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 heaven 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.
In their website, one can learn about the ongoing exhibitions or about conferences or events they may be planning. When I visited there was an exhibit of Ingmar Bergman and his movies which was really nice. It ended in December. Now a showcase of posters related to that are still on show at their cafe. In the spring, they plan to show art and hold conferences related to the use of public space by the citizens.