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Norrmalm [nɔrˈmalm], also known as City, is the central borough of Stockholm, bordering to Östermalm to the east at Birger Jarlsgatan, the Old Town to the south, Kungsholmen to the south-west, and Vasastan north-west of Tegnérgatan. The small Skeppsholmen island can be reached across a bridge.

Except Stockholm Central Station, Scandinavia's busiest station for railway, metro and buses, the central business district and several government functions, Norrmalm contains several of Stockholm's best known museums, performance stages and restaurants.

Norrmalm shows its stark, modern face when you look up the Sveavagen from Sergels Torg

Understand[edit]

For most of its history, Norrmalm was a suburb of Stockholm proper; Gamla Stan. Norrmalm was originally divided by a ridge, Brunkebergsåsen, which remains in form of the elevated streets Malmskillnadsgatan [ˈmalmˌʃɪlnadzˈgɑːtan] and Regeringsgatan. The Central Station opened in 1871, and industries and working-class homes grew along the railway. Southern Norrmalm became a central business district, known as City, through two major redevelopments: first in the 1880s, and again in the 1960s. Since the 1990s, a new wave of renovation is under way, to add residential blocks, decrease crime, and increase appeal to pedestrians.

Skeppsholmen was a base for the Swedish Navy until the mid-20th century, most buildings are still owned by the government, transformed into museums or other venues. Very few people live on the island today.

A political centre, Norrmalm has been the stage of many historical events. Three major assassinations (King Gustavus III in 1792, Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986, and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003) have happened here, as well as a hostage crisis at Norrmalmstorg in 1973, which coined the term Stockholm Syndrome. The name City is said to be derived from City of London, as Swedish people interpreted the English word city as central district.

Please note that due to the map size, Skeppsholmen is not shown in the default view - please scroll southeast to see it

Get in[edit]

Central Station

Stockholm Central Station is located here, adjacent to Cityterminalen [ˈsitʏˌtærmɪˈnɑːlən] (the bus terminal) and T-Centralen [ˈteːsentrˈɑːlən] (the subway terminal).

Stockholm Central Station[edit]

80 per cent of all passenger rail rides in Sweden pass Stockholm Central Station. The last redevelopment was finished during 2013, and most facilities are state-of-the-art.

Tracks (spår) #1-9 are terminal tracks for trains heading north. These can be reached at street level. Track #10, mostly used by trains to Gothenburg, runs just outside the main hall. Tracks #11-19 are connected to the Central Station through an underground passage, which is very busy during rush hour, as well as an overhead passage to Klarabergsviadukten.

  • There are more than 60 stores and fast food places at the station itself, most of them around the main hall.
  • The upper floor has a cosy waiting room named Oasen, with a wall of plants, sounds of nature, free power plugs, and a great view of Gamla stan.
  • The station has a taxi stand stand with a surcharge of 21 SEK. Only reliable taxi companies are allowed to dock, because of the enormous variation of cab fares. You can hire any cab at the stand, or hail one in the street; be sure to look up the yellow price tag in the window!
  • Free Wifi network, named All Station Guests.
  • Lost and Found: [1]
  • Tourist Information in the main hall.
  • Luggage boxes can be paid with a credit card or cash. They cost 60 to 70 SEK per 24-hour period.
  • The toilets cost 10 SEK. If you want to save money, try to ask for the toilets at one of the several hotels nearby.

Get around[edit]

The area is well served by public transport, and everything is within walking distance. Some streets (Malmskillnadsgatan and Regeringsgatan) are elevated, but there are staircases at most intersections. Car parking lots are available but costly, in most cases above 50 SEK an hour during daytime.

Kungsträdgården at springtime.

See[edit]

Redeveloped several times, Norrmalm has very diverse architecture: The eastern waterfront is full of palatial buildings from around 1900. The '60s buildings, around Sergels Torg have a flat, modernist appearance with naked concrete, while recent developments paint much of the district in plain white or black surfaces.

