The 5 Best Areas in Stockholm for Tourists (First Visit)
Gamla Stan is one of the best-preserved medieval heritages in Europe, with its iconic ochre-coloured buildings and narrow cobble-stone streets dating to the 13th century. It is easy to get around this neighbourhood on the metro (tunnelbana) and has lots of restaurants and bars.
It is home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral and the Royal Palace. If you are interested in the Nobel Prize, be sure to visit the Nobel Museum.
The Södermalm district, meaning ‘South’ was developed in the 18th century. It is densely populated and has a creative artistic vibe, reflected in the many bohemian and vintage shops, art galleries and café.
Accommodation here is a bit more pocket-friendly.
Norrmalm is a busy shopping area, with lots of fashion shops in Drottninggatan and the streets surrounding it. You can enjoy a night at the opera or ballet at the Royal Swedish Opera or a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall, which was built in the neoclassical style.
There are also lots of art exhibitions. Take a walk around Kungsträdgården park and have a break in one of the cafes.
Kungsholmen island has a laid-back vibe, where in the summertime the boats moored along the Norr Mälarstrand waterfront promenade have bars with live music. You can also go to the Rålambshov Park which has a small beach and wooded trails through the park.
Fun for the family. You can also enjoy outdoor theatre performances. The Stockholm City Hall, where the famous annual Nobel Prize ceremony takes place, is also situated in this area.
Östermalm is the priciest district of the city to stay in and it is reflected in the more expensive shopping malls and department stores, restaurants and bars.
It’s a lively area, with great nightclubs and bars, which open till late.