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Gröna gången 1, 111 86 Stockholm, Sweden
The 315-year-old Skeppsholmen, located on the secluded little island of the same name, is the former stomping ground of Swedish royals. They retreated here when they wanted some peace and quiet away from the bustle of Stockholm’s Old Town, which...
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Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 103 24 Stockholm, Sweden
The Lydmar could just as easily be a re-creation of artist Damien Hirst’s home. Framed photos of rowdy bulldogs are offset by soothing comforts such as velvet couches that beckon guests to take a nap. The real treat, though, is the lobby, ground...
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Drottninggatan 6, 111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
We did not know what to expect of an Irish pub in Stockholm and when I saw Pickwick’s walnut stained interior, long bar trimmed with brass, felt green tinted accents, I wondered if Sam Malone was going to pull me a pint and whether the bar would...
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Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden
I have always been a sucker for high tea. Maybe it’s the lilliputian sammies and desserts, the restorative effects of the antioxidants found in a good blend, or my penchant for Hugh Grant and Colin Firth films, but wherever I go I always try to...
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Stortorget 20, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
A bowl of hot chocolate topped with a cloud of whipped cream and paired with a slice of dessert is the perfect compliment to the cold of Swedish afternoons, and Chokladkoppen in Gamla Stan Stockholm is a wonderful locale in which to enjoy this...
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Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
According to Swedish Naval Articles in place when the Vasa set sail, “He who carries a light in the ship and carelessly starts a fire causing the ship to burn, shall be thrown into the selfsame fire.” One is reminded by the strict Naval Articles...
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Sergelgatan 29, 111 57 Stockholm, Sweden
Hötorgshallen is set next to an outdoor market through a nondescript set of doors and is down a set of narrow, dull gray escalators that make you think you're going into the Underground. You emerge, however, in a well-lit, well-stocked,...
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Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Here is a museum dedicated to the art of photography and placed, um, picture perfectly for views of Stockholm. The museum building sits along the waterfront with a view of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and the Tivoli Amusement Park. Exhibitions change...
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Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
When I first stepped into the blue folds of the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi I thought this must be what Superman's Fortress of Solitude looks like. It's that blue found in the water of higher latitudes, a blue that looks photoshopped although no...
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Västerlånggatan 24, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
If you're looking for authentic Swedish souvenirs in Stockholm, head to Gamla Stan, the city's picturesque old town. Skip all the shops selling identical merchandise, much of it made in China, and stop at Trångt & Trevligt. Seven local artists...
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5 Torggatan, Mariehamn 22100
“My mom used to go to Kortvaruboden, in Mariehamn, for Marimekko fabrics, 45 years ago. The women who run it have been here since then. They’re always friendly and have good prices,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in...
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Mariehamn, Åland Islands
“Åland has a long maritime history so you want to try to get out on a boat if you can. I like to take visitors on the Galaesen Albanus, a replica of a wooden 1904 ship that cruises the archipelago. If you go out on a 4-hour route or longer, they...
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14 Fjärdvägen, Eckerö 22270
“Björnhufvud is beyond anything else on Aland. It’s a farm-style b&b with views on either side of the archipelago and dishes made from local foods,” says Lotta Jansdotter, a designer who has spent her summers in Åland since she was a little girl....
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“Salt, in Mariehamn, only sells Åland-made wares. Upstairs, artists and craftspeople have studio space; downstairs there’s a shop. Pick up traditional items: jewelry, woven rag rugs, sheepskin items, and trivets made from knotted rope by a former...
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“Judy's Hantverk & Inredning is a ceramic shop you can bike or drive to. Originally from Britain, she’s been on Aland for 36 years. A trained ceramicist, she has a really good sensibility. She found this old slaughterhouse, which she converted...
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134 Slottsvägen, Kastelholm 22520, Åland Islands
“To eat the local food, try Smakbyn—“taste village”—where chef Michael Björkland, a local TV personality, makes a point to only source Aland ingredients. He cooks completely fresh takes on traditional Scandinavian pairings: parnship cheesecake...
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Åland, 2 Ekonomiegatan, Mariehamn 22100, Åland Islands
“In Mariehman, there’s Bagarstugan Café & Vin, a cottage house that looks like you’ve stepped into great-grandma’s house. Go for lighter salads—I like one with goat cheese and sprouts—and, of course, the Åland pancake. It’s a thick pancake made...
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40 Stornäsvägen, Godby 22410
“We Ålanders love our fika, or coffee break. Johanna’s Hembakta, a bakery in Saltvik, is where I go for hemvete, a black bread made from rye flour and coffee, and flecked with caraway seeds. Have a slice, or one of her amazing cinnamon buns during...
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Havsvidden 22340, Åland Islands
HavsVidden, in the tranquil islands of Åland, has a purifying smoke sauna and rooms that overlook the sea. (From $100) This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue.