The Swedish Institute of Paris is a little piece of the Nordic country in the heart of the city. I recommend this place to spend an hour off the beaten track of the Marais district. Whereas everywhere you find tourists, crepes and gaufres with nutella and the classic tourist catchers, this building is a peaceful haven with a different touch. Bought by Sweden in the ’60s, it was completely refurbished and transformed into a cultural center with a small museum, auditorium, library and a cafe. The place hosts temporary exhibitions of high quality and also a permanent exhibition of the Institut Tessin foundation.
Overall, I feel a calm and modern environment when inside, yet still in one of the classic and prestigious areas of Paris. On top of this, there is a cafe area where one can have Swedish sandwiches and soups, as well as coffee or sweets with the original recipes. The environment there is modern, design-oriented, and it feels like an oasis in the middle of the busy center of Paris.
The programme of exhibitions has been cancelled until the end of August, but the coffee place is open in the courtyard every day from noon till 18h00.