If you happen to be in Stockholm this week, you may notice something rather — well, beautiful. The Swedish city is hosting its Fall 2016 fashion week through February 14, so its streets are flooded with really, really, ridiculously good-looking people. And some of them are listening to music in Mexican restaurants. (Who knew?)
Vogue asked some of those willowy creatures (i.e. models) how they spend their time in the Scandinavian town, and we obviously took notes. Here’s how to experience Stockholm in a model fashion, according to some locally born stunners.
1. Hit the Shops
Alexander McQueen muse Adina Fohlin loves trolling the local boutiques. The fashion model cites Sidenkompaniet — which offers goods made of Mulberry silk — as one of favorite spots. Don’t miss the chic bedding and “pajamas so beautiful you want to go out in them.”
Dorothea Barth-Jorgensen, the model with a rock-star edge, stocks up on jeans at the Acne shop when she’s in her hometown. (She swears the selection is better in Stockholm than in New York.) She also loves sniffing around at Byredo Fragrance Shop, where the Rose of No Man’s Land is her favorite scent.
2. Take a Coffee Break
The Swedes take their coffee seriously. Fohlin’s preferred caffeine can be found at Salong 2, a coffee shop in the vintage movie theater called Bio Rio. The cute, diner-like spot serves pastries, salads, and — if you’re lucky — risotto made with mushroom barley and elk cheese. For her coffee dates, Barth-Jorgensen heads to Drop Coffee Roasters.
3. Get Cultured
Fohlin once did a Club Monaco shoot at Artipelag, a modern building just outside of Stockholm. Surrounded with water and pine trees, the structure houses an impressive collection of modern art. And if you’re hunting for souvenirs, its on-site Design Shop has quirky, chic kitchen goods.
4. See and Be Seen
Fohlin cites Sanas as the best place to spot models, stylists, and other fashion-week folk. Oh, and you can eat here, too. The tavern serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; we hear its oats-and-quinoa porridge, topped with fresh berries, is waking up early for. (Even after a late-night fashion fete.)
5. Take a Walk in the Park
Ethereal fashion muse Erika Wall grew up near the Haga Royal Park. Built in the late 18th century, the garden has brightly colored Chinese and Turkish pavilions; locals swim there in the summer and ice-skate in the winter. And you may be in for a royal spotting: The Swedish Crown Princess lives just next door.
6. Catch Some Live Music (and a Margarita)
Well, this is delightfully curious. Male model Carl Hjelm Sandqvist says that the Mexico-themed restaurant Cantina Real has, “for some reason, hosted all the important new bands in Stockholm.” If you’re more into jazz, take a tip from Celine model Sophia Nilsson. She loves popping into Fasching for a cocktail and some arty tunes.
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