Stockholm/Östermalm

60 things to do

All Places Sweden



Scandic Anglais Hotel

Trendy boutique hotel encased in a glass exterior. In good location, combining the peace of the park with the entertainment of the city centre. Rooms are small but functional, and the hotel contains one of the most hip bars in Stockholm, always popular and only steps away from your room. The breakfast buffet lasts until 14:00. Guests are able to rent bikes from reception. The hotel has a rooftop bar with a great view, open during summer.


Museum of Science and Technology

This large museum tells the tale of Sweden's rich tradition of engineering, with objects from past centuries, as well as one of the server racks from a 2008 police raid against The Pirate Bay. It is also suitable for small children, with the possibility to carry out your own experiments in the Teknorama section. Admission 160 SEK Children 7-18, students 19+ 95 SEK. Rebates for families and when using the Stockholm card.

SEE   —  +46 8 450 56 00 —  Museivägen 7


Sturebadet

The costliest, and possibly the most beautiful, spa in central Stockholm. For those who can afford it, this place offers luxury in a listed 1880s building (faithfully reconstructed after a fire in 1985). Entrance costs 495 SEK (Fri-Sun 595). It includes rented towel, robe and slippers, and entrance to pool, spa-section, gym and saunas. Most spa treatments 540 SEK and upwards.


Swedish History Museum

If you're interested in older Scandinavian history, from the Stone Age to the Vikings, you will want to visit the Swedish History Museum. In the Gold Room, you'll find gold treasures from the Bronze Age to the 16th century. (If you're really interested in all things Viking, you might also want to consider a boat trip to the Viking town of Birka, in Ekerö.)

SEE   —  Narvavägen 13-17


Örtagården

Located on the top floor of the Östermalmshallen food market, Örtagården serves a sumptuous vegetarian buffet with hot and cold vegetarian dishes at a decent price. There is also a "back pocket" serving meat dishes. Vegetarian weekday buffet lunch 85 SEK, vegetarian weekday dinner and weekend buffet 135 SEK.


Sturehof

Located close to Riche, with the same owners and much the same well-to-do clientele, Sturehof's location right on Stureplan draws a slightly more mixed and relaxed crowd than many of its neighbours. The restaurant has good quality food, albeit on the expensive side. The music bar O-baren is well known for its DJ sets.

DRINK   —  Stureplan 2
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Kaknästornet

The 155-metre TV tower, east of central Stockholm, offers a different kind of panorama from its viewing gallery. There is a restaurant at the top as well - when booking a table in advance for a specific meal (lunch, brunch or dinner, offered as set menus) one does not have to pay the entry fee to the tower.


Museum of Ethnography

''Etnografiska museet'', with artifacts from all around the world, mostly from indigenous people. Outside the museum stands a totem pole, crafted in the 2000s by the Haisla tribe in British Columbia, in exchange for a 19th century pole previously held in the museum, now repossessed to the Haisla.



Sturegallerian

Opened in 1989, Sturegallerian is an upmarket shopping mall in central Stockholm, with stores carrying several brands, such as '''Björn Borg''', '''Marimekko''' and '''Bang & Olufsen'''. Also the home of the upmarket restaurants ''Sturehof'' and ''Tures'', and the nightclub ''Sturecompagniet''.

BUY   —  Map

Stockholm Stadium

A red brick stadium with just above 14.000 seats, built for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. For decades the home of Djurgårdens IF men's soccer team, but in 2013, the women's team of the same club. Also hosts track and field, the Stockholm Marathon, concerts and other events.


Planet Food

Although the deli market Östermalmshallen is rather upmarket and its restaurants generally on the expensive side, Planet Food is an exception, offering a decent selection of excellent and very fresh wraps for 55 SEK. Salads and juices are also on the menu.


Maritime Museum

Exhibits Sweden's long history as a seafaring nation. Remnants of the ''Amphion'', an 18th century Royal yacht, and a broad collection of scale models. Hosts photo exhibition of sailors' tattoos, from the time before this art became mainstream fashion.


