Recycling in Stockholm requires commitment. I come from a place where recycling, just like garbage, is being collected at people’s doors once or twice a week. All you have to do is get the recycling bin on the sidewalk on pick-up day. In Stockholm I have to bring my recycling to a “recycling station”. Seriously, mine is only 700 meters away and is right across from the grocery store anyway. Sunday mornings are usually recycling days. When I went to bed last night I was looking forward to waking up this morning because I had decided to go to Mellqvist, which is right around the corner from the recycling station. The walk in the winter sun of Södermalm to get there this morning was amazing. And that was just the beginning!
I arrived at Mellqvist 5 minutes before it got crowded. When I opened the door, I could only see the counter with a few chairs by the window. The counter was really inviting with beautiful egg sandwiches, juice and yoghurt. I could also smell the nice aroma of coffee. And as I was eating my sandwich, I thought about a BBC article on the shortage of eggs on the Falkland Islands. Interesting angle when everybody outside the island seem more preoccupied with the presence of Prince William there.
The egg sandwich was excellent. The coffee was great. And Mellqvist was playing good music too: mostly The Shins and Pearl Jam! But there is much more than than at Mellqvist. Adjacent to the main room with the coffee bar there is another room where I could spend hours and hours!
Mellqvist is a nice café. The staff this morning told me that they are often using the café for parties, concerts and exhibits. The guys at Mellqvist also told me that they also have a music studio in the back where they do recordings. These days there is a small but powerful photo exhibit by Eveline Johnsson and Hanna Richter called “En Studie i Svart”, with the beautiful Jessica Peel. I highly recommend you also visit Eveline’s and Hanna’s blogs.
If you are a fan of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy, you might be interested to know that Larsson apparently wrote most of the books at Mellqvist. I didn’t know that until I got back home and found this article on theweek.com. I can easily see why Larsson would have spent so much time at Mellqvist. This could also be my second home!
Seriously Stockholm, how many more cool cafés will you deliver?
Mellqvist Kaffebar, Hornsgatan 78, Stockholm