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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Stockholm Neighborhoods

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

This island at Stockholm’s center is where it all began more than 750 years ago. Beautifully preserved, today the neighborhood and its twisty narrow streets and alleyways are part living museum, part tourist magnet.


Also called “City” by locals, Norrmalm is Stockholm’s main business, administrative, and shopping center, its boxy buildings the product of a ‘60s neighborhood revitalization. The central train station is here, as are many top hotels and restaurants.


Lying to the north of Norrmalm, Vasastaden (also called Vasastan) is mainly residential, though a number of hotels, restaurants, and attractions dot the pleasant landscape, especially along the streets of Sveavägen, Odengatan, and St. Eriksgatan.


Upscale Östermalm has some of the city’s priciest real estate. Stureplan square is a haven for both the fine shopping and late night clubbing.


Traditionally a working class area, Södermalm (just Söder to locals) has recently become the city’s trendiest neighborhood, especially in “SoFo” – section south of Folkungatan – where hip shopping, gastronomic, and nightlife opportunities abound.


A gorgeous green isle reachable by bridge from Östermalm, Djurgården is home to both the Vasamuseet and Skansen, two of Stockholm’s most popular museums.


Known mainly for its Stockholm Stadshuset (City Hall), Kungsholmen was long characterless until a recent wave of hip restaurants began setting up camp here (most notable is the one named for the neighborhood itself).

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