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One of the most popular areas of Södermalm are the blocks around Mariatorget Square. You will find restaurants and stores on the streets of St Paulsgatan, Krukmakargatan, Hornsgatan and Swedenborgsgatan, which form the charming square of Mariatorget.

At Mariatorget you also find Hotel Rival – a small, privately owned hotel. The owner? No one else than Benny Andersson from ABBA.  Hotel Rival has become very popular with the Stockholmers and it also houses a bistro with a bar, a cocktail bar in art deco style, and a immensely popular café.

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“Overlooking a leafy square in the bohemian Södermalm district, this hotel, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, is also flush with character. Among its features are blow-ups of Swedish film stills above the headboards, so you can drift off to sleep under the disdainful eye of Greta Garbo.” Conde Nast Traveller (UK), December 2012

Speaking of ABBA, have you heard that ABBA The Museum is opening in Stockholm in May?

 

From June 15 to September 22, 2013, Arkitekturmuseet will present THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier.

Lena Rahoult, Director of The Swedish Museum of Architecture, comments:

“A classic always has its appointed place. Jean Paul Gaultier’s popular touch, unconstrained and exuberant creativity convey a very forceful message to society. An inspiring world in which everyone can assert their own identity, unimpeded by discrimination and prejudice. We are proud to be able to invite visitors to a fashion exhibition that is a natural part of the museum’s design mission”.

www.arkitekturmuseet-gaultier.com

Vasastan: upcoming district for dining and shopping

bibblanPeople who are looking for small antique stores and intimate independent boutiques or want to drink and dine in a district with the locals should make a beeline for Vasastan. There are three strips:

– Rörstrandsgatan and surrounding side streets.

– Odengatan via the new Sven-Harrys art gallery in Vasaparken, to Odenplan and the surrounding Norrtullsgatan and Upplandsgatan.

– Odengatan via Asplund’s famous Stockholm City Library to Roslagsgatan and surrounding streets.

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