Loui Loui


Redefining ordinary Stockholm

In collaboration with Canon Nordic.

Sometimes it feels like you know everything there is to know about the city you live in. Where to go and what to eat. But really, if there's one way to experience the city you live in, in it's full presence, then it's simply through the eyes of a lense. Paying full attention about the moment, wandering off to experience places your own way.

So this is exactly what I've done lately. And the background behind it is that I'm taking part of a large campaign by Canon, created to redefine ordinary with the help of the newly launched EOS M5. And I'll be honest, when I first heard about this small, non full framed, compact camera, I was a bit sceptic. Specially being used to big, heavy DSLR's providing excellent quality. But, fact is, after testing this little mirrorless gem -- it's proven to replace not only my chunky older professional camera, but also my iPhone! (and trust me, I'm married to my smartphone camera). I love the fact that it's light, easy and to a affordable price. Including wifi is a big +, specially when you want a go-to camera for light traveling. I also enjoyed trying out the 15-45mm lense that comes with it.

You'll find all places recommended in my Redefine Stockholm in this Google Map.

Where to eat & drink: Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40, Stockholm

This place is a true gem and often forgotten as new upcoming, trendy bars keeps popping up. Pelikan is a 110 year old, rustic, beautiful beer hall with high ceilings, green plants and wood-paneled fairytale. Located on a backstreet to Ringvägen, Södermalm, Stockholm. Beautiful interior. 


Where to eat & drink: Pelikan, Matateljen, Gamla Enskede, Stora Gungans Väg

OK. So if I only had to pick one restaurant to recommend, then Matateljen would be the one. I love not only the simple, terrific and well thought food served here (if there’s poached egg one the menu - try it!),  but the whole vibe is worth a visit. Located in an old post office, this place feels relaxed, curious and Instagram-friendly.


Where to eat & drink: Café Milano, Kungsträdgårdsgatan 18, Stockholm
There’s no place like this located around Kungsträdgården, the very core of Stockholm surrounded by traffic hustle and bustle. A great Italian restaurant with the most beautiful decor. Vintage pictures and chandeliers served with tasty food. A big plus is the picturesque view offered by the location.

Where to eat & drink: Barabao, Hornsgatan, Stockholm
Sticky rice, plants hanging from the ceiling and innovative, delicious Taiwanese bao. Due to the location of this restaurant, Barabao is easy to bypass. But the place is really worth a visit! Steamed buns served with different fillings and the atmosphere of this place, is really all needed to get inspiration and a full stomach during lunch hour.

Other Stockholm favorites (from left to right):

Shop: Siv & Åke, Sankt Paulsgatan 20, Stockholm
Easy to just walk by, but go here if you’re looking for a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories! Many pieces are sourced in person from across Europe and you can feel the attention to detail from the staff clerks as well. Good vibe! And a great selection of silk blouses, wide pants and chiffon dresses.

Wander: Vinterviken, Örnsbergs Klippbad, 129 36 Stockholm
A green dream and a place to inhale clean air. Vinterviken (Winter-cove) is a bay in the Mälaren lake south of Stockholm, located in the most beautiful setting by the water. Walk around and you’ll see small little allotment gardens, café Winterviken and during summertime sun-warmed cliffs. 

Area: Midsommarkransen
Take the red line towards Fruängen and you’ll find a ”suburban Södermalm”. That’s what the area of Midsommarkransen/Telefonplan/Aspudden are becoming. Green parks, great food and cute shops. Located here is the Konstfack University Collage, Mimmi Staafs Möbelmakeri, the cool curved kindergarten ’Paletten’ and Aspuddens Bokhandel. 

Stay: Hotel Skeppsholmen, Gröna gången, Stockholm
More than the average hotel. A cute, boutique design hotel located pretty right by the water in Stockholm’s island Skeppsholmen. Cosy restaurant, friendly staff and a wonderful terrace in the garden during summer, and eye-catching floral arrangement during wintertime. 

Stay: STF Vandrarhem af Chapman & Skeppsholmen
Or just ditch the boutique hotels and stay at this unique hostel, the 1800s ship called Af Chapman, located on gorgeous Skeppsholmen island in Stockholm. Wake up surrounded by water and to the view of the royal castle. Enjoy a cold drink on the deck at summertime. 

If you're curious to learn more about the new Canon EOS M5 camera, then I suggest you head to their homepage. I also recommend to check out the videos created for this campaign, with tips and inspiration on how to redefine the ordinary with a set of different tutorials (++sweet, talented Nana Hagel is behind making these videos).

Thanks to Canon for having me in this campaign!