Oaxen Slip

An archipelago restaurant in Stockholm

In a fantastic complex right on the waterfront of Djurgården, with huge windows and boats hanging from the ceiling, you’ll find an amazing restaurant called Oaxen Slip. Trust us when we say that you won’t leave disappointed. Or hungry.

Like any other couple, we get caught up in the daily life. We get home from work all exhausted just to make dinner, go to bed and wake up just to do it all over the next day. It’s hard to notice the small things. So we started going on date nights. Once a month, one of us plans an activity, big or small. This month, it was Amanda’s turn.

Without telling me (Fabian) where we were going, we went for a walk down to Gamla Stan and jumped on a ferry towards Djurgården and Gröna Lund. A few minutes later, we were sitting by the large windows at Bistro Oaxen Slip. Rowing boats are hanging from the ceiling and the walls are filled with other marine detail to provide the venue with a rural archipelago style that feels genuine yet luxurious.

Oaxen Krog opened in 1994 in Stockholm’s southern archipelago but moved to the city and Djurgården in 2013. With two Michelin stars, it attracts connoisseurs from all over the world. We’re not that fancy, so their sister restaurant Oaxen Slip will do just fine. They serve their own interpretation of Swedish bistro food, with hearty and uncomplicated dishes to be shared with the people at your table. The food is cooked with care and is absolutely delicious. The service is unpretentious, and you’ll dine in a nice setting at a fair price. We fell in love with this place—and each other even more. Nawww!

Book a table!

If you’re a foodie and want to experience this, which we really think you should do, you should book a table. There is also a few seats at the bar for drop-ins.


Beckholmsbron 26, Stockholm
Website and booking

Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00—16:00

Brunch
Sat—Sun 12:00—17:00

Dinner
Tue—Sun 17:00—23:00


Svenska: Varje månad går vi på date night, och den här gången var det Amandas tur att välja. Vi hamnade på Oaxen Slip på Djurgården. Grym mat i en härlig lokal!

Gast café

Great brunch at the beautiful and peaceful Gast café in Stockholm

The rumor about a new café spread fast on the streets of inner Stockholm. We knew we had to find out what the fuzz was all about, so one Sunday morning we went for a walk towards Vasastan to check it out. And we’re glad we did.

Gast is the sister café to the popular establishments Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 and Kvarteret, so we had a hunch that we were in for a good time for our Sunday brunch. The first thing we noticed when we walked through the door was the beautiful interior. A warm color scheme with soft pink walls and natural wooden elements together with green plants all lit up by the natural light from the large windows. With candles on every table and books about design, food and culture spread out all over the room, it was clear that this was a place where they encourage you to take your time and relax.

We were starving after walking all the way from Södermalm (not really that far, but still), so the next thing that caught our attention was obviously the menu. Even though the breakfast section only had about seven main options, it felt impossible to choose. Everything was right up our alley (kudos for their vegan dishes!), so we took the easy way out and got one of each. This turned out to be a really, really good idea since everything was yummy af! We’re definitely going back to try the lunch menu as well. From what we’ve heard, it’s supposed to be just as good as their breakfast. Maybe even better.

Get the porridge. Trust us.

Amanda had the oat and spelt porridge served with homemade fruit compote, tasty toppings and a very generous amount of almond butter, and it just blew her away. Order it, you won’t be disappointed.


Rådmansgatan 57, Stockholm
Mon to Fri 07:30–18:00
Saturday 09:00–17:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00


Svenska: Gast är ett systerkafé till Kaffeverket, Snickarbacken 7 och Kvarteret. Ett riktigt mysigt kafé som är perfekt för frukost, brunch och lunch. Passar även för dig som är vegan!

A visit to Copenhagen

Food, shopping and design

Copenhagen is one of our favorite cities, and it’s easy to understand why. It has such a rich culture of food, fashion, and design, so if you love to eat and go shopping you will fall in love with the Danish capital just like we did.

During our summer vacation, we spontaneously drove down from Gothenburg to spend a night in Copenhagen. We walked around to wander around aimlessly, eating and drinking a lot of coffee. And a few weekends ago, Amanda flew down for a girls-only weekend together with her friends.

