129 things to do

All Places Sweden


One of the main features of the Liljeholmen borough is this lake, which allows swimming at summertime and ice-skating in the winter. The 2½ km walk around the lake is magnificent. At the half-grass half-sand beach, the water temperatures are quite high in the summers, when many are bathing in the safe, clear water. If you are visiting in winter, don't miss the hill about half way through the walk which allows sledding, when the snow is thick. At summer, you can also do some fishing with the locals, if you ask the fishing club for permission. There are two ice-cream shops, one at the beach and one at the entrance of the lake. A small café serving hot food is located about a quarter of the way round the lake.

DO   —  Map

Globen Villa

In this quiet neighbourhood of traditional working-class houses a welcoming lady rents 3 units for bed and breakfast. Two of the units are separate buildings, which are well equipped. The breakfast consists of several fresh things like bread, fruits and drinks. The cabins are cosy and great value. The metro is a 5 minute walk and from there 10 minutes to the main attractions. Short, the location is fine. The units have their own kitchenettes, so you can cook yourself. The supermarket is a 10 minute walk. Discounts apply if you stay longer. 1200 SEK for a weekend from Friday evening to Sunday. 3500 SEK for a week and less if you stay longer.

Katarina Church

Katarina kyrka ("Church of Catherine"), named after Princess Catherine, mother of King Charles X of Sweden, can be seen from many parts of central Stockholm from its location on a Södermalm hill. The church was built 1656–1695 and has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires. After the first fire in 1723, the church was given a larger, octagonal tower. Following a new fire in May 1990 which left almost nothing but the external walls, the church was faithfully reconstructed and reopened in 1995. Several notable Swedes are buried in the cemetery. The most well-known is former Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, who was assassinated in 2003.


The "glass house" in Hammarby Sjöstad showcases the innovative technologies and solutions in use in the neighbourhood and is itself a very innovative building, heated and provided with energy by a selection of "green" technologies. Inside, you will find various exhibits and presentations about Hammarby Sjöstad. While most of the explanations and descriptions are in Swedish only, the staff may help you translate this to your language. You may also order a tour for a larger group for SEK 2500.


Spectacular hostel built in an old prison where you actually stay in the old cells (making them limited to the size). The place is clean, and the staff is nice and friendly. The atmosphere is really one of a kind. It is also a hotel and the breakfast buffet holds top-standard and costs 75 SEK. They have a guest kitchen, internet terminals, washing machine/dryer, and there are a lot of green areas and bathing opportunities around. The Hornstull Metro station is about 800 metres away.


A fancy and expensive restaurant run by the famous chef Erik Lallerstedt, in the peculiar 1930s elevator building Katarinahissen. There is an inexpensive branch named Köket in the same premises where you can eat the best of Swedish cuisine for considerably less than in the main dining room, although you'll miss out on the fabulous view of the city. Dress code may apply! Mains in main dining room 185-300 SEK, tasting menu 650 SEK.



Going through a rather anonymous door on a silent back street, down a spiral staircase leading down into a dimly lit cellar, it is hard to believe you're on the right track. But when you step down, you will find yourself in the midst of a fascinating celebration of American 1950’s culture. Retro and vintage clothes, but also a lot of other stuff from the era, as well as a hairdresser and a café. Well worth a visit just for a look around.


Once upon a time, the landmark skyscraper on Götgatan housed the offices of the Swedish Tax Agency. After major renovations, the building reopened in 2008, transformed into the unlikely combination of a small shopping mall, student apartments and, on the 25th and 26th floors, an exclusive-looking sky bar and restaurant offering visitors one of the most spectacular panoramas over the city. Enter from inside the Skrapan shopping center.

DRINK   —  +46 8 660 60 68 —  Götgatan 78

Hotel Rival

Owned by a former member of ABBA, Benny Andersson, who has restored a 1930's Art Deco red velvet cinema into a hip, elegant, and comfortable hotel. Personable staff abound, and patrons enjoy tasteful decor and bright, albeit small rooms with comfortable beds and good linens. Lobby and restaurant are trendy without being overbearing and the hotel faces a very charming city square with garden and fountain.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 545 789 00 —  Mariatorget 3

Hilton Slussen

International business hotel with an excellent view of the Old Town and the City Hall. Sleek and modern hotel, with professional, English speaking staff. Tremendous amount of choice from fresh fruit, to cereals, fresh waffles, pancakes, pastries for breakfast. Be sure to check out the interesting wood work displayed all around the hotel, various wood types are entwined with interesting room features.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 517 353 00 —  Guldgränd 8

Mosebacke Etablissement

In the same building as the Södra Teatern theatre and bar, this is a laid-back restaurant, bar and music venue. In the summer, its large beer garden with a panoramic view is extremely popular with Stockholmers and tourists alike. Indoors, you will find lots of clubs and live music in a wealth of genres, including brunches with live jazz on weekends 10:30-03:00.

