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A local’s guide to the secret side of Stockholm

Martin Blix, the frontman of synth-pop band ItaLove shares his favourite spots in the Swedish capital

Södra Teatern

Mosebacke Torg 1;

‘At Södra Teatern, fun things happen every night: concerts, theatre, stand-up and good old-fashioned clubbing. Take the elevator up to the seventh floor, to the balcony Champagne bar (open Wednesday to Saturday nights), which has music from great DJs, art exhibitions and, above all, the best view of the city.’


Ringvägen 151;

‘This Thai restaurant and bar has affordable, excellent food (my favourite is the ‘waterfall beef’ — grilled steak with mint and chilli). It’s mostly locals from trendy Södermalm in here, nothing too fancy, but you always have a new story to tell when you leave. Last week, I was sitting inches away from my teenage idol, Neneh Cherry.’

Stockholm Classic

Södermannagatan 60;

‘I had most of my tattoos done at Stockholm Classic. This small shop in Södermalm has the most talented artists in town — the guy known as the Little Prince creates masterpieces. And the customers are a mix of gangsters, posh ladies and hipsters.’

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‘When my friends and I want to get away from the daily grind, this island (a 30-minute subway ride out of the city centre) is perfect for a sunny day trip. Start by renting a canoe and paddling around the island. If you’re feeling risqué, stop by the nude beach for a skinny-dip, or play it safe with a game of Frisbee golf. Then, before taking the boat back into town, stop off on the island next door at Drottningholm, where the King of Sweden lives ( — even if you’re not bothered about the history, there are lovely gardens to wander around.’

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Ugglan Boule and Bar

Närkesgatan 6;

‘This is the place to go for meeting friends, drinking and generally having fun. As the name suggests, you can play the French game, but there’s also pool, ping-pong, air hockey and darts, as well as art exhibitions and beer tasting. If you don’t have fun here, you are boring.’

A Day’s March

Kungsgatan 3;

‘Most people get stuck in Stureplan square’s designer stores, with all the international labels. But stylish guys should head straight for this sharp Swedish menswear label, full of reasonably priced, quality basics. You can pick up a great shirt or jacket for £40-£80. I’m always trying to get my boyfriend to wear clothes from here.’

Pärlans Konfektyr

Nytorgsgatan 38;

‘Stockholm is known for its unusual and fun boutiques, and this sweet shop is one of the best. It’s like stepping back in time to the ’40s — the furniture, uniforms and the packaging all have a retro look, and you can see how the chewy caramels are made, in flavours like coffee, apple or sea salt.’

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