These are just some of the spots we really like:

Raw42
A modern approach to plant-based eating—no gluten, no lactose. Brunch, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, matcha lattes, golden lattes, and really nice raw desserts.
Pilestræde 32, 1112 Copenhagen

Photo: 42raw.dk/

Far´s Dreng
An amazing and modern restaurant that Amanda is totally in love with. They serve both acai and matcha lattes (her favorites!). Drop in for breakfast, dinner, drinks or coffee. Good for vegans!
Ny Adelgade 7

Nordicnesting.dk
The Danish are famous for great design, and it can definitely be found at Nordicnesting.dk. They offer a big selection of Danish and Nordic design classics, as well as new designs, arts, and craft.
Studiestræde 51

Westmarket
We love street food, so WestMarket in Vesterbro (really cool and laidback area) was like heaven for us. It’s really a mix between a marketplace and a hangout spot. With so much to choose from, it was hard to decide on only one thing. So we ate it all.
Vesterbrogade 97

Photo: westmarket.dk

BAEST
A cool industrial place with a chill vibe and tasty pizzas! They make everything from scratch with organic ingredients. The drinks weren’t so bad, either.
Guldbergsgade 29

ARKET
ARKET is the latest chain of stores from H&M, offering modern-day essential products for men, women, children and the home. Its mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time.
Købmagergade 33

Mad & Kaffe
Cool place with “tapas” inspired breakfast. We recommend you to order between three to five dishes. Just bear in mind that it’s not the best place for vegans.
Sønder Blvd. 68

Gasoline Grill
Gasoline Grill has been described by many (including Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world) as the best burger joint in Copenhagen. It’s located in an old gas station just a few blocks away from Strøget, the main shopping street. Since it’s so small, they only have a few tables outside, but it’s worth it.
Landgreven 10

Torvehallerne
Torvehallerne is main food market of Copenhagen. Over 115 000 people flock here every single week to eat or get fresh ingredients and specialties to bring home. In 2014, the British magazine “The Guardian” was put Torvehallerne in the top 10 of food halls in Europe.
Frederiksborggade 21

Photo: torvehallernekbh.dk/

Grandpa Scandinavian life store

A shop for almost everything

Grandpa is not just a hip fashion store. Nor is it a bookstore or houseware shop. Well, they do sell all these things, but they’ve managed to provide a different kind of shopping by giving you the chance to go home with a piece of the Scandinavian life in a shopping bag.

A few weekends ago, we were wandering around in the hipster neighborhood of SoFo—ridiculous acronym for South of Folkungagatan— and ended up doing some shopping in a store that’s named after your grandpa (yeah, it’s called Grandpa). It’s super hipster and somewhat the grownup version of Urban Outfitters, selling high-quality products that have a purpose and that you’ll actually use.

So when you’ve stumbled into this boutique, you’ll find a nice range of fashion for both men and women. Even though everything isn’t from Scandinavian designers, you can be sure to find the latest trends that rule the north of Europe. The staff is super helpful and knowledgeable so don’t hesitate to ask them for help if you’re looking for a certain something. When you’re done browsing through the racks, you should check out the selection of homewares, posters, and all the other cool stuff they have to offer.

The brand is never more important than the productgrandpastore.com

Stockholm, Gothenburg & Malmö

This shop on Södermannagatan was their first store when it opened in 2003, and since then they’ve expanded to five locations spread out in Stockholm, Gothenburg (our hometown!), and Malmö.


Södermannagatan 21, Stockholm
Website and shop
Mon to Fri 10:00–18:30
Saturdays 10:00–17:00
Sundays 11:00–17:00


Svenska: Om du letar efter bästa shoppingen på Södermalm borde du passa på att besöka Grandpa. Här hittar du de senaste trenderna inom skandinavisk livstil – mode, inredning, böcker och en massa fint.

Mahalo vegan café

A world-class vegan café in Södermalm

This café in Södermalm has become a super popular hotspot for people looking for a more conscious choice of fika. Get there early or expect to queue up outside along with all the bloggers and celebs trying to get their hands on some of Mahalo’s vegan treats.

At Mahalo, they make all their food with love for the environment, the animals, and of course–their guests. By working with organic ingredients from local suppliers, they prove that you don’t need meat or dairy to eat good food. Amanda’s biggest passion is food that’s healthy for both body and soul, so it’s not strange that Mahalo is her favorite café in Stockholm. Matter of fact, she loves it so much that she even worked here when she was studying food science at uni.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone full vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter—this instagram-friendly café serves great food that just happens to be plant-based. The sweet potato fries are straight up fire, the acai bowl with homemade peanut butter is unmatchable, and the matcha latte will make other cafés green with envy (pun intended). Oh, and the desserts are gooooood.

If you snooze, you lose

If you’re going here on the weekend, you should definitely wake up early—especially if you want to get a table in their super cozy backyard. And dogs are of course allowed!

