Tell us a little about yourself – how long have you lived in Stockholm and what do you do for a living?
I was born in S.C. and moved to Sweden when I was five. I decided to move back to the States during high school and graduated there. Right after graduation, I moved to NYC to study fashion. After five years in NYC I was longing to be close to my family and friends, so I packed my bags and moved back home to Stockholm. I currently work with the Tax & Structuring at a Private Equity firm; however, I do still sew on the side. I have my own company, where I sew made to order dresses (usually formal and wedding), but I am currently working on a new idea for my company. I will get back to you on how it plays out!
What brought you to Stockholm and what keeps you?
My mother is from Stockholm and all my family lives here, so it was natural for me to want to move back home after a few years abroad.
If we had one day in Stockholm, where would you take us for breakfast, coffee, and dinner?
My favorite breakfast spot is Strandvägen 1, They have a wonderful selection of a la carte choices. I always go for the big fruit plate.
In Sweden, we have a verb (but it is also used as a noun) for having a coffee, which is FIKA. It means having a break, most often a coffee break, with your colleagues, friends, date or family. So, having a fika occurs quite often in my daily life, and since it is a social institution (Wikipedia – but I agree wholeheartedly) there are plenty of great coffee places in Stockholm. If you want amazing coffee and you’re a bit of a coffee nerd as myself I would recommend taking a trip to DROP COFFEE ROASTERS. They are located on the south “borough/island” of Stockholm. Since you’re in Stockholm you must have a traditional cinnamon bun while you’re enjoying your fika. All coffee shops have them, but if you want the largest cinnamon bun in Stockholm (they are also really yummy) you should go to Saturnus Café or Egoiste (Egoiste is located in the trendy Mood Galleria and they share the same owner).
So, for dinner I have a ton of recommendations, however, if you get the chance to book Lilla Ego you must go there! Nordic-inspired food with small to medium plates. Do keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to get a table, so double check your dates and plan ahead. If you are unable to get a table their head over to old town and enjoy Kagges. They also serve the smaller dishes where you order 2-3 per person and they are all Scandinavian inspired. The restaurant is very small but with an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
If you prefer vegetarian dishes, you must go to Fotografiska. Not only is it a museum specialized in photography, but they also have an amazing restaurant with a magnificent view of Stockholm. The restaurant focuses on the green aspects of food and has the vegetables as the center of each dish. Meat, fish, and poultry are served as side dishes and ordered separately.
What are your favorite shopping gems?
Stockholm is a very trendy city. You can find an H&M in almost every corner, but if you enjoy thrifting there are plenty of good stores Judits second hand and old touch Stockholm are my favorites. If you like Swedish fashion designers go to Grandpa! They have a selection of all the top Swedish designers.
Scandinavia is also known for interior design. If you enjoy browsing amazing furniture and gorgeous trinkets for your home go to Svenskt Tenn and Norrgavel, both located in the central parts of Stockholm.
What’s your go-to drinking spot?
I admit that my fiancé an I love cocktails. We plan many of our trips around world known bars and restaurants. I have several awesome places to recommend, but usually, we always end up having at least one drink at Tweed. The bartenders are all very knowledgeable and skilled.
Where do you go to unwind?
I go to our summer house in the archipelago. It’s only 45 minutes from the city which is really amazing.
When you travel are you into mountains, beaches or cities?
I enjoy any type of travel, but my preference must be cities and beaches. Preferably a combination of both city and beach, like Miami or Barcelona.
Describe Stockholm in three words.
Beautiful, Crisp (clean) and Trendy
Does living there inspire you? And if so, how?
I love living in Stockholm. It has the fast pace of a large city, but still the serene surroundings of a smaller city. The landscape, architecture, and trendiness are very inspiring.
What are some under the radar must – do recommendations for a visitor?
If you like (or even love) cocktails, you must go to Svartengrens. It’s a neighborhood restaurant (very near where I live) with the most amazing drinks. The menu is small but oh so wonderful!
And if you enjoy museums that are former private residences you must go to the Hallwyl House and the Thiel Gallery. Hallwyl house is the former home of the Count and Countess von Hallwyl. Which is a grand estate completed in 1898. The Thiel Gallery is the house of Ernest Thiel who was a wealthy merchant banker in the 1800s. He was a large contributor to art, and the Gallery is recognized as one of the finest museums in Sweden with artwork from Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn and Edvard Munch.
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