Posts tagged rooftop bar

Steam Hotel

Industrial romance in Västerås

What happens when you take an old 18 floors tall steam power plant in Västerås, throw in some really nice interior and a bunch of fireplaces? You get a really nice hotel, that’s what happens.

Just like most people, we too get caught up in the daily life, but we’re working hard to maintain a healthy work and life balance. If you’ve read the post about our visit to Oaxen you already know about our monthly date nights, and this time it was Fabian’s turn to make the plans. However, he took it one step further and turned it into a date weekend. Since we got engaged on New Year’s Eve, this was like a mini honeymoon. After packing an overnight bag, we jumped on the train heading to Västerås and the Steam Hotel.

The hotel is right by the water of lake Mälaren in an old steam power plant, so if you’re into industrial design, this is definitely the place for you. This building that once was one of the largest energy producers is now a wonderful design hotel with exposed brick walls and untouched boilers and pipes everywhere, accompanied with luxurious items such as big chandeliers. They did certainly not hold back when it came to paying attention to details.

The restaurant on the top floor offered a spectacular view of Västerås and the lake. This was the opening week of their new concept, which gives them a get out of jail free card for not having had the time to perfect their routines, but the food was still great. Interesting ingredients and flavors, all done with an Asian twist. Before we went home we had lunch on the ground floor, and it was by far one of the best vegetarian meals we’ve had in a long time.

The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the breakfast buffé. Eating a hotel breakfast is supposed to be one of the highlights of the stay, so it’s too bad that they fell on the finish line with this one. It should be an easy thing to fix, so we can only hope they have improved it until next time because we’re definitely coming back.

Head to the spa

The spa was nice and modern—almost too modern. If you’re looking for a nice relaxing time, we strongly recommend you to avoid the busy hours. During our visit, the outdoor pool was unfortunately closed due to falling icicles. This meant the indoor pool was just a bit too crowded and didn’t really give you the calming tranquility that comes with a spa. They do however have a quiet area, where you lay on big cozy beds in front of a big fireplace. It can’t really get much better than that.


Steam Hotel – Ångkraftsvägen 14, Västerås

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Svenska: Om du vill åka på en liten getaway över helgen kan vi verkligen rekommendera Steam Hotel i Västerås.Grym industriell design och ett härligt spa. Mysigare ställe får du leta efter!

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 2

Lisbon, we meet again!

It’s time for the second chapter of our Lisbon guide. This time we’ll cover a food market, the search for the best burger in Lisbon, a quiet café, and an old factory turned into a creative hub.

Hello, Kristof
The owner of Hello, Kristof was working in the magazine industry when he fell in love with coffee and decided then to combine his two interests. If you have some time to kill you should definitely head to Rua do Poço dos Negro 103, order yourself a coffee and an avocado toast, sit down and flick through one of the many lifestyle and fashion magazines that cover the wall.

Rua do Poço dos Negros 103, Lisbon

Photo: hellokristoflisbon.tumblr.com


Ground burger

The word on the little street called the internet is that this is the place to get the best burger in Lisbon. Without having tried any other burger joints, the word seems true. The buns are house-made, very fresh, and perfectly toasted. The milkshakes didn’t really live up to the same standards, but their slogan “Oldschool American Burgers and Craft Beers” definitely wasn’t a joke. Worth a visit? Absolutely.

Av. António Augusto de Aguiar 148, Lisbon

LX Factory
This is by far one of the coolest hangout spots in Lisbon. Some creative folks have turned an old strip of factory buildings into trendy restaurants, cafés, and shops. The area is filled with workspace for freelancers, design agencies and photography studios, so no wonder this place is just filled with creativity. Visit LX Factory on any Sunday and you’ll run into the outdoor flea market.

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon

Time Out Market Lisbon
Time Out Market is basically a huge food market that offers a huge variety of cuisines. Let’s assume you like to eat good food, but often have a hard time to decide on what to eat. Then don’t go to Time Out Market. With 24 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue, you’ll just want to have a bit of everything. But maybe that’s not saying that’s a bad thing after all?
FYI, it’s often crowded, especially during lunch and weekends.

Av. 24 de Julho 49, Lisbon

A weekend in Lisbon pt. 1

Bom dia, Portugal!

Lisbon has been on our radar for quite some time now. Well, it’s kinda on everyone’s radar since it’s one of the most talked about cities in Europe for the moment. After Fabian went there a few weekends ago to visit a friend living there, it’s clear why. It’s simply a great town.

It’s hard to put a label on Lisbon. Is it the new Barcelona? The next Berlin? Not at all, but at the same time maybe a bit of both, hence why it’s so hard to pin it down. What we do know is that it’s a vibrant city with a lot of creative and exciting things going on. A non-pretentious community, an exploding and really interesting food scene, and a come-as-you-are kind of nightlife—simply a good time in every direction. So for a couple of days, Fabian got to walk around the seven hills of Lisbon, just taking it all in for the first time. But definitely not the last.

Some Lisbon nuggets:

Pistola & Corazon
If you like Mexican food, then this taqueria is the place for you. Not only do they serve the best tacos in Lisbon, they do it together with a vibrant and easy-going atmosphere. Expect to wait a while to be seated, but that’s okay since you can have a drink in the street while you pass the time.

Rua de Boavista 16, Lisbon

Ciné Society outdoor cinema
Enjoy a cult classic together with friends and some ice cold drinks in one of Lisbon’s most iconic spots. This outdoor cinema is just one of kind and the demand for tickets is high, so book your spot to make sure you don’t miss out.

Terraços do Carmo, Lisbon
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Fábrica Coffee Roasters
This hipster-chic cafe was created with the mission to bring genuine specialty coffee to Portugal. With a farm-to-cup philosophy, they’ll provide you with pure and unaltered coffee from their producers’ farms in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Guatemala. This is a must stop if you love coffee and need to rest your legs after walking around in the hills of Lisbon. Also a good spot for breakfast or a quick lunch.

Rua das Flores 63, Lisbon

Park bar
Enjoy a sunny afternoon or bring a date to look at the stars together at this rooftop bar located on top of a … parking garage? Okay, why not? With its 180º views of Lisbon, this is a nice but not so well-kept secret. If you’re totally sick of other tourists you better stay away. If not, take the elevator to the top floor (there are no signs). Park serves a lunch and dinner menu that leans toward healthy cuisine, but we all know you come here to cool down with a cold beverage.

Calçada do Combro 58, Lisbon

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
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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.