Lena Förberg, ZIS parent, fills us in on the best things to do in her Swedish hometown. #ZISTravels.
PADDLE YOUR WAY AROUND THE CITY
My favourite way to explore Stockholm’s 14 islands in the summer is to hire a canoe at Långholmen. You’ll see the Town Hall where the Nobel Prize ceremony takes place and my favourite, Gamla Stan (the Old Town), with its small shops and cobbled alleys.
HAVE A SWEET MOMENT AT FABRIQUE
The best place to enjoy fika, the Swedish ritual of chatting and relaxing over a coffee, is Fabrique. There are branches throughout the city and whenever I’m back I always call into the one at Humlegårdsgatan for a kanelbulle, a freshly-baked cinnamon bun.
GET CULTURAL AT FOTOGRAFISKA
This relatively new and impressive art space plays host to photographic exhibitions by Swedish and international artists. I once saw a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition there that was very provocative. There’s also a world-class restaurant, so you can finish with lunch.
APPRECIATE TRUE SWEDISH DESIGN
Svenskt Tenn is an interior design shop that has been around since 1924. They sell everything from glassware to upholstery and textiles, and the aesthetic is clean and classic yet still playful and uplifting. Sometimes I buy, but it’s more a source of inspiration.
CATCH THE SUNSET AT BOCKHOLMEN
Bockholmen bar and restaurant is in a villa in the Stockholm archipelago, but accessible by a short subway ride. In June and July, the sun doesn’t go down until 10pm so, before dinner, you can enjoy a glass of prosecco at the outdoor bar while it’s still light.
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