Klara kyrkan seen in the aerial picture of Norrmalm, with Sergels Torg in the background
  •    Sergels torg ([ˌsærgəlsˈtɔrj], nicknamed Plattan ("the slab" or "the tile")). Stockholm's busiest city square. The black-and-wine Harlequin concrete floor was laid in the 1960s, and while the design remains controversial, and the place used to have bad reputation for drug-dealing and violence, it attracts thousands of people daily for meet-ups, political demonstrations, flash mobs and retailing.
  •    Klara Church (Klara kyrka), Klarabergsgatan 37 +46 8 723 30 31. Open M-Su 10:00-17:00.. Close to the Sergels Torg square, and one of the few buildings in the district to survive the 1960s redevelopment, this large redbrick church was built in the 16th century, following the demolition of a 13th-century nunnery. The 116-metre steeple is the second tallest in Scandinavia and one of the ten tallest buildings in Sweden, making it a significant landmark. The artwork inside includes an 18th-century altarpiece. In the cemetery, a stone commemorates the 18th-century songwriter Carl Michael Bellman. As of 2013, a building between the church and Vasagatan has been torn down, temporarily making the church visible from the Central Station, until obscured by a newly built hotel.
  •    Adolf Fredrik's church (Adolf Fredriks kyrka), Holländargatan 16 (T Hötorget or T Rådmansgatan),  +46 8 20 70 76. Open to the public M 13:00-19:00, Tu-Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 10:30-16:00.. Adolf Fredrik's church, named by King Adolf Fredrik, was built in 1768-1774. The exterior is quite intact, while the interior was radically changed in the 1890s. In the church, there is a monument to the philosopher René Descartes, who spent his last years in Stockholm tutoring Queen Christina, until dying of pneumonia. The church is known for the grave of late Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated in 1986 at the intersection of Sveavägen and Tunnelgatan (the crime scene has a commemoration plaque), since then known as Olof Palmes gata. The grave can be found just to the south of the church building.
  •    National Museum (Nationalmuseum), Södra Blasieholmshamnen (T Kungsträdgården). Closed down until 2017. This beautiful building is closed down for repairs, expected to open in 2017. The museum has a temporary exhibition at Fredsgatan 12.
Sergels Torg with Kulturhuset on the right
  •    The House of Culture (Kulturhuset), Sergels torg (T-Centralen). Main galleries open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa-Su 11:00-17:00. Kulturhuset, a 1970s concrete building in the middle of the modernist city centre, is operated by the city, and a venue for art exhibitions and performances. The building also houses the Stockholm City Theatre, a library (with a comic book department) and a teen activity centre. On ground level there is an Internet café.
  •    Mediterranean Museum (Medelhavsmuseet), Fredsgatan 2. Tu-F 12:00-20:00 Sa-Su 12:00-17:00. Closed Monday.. Contains ancient artefacts of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, with a distinguished collection from Cyprus. The Egyptian exhibition is closed until spring 2014. 60 SEK, under 18 free..
  •    Dansmuseet (the Dance Museum), Drottninggatan 17. Open daily 11:00-17:00. Displays objects related to concert dancing. 60 SEK, under 18 free..
  •    StrindbergsmuseetDrottninggatan 85. Tu-Su 12:00-16:00. Dedicated to fin de siècle writer August Strindberg. Closed Monday. 60 SEK..
  •    miniWorld StockholmWallingatan 12. Tu-F 11:00-17:00. Sa 11:00-16:00. Su 12:00-16:00. Closed Monday.. A gallery with dioramas of contemporary international toys, such as Barbie, Disney, Star Wars, Playmobil and McDonald's. Adults/kids 85/55 SEK..
The seat of the Konstakademien in Sparreska Palatset
  •    Great SynagogueWahrendorffsgatan 3B. Inaugurated in 1870. Nearby is the Raoul Wallenberg Monument dedicated to the Swedish diplomat who saved some 10.000 Jews in Budapest during World War II.
  • Galleri Magnus Karlsson. A small, local gallery showcasing local artworks. It can be found at Fredsgatan 12, a short walk from both T-Centralen or T Gamla Stan. Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-16:00.
  • The Kungsträdgården [ˈkɵŋsˌtrɛˈgoːɖən] subway station contains much art, including details from the former palace Makalös.
  •    Hallwyll Museum (Hallwyllska Museet). A museum of antiquities, many of them owned by Swedish royals and nobles.
Skeppsholmen quay with the Moderna Museet

Skeppsholmen[edit]

  •    Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet), Slupskjulsvägen 7-9. Open Tu 10:00-20:00, W-Su 10:00-18:00..
    • Architecture Museum, Arkitekturmuseum, right next to the Museum of Modern Art. Tu 10:00-20:00 W-Su 10:00-18:00. Closed Monday. 120/100 SEK reduced, under 18 free.
  •    East Asian Museum (Östasiatiska Museet). displays ancient, classical and contemporary East Asian culture. Tu 11:00-20:00. W-Su 11:00-17:00. Closed Monday. 100 SEK, under 18 free.
  • The quay. Several heritage ships, with information plaques.
The courtyard at Centralbadet has a small public park.

