Lucy's Flower Shop

Hidden away in the basement of a 20th-century downtown building, Lucy’s Flower Shop is the very definition of Stockholm cool. Three years in, it is already an institution in the capital’s vibrant cocktail scene. The muted, velvety decor in purple and red, the carefully orchestrated use of light and shadow, the precise movements of the bartenders behind the long, wooden bar – it’s like something out of a 1960s spy novel. Bar manager Linn Sterling keeps service quietly attentive – rarely do you need more than a smile to catch the attention of her staff.

That deftness of touch extends to the drinks, with cocktails rarely comprising more than four ingredients, delicately balanced in gentle alchemy to always offer more than the expected sum of their parts. The twist on the ubiquitous Vodka Soda on its opening menu is a case in point – deceptively simple, even plain, at first sight. But sip and discover layers and layers of delicate surprises, very far from the anonymous original. And the Rye & Apple, a sweet-sour-spicy-boozy balancing act, is knocking on the door of modern classics.