Skanstulls vandrarhem

You don't require a STF card at Skanstulls vandrarhem but the prices are still cheap and the standard is higher than the STF hostels. And compared to the STF hostels, this is more flexible. Skanstulls hostel opened in May 2007 and is a clean and central hostel. Very close to popular SoFo. Book in advance since it is almost always fully booked.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 643 02 04 —  Ringvägen 135

Transport Museum & Toy Museum

Tegelviksgatan 22 (''Bus 2 from Slussen''). Maybe not for everyone, but still entertaining, Spårvägsmuseet is a museum of Stockholm's public transportation. Walking through historical buses and metro cars is quite fun but not enough text is in English. The Toy Museum has model railroads and a Mickey Mouse collection, among other things.

SEE   —  Tegelviksgatan 22


Located just south of Södermalm, and claiming to be the world's largest hemispheric building with 110 metres across, the Globe has been one of the most eye-catching features of the Stockholm skyline since its inauguration in 1989. It is frequently used for ice hockey games but also for other sporting events, as well as concerts and galas.

DO   —  Globentorget

Hotel J

Hotel J overlooks the Nacka Strand, a haven in the far east of Nacka that is accessible e.g. using the Sjovagen ferry (line 80). Despite the closeness to the city, this area has resort-like qualities and, thanks to its steep hill rising immediately next to the lakeside, may be said to have a Monte-Carlo-like feel.

Clarion Hotel Stockholm

Ideal location, with lots of restaurants, a walkway along the water, and a laid-back vibe all just outside the hotel's door. Huge hotel with over 500 rooms, but the friendly staff ensure that guests feel welcomed, and there's personalized touches to be had, such as automatic checkout via email and free internet.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 462 10 00 —  Ringvägen 98


A hill further west, close to the Zinkensdamm metro station, is a good option if you prefer cliffs to streets. When exiting the station turn back and head to the north. Walk up a small street to the right and climb the hill. Look for the "Kattenvägen" sign. A great alternative to watch the sun set in summertime.

SEE   —  Map


While Stockholm has a fair number of cheap Chinese restaurants, most serve a rather bland and watered-down version of the most popular "westernized" staple dishes. While the competition is not all that fierce, Ho's stand out as a quality choice, with a wide selection of dishes with more spice and taste.

EAT   —  +46 8 844420 —  Hornsgatan 151


An exhibition hall in Liljeholmen housed in an old paint factory from 1889 (the name translates to "the paint factory"), calling itself "laboratory of the contemporary". It is perhaps one of Sweden's most interesting scenes for contemporary art. Unfortunately, it is closed for most of the summer.

Sjögräs bar

Next door to a decent, if a bit expensive, restaurant by the name 'Sjögräs' (''Seaweed''), specialising in Caribbean fare, this small bar offers a wide selection of rum brands. The standard European beers are still the most popular choices for the young and rather trendy clientele, however.

DRINK   —  Timmermansgatan 24


Sumptuous weekend vegetarian buffet (theme changes weekly) followed by delicious coffees, teas, and desserts (140-190 SEK depending on beverage/dessert choice). The view over Stockholm is amazing, go there at sunset and sit on the back terrace. They sometimes have live entertainment.

Nystekt Strömming

Typical Swedish food, difficult to find elsewhere. ''Fried herring'' in all variants, e.g. with mashed potato. Just a small stand, outside the northern exit of the Slussen metro station. Very good and quite famous! Open 11:00-18:00 in the summer, 11:00-15:00 in winter.


A popular summer club, probably owing much to the fact that half of the club (including one dance floor) is situated outdoors, since Swedes love to spend as much of their brief summers as possible outdoors. Not to be confused by the similarly named club in Södermalm.

DRINK   —  Hammarby Slussväg 2


An old style working-class beer hall with a very authentic feeling, for those traditionalists who think Kvarnen has sold out in recent years. High noise level but quite a friendly crowd. Also offers simple and authentic Swedish food at a reasonable price.

Catholic Cathedral

Built in 1892 for the Church of Sweden. Since 1953, it serves as a cathedral for the Stockholm Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church (including all of Sweden). Most Catholics in Sweden are recent immigrants from countries such as Poland and Chile.

SEE   —  Folkungagatan 46

Cafe Helgalundens Korta Varor

Extraordinarily good coffee and sandwiches. Not to mention the service. They also carry a good selection of Swedish indie music, some truly hard-to-find DVD's and a few freshly printed T-shirts. All of it is sold at very affordable prices.

