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Stockholm travel guide for architects and designers

With Stockholm Design Week just around the corner, here's a travel guide featuring our pick of the city's top places to eat, drink, sleep and explore, including a pared-back bistro and a revamped brutalist hotel.

Stockholm travel guide: Portal Bar by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Bar: Portal

Described as the "mischievous younger sibling" to the already established Portal restaurant next door, this bar serves a wide variety of beverages and seasonal small plates.

Designed by well-known Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune, its interior finished with deep blue walls, oak tables and disc-like copper lamps. Other features include a playful illustration by Swedish artist Jesper Waldersten on the ceiling.

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Stockholm travel guide: Usine restaurant by Studio Richard Lindvall
Photo is by Mikael Axelsson

Restaurant: Usine

After a somewhat unglamorous past as a sausage factory and tax agency, an industrial building in Stockholm's Södermalm neighbourhood is now home to minimalist bistro Usine.

The menu brings together a mix of cuisines, under the steer of chefs Tim Karlsson, Michael Andreasson and Nicola Perrelli.

To accompany this, Swedish designer Richard Lindvall designed a "raw and fresh" interior for the all-day dining space, featuring metal stools, concrete counters and glossy black pendant lamps.

Södermalmsallén 36–38

Stockholm travel guide: Gina Tricot store by Note Design Studio

Shop: Gina Tricot flagship

The Stockholm flagship of Swedish fashion chain Gina Tricot is designed by Note Design Studio and Open Studio to play on materiality and texture. Marble, glass, and terrazzo-like fixtures appear throughout the pink-hued interiors.

Customers can also grab a coffee or snack on the cafe located on the third floor, overlooking the busy shopping street of Götgatan below.

Götgatan 30

Stockholm travel guide: Nationalmuseum

Museum: Nationalmuseum

Stockholm's 19th-century Nationalmuseum recently reopened after a five-year renovation. The interior is now filled with bespoke furnishings created by contemporary Nordic designers.

As well as the gallery spaces, which host paintings by Rembrandt along with other significant works of art and sculpture, there's also a restaurant and cafe where visitors can enjoy modern Swedish dishes.

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2

Stockholm travel guide: At Six hotel by Universal Design Studio
Photo is by Andy Liffner

Hotel: At Six

Dark-toned guest suites reflect the brutalist exterior of At Six, a hotel designed by Universal Design Studio in the refurbished former headquarters of a bank.

The hotel contains a 100-cover restaurant and a cocktail bar, plus an extensive collection of artworks. It often also functions as a venue for events during Stockholm Design Week – for 2019, it will host an installation by Note Design Studio and a launch party for Dezeen Awards.

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Stockholm travel guide: Kale & Crave restaurant by Matteo Foresti
Photo is by João Morgado

Cafe: Kale & Crave by Matteo Foresti

A greenery-covered wall hints at the healthy salads on offer in this cafe, which architecture studio Matteo Foresti has finished with white walls, stone floors and simple timber bench seats.

Diners can also people-watch from the double-height arched windows that punctuate the cafe's front facade.

Roslagsgatan 2

Stockholm travel guide: J.Lindeberg store by David Thulstrup
Photo is by Irina Boersma

Shop: J Lindeberg by David Thulstrup

Studio David Thulstrup referenced geometric shapes seen in 1970s optical art for the design of sportswear brand J Lindeberg's flagship, which features a series of curved surfaces.

A flash of colour is provided by pale yellow storage units, contrasting against the store's polished concrete floors and beige textured walls.

Biblioteksgatan 6

Stockholm travel guide: Miss Clara hotel by Wingårdhs

Hotel: Miss Clara Hotel

A 20th-century school building is the setting for boutique hotel Miss Clara, which takes its name from a prior headmistress.

Designed by architecture studio Wingårdhs to have a "palpable sense of heritage", the interiors boast contemporary furnishings set against original decor features like wooden parquet flooring and arched windows.

Sveavägen 48

Stockholm travel guide: L’Aventura restaurant by Millimeter Arkitekter
Photo is by Andy Liffner

Restaurant: L'Avventura

Italian eatery L'Avventura offers a decadent dining experience inside a former cinema.

Designed by local studio Millimeter Arkitekter, the restaurant features classical wall murals, red velvet seating booths and ornate stucco ceilings. The lofty space even has a pair of mature olive trees planted at its centre.

Sveavägen 77

Stockholm travel guide: Acne Studios Nordiska Kompaniet store

Shop: Acne Studios

Located on the first floor of the Nordiska Kompaniet department store, this branch of popular fashion brand Acne Studios is the vision of British designer Max Lamb.

Lamb designed four bronze-cast pieces of furniture for the store, based on the "organic" form of expanded polystyrene, and these are accompanied by shiny steel surfaces and flecked carpets.

Hamngatan 18–20