A Guide to Stockholm with @mrjulls + @rami.hanna
Famous for its opulent architecture, Scandinavian style and epic food scene, Stockholm is THE place for a city break. But where to start? We asked digital creative and stylist @mrjulls and photographer/filmmaker @rami.hanna to give us a tour of their hometown. Read on to discover where to go, what to wear and their top ten places to eat in the ultimate guide to Stockholm.
Tell us a little bit about Stockholm and what you love about the city…
R. Stockholm is our hometown and holds a very special place in our hearts. We like the chilled down vibe the city has and that it offers so much to do!
J. One of the things that I love the most about Stockholm is the fact that you can walk or bike everywhere and be completely at one with the city. During the summer months, I try to not take the subway – I just take my bike wherever I go. It’s the best feeling!
What does a typical day in the city look like for you both?
R. On a free (and preferably sunny) day, we like to spend time with our friends. We’ll start with a brunch and then hit the city for some shopping. I’m a big fan of vintage and second hand shopping and the best place for that is Södermalm! You’ll find some really nice stores, both large and small, and can always count on finding something you’ll love.
J. I love to eat, so every time I have some time off I always meet up with my friends for lunch or dinner! Like Rami said, Södermalm is the best place for cozy little cafes, vintage shopping and a much more chilled urban vibe.
Where are your top ten places to eat?
Berns Asiatiska – Located in the centre of the city, Berns Asiatiska is one of the best asian fusion restaurants in Stockholm. It offers a variety of asian favourites, including sushi and dim sum, as well as a wide choice of delicious wines and cocktails. The restaurant’s interior is also so amazing – it comes complete with magnificent crystal chandeliers and red velvet armchairs!
Yellow – This is actually a new place in Stockholm, which specialises in chicken dishes. It’s so good and the service is incredible, making the overall experience of dining there a really pleasurable experience! If you visit, don’t forget to try their delicious mango drinks and the Mac ‘n’ Cheese balls!
GAST – This is one of our most favourite brunch spots! Located just north of Hötorget, GAST is a minimalistic but super cosy café that offers various exciting blends of coffee alongside tempting buns, sandwiches and light lunches. You’ll find the best Avocado smash in the whole of Stockholm here!
800 Grader – These guys serve the best Italian pizza in Stockholm by a mile! They only actually have four pizzas on the menu (margarita, salsiccia, bianca and asparagus) but they’re all so delicious and definitely worth a try.
Taverno Brillo – Located in the centre of Stockholm, this place is the perfect hangout! They serve a wonderful variety of Italian-inspired main dishes, with a menu that varies depending on the time of year. If you’re not too hungry, they also offer a rich array of entrées such as a salad with endive, goats cheese and walnuts, as well as a delicious risotto with grilled lobster, wild mushrooms and fava beans! Make sure you check out the truffle pizza though, followed by a scoop or two of their ice cream. The wine list is pretty impressive too!
Riche – This place is a modern brasserie with classic roots, located in the elegant Östermalm district of the city. The kitchen is inspired by both French and Swedish traditional foods, offering Sweedish showpieces like skagen and beef rydberg, as well as French classics such as moules frites. They also serve the best meatballs in the whole of Stockholm!
Flippin Burger – Hands down the best burger in Stockholm. These guys make real, mouthwatering burgers from scratch that you can enjoy alongside delicious fries and even Ben & Jerry’s milkshakes! There’s always a line but believe us when we say that it’s more than worth the wait once you get in.
Barbro – This is another Asian fusion place – it’s very charming and the food is sensational! They serve innovative, Japanese-
Mr Cake – If you’re into sweets and deserts, then this is the place for you! They offer an irresistible range of delicious cinnamon rolls and pastries, fresh sandwiches and salads and the most beautiful cakes. Our favourite is the red velvet croissant filled with vanilla cream. So good!
Kaferang – This place actually has two locations. One in Norrmalm and one in the heart of SoFo at Nytorget. Kaferang is a lovely little cafe and the perfect brunch spot. After grabbing a refreshing brunch or snack here, we’d recommend taking a stroll around the Södermalm area. It’s the perfect thing to do of a Sunday!
We have a weekend in Stockholm – where should we go?
Definitely go to Gröna Lund, which is an amusement park on the seaward side of Djurgården Island. There’s a variety of different exciting rides and they also hold gigs here too! After visiting the theme park, spend some time walking and taking in the beautiful nature around Djurgården.
Take a trip to The Modern Museum – one of Europe’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art. It features work from some of the greatest artists of all time including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse. It’s definitely a must-see in Stockholm for any avid art enthusiast!
Take a stroll over to Gamla Stan, the Old Town, which is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in the whole of Europe! It’s exceptionally cosy and has a rather rich history – it’s actually where Stockholm was founded in 1252. You can find lots of small boutiques here with souvenirs and typical Swedish produce.
If you’re after a spot of luxury shopping, then head to Biblioteksgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan. Biblioteksgatan is Stockholm’s most affluent shopping district, home to luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada and ACNE. You’ll definitely find what you’re looking for here! The nightlife is also so important in this district. Head to TAK for some amazing sushi and a few drinks in their rooftop bar which offers breathtaking views of Stockholm. Then afterwards, take a stroll to the other side of the street where you’ll find Spy Bar . It’s an elegant nightspot where you can have a drink and party into the early hours of the morning. It’s open until 5am!
If you’re flying hand luggage only, what three outfits would you take for a weekend away?
R: A basic outfit with black denim jeans, an oversized hoodie and comfortable chunky sneakers! A party outfit with blue denim jeans, boots, some form of t-shirt and a kick ass jacket with an interesting pattern or colour.
J: For during the day, I would take a pair of light blue jeans, a white t-shirt, trench coat and my favourite sneakers! For night time, I’d probably pack a pair of trusty black jeans, an oversized shirt and Chelsea boots. Then as an extra outfit, I’d take a suit that I can wear with just a t-shirt and sneakers!
Talk us through the looks you’ve styled for your guided tour around Stockholm..
R: I always want to be super comfortable for a day in the city, so opted for lots of soft textures and elevated sportswear. I’m also very into colourful garments at the minute, especially pink or purple. Hence the purple sweatshirt!
J: I think I was quite spontaneous with how I styled my looks! It often depends how I feel at that moment in time. But for me, it’s very important to have a jacket that stands out and shoes that make the outfit that little bit more special.