With the road works around Slussen that seem to take like forever, it’s a surprise every time you walk or cycle from Gamla Stan to Södermalm. This time, the summer terrace of Eken Bar & Matsal at the Hilton Hotel near Slussen got my attention. What a top spot to sit down and enjoy the view over Stockholm! During the day you can soak up the sun and in the evening the sunset will be a treat for your eyes.
Although I don’t drink whiskey myself, I was told that you should definitely try their new cocktail Cloud no 07. The cocktail includes Swedish Mackmyra whiskey and honey from the hotel’s own bees! Apparently they keep bees on the roof of the hotel. If you are a whiskey fan and going to Stockholm soon, you know where to be.
Front row for the sunset
From the terrace of Eken Bar & Matsal you can enjoy the beautiful views over the city. In front of the terrace you find steps where anyone can sit on to enjoy the same view. In the evening you are on the first row to watch the sunset. Eken Bar & Matsal is a very popular place and certainly when the sun is shining, you need a bit of luck to find a spot on the terrace!
Fotografiska, the popular museum for photography in Stockholm opened the doors in 2010 and is located in the former toll house. The museum is located along the water, at Södermalm, near Slussen. Due to the huge construction works there it is not so easy to get to the museum as we speak but the redirects (also for pedestrians) are all very clear.
Fotografiska is one of the largest museums for modern photography in the world. Each year there are various exhibitions of both known and less famous local photographers. Every year there are more than 20 exhibitions. So you always have a good reason to go back again. They regularly organize photography workshops in the museum too.
There is a very celebrated restaurant on the roof of Fotografiska. If you want to visit the restaurant, you can only do this if you buy a ticket for the museum. Due to the view of the restaurant, a visit is definitely worth it. The large windows offer views over the water and Djurgården across the water. In 2016, the restaurant, by Paul Svensson, was voted the second best museum restaurant worldwide.
Tip: At Fjällgatan you can enjoy the same view.
Photograph lovers should reserve some time and budget to snuggle around in the museum shop. There are countless books about photography and a lot of gadgets that many can not resist. If you have an amateur photographer in your circle of friends, you will find an appropriate gift here.
During the summer months you can also sit outside on the terrace. The sculpture you see is ‘Torso’. This bronze image is taken by the Swedish artist Dan Wolgers and is 2.75 meters high.
Count on a few hours to visit the museum. The museum is open till very late in the evening and is therefore well suited to do by the end of the day. From Slussen it is clearly marked how to reach the museum. Fotografiska is included in the Stockholm Card. Check their website for current prices and opening hours.
When I went to Stockholm for a few summer days (mainly because I wanted to visit Birka and Skokloster Slott + also because I wanted to join the Urban Trail), I searched for budget-friendly accommodations. I had some conditions: I wanted a window, a spacious room and the hotel had to be reasonably central. In the end I found a spacious single room at Scandic Malmen for just 100 euros a night.
Scandic Malmen is located on Medborgarplatsen, in Södermalm. Around the corner you find the hipster neighborhood SoFo and in 10 minutes you can walk to Gamla Stan on foot. Whoever prefers public transport can just cross the street and you take the subway.
Breakfast at the hotel is extensive and offers fresh fruit and other classic hotel buffet things. There are alternatives for gluten-free or lactose-free diets.
So I had a single room with a bed of 1m40. The room was quite spacious but the mattras and the pillows need a replacement. The bathroom was just big enough. Always good at Scandic is that you get good quality shampoo and shower products. Also no complaints about the shower: the jet is powerful enough and you don’t have to wait too long to get hot water.
I can be brief about the view of my room at Scandic Malmen: that was actually just sad. The room looked out on an inner roof. There was a lot of noise in the hotel. The first night I heard quite a lot of noise: music with a solid bass. No idea where it came from. Furthermore, there was also an almost continuous ‘water’ sound. As if the upper neighbors were showering all the time. It could also be the aircondition but I did not see how to turn it off. Fortunately, I was so tired of the many steps in Stockholm that I still slept like a rose.
In short: Scandic Malmen is a good choice if you are looking for a centrally located hotel on Södermalm and you don’t want to pay a lot of money.