish Christmas” for those eager to experience festive traditions of the Swedes. Starting on December 1 and running up until Christmas Eve, there is a video for each day showing everything from the baking of saffron buns to traditional dancing games.
"The app is for Swedish expats who wants to stay close to their roots as well as for those who would like to know more about Sweden and the country’s traditions," Mia told LINK magazine earlier this month.
The favorite window is tipped to be on December 13, showing Lucia celebrations in Lund´s Cathedral in the south of Sweden. The ones with recipes in are also predicted to prove popular among the Brits since the increase of interest in Swedish food.
The app is now available to download in English or in Swedish.
Hedone’s Mikael Jönsson met popular Stockholm chefs Frantzén/Lindeberg at a guest play in the Chiswick restaurant. Here´s the delicious result.
Dorset shrimps by Hedone
The blood from the elk and almond potatos with foie gras, nuts and preserved lingonberries by Hedone
Wild mushrooms in pine cream served with beurre noisette, preserved pine shoots and thyme by Frantzén/Lindeberg
Irish Abalone in its own juice by Hedone
Scallop from Orkney in two servings: First cooked in its own shell. Served with duck eggs, Alba truffle and natural juice from the scallop. And then raw bound in its own coral, scallop “dashi” by Frantzén Lindeberg
Smoked rock oyster, betroot jelly, nutmeg, alba truffle by Hedone
Fish of the day, slowly cooked under pig´s fat for 3 hours, served with roasted onions, sauce vin blanc flavoured with preserved anchovy juice and bleak roe by Frantzén/Lindeberg
Tartar of Swedish elk flavoured with melted animal fat and hay ash. Bleak roe from Per Vidlund, accidulated cream flavoured with smoked flood lamprey. Dried elk penis. By Frantzén/Lindeberg
Shetland seaweed lamb by Hedone
Swedish capercaillie roasted with reindeer moss served with carrits from our garden. Raw liqourice, sprouted almonds and emulsion of caramelized rowanberries and birds fat. Almost raw cream of the birds liver and a small salad of liqourice berbs by Franztén/Lindeberg.
Fresh yeast ice cream with eggyolks and Swedish lager by Frantzén Lindeberg