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With an unrivalled mix of art, culture and design – plus world-class shopping – Stockholm is Scandinavia’s capital of cool. These are the pro tips for your visit.
Swedes love dark garments – preferably in the blackest shade of black available. The only colour they like more than black is white, so build your ‘like a local’ look around a black biker jacket and add a black beanie for essential warmth. Underneath, layer up a The Killing-style Fair Isle jumper with a couple of tees before throwing on skinny jeans from local heroes Cheap Monday and some white Converse for an indie vibe.
If you fancy copping some authentic Scandi garms while you’re in town, Weekday has you covered with stylish and affordable fashion from both ends of the colour scale. Pack up your laptop in a Sandqvist bag – their military-inspired gear is huge here – and meet the unpredictable Stockholm weather head on in a Stutterheim raincoat. Its rainy Swedish melancholy has been endorsed by the likes of Kanye West and, needless to say, its coats were initially only produced in black.
The touristy vibe of Gamla Stan (the old town) aside, Stockholm has a few hidden gems. Head into the cobbled alleyways leading away from main street Västerlånggatan to find quirky antique dealers and secret plazas. An old pharmacy-turned-bar, Pharmarium, serves drinks made from smoked cotton candy and gold (yep, really). On a sunny day, get a ferry out to the archipelago. Fjäderholmarna is one of the closest islands – it's only 25 minutes away, but still far enough to escape the city.
On Södermalm, walk along Skånegatan – the epicentre of Swedish indie rock music in the 90s. Get a takeaway coffee at Il Caffè, a handful of handmade caramels from Pärlans Konfektyr, and browse through the great record selection at Pet Sounds, one of a few leftovers from the indie days.
The streets of the SoFo (South of Folkungagatan) district are dotted with trendy vintage stores and small boutiques offering everything from high-end fashion to underground rockabilly barbershops. Go for rustic food and on-point drinks at Bar Central and Nytorget 6. The Hornstull area offers a more low-key brand of hip.
In spring, there's a huge market down by the water, while the rest of the year the bars and restaurants are the main attractions (Try Tjoget, recently voted one of the best bars in the world). If those drinks leave you craving more fashion, get a taxi to the affluent Bibliotekstan, home to most of the trendiest Swedish brand’s flagship stores (Acne, & Other Stories, Our Legacy etc).
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