The Girl, the Dragon Tattoo and the Stockholm

“As a girl, she was a legal prey, especially if she was dressed in a worn black leather jacket and had pierced eyebrows, tattoos, and zero social status.”  Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


That’s not a description of a typical Swedish girl. That’s how Stieg Larsson described my today’s post heroine – Lisbeth Salander, a girl with the dragon tattoo from Millennium series. For those who haven’t read the book yet – I strongly recommend to go through all three parts and then come back here to read my post 😉 For lazy ones – there are 3 Swedish movies covering whole trilogy, and American version directed by David Fincher about the first book (I ❤ Rooney Mara!).

When I first read the books I totally felt in love with Sweden and Stockholm described in it. Mysterious, rough, magnetic and sometimes dirty. And I didn’t have idea that I’m going to live in that place. When I finally moved here one of the first thing I wanted to do was to see the Lisbeth Salander’s Stockholm.

I started my trip from Slussen metro station, which is just two stops from the central station. Lisbeth – recluse hacker – was avoiding snobbish places. She would rather go to McDonald’s then to fancy restaurant in Östermalm. So if you are hungry at the very beginning of the trip – grab some cheeseburger in McDonalnd’s on Katarinavägen 1-3 – place that Salander knew very well.

Here Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was eating cheeseburger. With fries. And ketchup.
Here Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was eating cheeseburger. With fries. And ketchup.

Just a few steps from Slussen we can find her putative workplace. Lisbeth thanks to her unique skills had a position in Milton Security where she worked as researcher. That’s how she met Mikael Blomkvist – journalist, main character in the book. Larson never gave us an exact address, but he described a building in that area as modern, made of concrete, steel and glass. So there are only two candidates – Katarinvägen 15 or 17, but in the first one you can find office of press agency – Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå where Larson used to work.

Perhaps here Lisbeth was making a lot of money on spying people. Sorry, researching.
Perhaps here Lisbeth was making a lot of money on spying people. Sorry, researching.

If you turn back, you’ll see a lot of stairs going up to Mosebacke. You can also go around, but that’s not a Salander’s style. So now we are on Södermalm – place where people didn’t like to live for a long time. 50 years ago it was rather working class district. Later artists came and now it’s a center of hipsterdom 😉

If you remember book well, you should know that Lisbeth when became filthy rich bought super-expensive apartment here. Exact address is Fiskargatan 9 – here she lived under pseudonym V. Kulla (yup, in Swedish chlidren’s book Pippi Långstrump – house of Pippi was called Villa Villekulla). Author didn’t mention any specific price, but he wrote that it was the most expensive offer in a whole Stockholm. So take a look on that building. I could live there – nearby you can find buss to Karolinska 😉

Girl with the Dragon Tatto had here her nice condo.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had here a nice condo.
And perhaps that was her view for a window.
And perhaps that was her view from a window.

Ok, so probably you expect that living in that expensive place she was buying food in some expensive eco-shop? No matter how much did she have on her account – she was still the same girl. So her weekly shopping: big box of Billy’s Pan Pizza, 3 frozen fish casseroles, 3 bacon tarts, 1 kg of carrots, 2 breads, half kilo of cheese, milk, coffee, box of Malboro Light and some newspapers – she was buying at Seven Eleven at Götgatan 25.

Lisbeth's favorite food.
Lisbeth’s favorite food.

I didn’t feel like eating this frozen pizza, so I went to her favorite pub in Södermalm – it’s quite close on Tjärhovsgatan 4 and it’s called Kvarnen. Salander was meeting here regularly her lover – Miriam Wu. I was expecting rather underground place with dark climate. But Kvarnen is totally different. It rather looks like Czech beer Pub. I was lucky, because during weekends they have really nice brunch buffet: 210 kr/plate and you eat as much as you want. All kind of Swedish food + deserts. I strongly recommend that place!

Salander's favorite place. Doesn't look too underground... :)
Salander’s favorite place. Doesn’t look too underground… 🙂
Swedish food is not only meatballs from IKEA.
Swedish food is not only meatballs from IKEA.

After all food I consumed I was unable to continue my trip with girl with the dragon tattoo… But I saved some more destinations for later. So if you like the book and you want to see more – let me know, I’ll show you next part of different side of Stockholm 😉

All of the super-awesome pictures are taken by Dominika Dunajewska, who went on a trip with me 😉 If by chance you’re also Polish – check her blog about living in Sweden: click 😉



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