Hornstull has had a huge facelift. The nips and tucks on this gritty urban neighborhood started a few years ago and on Friday, Hornhuset opened for the first time. This cool glass building was literally tucked into what used to be a rather nondescript square that was often populated with rather shady looking characters. Now that’s all changed.
While not everything is open yet in in the mall adjacent to it, most of the 39 new butiks, bars, cafes and restaurants are. And while many of the options are standard Swedish stores such as H&M and Indiska, there are also interesting new options such as Taylors & Jones with the twist: a restaurant that combines local favorites Taylors & Jones sausages with Oliver Twist’s beers. Picard, a French food butik, is coming soon.
We had an early dinner at Enzo, the trattoria on the top floor of Hornhuset. It was probably the best pizza I’ve ever had in Stockholm. Really. The atmosphere was casual/sporty/cool and the service friendly. By the way, this building has three floors, two restaurants and four outdoor eating areas. There are floor-to-ceiling windows offering great views out over the new streetscape.
The ad campaign for the area is kind of clever too. Roughly 40 years ago, Södermalm was known as knivsöder or knife Söder thanks to its tough reputation. Now the area is being called Gaffel och knivsöder or fork and knife Söder in reference to all the new restaurants and food shops.