Photo by Mahalo

Hornsgatan 61, Stockholm
Check out their awesome Instagram!
Mon to Fri 09:00–19:00
Weekends 10:00–18:00


Svenska: Mahalo är Stockholms, och enligt Amanda världens, bästa veganska café! Skulle du inte vara vegan kommer du ändå inte gå hem missnöjd. De har supergoda sallader, wraps, sötpotatispommes, acai bowls och de grönaste av matchalattes på Södermalm.

Sneakersnstuff sneakers and streetwear

Nike or adidas, Asics or New Balance? Doesn’t matter. Sneakersnstuff got you covered.

If you’re a true sneakerhead you already know about Sneakersnstuff. If not, we’ve got some great news if you’re planning a trip to Stockholm. This is one of the most exciting sneaker shops in the world and a great place to start your shoe collection.

We have too many shoe boxes in the hallway of our apartment. Most of them contain Fabian’s selection of adidas NMD_, but Amanda has a few pairs as well. Even though we don’t have any more space (according to Amanda), we like to visit Sneakersnstuff to browse through the latest drops from the big sneaker and streetwear brands.

Sneakersnstuffis is the Mecca for sneakerheads in Sweden. They first opened in 1999 and has also opened stores in Berlin, London and Paris. Over the years, they’ve been given the opportunity to collaborate with big brands like adidas, Converse, New Balance, Puma, Asics, Reebok, and Vans, to design exclusive sneakers that sell out in the blink of an eye. Bring your sleeping bag a couple of days before their next shoe drop, or accept that you will have to pay up once they hit eBay.

Award-winning store

In 2009 Sneakersnstuff won a grand slam at Modegalan, an annual fashion award show hosted and curated by Habit, the largest magazine for the fashion biz in Scandinavia. They also received the Online Retailer of the Year Award, the Young Fashion Store of the Year Award  and the most desirable award of them all—the Fashion Store of the Year.

“If any store was going to be crowned king of collabs, the title would hands down go to Swedish duo Erik and Peter at Sneakersnstuff.”Sneaker Freaker Magazine


Åsögatan 124, Stockholm
Website and webshop
Mon to Fri 11:00–18:30
Sat 11:00–18:00
Sun 12:00–17:00


Svenska: Om du ska till Stockholm och vill shoppa så ska du absolut inte missa Sneakersnstuff, en av världens bästa sneaker- och streetwearbutiker. Vi brukar alltid titta in när vi är i det här området av Södermalm, trots att Amanda tycker att Fabian redan har alldeles för många lådor med skor i hallen.

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Hornstull’s Marknad flea market

Food trucks and someone’s old armchair

Looking to do some local and sustainable shopping, while also getting something to eat? Then just go to Hornstull’s Market in Södermalm. There’s something for everybody—whether you’re into vintage clothes or street food.

On the weekends, we usually get up quite early and hit the gym (Fabian) or yoga studio (Amanda), and then meet up to get something to eat. Last weekend wasn’t different, with the exception that Amanda was in Norway hiking with her family. If you follow us on Instagram (you really should), you know that she promised pictures of burgers. And I didn’t want to disappoint, so I jumped on my bike and headed west in Södermalm. I met up with some friends at Hornstull’s Market—a classic flea market where you can browse through stalls packed with antiques, art, design, and vintage clothes. But we mainly came here to eat our way through the food trucks lined up along the waterside.

The market takes place every Saturday and Sunday, from the first weekend in April to the last weekend in September, and when the weather gods are in a good mood, you will have to elbow your way through the hip crowd.

As goes for the halloumi burger, it actually wasn’t mine. I went for the smoked brisket from Brisket & Friends, the closest thing to a Texas experience you can get this side of the Atlantic.
Well, probably. I haven’t been to Texas—yet.

The vision

The people behind the initiative have the vision to make Stockholm a more fun city, and they definitely live up to that vision.


Hornstulls strand 4, Stockholm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00–17:00

Svenska: Om du gillar streetfood och loppisfynd ska du ta dig till Hornstulls marknad på Södermalm. Vi brukar oftast börja våra helger med att gå och träna och sen möta upp våra vänner här för att äta något tillsammans. Öppet varje lördag och söndag, från april till sista september.

Urban Deli rooftop bar

A Stockholm rooftop bar (and park)

Sweden is slowly getting back to rhythm after the summer vacation, but we aren’t ready to declare summer dead just quite yet. We know we have a couple of long, dark months ahead of us so we just have to make the most out of the bit of sunlight we have left. So last week Amanda suggested we should go to Urban Deli’s rooftop bar on Sveavägen to catch up with some friends over drinks.

