Culted 101: Meatballs, minimalism and menswear in Stockholm

Culted 101: Meatballs, minimalism and menswear in Stockholm

by Ollie Cox
5min

With our two weeks of summer over, you’d be forgiven for wanting a change of scenery. If Stockholm isn’t on your radar, it should be. Think cobbled streets, the best in men’s and womenswear and scenic riverside shopping. We’ve selected our favourite spots you should check out. 

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When it comes to fashion, Stockholm is a great place to start if you’re looking for a combination of Scandi minimalism and conceptual design. For quality ready-to-wear pieces, look no further than Acne Studios, with denim offerings suitable for all tastes. While often seen as a leader of the minimalist aesthetic, founder and creative director Johnny Johansson is a self-described maximalist, and Acne is a vehicle for his brand of maximalist minimalism. 

With a unique ability to craft elevated essentials worth the spend, Acne is a key addition to any Scandi wardrobe. With three stores across the city including a flagship on Norrmalmstorg, finding time to visit is a must for any Stockholm shopper. 

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Founded in 2005 and unflinchingly cool from the start, Our Legacy brings a f*ck you attitude to minimalism. Co-founders Jockum Hallin and Cristopher Nying draw on their punk and skateboarding roots to bring a refreshing take on men’s and womenswear that you can’t afford to miss. Stockholm is the home of the Our Legacy Workshop, the creative studio and crafts atelier of Our Legacy behind must-have collaborations with Stüssy, Vans and Dr. Martens. 

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Independent clothing label Eytys (pronounced ‘80s’) was founded in the Swedish capital in 2013, a relatively new addition to the Scandi fashion scene. Unafraid to be different, the Swedish label is known for its playful proportions and standout footwear. When it comes to its denim offerings, wacky washes are front and centre, providing an elevated take on durable dressing. 

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Ettressex is the one you text your mates at home about, offering a curated selection of clothing, footwear and vintage gems. This Stockholm institution has you covered for books and accessories, too, ideal for levelling up your coffee table game. With Ettresex being a favourite of Acne founder Johnny Johansson, you’d be silly to leave this one off your list. 

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More cool stuff

An artist-friendly city like Stockholm is crammed with galleries. Thankfully, you don’t have to walk miles to get your culture fix, with the city’s gallery district housing some of the most well-known art galleries, including Cecilia Hillström Gallery located on Hudiksvallsgatan. But anyway, who cares about tradition. If you’re looking for the city’s up-and-coming artists, check out Södermalm, where you’ll find indie galleries and quirky venues. 

The Vasastan neighbourhood is home to the Sven-Harry Art Museum. Occupying the roof of a lone building and modelled on the architecture found on the esteemed art collector Sven-Harry Karlsson’s 18th-century farm estate, you should head here if you’re in the know about Nordic art.

Pitstops

For traditional Swedish food, check out Pelikan, a Stockholm staple since 1904 and perfect for getting your meatball fix. Located on Blekingegatan in Södermalm, one of the city’s sickest neighbourhoods, there’s plenty to check out while you’re in the area, including the Fotografiska, Sweden’s top photography museum. 

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When it comes to getting lost in a new city, food and drink is a good place to start. For the perfect combination of sweet and savoury, of flaky croissants and deliciously creamy affogato (ice cream and coffee, in case you didn’t know), Cafe Pascal is worth missing your flight home for. 

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For something stronger, give Bar Ninja a try. Offering a range of natural wines, this is a great way to recover from your Scandi shopping spree. Be warned, these wines might taste like juice, but you won’t be leaving sober!

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