See + Do
Five cultural spots not to miss.
Artipelag: BabyBjörn founder Björn Jakobson built this soaring contemporary cultural venue amid grassy meadows on Värmdö island. The space has hosted performances by Sweden’s Royal Opera and rotating art exhibitions, among them a Candida Höfer retrospective.
Fotografiska: In a former customs house in Södermalm, this multipurpose photography museum debuted to instant acclaim: the opening show by Annie Liebovitz was followed by the likes of David LaChapelle and Roger Ballen. Find works of both emerging and established talents for sale in the small gallery and an impressive selection of monographs in the shop.
Moderna Museet: On Skeppsholmen Island, the Moderna Museet is a Rafael Moneo–designed art museum that has a permanent collection with blue-chip works by Francis Bacon, Matisse, and more, as well as many of their Swedish contemporaries.
Hagaparken: A 288-acre nature playground in Solna, Hagaparken has long housed Swedish royals, who have a residence here. On sunny Saturdays, locals come to run, row on the lake, or sunbathe on the great lawns.
Rosendals Trädgård: Originally created in 1817 as an English-style park, Rosendals, in Djurgården, is now a public experiment in organic food- and flora-growing (some of the city’s top chefs buy their produce here). It’s also a nice place to spend an afternoon—the rose garden holds nearly a hundred varieties, while the boutique sells artisanal jams.