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Destinations With // Fredrik Eklund in Stockholm

Stockholm

Photo by Ola Ericson, courtesy of imagebank.sweden.com

Located at the convergence of Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is one of Europe's cleanest cities.

       
Fredrik Eklund has closed $2 billion in luxury real estate during his career. He currently co-stars on Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York. Photo: Richard Caplan

       

I left my native Stockholm nine years ago for New York City, moving without friends, family or any real contacts. But I was driven to make it. Today, I’m a top luxury broker at the city’s largest residential real estate firm, Prudential Douglas Elliman—and you can see me duking it out with other brokers on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York. With success in New York and age (my sideburns recently turned gray!), I started longing for Sweden again, so three years ago I opened my own brokerage firm there.

Contrary to popular belief, the streets of the country’s modern and fashionable capital aren’t overrun with ice bears. Rather, you’ll see a bunch of tall, blond people with blue eyes who love vodka, dance the frog dance on Midsummer Eve (intoxicated by the former), build safe cars, design inexpensive furniture and write catchy pop music you love to hate.

Stockholm is the most beautiful city in the world to me because it’s built on 14 islands connected by bridges, and there is water everywhere. It is also one of the cleanest cities in the world and is efficiently organized. With its great markets, fairs, shops, restaurants and waterfront, you’ll never be short of things to do here. So write these things down and book a trip to my hometown.

EKLUND’S STOCKHOLM

  • Stay at the Nobis Hotel. It has a fantastic location in the heart of the city and has quickly become Stockholm’s “it” spot.
  • Walk the old town, Gamla Stan, one of the most beautiful medieval cities around. It was founded in 1252!
  • Walk the Royal Gardens and especially Rosendals Trädgård, a perfect place within the gardens on the royal island of Djurgården. Also on the island: Vasa Museum, a maritime museum displaying a war ship that sank in 1628. I go back to this museum every time I’m in Stockholm.
  • Check out Fotografiska, a photo museum that opened in 2010 in a former custom house.
  • Shop at the NK Nordiska Kompaniet. I buy all my clothes at this old department store that opened in 1902 with one floor of men’s clothing and two floors of women’s clothing. It has clothes from new Swedish designers, and its shoes are to die for.
  • Shop and eat at Östermalms Saluhall, an indoor food market that’s been around for more than a century and is just beautiful (it’s right next door to my office).
  • Dine at Erik’s Gondolen, which has the best panoramic views of the city.
  • Check out Riche—which has been going strong since 1896. It serves traditional Swedish fare (think meatballs) and has a glamorous, fashionable crowd.
     
     
Riche's exterior. Above photos by Niklas Alexandersson.       Local eats from Riche.

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