I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful end to 2017! God Jul och Gott Nytt År!
Christmas is finally over... all the Christmas markets have closed for this season and restaurants have stopped serving the traditional julbord. However, the city is still lit up with the official holiday lights and decorations. Curious how museums are open during the holidays? Click here for the answer. Or maybe you want to know how stores will be open? Click here for the answer. New Year's Eve is just a few days away. Have you made plans yet? I hope so as most restaurants are fully booked. Especially during the coveted late seating times.
December 15, 2017
|Gingerbread House at ArkDes|
Photo by: Viktoria Garvare
- Fotografiska (photography)- Their big ongoing exhibition is Chen Men "Fearless & Fabulous" (until March 4th), as well as Åsa Sjöström "Silent Land" (until Feb 4th) and Nick Veasy "Inside Out" (until Feb 18th) and more.
- Moderna (modern art)- Their ongoing exhibitions through the winter include "Manipulate the World" with 28 different artists (until Jan 21), Louise Nevelson (until Jan 14th) and "Golden Sunset" with contemporary Swedish photography (until March 4th). Don't miss their permanent collection (always with free admission).
"Maniuplate the World" at Moderna
Photo by Åsa Lundén/Moderna museet
- ArkDes (architecture & design)- the popular, seasonal exhibition is the Gingerbread House Competetion (until Jan 7th). Their other current exhibition is "Norm Form" (until Feb 11th).
- Millesgården (sculpture & art)- Most people visit Millesgården for the wonderful sculpture park, buth they also have exhibitions as well. "The Modern Woman" is their current exhibition featuring the work of four leading female artists in Finnish modernism (until Feb 25th).
- National (classic art)- currently closed for renovations and reopening in October 2018.
- Kulturhuset (mixed art)- One of their current exhibitions is "Lee Miller - War and Fashion" (until Mar 4th).
"Model wearing Digby Morton suit, shot through arch revealing bomb damage" (1941). Lee Miller – War and Fashion at Kulturhuset.
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved.
- Thielska Galleriet (fine art, Scandinavian)- their main current exhibition features Helga Henschen (until Jan 21st) celebrating the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. Great collection of Scandinavian Masters as well!
- Artipelag (art museum in an archipelago setting)- The current exhibition is Bigert & Bergström: Eye of the Storm (until Feb 25th). Circus Cirkör will be performing at Artipelag as well between Dec 26th and Jan 21st.
Circus Cirkör - Limits, at Artipelag
Photo by Mattias Edwall
- Prin Eugens Waldermarsudde (fine art)- many current and upcoming exhibitions which you can access here, including Form and Colour - André Lohte and Swedish Cubism (until Jan 21st), Annika Ekdahl - Woven Image Worlds (until Feb 11th) and Suzy Strindberg - Fine Threads (Jan 20th to April 22nd).
- Liljevalchs (contemporary art)- currently closed for rehanging but on Jan 12th they reopen with their Spring Salon 2018 (until March 25th).
- Bonniers Konsthall (contemporary art)- their current exhibition is The Image of War (until Jan 14th). Upcoming exhibitions include Jens Fänge (Feb 7th to April 1st) and Peter Liversidge (Feb 7th to Mar 4th).
Jens Fänge "Den Nya Andans Gift" at Bonnier
Photo by Galleri Magnus Karlsson
- Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum (mixed art)- "The Invisible Body" is their current exhibition (until Jan 7th) which will be followed by a fashion extravaganza: "Secrets of Couture" (Jan 26th to April 2nd). You can also visit a replica of Sven-Harry's house on the rooftop with his private collection.
- Magasin 9 (contemporary art)- is housing the fantastic "Magic City: The Art of the Street" through spring 2018.
