Eataly recently opened its doors here in Stockholm. I had been to Eataly in midtown Manhattan a couple of years ago and loved the concept, so I was looking forward to them opening in Sweden. I have to admit to being a little dense at first and thinking that this Eataly was either connected to the, what I assumed was the original, NYC Eataly (best case scenario) or just a clever copy (worst case). Well, I found out to my chagrin that the Stockholm Eataly is actually one of about 40 around the world (L.A., Chicago, Dubai, Rome, Genoa, Istanbul, Seoul, etc.). I had no idea that it was such a widespread (and obviously successful) corporation. So, if you have been to any of the other 30+ locations, you will know their concept, otherwise...
It is located right on the shopping street Biblioteksgatan in the downtown area and was once a historic movie theatre called Röda Kvarn (red windmill.. moulin rouge). I remember how many Stockholmers were upset back in 2006 when the historic cinema closed and reopened as an Urban Outfitters (American clothing chain). I have to say that Eataly feels more suited to this beautiful locale than the clothing chain. They make great use of the open space.
main restaurant, surrounding a large bar. There is another restaurant on the second floor... otherwise you have a variety of more casual eateries spread throughout the locale.
Eataly Stockholm for a nice Italian dinner, to have a coffee or drink and observe the locals or just to walk around and soak up the atmosphere... perhaps buy some Italian delicacies to take home. To get there from the Rival Hotel, it is just a quick subway ride (four stops on the red line to Östermalmstorg, exit to Stureplan). Click here for more restaurant recommendations/reviews!