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T+L's Definitive Guide to Stockholm

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Local Take

Three insiders share their go-to places in the city.

Ben Gorham

Founder, Byredo Parfums

A.W. Bauer & Co. is the only true bespoke tailor left in Scandinavia. It takes eight weeks to get a suit, but the shop also sells shirts, ties, and socks made in Scotland. At Artek, you’ll find timeless vintage furniture by Finnish master Alvar Aalto. Sneakersnstuff is a mecca for anyone who loves athletic shoes. Ingelsta Kalkon ($$) is great for lunch. It’s all turkey on the menu—get the grilled version with coleslaw.”

Ingmarie Halling

Curator, ABBA the Museum

“I love Restaurant J ($$$), in Nacka Strand, for its traditional kitchen and unique location along the harbor—it feels a bit like New Hampshire. Order the seafood platter with fresh lobster, shrimp, and oysters. In the summer, Djurgården is the place to hang out on weekends; locals go horseback riding and canoeing and for leisurely strolls along the water. ABBA fans won’t want to miss Ulla Winbladh ($$), an old tavern with a sunny terrace that the group often visited during their heyday.”

Mathias Dahlgren

Chef at the Michelin-starred Matsalen

“Because I work in fine dining, I look for something deliciously simple and quick when I eat out. At Ramen Ki-mama ($$$), near my home in Birkastan, I can order a bowl of ramen noodles in broth and be out in 30 minutes. I often stop by Amida Kolgrill ($$), in Södermalm, for its excellent shish kebab. Not far away is the boutique Cajsa Warg. Warg was like a mother of Swedish household cooking in the 18th century. This store sells beautiful artisanal foods and cookware.”

Worth a Detour

Sandhamm: Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will recognize this seaside hamlet, a two-hour ferry ride from central Stockholm, as the favored retreat of protagonist Mikael Blomkvist. Summer weekenders gravitate to the islet’s gravel lanes and unspoiled beaches.

Drottningholm: Sweden’s stately 17th-century royal residence, on the shore of Lake Mälaren a few miles west of the city, is surrounded by acres of parks and has gilded halls and Baroque gardens inspired by Versailles.

Uppsala: An hour north of the capital, this university town charms day-trippers with its hilltop castle, soaring red-brick cathedral, riverside cafés, and botanical gardens with 1,300 species cultivated by botanist Carl Linnaeus.

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