Remember that these museums will all have special opening hours during the holiday season. I have collected this information in an blog article you can see by clicking here.
|Tristan Eaton at Magic City|
Photo by Frank Embacher
December 13, 2017
restaurant Carousel in the form of a dinner with my fellow Swedish Les Clefs d'Or members. Carousel is a primarily a meat and shellfish restaurant and its menu is filled with dishes and flavors from southern Europe and especially Mallorca. Besides the restaurant itself, Carousel has a great cocktail bar where they currently have live jazz on Wednesday evenings.
Carousel has a great location as well! It is located right on the square Gustav Adolfs torg, next door to the Royal Opera and across the stream from the Royal Palace. Very central and great place for a pre-opera meal, post-opera drink or a dinner after an afternoon of shopping at the nearby NK department store. The closest subway station is Kungsträdgården (blue line), though it is not far from T-Centralen either (all lines).
On this evening, we were treated to many of their signature dishes to get a feel for their menu. We started with a charcuterie plate filled with Spanish sausages and meats. That was followed with a fantastic selection of grilled shellfish... cockles, razor clams and Spanish scallops. Very delicious with a taste of charcoal grill, white wine, lemon and garlic. After that we were served Sherry braised ox cheeks with cauliflower purée.
The pièce de résistance however was the next dish... a sharing dish of suckling pig with crackling, gravy, salad and aioli. Thankfully, the dessert was quite light after all of that food; a lemon curd with cardamom crumble and pistachio. The fresh tartness of the lemon curd was the perfect ending to the dinner. You can book your table on their website under the "boka bord" function or, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly for help. Click here for other restaurant reviews/recommendations.
|Cockles and razor clams|
|Chef prepares the...|
December 6, 2017
museums and sightseeing tours. Now for those of you who are interested in a little holiday shopping. Stores and boutiques all, of course, have their own individual opening hours during the holidays. But you can generally say that they close early on December 24th & 31st and are closed on December 25th and January 1st. There are always exceptions to the rule! Here are the special holiday opening hours (days that deviate from regular opening hours) for some of the larger department stores, markets and shopping centers. Take a look at their websites for information about other specific dates. Interested in Christmas markets? The last day for these markets is December 23rd. Click here for a full list of markets and their opening dates/hours. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel and want to know the opening hours of smaller independent stores, contact me directly!
- NK department store: open from 10am to 9pm on the days leading up to Christmas. 10am to 2pm on December24th, closed on December 25th, open from 10am to 5pm on December 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Åhlens City department store: open from 10am to 8pm on the days leading up to Christmas. 10am to 3pm on December24th, 11am to 8pm on December 25th and from 10am to 6pm on December 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Mall of Scandinavia: open from 10am to 10pm on the days leading up to Christmas, 10am to 4pm on December 24th, closed on December 25th, open from 10am to 4pm on December 31st and closed (?) on January 1st. Keep in mind that certain parts of the mall (restaurants, cinema) may have different opening hours.
- Mood shopping center: Open 10am to 9pm on the days leading up to Christmas, 10am to 1pm on December 24th, closed on December 25th, open from 10am to 4pm on December 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Gallerian shopping center: open from 10am to 9pm on the days leading up to Christmas. 10am to 2pm on December24th, closed on December 25th, open from 11am to 4pm on December 31st and closed on January 1st (ongoing renovations in certain parts of the shopping center).
- Sturegallerian shopping center: open from 10am to 8pm on the days leading up to Christmas. 10am to 2pm on December 24th, closed on December 25th, open from 10am to 4pm on December 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Skrapan shopping center: open from 10am to 8pm on the weekdays leading up to Christmas . 10am to 2pm on December 24th, closed on December 25th, open from 10am to 4pm on December 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Barkarby Outlets: closed on December 24th and 25th, open from 10am to 4pm on the 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Östermalms Saluhall (indoor food market): closed on Sundays and December 24th, 25th and 26th, open from 9:30am to 5pm on Dec 31st and closed on January 1st.
- Systembolaget (state run liquor stores): They are closed on Sundays, December 24th, 25th and 26th. On December 31st they close at 2pm and are completely closed on January 1st. So... plan your booze shopping wisely!