Often referred to as the Paris of Scandinavia, Stockholm's grand history and beauty open wide upon arrival. Exploring the city for the first time, we checked-in with our long-time friend Yvonne, tastemaker and co-designer of Swedish jewelry brand Yvone Crista to share her insider picks.
Scandinavian modern design has been a definitive cultural influence for the past century and celebrated the world-over through to today, but as revealed through Yvonne's perspective, the heart of Sweden lies in celebration of its elegant sense of tradition.
Cashmere Mushroom Hunter: Yvonne picking Chanterelles in Saltsjöbaden. Greg cycling along the Stockholm shoreline.
It's of natural instinct to conjure images of Ingrid Berman holding court in the intimate salon booths upon entering the famed TeaterGrillen (but be not fooled - Ms. Bergman was indeed a regular here). Located near the Royal Theater, history permeates the walls of this historical landmark, now one of Sweden's favored restaurants. Wonderful tableside service and hearty continental food are guaranteed, but the cozy and intimate interiors set the tone. For a more modern take on a Parisian Cafe Stockholm-style, try the restaurant group's newer eatery Riche, also centrally located. Crowd: hyper fashionable.
Lydmar Hotel and Restaurant is another step into the depth of European luxury, and it feels like walking into the home of a favorite aunt or uncle. Situated next to the National Museum and on the way to the Moderna Museet (Modern and Architecture Museum), you'll encounter a high-fashion and hip scene, a great contrast to it's historic backdrop. Be sure to check out the exquisite summertime water views via the outdoor terrace.
The Lydmar Hotel and Restaurant (left). "Sakuhin" installation by Sadamasa Motonaga at the Modern and Architecture Museum.
Gondolen: This is a visual feast of the senses whether it be in the view, the eye-candy or cuisine by renowned chef Erik Lallerstedt. Once you get past the entrance (avoid the Katarina elevator which takes you to the more touristy section), head directly up to the bar for one of the best views of southern Stockholm. You can go formal a la main dining room, but I usually opt to enjoy the bar scene which has the tempo of a great bistro and casualness of a speak-easy.
In Southern Stockholm, be sure to drop into the friendly Rival Hotel, owned by none other than ABBA member Benny Andersson. Try the delicious local oysters and peel-and-eat smoked prawns. Delish! And the second floor patio offers lovely views of the locals passing through the park below.
For lunch, visit Ostermalms Saluhall, our quintessentially traditional Swedish food hall. The Sushi here is delivered straight from heaven, but if new to Sweden I highly recommend stopping by Melanders, which is all about the freshest seafood. There's something for every taste, and it's perfect for eating in or taking home. Welcome to one of our Swedish institutions.
Ostermalms Saluhall, Gondolen by night, Riche.
NK Department Store must be mentioned as it's truly the jewel in Stockholm's shopping crown. A multi-department store featuring both local and international brands. The servicing is excellent and I often stop in for a gift simply because the gift wrap is so exquisite. NK offers everything from pencil erasers to sofas, all presented in luxury.
Nordiska Galleriet is a one-stop concept store for modern Scandinavian furniture and accessories. But what I love about their concept is that function is as important as the beautiful forms on display.
Started by Estrid Ericson in the 1924, Svensk Tenn has become one of Sweden's most iconic shopping destinations for interiors and gifts. Featuring fabric designs by Josef Frank, it's European prep on a grand scale. Replete with life-size porcelain pooches guarding the shop entrance and available for sale, the influence of Svensk Tenn has made its way to far-reaching destinations from Lake Como to Connecticut.
Design references found in the offering at Bruka Design are at the heart of every Swedish home living. Here you'll find lobster platters and charming Swedish crockery for every purpose. An easy and enjoyable stop in central Stockholm.
Svensk Tenn, NK Department Store, Nordiska Galleriet.
Yvonne currently resides in the seaside Stockholm suburb of Saltsjöbaden. Yvone Crista's newest jewelry collections are featured at Babalu Miami.
Stay tuned as we hear from Christina Soderstrom, Yvonne's design partner at Yvone Crista with Copenhagen hot picks. Coming soon...