Mats Klingberg: an understated gem in Stockholm

The man behind Trunk Clothiers is fond of a small but perfectly formed restaurant in the Swedish capital

Mats Klingberg has an eye for understated beauty. His menswear store Trunk Clothiers on Chiltern Street is an always-excellent edit of the season’s best pieces from not-so-obvious brands such as CQP and Barena, as well as his own label Trunk. He shares with us his favourite not-so-obvious spot in his hometown. 

I only discovered this lovely little place, Babette, a couple of years ago. The kitchen is tiny so they cook everything in a pizza oven, which limits what they can do but there’s always a great mix of things on the menu as well as a few different kinds of pizza. They have all these wines that you’ve never heard of from various parts of the world, but they’re all excellent. The atmosphere is very chilled: it’s not scene-y in any way – it’s just a great place to go for a drink. 

It’s not a touristy part of town – although the Gunnar Asplund-designed Stockholm Public Library, which is a very interesting building, is just round the corner – and you can easily walk there from Östermalm, which is a great place to go shopping for Scandinavian furniture. Try Modernity for one-off mid-century pieces – they always stock a very tasteful collection of things from chairs and lamps through to jewellery. And there are two excellent shops round there that sell contemporary Nordic design; Asplund and Jacksons, both of which are worth a visit. When I’m in the neighbourhood, I always head to this tiny sausage stand called Brunos Korvbar – try the coburger, spicy sausage and sauerkraut in a griddled bun. Or I head to Valhallabageriet, where all the dads on paternity leave – the Latte Papas as they’re affectionately known – sit around drinking vast mugs of coffee and eating the best cardamom buns in town. 

Babette, Roslagsgatan 6, Stockholm, babette.se

Mats Klingberg’s London store, Trunk Clothiers, can be found at 8 Chiltern Street; trunkclothiers.com

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