StockholmStockholm is a city of contrasts. Trends in music, design, fashion, and technology are born here. And innovations that spread worldwide are also invented here. Trendy bars and world-class restaurants are shoulder-to-shoulder with historical cafes and cosy neighbourhood pubs. Stockholm is simultaneously urban and close to nature, and water is an ever-present feature in this city where lake and sea meet. The atmosphere is open, tolerant and welcoming, and diversity and innovation are highly encouraged. Stockholm is a city for everyone.
The CityStockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The buildings, cutting-edge design, hip style, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. Ekoparken, the first National City Park in the world, is a green space that breathes for the city, and a constant presence in the crush of the city. With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. Most of the city’s attractions can be reached on foot, and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short time. Experience big-city life, the history of civilization and natural scenery, all in the course of the same day.
District GuidesStockholm is divided into many distinctive neighbourhoods and quarters each with their own unique character. Here you can learn more about some of the most popular ones.
Do & See
Big and small. Well-known and unique. Classics like the Vasa Museum and modern newcomers like ABBA The Museum and Fotografiska. In Stockholm, there are more than a hundred attractions to choose from.
Stockholm has experienced a culinary boom in the last couple of years. Now everything, it seems, revolves around food. New venues are opening one after another. So, here are some of our best tips:
Going for a "fika" is a very Swedish thing. Though difficult to translate, it basically means meeting up for a coffee and a piece of cake or a pastry. Sweden enjoys a highly developed culture when it comes to baked goods, and everywhere in Stockholm, you will find cafés and cake shops brimming with atmosphere, character and quality, whether traditional or contemporary-creative.
Bars & Nightlife
How about clubbing in an opera house, mingling under the stars on a terrace, or lounging on a boat deck sipping drinks? Stockholm has trendy nightlife, from cool, sophisticated Stureplan to the bohemian clubs and bars of Södermalm and Gamla Stan. In the summertime, the city’s nightlife moves outdoors and revellers take in long, light nights when the sun never sets. Below are Stockholm’s party neighbourhoods: Stureplan In Stockholm, Stureplan is the symbol of luxury and indulgence. This is where the young, rich, famous, and trendy hang out. Lines are long for the most popular clubs, and many have selective entry. Arrive early. Södermalm Rock, reggae, rockabilly, bohemian, electronic, gay, or lesbian. Södermalm blends all styles. This is a more relaxed, less expensive alternative to the luxury of Stureplan. Nightlife spots are primarily in Slussen, Mariatorget, Nytorget, and Medborgarplatsen. Gamla Stan Nightlife in Gamla Stan is characterised by small, intimate pubs with traditional interiors. Here you will find several bars with an older scene and offering live music; bars with a younger crowd have popped up in recent years. LGBTQ Stockholm has no specifically gay neighbourhood. Here you can show your love openly. Locales flying rainbow flags are sprinkled throughout the city, but most gay bars, clubs, and restaurants are in Gamla Stan and Södermalm.
It is hard to name the best place to experience Swedish design, not because of any shortage, but because design permeates everything—from the streets to shops and restaurants. Stockholm has four shopping neighbourhoods, each with its own special character. City/Norrmalm City is a hub for malls and department stores. Major clothing chains are also found here. Fashion is geared toward a younger crowd and tends to be affordable. By all means, don’t miss any of the newer malls and department stores, PUB, Illums Bolighus and MOOD, or the exclusive NK. Östermalm Östermalm is Stockholm’s exclusive neighbourhood. Most international brands and speciality shops focusing on design, fashion and jewellery are around Stureplan and Birger Jarlsgatan. Find Sweden’s leading fashion brands around Biblioteksgatan and the area known as Bibliotekstan. Auction houses and exclusive antique shops are located along Arsenalsgatan and Nybrogatan. The area bordered by Sibyllegatan, Östermalmstorg, Karlavägen, Stureplan and Strandvägen has some of the city’s best interior design shops. Gamla Stan Gamla Stan is so much more than Västerlånggatan, the touristy souvenir street. Visit Gamla Stan in your hunt for authentic handicrafts, art and curiosities. Many small speciality shops and true gems can be found here, especially along Köpmangatan and Österlånggatan. Stroll along Lilla and Stora Nygatan, or lose the map and wander freely. Gamla Stan is not big. Södermalm The southern island, Södermalm, is like a city within a city with its characteristic relaxed, bohemian vibe. Here you will find many speciality shops, particularly ones featuring design and vintage fashion. Central areas of Södermalm include Götgatan, Skånegatan and the area known as SoFo, which stands for South of Folkungagatan. A cluster of handicraft shops can be found around Slussen and along Hornsgatan, while Hornstull and Mariatorget are popular up-and-coming neighbourhoods.