Do[edit]

  •    CentralbadetDrottninggatan 88 (entrance from the courtyard T Hötorget),  +46 8 545 213 15. Open Mon-Fri 06:00-20:00, Sat 08:00-20:00, Sun 08:00-17:00. A classical bath-house in one of Stockholm's most beautiful art nouveau buildings, this is a place where you can go for a swim, have a beer in the sauna bar or enjoy a full spa treatment. Rather expensive and sometimes crowded on weekends. Adults 130 SEK (Friday after 15:00 and all day Saturday 180 SEK), includes entrance to pool, jacuzzi, gym and saunas. University students and seniors 70 SEK Sun-Fri until 15:00. Most spa treatments 350-700 SEK.
The Royal Swedish Opera
  •    The Royal Swedish Opera (Operan) (T-Centralen). This institution was founded in 1773, in an 1898 building, stages classical operas in original language or Swedish, as well as classical ballets and concerts. They offer daily guided tours in English. Strömterrassen is a café with an astounding view of the Royal Palace. Within the same building is Operakällaren and Café Opera (see below).
  •    Skandia cinemaDrottninggatan 82 (T Hötorget). This 1850s building houses a 1920s cinema designed by the Stockholm Public Library architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. A beautiful and intimate setting.
  •    Stockholm Concert Hall (Stockholms konserthus) (T Hötorget). The home stage of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the place of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony.
  •    Casino CosmopolKungsgatan 65 (T-Centralen),  +46 8 781 88 00. Open daily 13:00-05:00.. Minimum 20 years of age, photo ID required. Dress code recommended. If you find yourself longing for an international casino, the Swedish state has heard your needs. In 2003 Stockholm’s first and only casino was opened, drawing a rather diverse crowd. There is a restaurant in the casino as well. Entrance 30 SEK..
  •    OscarsteaternKungsgatan 63. An art nouveau playhouse opened in 1906, which usually stages Swedish and international musicals.
  •    Dansens husNorra Bantorget. A stage for classical and modern ballet.
  •    Hamburger BörsJakobsgatan 6. A 200-year old stage restaurant which has hosted world-renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Rod Stewart.
  •    Eric Ericsonhallen (Skeppsholmen). Formerly a naval church, this is today a concert hall, mainly used by the many choirs in Stockholm.
Christmas lighting at Kungsgatan.

Buy[edit]

Norrmalm is Stockholm's main shopping district. Norrmalmstorg, Biblioteksgatan and the southern end of Birger Jarlsgatan, together with crossing streets and the Sturegallerian shopping centre on Stureplan, form the most upscale shopping area in the city, with brands like Emporio Armani (Biblioteksgatan 3, +46 8 678 79 80), Gucci (Birger Jarlsgatan 1, +46 8 545 005 44), Hugo Boss (Birger Jarlsgatan 28, +46 8 611 42 40, Karen Millen (Biblioteksgatan 7, +46 8 611 57 06) and Louis Vuitton (Birger Jarlsgatan 17 A, +46 8 611 92 00).

Drottninggatan is a pedestrianised street starting at the Riksbron bridge to Gamla Stan and continuing north up to the Observatorielunden park. The section south of the Sergels torg square is a typical tourist trap, dominated by stores selling tourist souvenirs and cheap clothes, and bland and bleak restaurants. Between Sergels Torg and Kungsgatan you will find the Åhléns and PUB department stores, as well as flagship stores for some national and international clothing chains. North of Kungsgatan, there are more cafés, restaurants and smaller stores.