Brunnsviken

A brackish bay, adjacent to the National City Park. There are several fine beaches, particularly on the eastern side (''T Universitetet''). Popular with students as it is less than a kilometre from the university's main campus.

DO   —  Map

Army Museum

Displays Sweden's history as one of Europe's major military powers during the 16th to 18th century, followed by two centuries of peace. The museum makes a great effort of putting warfare into a broader social context.

SEE   —  Riddargatan 13

Swedish Museum of Natural History

The museum's displays animals, plants, fungi, minerals and fossils from all continents, some acquired during the voyages of James Cook. Feature exhibits of evolution, the polar areas, and Scandinavian nature.

SEE   —  Frescativägen 40

Sweden Solar System

A scale model where the Globe Arena (Söderort) represents the Sun. The Earth and Moon are located at Naturhistoriska. The Globe is visible from the museum's dome, with the same apparent size as the Sun.

SEE   —  Map

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall

Founded in 1987 and located in a former warehouse in the old Freeport district, the large exhibition space of Magasin 3 houses major exhibitions by international artists, often presenting new works.

SEE   —  +46 8 545 680 40 —  Frihamnen

Esperanto

Just a notch below F12 on the White Guide ranking, Esperanto offers innovative tasting menus featuring many examples of advanced cooking. Some of the best value for money in the top class niche.


Östermalms Saluhall

A market hall in a beautiful 1880s redbrick building, with all kinds of expensive food. Until 2018, it is under restoration. Retail is relocated to a temporary hall on the Östermalmstorg square.

EAT   —  Östermalmstorg

Collage

A nightclub with a rather young crowd, and an inner courtyard. '''The Living Room''' is a more intimate and funky club on the ground floor; no cover charge during weekends.

DRINK   —  Ingmar Bergmans gata 2

Musik- och teatermuseet

Often overlooked, behind all other attraction. As this museum allows visitors to play all kinds of instruments, it is very suitable for children, even the youngest.

SEE   —  Sibyllegatan 2

National Library of Sweden

The library is a national archive and does not lend books. However, the equally beautiful Stockholm Public Library, ''Stockholms stadsbibliotek'' (Vasastan), does.

SEE   —  Map

DN-galan

The leading track and field event in Sweden, and a part of the IAAF World Athletic Tour, held annually in July in the beautiful Stockholm Olympic Stadium.

DO   —  Map

Kosherian Blecher & Co

Kosherian is Stockholm's only Kosher food store. There are no kosher restaurants in Stockholm, but Kosherian offers catering and can prepare light meals.


Stockholm Open

A tennis event on the ATP Tour, held in the '''Royal Tennis Hall''' in Östermalm in October, attracting many of the world's finest tennis players.

DO   —  Lidingövägen 75

Magic Bar

This restaurant brands itself as Europe's only stage dedicated to the art of illusion. Close-up magic on weekday nights, stage shows on weekends.

DO   —  Karlaplan 6

Stockholms matmarknad

The only market for fresh fish from the Baltic Sea, without the detour across Gothenburg. Also features high-end meat, and other delicacies.

EAT   —  Stureplan

Restaurang Sumlen

In an area where sit-down lunches are expensive, Sumlen, catering to poor PhD students, offer simple but decent meals for 58 SEK.

EAT   —  Humlegården

Riche

Branding itself a "cosmopolitan bar", Riche is one of the most popular places with the media crowd. Two large bars, often with DJs.

DRINK   —  Birger Jarlsgatan 4

Östermalms IP

An open-air sport park, usually open for the public. Ice skating at winter. In July-August, it hosts the Stockholm Pride festival.


Hedengrens bokhandel

A sophisticated bookstore with books in Swedish, English and other languages. They focus more on arty books than best-sellers.


Brasserie Godot

If you fancy long drinks with a cool crowd this is the place for you. Ask for an Old-Fashioned, Godot Crush or a Bloody Mary.

DRINK   —  Grev Turegatan 36

Royal Dramatic Theatre

Sweden's national stage for spoken-word drama. The building is impressive in its own right. Guided tours in English.

