From turn-of-the-century working-class neighbourhood to Stockholm’s bona fide hipster haven, Hornstull – on the western tip of edgy Sodermalm island – has swopped its blue-collar soul for creative types and entrepreneurs.
The 1940s single-screen cinema Bio Rio (above) is one of Hornstull’s cherished cultural icons – even Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has contributed to its restoration and preservation. It hosts premieres, indie film screenings and live opera. It is also home to Sweden’s first cinema bar, Bistro Barbro, and restaurant, Salong 2.
A popular bakery selling fresh wheat-free artisanal bread, sweet buns and cakes (above), Friends of Adam was founded by Karin Moberg after she discovered her stepson Adam was gluten intolerant. Its pastries are sold at cafes, restaurants and shops around town. It also provides gluten-free goods for the Nobel Prize Award banquet.
In the swim
Built in 1929, Liljeholmsbadet (above) – an Instagram-worthy wooden bathhouse – sits on a floating pontoon, with the word “bad” (Swedish for bath) in bold painted signage on its roof. It remains one of the city’s most popular public swimming pools, with a deck and balcony for sunbathing as well as an indoor sauna. It’s closed in July and August.
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