Hakan Rosenius’ personal guide to Stockholm

Asprey’s artistic director shares his favourite shops, dining hotspots and scenic stops

Hakan Rosenius
Hakan Rosenius | Image: Kate Martin

The city is spread across 14 islands, so it lends itself to walking. I like to eat breakfast at Sturekatten, where the interiors haven’t changed since the 1920s, then stroll past the Royal Palace; it’s very imposing and has more than 600 rooms. Sturekatten, Riddargatan 4 (sturekatten.se).

Rosenius buys shoes at Sneakersnstuff
Rosenius buys shoes at Sneakersnstuff

The clothes in the Morris store fit me perfectly, so it’s always on my circuit, and I buy shoes at Sneakersnstuff, which has a huge selection of styles. Morris, Humlegårdsgatan 19 (+468-667 2010; morrisstockholm.com). Sneakersnstuff, Åsögatan 124 (sneakersnstuff.com).

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There is an amazing indoor food market, Östermalms Saluhall, where I go for meat, vegetables and beautiful bread, and the main fishmonger has a wonderful restaurant attached to it. Östermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg (ostermalmshallen.se).

Svenskt Tenn stocks furniture and fabrics by Josef Frank
Svenskt Tenn stocks furniture and fabrics by Josef Frank

Jacksons has a great eye for 20th-century antiques and Scandinavian furniture; Svenskt Tenn has the most fabulous furniture and fabrics by Josef Frank; and JP Willborg has a huge selection of antique carpets – it has a basement stacked with them and staff roll them out for you to look at. Jackson Design AB, Sibyllegatan 53 (+468-665 3350; jacksons.se). JP Willborg, Sibyllegatan 41 (+468-783 0265; jpwillborg.com). Svenskt Tenn, Strandvägen 5 (svenskttenn.se).

Mälarpaviljongen bar is Rosenius’ favourite spot for summer drinks
Mälarpaviljongen bar is Rosenius’ favourite spot for summer drinks

For summer drinks, I love to go to Mälarpaviljongen, a café/bar with a view of the most amazing gardens created by my friend Kristina Björk. Mälarpaviljongen, Norr Mälarstrand 64 (+468-650 8701; malarpaviljongen.se).

Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén runs gastropub The Flying Elk
Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén runs gastropub The Flying Elk | Image: Martin Botvidsson

But for dining on winter evenings, it has to be The Flying Elk, a gastropub run by Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén. The Flying Elk, Mälartorget 15 (theflyingelk.se).

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