SEE   —  Nybroplan

Fältöversten

A shopping mall with mainstream stores and diners, as well as '''Östermalms konfektyr''', with craft chocolate.

BUY   —  Karlaplan

Hotellet

Could be described as a hotel bar without a hotel. Free entrance, dancefloor at weekends, and a mixed crowd.

DRINK   —  Linnégatan 18

McDonald's Nybrogatan

With marble floor, wooden furnishings and wicker chairs, this might be Sweden's poshest McDonald's.

EAT   —  Nybrogatan 18

Scandic Ariadne

At the northern cruiseferry terminal in Värtahamnen. Unusually tall for a Stockholm building.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 517 386 00 —  Södra Kajen 37

Bergius Botanic Gardens

Open-air gardens open to the public, as well as a greenhouse, popular during the cold season.

SEE   —  Map

Berwaldhallen

[ˈbærvaldˈhalən] is the official concert hall for the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.


Gastrologik

While lunches are 135 SEK, dining menus are costly. One ''Guide Michelin'' star.

EAT   —  Artillerigatan 14

STF Gärdet

A hostel just at the grassy field at Gärdet, with a beach-volleyball court.


Ekstedt

A gourmet grill, recognized by ''Zagat'' and ''Guide Michelin''.

EAT   —  Humlegårdsgatan 17

Humlegården

Popular for recreation and sunbathing during the short summer.

SEE   —  Map

Kampementsbadet

An outdoor swimming pool with a gym, open during summers.

DO   —  Sandhamnsgatan 64

Svenskt Tenn

A well known store for high-quality Swedish design.


National Sports Museum

A small free-entrance museum in the same building.

SEE   —  Map

Designgalleriet

A gallery that displays fashion, arts and crafts.

SEE   —  Odengatan 21

Villa Källhagen

Just outside the built-up area in Östermalm.


Elite Eden Park Hotel

Sauna, gym and two restaurants in-house.

SLEEP   —  +46 771 788 789 —  Sturegatan 22

The Royal Mews

Guided tours and group visits only.

SEE   —  Väpnargatan 1

J Lindeberg

Straightforward, casual men's wear.

BUY   —  Grev Turegatan 9

Nymble

A student union with regular pubs.


Stora skuggan

A 4-H farm with a restaurant.


Grand Escalier

A French-style diner and bar.

EAT   —  Sturegallerian

Police Museum

Also in the same building.

SEE   —  Map

Teatergrillen

A classical luxury diner.

EAT   —  Nybrogatan 3

Lars Bohman Gallery

A small art gallery.

SEE   —  Karlavägen 9

Mornington

In a calm area.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 507 330 00 —  Nybrogatan 53

About Stockholm/Östermalm

I live on Sturegatan, so there is some importance in the things I say! – <small>A telephone complaint to Swedish Television. Made in 1966, it later turned to a catchphrase to illustrate the self-image of Östermalm. Ironically, the TV studio is a short walk from Sturegatan.</small>
Östermalm is rich with history. Since Medieval times, the lands were known as Ladugårdslandet ("the barn land"), and consisted of royal farms. With the rise of the Swedish Empire during the 17th century, the area was militarised, with army quarters, and a drill field, Gärdet [ˈjæˈɖet], clear and open until today. In the late 19th century, the bourgeois had palatial residence blocks built along the waterfront, and the name Östermalm came into use. During the 1930s, a part of the drill field gave way to a row of plain, square modernist apartment houses, which came to inspire similar projects around the world.

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University, and several smaller seats of learning (Royal College of Music, University of Dance and Circus, Defense Academy etc), are located in Norra Djurgården.

The harbour area, consisting of Värtahamnen, Frihamnen and Loudden was built up from the late 19th century. Today the freighters are fewer, and the harbour mostly receives Baltic Sea ferries as well as international cruiseferries. The centre of the Swedish television and motion picture industry, much of it located in decommissioned warehouses in the harbour, contributes to the timeless glamour of Östermalm.