The people behind Freyja – Vendela

Who are you, and how did you end up at Freyja?

I’m Vendela, a cheerful 22-year-old who works as a bartender. I ended up here because I was looking for growth within the restaurant industry overall. I visited Freyja privately with another bartender colleague. There, Thimmy (a cocktail lab technician) was at the bar, and we started talking about this and that. He mentioned they were looking for staff for the summer, so I gave him my email and my number since it seemed like a nice place with great energy, and I had a very positive experience. A few weeks later, I got a call from Jimmy Dymott asking about my situation, and we agreed to meet and talk. We met for a job interview, and I was lucky enough to end up here.

How did you get into the industry?

Thanks to one of my parents who has always worked in the hospitality industry, it’s always been a big part of my life. My plan was completely different after high school; I was going to study something entirely different, but decided to take a break from studying. That’s when I started working part-time as a waitress at my uncle’s place. I’ve never been particularly social, but working so closely with people really developed me. It wasn’t until I went to work for a season at a restaurant that I really started to enjoy it and felt that this was truly something for me. There, I had the opportunity to work both on the floor and behind the bar, and it was behind the bar that I remained.

Do you enjoy working at Freyja?

I really enjoy it. I’ve never been at a place that has managed to create such good dynamics among everyone, there’s an amazing atmosphere, and everything runs very smoothly. There were many days during the summer when we were incredibly busy, which was fun but also challenging at times. Days when I was low on energy could feel tough from the start, but I quickly regained that energy because we are and were an amazing team that encourages, supports, and lifts each other up when things get tough.

Finally, if you were here as a guest, what would you have eaten and drunk, and who would you have brought with you?

Well, I would either have embraced the art of enjoying my own company or brought a good friend, and started with one of our fantastic cocktails, in my case, a ‘concrete jungle’, very fresh and lovely to start with. For the appetizer, I would choose the Brussels sprouts and buckwheat chips. Then, I would have the octopus, absolutely incredible. Maybe with a glass of white wine to go with it. Last but not least, for dessert, I would order our delightful Cloudberry dessert and to that, our latest cocktail addition, Tangorabatt.

Thank you very much, Vendela!

Winemaker’s Dinner with Murre 28.02.24

Experience a unique wine dinner with the Swedish winemaker Murre from Vingården in Klagshamn. Join us for an evening where we celebrate and indulge in Swedish flavors, both in the glass and on the plate. On February 28th at 6:30 PM, a set menu paired with exciting wines will be served. The price for the wine dinner is 900 SEK. Reserve a table for a relaxed but enriching evening where, under Murre’s guidance, you will discover and delve into Swedish wines.


Söder Terrace Reopens 16.02.24

The wait is finally over—SÖDER Terrace is reopening on the 16th of February. Soon, the warm, long summer evenings will return, but until then, the newly renovated bar stands ready, heated, and eager to provide an insane overload of Stockholm views.


New Art in the Minibar 01.02.24

We hung up some new art in the minibar on the 1st of febuary by Jesper Bror Palmqvist.

“In the exhibition, I present three paintings executed on the backsides of school maps. The works are personal monuments for an in-between state, an exploration of the map’s reverse side, as well as a collection of references and symbols that together symbolize a mental state.

During my upbringing, Dalarna painting was constantly present in my surroundings. With a mother from India, an interest in Indian culture emerged, and later in adulthood, I came into contact with Indian miniature painting. That’s when I realized how similar these painting traditions are. I decided to blend the painting styles.

My goal with mixing these painting traditions is to highlight the similarities and to point out how cultures influence each other worldwide. The school map concept testifies to a worldview conditioned by boundaries and categorizations. I want to explore a transcultural painting that opposes the binary system and that tells the stories that do not fit into our worldview. A society, an individual, or a place can carry multiple identities that interact together.”

Many thanks to Jesper for your art now adorning the minibar going forward!

Read more about Jesper and see more of his art here.


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