North Festival : BLD / 36 Project #1 (sweden)

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To kick-start my new city guide – BLD / 36 Project -My friend Azize introduces her home and city: Stockholm, Sweden. Fika, cinnamon scrolls and copious amounts of coffee are just the start to this walkable, vibrant city… Thank you Azize for sharing your secrets.

Image courtesy of Farima Karimi
Name: Azize Ayhan
My city: Stockholm
I get around by (mode of transport): by walking or bicycle
To pay the bills, I work at: Hotel Scandic Grand Central as Marketing Manager
Favourite place for breakfast? Brunkebergs Bakery at Dalagatan – a cozy bakery close to my home. You can’t help but be captivated by all the action behind the counter, when you walk into this tiny bakery/café. The rolling of dough, the amazing smells coming from the oven. I come here on weekends to enjoy a breakfast consisting of a sandwich sourdough bread with västerbotten cheese and a cup of cappuccino.

Best place for local food and to mingle with the locals:
Restaurant Tranan – it serves local food since 1929. After dinner I would recommend to go downstairs to their bar. It is a hot spot for those who live in Vasastan and is famed for its speakeasy, relaxed atmosphere and nice staff. If you want to head in to the city instead I would recommend the cocktail bars at my workplace Scandic Grand Central. Eclectic mix of people, DJ’s and live music plus a bar team that makes cocktails to an art form. A place to meet at, have a bite to eat and something to drink.

My perfect day:  Starts with a run around Kungsholms Strand. Elite runners and newbie joggers have always flocked there to get their training on. After that I grab a quick lunch at home. Most probably a Turkish tomato soup with red lentils and fresh lemon juice. I then take the train to my hometown for a meet up with my beloved parents to drink Turkish tea and talk about the grandchildren. Around 6 p.m I head back home. I meet up my friends at Vasaparken to bask in a little patch of sunshine and make plans for the evening. sitting on a blanket and a take-away cappuccino.
Best place for a sit down lunch? Urban deli at Nytorget, Södermalm.
Best place for quick grab and go cheap arse lunch? I suggest you then swing by Östermalms saluhall(covered market) they have a wide variety of dishes.
3 pm….hunger strikes: you can find me at: the closet coffee shop at the moment. In general the coffee houses in Stockholm have high quality.
My favourite place/s to shop:
A small secondhand shop called ZAK at Upplandsgatan, and the department store called PUB very close to my job
For local designers, producers and general fare, I would recommend: Interior-wise I would recommend a visit to Svenskt Tenn at Strandvägen. Local clothing brands amongst others that are my favourites are Whyred and Rodebjer & Other Stories is also a nice shop to stop by.
My Favourite neighbourhood? I would say Vasastan, the neighborhood that I stay in. Whether you’re looking for a good city walk with green surroundings, a bar with a nice patio, little and interesting boutiques, or nice coffee  places, Vasastanhas it all.
Most underrated food / restaurant that tourists don’t know about? Tennstopet at the corner of Odengatan/Dalagatan.
If I had to keep a bus load of tourists entertained, I would send them : to the photo museum Fotografiska at Slussen.

Fill in the gaps for the perfect itinerary
Friends visiting for the weekend:
Best way to and from the airport is : the airport train Arlanda Express Avoid traffic and get the airport train Arlanda Express…….
Grab an early lunch at Slussen StrömmingMake the most of a walk in Gamla Stan ( old city ) for the perfect start to the weekend.
Spend the afternoon on Södermalm Stop off for a quick bite at Babylon in Björns trädgård  Remember to grab coffee at Cafeino at Folkungagatan
In the afternoon, spare an hour or two at the Mosebacke terrace as well as head to the Fotografiska photo museum.
Dinner planned and booked for 7 pm at “Barbro………….But for a more chilled dinner, pop into Teaterbaren at Scandic Hotel.
If I found a bag of money, I would dine at Mathias Dahlgren’s restaurant Matbsalen at Grand Hôtel.
My secret cheap indulgence: French fries with a tasty salsa dip
It drives me crazy when: technology doesn’t work.
I feel most at home when:  I am surrounded by people I love.
One word to describe my city: Instinctive
Learn more about Nordic cuisine at the NORTH Festival 2013 in New York City. This post is a collaboration between the blogger and NORTH Festival 2013.

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