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For menswear designer—and former Gant creative director— Christopher Bastin, life slows down in the city’s liveliest neighborhood. —as told to Stephen Whitlock
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Norrtullsgatan 15, 113 29 Stockholm, Sweden
This mellow, playful taquería has a great vibe, cool art, and attracts a fun-loving crowd. Rather than sit in the dining area, I like to head for the bar, where it’s a bit livelier. The playlist is off the hook—and so are the...
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Eastmansvägen 10, 113 61 Stockholm, Sweden
Located in Vasaparken, Sven-Harrys rolls out new exhibitions every few months. The building is striking and modern, but the top floor is a throwback: a replica of the museum founder’s 18th-century manor house complete with his personal art...
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Gästrikegatan 1, 113 62 Stockholm, Sweden
Gustaf Forsberg, who owns Erlands—Stockholm’s smallest, coolest cocktail bar—is a supernerd when it comes to spirits and will only work with top ingredients. The Erlands Cocktail—with bourbon and elderflower gin—is...
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Karlbergsvägen 14, 113 27 Stockholm, Sweden
A hip crowd hangs out at this classic spot. Try the Toast Pelle Janzon, a huge piece of toast blanketed with beef carpaccio dressed with roe, crème fraîche, chopped onion, an egg yolk, and shredded horseradish. Sounds terrible, I...
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Dalagatan 50, 113 24 Stockholm, Sweden
When I don’t have the time to cook, I go to Tennstopet. It’s across the street from where I live and serves hearty traditional food such as stekt fläsk med löksås—thick cuts of pork with onion gravy and potatoes....
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Västmannagatan 69, 113 26 Stockholm, Sweden
The sparse interior, with its furniture that looks like it’s from IKEA, helps to emphasize the New Nordic food and the exciting wine list. The menu changes depending on whatever local ingredients are available. Whenever lamb is on the menu,...
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Upplandsgatan 19A, 113 60 Stockholm, Sweden
Along this vintage-lover’s dream street, many stores sell antiques. You can find anything from French rococo paintings and Swedish folk art to midcentury Scandinavian furniture and pottery. (Upplandsgatan between Odengatan and...
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Odengatan 106, 113 22 Stockholm, Sweden
It’s tiny, but the restaurant makes the best sushi in Vasastan. (Just don’t come with a group.) Expect hip-hop on the stereo and outstanding food on the plates. I like the makimono rolls, especially the shrimp tempura roll with...
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Opened in 2012, Haberdash is now one of the best menswear stores in the country. I go for the great mix of Americana and Italian sprezzatura (nonchalant) styles of clothing and for Scandinavian brands (Uniforms for the Dedicated, Our Legacy). ...