Happy Friday everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of our City Guide series. This week, we travel to the Scandinavian metropolis of Stockholm, Sweden, with one of the country's finest alt-pop artists, AMWIN. With her debut EP dropping soon, the former runner up to Swedish Idol has a bright future ahead of her. Her latest single, DeLorean is out now. Words by AMWIN
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
There are a lot of nice places for a drink in Stockholm, if you want a good view of the city you should visit TAK, a rooftop bar with a beautiful view. I’d say you should visit Bernie’s - Nosh and Chow as well, one of my favorite places. If you stay ‘til late they also have a nice techno club on the top floor.
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
I’ve always had a lot of fun at Moon Motel, which is actually where I had my last release party. They’re open ‘til late and it’s a vibe. If you’re in Stockholm during the summer you should go to Trädgården/Under Bron as well; they create a really nice environment both indoors and outdoors. They play all types of alternative music and often have live performances.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?
Honestly, I’m not really one for breakfast. Brunch, on the other hand, is totally my thing since that means you can have BURGERS for breakfast. I have two favorite burger places in Stockholm, one of them is Lily’s. They also have the most amazing milkshakes. My other favorite place is “Babas”, juicy juicy.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
My go to is always kebab (or a burger). But I can’t fully recommend that you have kebab when you come to Stockholm, as they usually don’t have the right kebab-sauce here. However, if you go to Gothenburg, where I’m from, have the kebab with extra sauce. I can recommend that you try the Gyros at Picollo Angelo in Hornstull in Stockholm though, and their gyro-sauce is wonderful. Otherwise, we have our own Swedish “McDonalds” fast food place called “Max”, their Halloumiburger is out. of. this. world.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Stockholm?
My favorite place is “Mickes Serier CD & Vinyl” located in Högalid. I used to live there, so I walked past the store on my way to the city every day and always had a quick look for some old Nirvana stuff. Go there!
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
Honestly, that’s when I go back home to Gothenburg haha. If I can’t I’ll just take a walk around the city. Wherever you are in Stockholm, you’re close to the water and beautiful nature. So whenever I want a break from everything, I’ll just put my shoes on and stroll along the water.
Something everyone should do when visiting Stockholm, but probably hasn’t?
Once a month, Bio Rio in Hornstull has a Cinema Breakfast that is amazing. You get a tray of breakfast food to eat while watching a film, sometimes it’s a Swedish movie, other times it can be a really popular mainstream movie. It’s great to go with friends, but you can also go alone if you’re looking for a chill but fun morning on your own.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
I moved to Stockholm three years ago, when I was nineteen. Back then I spent a lot of time on my balcony in the evenings just admiring the beautiful city that was now my new home. I always had “Chum” by Earl Sweatshirt on repeat.
What are other great exports that come from Stockholm?
MUSIC. And IKEA. We all love furniture that we really can’t put together. I myself have three “BILLY” dressers that will probably fall apart within a week.
Additionally, on top of amazing artists and songwriters, we have so many talented actors and actresses from Sweden, like Alicia Wikander, Skarsgårds and Joel Kinnaman. They might be in Hollywood now but I bet they started at Dramaten.
A gift you can’t leave Stockholm without taking home for friends?
Swedish candy and sweets! We have the best candy in the entire world. We haven’t won an award for it yet, but I’m sure it’s on its way.