Stockholm Guide

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    Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is spread across 14 islands and is part of a 24,000
    island archipelago. Stockholm is surrounded by water, beautiful architecture and superb design.

    BY Joanna Swanson

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    WHERE TO STAY

    BERNS There are quite a few gorgeous hotels in Stockholm but if its the very best you are searching for then you may want to lay your head to rest at Berns. This magnificent hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm in one of the most beautiful historical buildings in the city. Awarded “Swedens Leading Boutique Hotel 2011” by the prestigious World Travel Awards, Berns offers not only a place to sleep, but also one of the best night-clubs in Stockholm for late night fun.

    More favorites: Lydmar, Hotel Nobis, Story Hotel, Scandic Grand Central.

     

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    RESTAURANTS & FOOD STORES

    PONTUS! Eat, drink and be merry at Pontus! After an extensive refurbishment and expansion Pontus! is now even more gorgeous than before. Everywhere you look your design eye will be stimulated with a book shelf wallpaper that you could study for hours, bright green couches and stunning photographs from one of my favorites, Vee Speers. At Pontus you will satisfy both your hunger and your design quota for the day. Have a drink in the bar or why not eat in The Dining Room or at the Seafood Bar, either way the food is melt in your mouth good and the drinks more than just quench your thirst.

    More favorites: Orangeriet Bar, Riche, Indigo Bar, East, Villa Godthem, Urban Deli.

     

     

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    SHOPPING

    HOPE ‘Less is more’ accurately describes Swedish fashion. And Swedes know fashion. In early fall the Swedish brand Hope opened the doors to its flagship shop in the center of Stockholm. Here you will find classic pieces that are relaxed, well dressed and a little raw. Hope designs clothes that help you make that effortless transition from work to leisure.

    GARBO INTERIORS is a hands down favorite. From furniture to glassware to plush paints and beautiful flowers, at Garbo you will find a mix of new and old, unique and antique. Every piece feels carefully selected and somehow their is a story behind each object.

    More favorites: Acne, Whyred, House of Dagmar, Hunky Dory, Dusty Deco, Dis Inredning, Plan Ett, NK Inredning.

     

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    INDULGE

    BLUE HAMAM SPA The moist warm air, gorgeous striped marble imported from Turkey and gold plated faucets and bowls are just some of the details that struck me when I entered Blue Hamam SPA, located just a short cab ride outside of Stockholm, for the first time. This is a spa experience like no other. After being covered in millions of soapy suds, scrubbed down to a new layer of skin, having both hot and cold water poured all over you and your hair washed you feel refreshed, rejuvenated and very, very clean. It is a luxuriant experience that washes away all your worries and stresses… at least for a little while.

    Other favorites: Grand Hotel Spa, Centrabadet, Yasuragi Hasseludden.

    For more inspiration visit Joanna Swanson’s blog ‘Simple Blue Print’ and check out the extensive ‘Stockholm City Guide’.

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