Stockholm

Specieret

Specieret

Stockholm, Sweden

A gastronomic bistro, it borders on the walls of the valued Gastrologik and shares its cuisines, its inspirations and its delicate character. Three small community tables in a little windowed room, and the exceptional ability to make the meal common but personal. The large chalk blackboard on the wall displays a short menu for dinner and a shorter one for lunch that always manage to sum up both of Sweden’s souls – land and sea…

EKSTEDT

EKSTEDT

Stockholm, Sweden

It is old school. Heat, soot, ashes, smoke and fire as the only cooking method. Hours of embers smell. The sleeves of the check shirt are rolled up to set the quick hands free on minute courses. Birch, leather, copper, sandstone, wood. Growing up between north and south, from Jämtland to Skåne. Inventing an astonishing Scandinavian cuisine and serving it à la minute in a fairy-tale dance of miniature cups, pans and chopping boards. We wish future gastronomy were like this – a tree with a hardy, reassuring trunk and new, dazzling and hypnotizing branches. We entered a glass door in an anonymous street in the city of Stockholm, and it led us to seas, forests, meadows and fields in the whole of Sweden…

Hotel Skeppsholmen

Hotel Skeppsholmen

Stockholm, Sweden

Spending a few winter nights in Stockholm and waking up to the apricot dawn in the bay beyond the thin trees, the frozen quay and the sailing ships of Skeppsholmen Island, is to us one of the most natural ways to enjoy the Swedish capital. And pretending – but not so much – to be the guests of a pacific country residence that can be reached only through a small bridge or by sea, aboard a boat. Slowly, almost at a walking pace…

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Traveler’s Picks

by Niklas Ekstedt

Swedish chef-patron, TV-presenter and best-selling cookery book author Niklas Ekstedt shows astonishing creativity, producing elegant food using long-lost Swedish cooking techniques and burning wood as his only source of heat. Precisely the opposite of molecular, modernist or futuristic gastronomy, the extraordinary restaurant experience delivered by his team, was rewarded in April 2013 when EKSTEDT was given its first Michelin star…

Matsalen

Matsalen

Stockholm, Sweden

If restaurants are places where meals are served and eaten at various times during the day, Matsalen (gourmet haute cuisine) is not a restaurant but a peak of gastronomic experimentation where you can have a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in the amazing setting of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. The leading roles are played by the knowledge, philosophy and creativity of the star-awarded chef Mathias Dahlgren. His cuisine is strongly affected both by his homeland Sweden and by the influences and traditions he learned worldwide. Raw materials in accordance with the ongoing season, new masterly tastes, presentations as works of art. The place is pervaded by that impeccable contemporary-nordic style that fascinates us Southern Europeans – refined but welcoming, cultured but relaxed. A must in this same location are Matbaren – excellent gastro-bistro – and Matbordet for a ‘here-and-now experience’ face to face with the chef at work.

Gastrologik

Gastrologik

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Östermalm, 8pm, 6 June 2014. An intimate room with tables dressed in white linen, copper furniture with emerald blue glass and an open plan kitchen. Past the bar you can see two bouquets of wild flowers. Young guys and girls wearing chocolate brown aprons disappear behind the glass, looking for a plate in a cloud of vapour, then they take flowers from the bouquets, cut brown bread and slice a piece of toma cheese with herbs, put it on a plate and hide it under a lid. Their movements are a display of fine elegance. They come to the table and lovingly explain every dish on the menu. We tuck our teeth into crunchy crisps that transport us to paths covered in leaves in autumn. At the end of this culinary journey we are not in Stockholm anymore and it’s not 11pm on 6 June 2014. We are elsewhere, in a different time that, outside these walls, has not arrived yet.

Miss Clara

Miss Clara

Stockholm, Sweden

We’re always fascinated by stories, which is why we love Miss Clara. It’s a place drenched in stories. Set within one of Stockholm’s most exquisite Art Nouveau building, once an old girls’ school, today Miss Clara (Nobis Hotel) is perfect in many ways. For the contemporary decoration, the refined lighting, the selection of magazines on the bedside table, the beautiful plaids and the selection of bread, yogurt, cereals, jams and tea at breakfast. And most of all for the powerful atmosphere that you can only find within the walls of a period building, drenched in stories.

Rosendals Trädgård

Rosendals Trädgård

Stockholm, Sweden

A fruit garden with centennial apple trees, a wine garden, a rose garden with rare and old-fashion roses and a vast green expanse. The Plant Shop and the Café are found in the greenhouses. Here, you can taste delicious food prepared only with organic products and traditional Swedish bread and pastries, made fresh in the next-door Bakery. There’s also a boutique where to buy delicatessen and handicraft and tables under the veranda. Rosendals Trädgård is a small delicate reign celebrating the botanical art (they also organize courses and workshops) and the joie de vivre, set on a magical Nordic island: Djurgårdens. Come visit this garden of wonders on a Sunday morning in spring and live an unforgettable dream, just like we did.

Traveler’s picks

Traveler’s picks

by Thomas Schacht

For Thomas (and his Ruth) Brücke 49 is a lifetime dream come true. During his career as marketing and business developer, many times he’s imagined working outside and living close to nature. One day, he came to Vals and never left. Every morning, he cooks breakfast for his guests and lives outside close to nature. Every day, Thomas and his Ruth live their dream.

Story Hotel

Story Hotel

Stockholm, Sweden

Story Hotel sums up the city it’s in. It’s young, fresh and eclectic, but also nostalgic, retro and romantic. Old couches sit next to colourful wall art, white tiles next to Asian style sinks and Nordic design next to wrought iron furniture. Set in one of the liveliest neighbourhood of the city.

Sturehof

Sturehof

Stockholm, Sweden

Sturehof is a Swedish bistro (with a French twist) with a bar and a dj-set. Outside, the straw chairs and round tables remind of Paris. Inside, grey blue walls, a glass window with printed shapes of fish and coral, white tablecloths and friendly service…

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