Man, it’s hard to put this place in a category. When you walk through the doors on the ground floor, you’ll find a café, restaurant, lounge, and a food hall. Oh yeah, there’s a fricken’ hotel too! But do you have to put a label on it? The answer is probably no, right? Let’s just say that it’s a great meeting place for every hour of the day, every day of the week. This is a where you bring your friends, colleagues, a hot date, your parents, or even your dentist if you have that kind of relationship.

The main reason we chose this fine establishment for this evening’s social event can be found on the 9th floor. Up there, Stockholm goes New York with a bar placed in the midst of a roof park inspired by the High Line in Manhattan (just with fabulous views of Stockholm’s rooftops instead of the Empire State Building iconic contribution to the world’s most famous skyline). If you have a dinner reservation in a few hours but need something to eat you can order smaller meals like salad bowls, meat trays, or other snacks, at the bar.

The main reason we chose this fine establishment for this evening’s social event can be found on the 9th floor.

It gets crowded when the weather is nice so the waiting line to the elevator gets quite long, so it’s a good idea to get there early. Sign up on the waiting list on their website about 15 minutes before you arrive, grab a drink in the bar and wait for your turn to go up. We were lucky enough to find a couple of seats—which NEVER happens—where we could sit and catch the last rays of the late summer sun and pretend that our vacation wasn’t over.

Three different locations

Urban Deli started at trendy Nytorget in Södermalm, a hipstery all-in-one-facility with the vision to contribute to a better, easier and happier food life. They later opened another branch in Hammarby Sjöstad and finally on Sveavägen 44—their third and biggest project to date.


Sveavägen 44, Stockholm
Website
Mon–Tues 07:00–23:00
Wed–Sat 07:00–01:00
Sunday 07:00–23:00

Svenska: Om du tar dig till Sveavägen så hittar du en av Stockholms absolut bästa takbarer. På nionde våningen har Urban Deli skapat en oas inspirerad av High Line in New York.

Papercut bookstore

Something to read on a rainy day

Since 2008, Papercut has been offering a unique selection of exclusive magazines, books, movies and other things to people with particular interests such as fashion, art, literature, design, film, or music. This is the perfect stop when you want to pick something up for a rainy day.

Looking for a cultural shopping experience in Stockholm? What’s better than spending a day curled up on your couch with a good book, listening to the late summer rain pouring down? B.I.N.G.O.—absolutely nothing. We never leave Papercut empty-handed, because it’s just impossible to not find something you absolutely want (even if Amanda might say that we already have too many cookbooks or high-end lifestyle magazines carefully placed somewhere to be seen by our guests).

You’ll find Papercut on Krukmakargatan in Södermalm, right next door to hip and trendy stores like Nitty Gritty, Our Legacy, and Uniforms for the Dedicated. The owners’ ambition is to be the ultimate store for people who consider fashion, art, design, music, and film to be an important part of their life. One could say it’s the “hipster’s bookstore”, but that’s too easy. The nerdiness of this store is raw and beautiful, and you can be sure to find a book about something that you care deeply about—or the perfect gift for someone you care deeply about.


Krukmakargatan 24-26, Stockholm
Website
Mon–Fre 11:00–18:30
Saturday 11:00–17:00
Sunday 12:00–16:00

Svenska: Papercut är paradiset för alla som är intresserade av konst, mode, litteratur, design, film eller musik. Här hittar du exklusiva magasin, böcker, filmer och annat som du kan fördriva tiden med under regniga dagar.

Rosendal’s Garden

FARM TO FORK IN DJURGÅRDEN

When we want to get away from the city stress without actually going too far away, we head out to Rosendals Trädgård for a more relaxing—and less hectic—atmosphere.

We both live and work in the city, and now and then we feel the need to recharge. Rosendal’s Garden is an oasis located on the beautiful Djurgården island, and the easiest way to get there is catching the tram from Kungsträdgården or the ferry from Slussen. You could either bring your own picnic basket and roll out a big blanket in the orchard, or get something freshly made from café’s artisanal bakery. Everything is made from organic and biodynamic ingredients that most likely was harvested in their own garden.  They also have a farm shop and a plant shop if you’re looking to bring a bit of green to your home.

Since 1982, the Rosendal Garden Foundation runs the garden with the purpose to widen the public interest and knowledge of biodynamic gardening and landscaping. They hold courses and other activities in cooking and gardening, as well as harvest markets, guided tours, seminars, and art exhibitions.

Rosendal’s Garden is a driver of the farm to fork concept and the harvest of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits are used in the garden café and wood fired bakery.Rosendals Trädgård


Rosendalsvägen 38, Stockholm
Monday closed
Tues–Sun 11:00–16:00
Check their website for season hours