Last month, WIT blogger and Iceland correspondent Wailana traveled to Stockholm to pay her respects to the “Venice of the North.” While modern Sweden design is mostly about minimalism these days, the country’s progressive priorities on sustainability and recycling has led to an increasing popularity of vintage goods. Here’s Wailana’s guide to all things vintage, retro, art deco in Sweden’s beautiful capital.
Plan to be in Sweden February? Stop by Stockholm Fashion Week.
1. Check in at Art Deco, Stockholm
Hotel Rival (Mariatorget 3) is a charming hotel with a refreshing vintage twist. They tend to spoil guests here—with large bathtubs, walk-in showers, bathrobes, views overlooking the neighborhood park and daily turn-down service. Attention is paid in the details here—from the teddy bear in each room to the welcoming mezzanine bar and divine restaurant on the ground floor.
2. Spruce up your House
If you’re on the lookout for rare antiques and traditional décor, Stockholm won’t disappoint. Pick up high-end porcelain at Bacchus Antik (Upplandsgatan 46), and luxurious light fixtures from the 1900s at Domino Antik (Upplandsgatan 25). Dusty Deco (Hornstullstrand 7) is a fabulous store to check out all things old-world, from chairs and ceramics, to taxidermy, watches, and candelabras.
3. Twist the Olives at a Speakeasy
The menu at Erlands Bar (Gästrikegatan 1) is constantly rotating but always guaranteed to delight. Chicken consommé, steak tartare, white asparagus, baked pork with broccoli pesto and baked cod are just some of the items featured in this stylish and hopping vintage bar.
4. Pick up your Vintage Threads
Shops like 59 Vintage Store (Hantverkargatan 59) and Judits Second Hand (Hornsgatan 75) pay homage to 1940s-1970s era clothing and accessories. You’ll find overcoats, curved shoes, old handbags, leather minigrowns, what-nots and what-have-yous. Beyond Retro (Brännkyrkagatan 82 & Drottninggatan 77) is another fabulous gem, with rows upon rows of Victorian gowns, flapper robes, wigs, prom dresses, grunge-rock—the list goes on and on. At Old Touch (Uplandsgatan 43), another collector of antique wearables, you can even rent pieces for one night–perfect for those themed parties.
5. Parlay all about Confections
The delicious Pärlans Konfektyr (Nytorgsgatan 38) is the place to go to sample all sorts of irresistible candies, from sweet and smooth caramels to unabashedly succulent sauces and tartlets.
6. Wander the Streets
There are all sorts of turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Stockholm. Check out the Central Post Office Building (1898-1904), the former headquarters for the Posten, Nordiska Kompaniet (1902) department store, the City Hall (1911-1923), St. Peter’s Church (1900-01). For offbeat boutiques, you’re best off in Södermalm, and specifically SoFo (south of Södermalm’s Fokungagatan Street), the bohemian district.
7. Catch a Musical Show
The Oscarsteatern at Kungsgatan 63 is one of Stockholm’s private theaters and the best place to catch a live show. Built in 1906, it has boasted notable productions like My Fair Lady, The Phantom in the Opera, and Nine.
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