Department stores and shopping centres[edit]

Facade of the Åhléns City with the giant clock
  •    Åhléns CityKlarabergsgatan 50 (T-Centralen),  +46 8 676 60 00. Open M-F 10:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-19:00, Su 11:00-18:00. A large department store in a central location, with a good selection of designer clothing brands. Also beauty products, kitchenware, interior design, records and DVDs, as well as everything else you would expect from a major department store.
The PUB seen from Hötorget
  •    PUBHötorget (T Hötorget),  +46 8 789 19 30. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.. A classical department store founded in 1882. Greta Garbo used to work here, and Lenin bought his suit here en route to the Russian revolution. Following something of an identity crisis in recent years, PUB is currently undergoing a major redesign, with the intention of rebranding itself as a store for young fashion and popular culture. A few new street wear shops on the ground floor is a sign of this.
NK, Nordiska Kompaniet
  •    NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), Hamngatan 18-20 (T-Centralen),  + 46 8 762 80 00.. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 12:00-16:00. A large, upmarket department store opened in 1915. Well known for its elaborate Christmas display window decorations.
  •    GallerianMain entrance: Hamngatan 37 ((T T-Centralen or T Kungsträdgården)). Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-17:00.. Stockholm's oldest shopping mall, where you can find many of Sweden’s major mainstream fashion chains as well as some foreign brands such as Topshop/Topman, French Connection, Esprit and United Colors of Benetton.
  •    MOOD Stockholm. A high-end shopping mall opened in 2012, with prestige brands, contemporary art, a spa, and tree houses (!), as well as, on the practical side, free toilets that they unashamedly advertise - and rightly so, as the ones in competing establishments aren't.

Fashion[edit]

  • AcneNorrmalmstorg 2 (T Kungsträdgården or T Östermalmstorg),  +46 8 611 64 11. Denim and some inventive young fashion.
  • Filippa K. Biblioteksgatan 2 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 88 03, Grev Turegatan 18 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 545 888 88 and Götgatan 36 (Man) +46 8 615 70 80/Götgatan 23 (Women), +46 8 556 985 85 (T Slussen). Everyday fashion with a broad appeal.
  •    IndiskaDrottninggatan 53, Slöjdgatan 11 (T Hötorget or T Centralen). South Asian style: interior design and clothes. and Another store at Västerlånggatan 50 (T Gamla Stan), Gamla stan.
  •    MonkiSergelgatan 16-18 (T Centralen or T Hötorget). Cheap fashionable clothes for girls. More stores on Götgatan 19 (T Slussen or T Medborgarplatsen) and Götgatan 78 (Skrapan) (T Skanstull or T Medborgarplatsen) on Södermalm.
  • WeekdayDrottninggatan 65 (T Hötorget) +46 8 411 29 70. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Olofsgatan 1 (T Hötorget), +46 8 411 51 50. Open M-F 11:00-19:00, Sa 11:00-17:00, Su 12:00-16:00. Götgatan 21 (T Slussen), +46 8 642 17 72, . Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 11:00-18:00, Su 12:00-17:00. Three stores (the Drottninggatan one being the largest) with a focus on young fashion and street wear. Large assortment of the popular Swedish jeans Cheap Monday, which, surprisingly, is rather cheap.
  •    Weekday DrottninggatanDrottninggatan 65 (T Hötorget),  +46 8 411 29 70. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
  •    Weekday GötgatanGötgatan 21 (T Hötorget) +46 8 642 17 72. Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 11:00-18:00, Su 12:00-17:00.
  •    WhyredMäster Samuelsgatan 5 (T Östermalmstorg) +46 8 660 01 70. Laid-back minimalistic designs in low-key colors, often with some interesting details.

Bookstores[edit]

  •    AkademibokhandelnMäster Samuelsgatan 28 (T T-Centralen). Stockholm's largest bookstore, with a large selection of books in English as well as many international magazines.
  •    Bok-SkottenRegeringsgatan 55 (T-Centralen). Discount bookstore with a general selection, across the street from the Akademibokhandeln listed above.

Furnishing[edit]

  •    VillageKungsgatan 27 (T Hötorget or T Östermalmstorg). Furnishing.
  •    BukowskisArsenalsgatan 4. A well-renowned auction house for high-end art and antiquities, many of them on public display during daytime.
  •    LagerhausDrottninggatan 31-37 ('T-Centralen). Interior design in cool retro style.
The Drottninggatan

Other[edit]

  •    ButtericksDrottninggatan 57. A century-old store for party supplies, costume rental, and practical joke devices.
Blasieholmen, the southeastern tip of Norrmalm

Eat[edit]

Restaurants in Norrmalm are usually crowded by office workers during lunch break (from noon to 13:00). Classical dining can be rather costly, even during daytime.

