Classic elegance meets an international vibe
TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTOS: STRANDVÄGEN 1
With its superb location and lively atmosphere, restaurant Strandvägen 1 attracts a dynamic mix of guests from both the neighbourhood and the rest of the world, including celebrities and royals. It also has a fabulous terrace — perfect for catching the late summer sun.
At one of Stockholm’s most prominent addresses, at the start of the main boulevard and directly opposite the Royal Dramatic Theatre in the city centre, sits restaurant Strandvägen 1. Established five years ago in what was previously a bank, the venue has already made quite an impression.
Strandvägen 1 has the atmosphere of a classic venue that has always been there, both in terms of interior and its offering. From dawn to dusk, guests can enjoy all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. The talented kitchen team works with classic flavours. And the menu, based around international influences with a Mediterranean touch, changes according to season.
“We have a true international vibe here,” says restaurant manager Oscar Dahlberg. “Everyone is welcome, whether with colleagues for ‘after work’, on a date with someone special, for family celebrations, or for Sunday brunch with grandma. We also have a huge bar in the middle of the restaurant. It gets quite lively at times and that’s exactly how it should be — Strandvägen 1 is a meeting place.”
A whole month of live gigs
In addition to being an exclusive restaurant, Strandvägen 1 also organises a music-themed month every year, with live concerts from Tuesday to Saturday. Previous musicians to have performed include Petter, one of Sweden’s best-known rappers, and music collective Blacknuss.
“During this month, we make our venue accessible to another type of audience,” says Dahlberg. “People who wouldn’t normally come to this neighbourhood drop by to check out our gigs, which makes for a fantastic mix of people.” This year, the music-themed month will take place in October and, as with previous years, guests can expect nothing but great music, food and drinks.
Dahlberg also recommends Strandvägen 1 for having one of Stockholm’s best terraces, with sun all through the day and evening. And sharing its kitchen is restaurant Milles, a classic neighbourhood bistro known affectionately as Bakfickan by locals. “If you’re a regular at Bakfickan, you will know at least four other tables,” he smiles. “Here, guests and staff exist in complete symbiosis.”
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