On the outskirts of Sweden’s capital, the neighborhood of Birkastan has become a center for the city’s new creative class. Here are our favorite insider spots:
Ulrika Sandström Studio: Feminine frills and romantic ruffles get a dose of rock-and-roll in the homegrown designer’s latest collection, but don’t miss her line of neutral shifts at the pocket-size shop. 36 Norrbackagatan; 46-8/5456-4410; ulrikasandstrom.se.
Carin Wester: The current darling of the Stockholm fashion scene, Wester stands out with sharp silhouettes and playful prints for men and women, all on display in her white-walled boutique. 24 Rörstrandsgatan; 46-8/305-415; carinwester.com.
Paus Bar & Kök: The tiled dining-room walls hint at the bistro’s previous incarnation as a charcuterie. These days, menu favorites include grilled steak and scampi risotto, while the bar is a popular haunt for post-work aperitifs. 18 Rörstrandsgatan; 46-8/344-405; dinner for two $80.
Xoko: At this modern café, traditional treats get an artistic twist; try the princess cake draped with pale green marzipan and crowned with red raspberries. 15 Rörstrandsgatan; 46-8/318-0487; dessert for two $12.
Mellqvist: Need a lift? The city’s finest espresso is served in this hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, where local devotees pop in for daily caffeine fixes and leisurely weekend brunches. 4 Rörstrandsgatan; 46-8/302-380; coffee and pastries for two $14.
Acne Archive: You’ll find past best sellers—suede bodysuits, asymmetrical jackets—by edgy Swedish label Acne on the racks, along with a trove of shoes, accessories, and one-off designs. 53 Torsgatan; 46-8/302-723; acnestudios.com.