Cafés[edit]

  •    Cafe 60Sveavägen 60. This small café is very popular among students in the northern part of the city. Open until midnight (02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays), with free WiFi, a comfortable chairs and with a nice assortment of tea, cakes and sandwiches.
  • Cafe Panorama. Kulturhuset's 5th floor (T T-Centralen). A large café with large windows and a nice open terrace overlooking the lively Sergels torg.
Vetekatten is actually a pun to be read as "wheat cat" (a wheat bun) or "the cat might know" (nobody knows).

Budget[edit]

  •    HötorgshallenHötorget. Open M-Th 10:00-18:00, F 10:00-18:30 (10:00-18:00 1 Jun-31 Jul), Sa 10:00-16:00 (10:00-15:00 1 Jun-31 Jul. Deli market in the basement of the cinema Filmstaden Sergel. Here you can get everything from sushi via meze to Swedish meatballs. Most places offer good value for money.
  •    KungshallenKungsgatan 44 (T Hötorget). Food court in the basement with a wide variety of ethnic foods, across the street from Hötorget. Mostly good value. Prices around 60-120 SEK (dinner).
  • MaxCentral Station (T T-Centralen) and Norrmalmstorg (T Östermalmstorg or T Kungsträdgården). Hamburgers Swedish style. Free Wi-Fi, toilets and coffee.
  • Gooh!, Klarabergsviadukten 49 (T T-Centralen), Norrlandsgatan 15 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 21 08 50 [2]. All open at least M-F 09:00-18:00. Although the name may be strange the food is not. The Gooh! concept is quality microwave-ready dishes that you can heat and eat on the premises or take away. Mains 39-69 SEK.
  •    Fattoush / Roppongi / PaniniHamngatan 31 (T T-Centralen or T Kungsträdgården.). A small three-restaurant food court in a central location between the Gallerian shopping center and the NK department store. Fattoush has tasty Lebanese fast food, Roppongi has decent sushi, and Panini offers a selection of sandwiches and salads.

Mid-range[edit]

  •    PrinsenMäster Samuelsgatan 4 (T Östermalmstorg),  +46 8 611 13 31. Open M-F 11:30-23:30, Sa 13:00-23:30, Su 17-22:30.. Traditional Swedish dishes on the more exclusive side, as well as some French bistro classics, all in a very nice setting. Mains 169-299 SEK.
The Opera House contains the well-renowned restaurant Operakällaren, with lower-cost departments Operabaren and Bakfickan as well as the classical nightclub Café Opera, and the Strömterrassen café. The Royal Palace is visible in the background.
  • Operabaren and Bakfickan, Operahuset, Kungsträdgården (T Kungsträdgården) [3] [4]. Two restaurants in the Royal Opera house, sharing the same menu. Much more laidback, and considerably less expensive than the formal fine dining restaurant Operakällaren and the celebrity-obsessed nightclub Café Opera in the same building. Operabaren and Bakfickan specialise in traditional Swedish cuisine. The rustique "back pocket" Bakfickan is slightly cheaper, but does not allow reservations. Mains: Bakfickan 130-260 SEK, Operabaren 150-300 SEK.
  •    SeikoenTegelbacken 2 (T-Centralen). Classy sushi restaurant with a great view over the water and the old town. There are many cheaper sushi places in Stockholm, but it's worth the price to eat here instead. Mains 140-245 SEK..

Splurge[edit]

  •    Café Opera and OperakällarenOperahuset, Kungsträdgården (T Kungsträdgården) +46(0)8-676 58 00. In the building of the Royal Opera, Café Opera has for long been the place if you want to be seen with celebrities. Offers good food and drinks. Dress code applies, entrance fee 220 SEK. In the same building you'll find a beautiful dining room of the formal and extremely expensive Operakällaren. If you want a less costly option, consider the other two restaurants at the Opera: Operabaren and Backfickan (see Mid-range above). Mains: Café Opera 195-325 SEK, Operakällaren 210-450 SEK.
  •    F12Fredsgatan 12 (T T-Centralen),  +46 8 24 80 52. Open M-F 11:30-02:00, 17-22:30, Sa 17:00-22:30.. The stylish F12 (short for the centrally located address) is regarded as one of the best fine dining experiences in Stockholm by most critics, including White Guide, the most ambitious Swedish restaurant guide. Mains 270-520 SEK, 7-course tasting menus 1095 SEK.
Kungsgatan at night

Drink[edit]

Most hotels in the area have a hotel bar.

