Which is your favourite area of the city, and why?
Djurgården is a 279-acre island known for its many sights and nature and has northern Europe’s largest population of old oaks. Parks take up most of the area but there are also embassies, villas, restaurants, museums – including the famous Skansen open-air museum – and the Gröna Lund amusement park.
Tell us about your favourites there.
There aren’t that many shops on Djurgården but, if you are an Abba fan, the gift shop at the Abba museum might be worth a stop. I don’t go shopping a lot. Instead of always buying new, my partner, Agneta Green, and I like old things with a history that can be used again. We have furnished our home and restaurants with vintage finds from auctions, flea markets and antiques stores. The same applies to our cutlery. We had some of the furniture made for us by a local carpenter, and his wife, who is a potter, created the tableware for Oaxen Krog.
Where are you most likely to found in this area and why?
At work, of course, or at Rosendahls Trädgård, an outdoor café and bakery with a beautiful garden where they grow their own fruit and vegetables. Everything they serve – the coffee, tea and food – is organically grown and the surroundings are beautiful. It is hard to believe that you are so close to a big city. Dogs are welcome.
Which is its most underrated attraction?
Anything that involves going on a boat. Stockholm is at its most beautiful viewed from the water and Djurgården has a total of of 10.2km of coastline.
Do you have a favourite café or bar that you go to regularly?
The new Spritmuseum with the Absolut Vodka art collection has a great restaurant and bar. It is just a short walk from where we work, and our home is in between.
Where do you take out-of-town friends who are visiting?
In the summer I love to take friends on a boat trip around Djurgården. We anchor in the canal for a picnic, with some house-smoked shrimps, bread and wine. In the winter I’d probably take friends to Restaurant AG for the old industrial environment and the porterhouse steak – the owner, Johan Jureskog, is a dear friend of ours. Restaurant AG is the best place to go in Stockholm if you like meat – the quality is incredible and they can often tell you the name of the animal it came from and how it lived. They also have a great bar with excellent cocktails and tapas.
Which is your favourite local walk?
We take long daily walks around Djurgården with our dog Ringo. We often go out to pick herbs and berries that grow in the vicinity, for the kitchen. The whole island is so beautiful, I simply can’t pick one favourite route.
And your favourite view?
Just like many of our guests, I find the view from Oaxen Krog towards Södermalm and Nacka, across the water, magical, especially at night when all the lights are turned on. It is a view of Stockholm that you rarely see otherwise.
Where do you go and how do you relax on days off?
We don’t have very many days off, to be honest. Running a restaurant business like ours is a way of life, not a job. When we are off duty we like to just relax at home or take the boat out.
Can you reveal any hidden spots?
Maybe … but I am not telling you!
What is the best-kept local secret?
Again, it is best kept a secret.
What is your latest local discovery?
Probably something we foraged during one of our walks, to experiment with in our kitchen.
What is your favourite way to get around Stockholm?
When it comes to Djurgården, definitely on foot. To get here from the city centre I would recommend the tram.
What insider tip would you offer to anyone exploring the city?
Stockholm is not a big city. Put on good, comfortable shoes and walk.
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