Central Station and Vasagatan[edit]

  • Bishop's Arms. There is one English-style pub in the Bishop's arms chain close to the Central station on Vasagatan 7 (T T-Centralen).
  •    IceBarVasaplan 4 (in the Nordic Sea Hotel, T T-Centralen),  +46(0)8-50563520, e-mail: . The bar is made of ice. Entrance: 140 SEK, including warm clothes and one drink. Additional drinks 85 SEK. Note that you have to wait a long time before you can get in, because there are only 30 people allowed at a time.
  •    Jazzclub FaschingKungsgatan 63 (T T-Centralen). Stockholm's premier jazz club. Every Saturday, they are the hosts to the long-running club Soul with old soul records that will put most people in a real partying mood (even if they didn't know that they liked old soul music).
  •    Radisson Skybar (Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel), Vasagatan 1 (T T-Centralen). Open M-Sa 17:00-01:30. Not the most elevated sky bar in the world, in any sense of the word, but if you want a panoramic view to go with your drink this is the only option in the Norrmalm area (although Gondolen's Bar on Södermalm probably has better drinks).
  • KristallKungsgatan 56 (T T-Centralen). A three-floor nightclub opened in early 2013. Usually free entrance.
  • Internationella Pressklubben / Duvel Café. Boasts a broad assortment of Belgian beer. Offers beer tasting events.
  • Le Bon Palais. A three-floor nightclub with 80's and 90's music and karaoke.

Eastern Norrmalm[edit]

Berns is one of Stockholm's main entertainment venues.

The eastern district is dominated by high-cost establishments. The nightlife hub Stureplan is divided between Norrmalm and Östermalm. Dress code, vårdad klädsel, usually applies at late night. Getting inside the most fashionable clubs can be difficult: arrive early, don't drink too much, and behave well.

  •    Golden HitsKungsgatan 29. Is not just a three-floor nightclub with a karaoke bar, but also a stage for dinner shows with pop music. Guests of all ages.
  •    The White RoomJakobsbergsgatan 29 (T Hötorget or T Östermalmstorg). One of the trendiest mainstream (house/techno/dance) clubs in Stockholm, and one of the few open until 05:00 (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Expect extremely long queues, and rather expensive drinks.
  •    EastStureplan (T Östermalmstorg). Asian cross-cooking, funky music, and ethnic diversity hardly seen at any other nightclub in central Stockholm. Open until 03:00 every night, but gets crowded, so go there well before midnight. Dress code may apply.
  •    SolidaritetLästmakargatan 3. A dance club open until 05:00, known for house music.
  •    RoseHamngatan 2.. A dance club dominated by well-to-do juniors. Hit music.

Southern Norrmalm[edit]

  •    VictoriaKungsträdgården 6. This diner and nightclub has outdoor seats, and a lively club on Mondays with live music performances, where showbiz and nightlife workers celebrate their day off.
  •    NagloGustaf Adolfs Torg 20.. A small vodka bar with a schlager (Eurovision Song Contest) playlist, regularly visited by gay men and opera fans.
  • The Cadier Bar. S. Blasieholmshamnen 8 (in the Grand Hôtel, T Kungsträdgården). Located inside the Grand Hôtel, this is one of the more upscale places one can find in Stockholm. Recently refurbished it offers a modern yet classic atmosphere and really good drinks at that.
  •    Berns BarBerzelii Park 9 (T Östermalmstorg or T Kungsträdgården). Berns Bar is one of the trendier hangouts in the city centre, with a nice lounge and several dancefloors. You can eat a late dinner here to avoid the high entrance fee. Otherwise, make sure to show up early (before 23:00) in order to get in with minimal hassle. 300 SEK entrance and mixed drinks costing as much as 150 SEK. Can be overcrowded late at night.

Sleep[edit]

As Norrmalm is Stockholm's central business district, most hotels are at 4- or 5-star level, and priced accordingly; 1000 SEK or more for a single room. The bars of these establishments are lively during evenings.

Budget[edit]

The hostels in Norrmalm are few and popular. Advance booking is strongly recommended, especially during summer.

  •    City BackpackersUpplandsgatan 2A (T T-Centralen or T Hötorget). Close to the central station. Clean and friendly, with free wireless internet and computers. Plenty of common areas to meet fellow travellers in, including a great café at reception. Prices range from 230 SEK to 280 SEK for a dorm bed.
  •    STF Vandrarhem af ChapmanFlaggmansvägen 8 (Skeppsholmen) (Bus 65 from T-Centralen, or a short walk from T Kungsträdgården). A full-rigged ship, known as Af Chapman for short, and an adjacent building, just 15 minutes walk from the central station. You can specify whether you want to stay in the ship or on land, and it really is a spectacular place to stay.

Mid-range[edit]

Scandic Grand Central, opened in 2011, has a well-visited hotel bar.
  •    Scandic Norra BantorgetWallingatan 15. A large, mid-range hotel in the northern section of central Stockholm. Approximately 1 km from Central Station, 500 m from Hötorget metro station on the Green Line.
  •    Hotel SkeppsholmenGröna gången 1. At the Skeppsholmen waterfront, combines central location with seclusion.

Splurge[edit]

  •    Grand HôtelSödra Blasieholmshamnen 8 (T Kungsträdgården). A Grand Old Hotel considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Scandinavia, overlooking the Royal Palace. A bastion of elite hospitality, this is where the famous, infamous and traditional nobility stay, in fact room No 702 is the astounding Nobel Room, where the literature prize winners stay overnight. Its old world luxury and sense of style is well maintained in every room, with some in the Royal Gustavian style, others are intriguing traditional/modern mixes. The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of service and comfort. The best rooms overlook the water, although these are highly sought after and invariably are booked out. The facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an upscale bar (the Cadier Bar), and a restaurant which gives an excellent Swedish smörgåsbord, one of the very few establishments in Scandinavia that still does so. Even if you aren't staying here, its an experience to check out the piano bar, a delightful end-of-the-evening place to get a sophisticated drink.
  •    Lydmar HotelSödra Blasieholmshamnen 2. A five-star hotel, and a terrace bar with view of the Palace and the National Museum.
  •    NobisNorrmalmstorg. Branded as "Stockholm's first contemporary luxury hotel", opened in 2009 in a 19th century building. The building used to be a bank office, known for the 1973 hostage robbery which coined the term Stockholm Syndrome. The lounge is 28 meters tall.
  •    Nordic LightVasaplan 7 (T-Centralen). Stepping into the Nordic Light hotel, you're given a lesson in modern Scandinavian design. Displaying a minimalist yet well equipped decor, this hotel is as chic as it gets. Each room features individual, specially designed light exhibits, which guests can adjust to suit their mood, and several have excellent views over the city centre. Light is showcased throughout the hotel in an ever-changing variety of shapes, colours and intensities. The hotel is located in the city centre of Stockholm right next to the best shopping, nightlife and the express-train to Arlanda airport.
  •    Radisson Blu Strand HotelNybrokajen 9. Founded in 1912, previously owned by the Swedish Freemason Order, this waterfront hotel is a prominent example of Swedish architecture.
  •    Sheraton Stockholm HotelTegelbacken 6 (T T-Centralen). The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is a five-star hotel in Stockholm’s central business district, perfect for both business and leisure guests. The hotel offers stunning views of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, and Old Town, as well as the largest average room size in town.
  •    Clarion Hotel SignÖstra Järnvägsgatan 35. Branded as a "design hotel", with bold architecture and timeless furnishings.
  •    Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel. Vasagatan. The Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm boasts an enviable location next to Central Station and the Arlanda Express train. Within a 15-minute walk of Old Town and near popular areas for shopping, its amenities include free internet and health centre.
  •    Radisson Blu WaterfrontNils Ericsons Plan 4. Stockholm's newest Radisson is a part of the spectacular Waterfront complex between the Central Station and the Town Hall across the water. The more expensive rooms offer unparalleled waterfront views over Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen.

Stay safe[edit]

Though rather safe compared to other metropolitan centres, there are a few caveats for central Stockholm:

  • Illegal street gambling, and begging, at Drottninggatan and other busy areas.
  • The welfare institutions at Klara Church attract homeless people, as well as people with addiction problems or mental conditions. These might appear aggressive, but rarely cause trouble.
  • Pickpocketing, especially at the Central Station.
  • The T-Centralen subway entrance to Sergels Torg ("Plattan") is a well-known hangout for drug-dealers at night, however, this should not be an issue unless you are actively seeking trouble.
  • Drunk violence at weekend nights.
  • Soliciting of sexual services occurs at Malmskillnadsgatan, and the other elevated streets at Norrmalm. Hiring a prostitute is illegal in Sweden.

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