EAT   —  Grindsgatan 35

Acco Hostel

Free bed linen and towels, free access to computers with Internet connection in the lobby, free WiFi access in all rooms, free access to washing machine and dryer, free tea and coffee, free luggage storage room, 24/7 security observation.


Very nice and fairly big youth hostel and hotel. It is very clean, the staff is helpful and friendly, however the rooms are rather small. Features a fairly big guest kitchen, a nice garden, Internet terminals, and laundry machine/dryer.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 616 81 00 —  Zinkens väg 20


A beer hall with old traditions. Popular with fans of the football club Hammarby IF. In recent years this place has expanded, adding more modern, trendy bars in adjoining rooms. Has a wide selection of beers and food at decent prices.

DRINK   —  +46 8 643 03 80 —  Tjärhovsgatan 4


In Slakthusområdet ("the meatpacking district") is, with inspiration from the New York counterpart, a nightclub for alternative dance music. With very casual furnishing, the livestock blood has barely been washed off the walls.

DRINK   —  Slakthusgatan 6


A 10 km night-time running event held annually in mid-August on the streets of Södermalm. There is plenty of live music and other entertainment along the course, creating a party vibe that draws huge numbers of spectators.

DO   —  Map


Amidst the bars of the Hornstull district, this charming independent theatre, neighbouring the LGBT-friendly café Copacabana, arranges screenings of films of all sorts - from 3D-features to festivals of low-budget shorts.

Creperie fyra knop

Authentic French-speaking crêpes/galettes place. The place is often crowded and the service can be very French, in all senses of the word, but the food is excellent. Booking recommended. Mains 70-92 SEK.

Stockholm Skyview

An elevator at the outside of the arena, to the very top, with a panoramic view of Stockholm. The ride lasts 20 minutes, and costs 130 SEK for adults, and 100 SEK for children and seniors.

DO   —  Map


Copacabana brands itself a queer feminist café and draws a LGBT crowd from all over the city, as well as locals both gay and straight. Friendly atmosphere and afternoon sun on a few outdoor tables.

Södra Teatern Bar

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, this very relaxed and stylish bar offers a marvellous view of Stockholm from its lounge. Be sure to come before 23:00 to get seats offering the best view.

DRINK   —  Mosebacke Torg 1-3


A rather small shopping centre, opened in 2007, with a number of fashion stores and a rather diverse collection of other shops, in part geared towards the students living in the skyscraper on top.


Offers a small selection of Swedish dishes (including the famous köttbullar (meatballs)). The selection changes according to the season. The food is excellent and very good value for the money.

Tele2 Arena

(''T Globen/Skärmarbrink'') A 30,000-seat stadium opened in July, 2013, featuring football (soccer) rivals '''Djurgårdens IF''' and '''Hammarby''', as well as concerts and other sport events.

DO   —  Map


Cheap beer, cider and shots for as little as 24 SEK each. Minimum age of 23 to enter. Hard rock music and poor acoustics. You will blend in well if you wear black leather and tattoos.

DRINK   —  Folkungagatan 49


On the lively Götgatan street, this beautiful 1930s theatre screens a broad variety of Hollywood blockbusters as well as old classic movies ranging from the birth of cinema and onwards.

Chutney Bar & Matsal

offers a choice of vegan dishes for 88 SEK. Self-service salad, water, fruit tea and chutneys are free. Often quite packed but it's normal to share a table with strangers here.

EAT   —  Katarina Bangata 19


Friendly English-style pub offering good food, real ale, plenty of beers from all over the world as well as 450 different whiskies. A place where younger and older drinkers meet.

Stockholm International Horse Show

A major international indoor equestrian event, held annually in the Stockholm Globe Arena, featuring the World Cup in dressage, show jumping and World Cup Four in Hand driving.

DO   —  Map


On the cheap end of mid-range, this friendly, cosy and unpretentious Czech restaurant serves Central European fare and a wide selection of Czech beer. Great value for money.


Built in 2013. ''Krogen'' is a classical diner, while ''Torget'' is more casual. ''Enzo's'', on the top floor, is an Italian diner with international association football.

EAT   —  Långholmsgatan 15B

Pet Sounds Records

A record store with independent pop, alternative rock and other genres of music with more cred than chart placements. A real institution among Stockholm's music fans.

BUY   —  Skånegatan 53

Big Ben

Stereotypical English pub, best known for its stand-up comedy club, with free-entrance shows in English every Thursday on 20:00. Live music at weekend nights.

DRINK   —  Folkungagatan 97


a walking path that you reach from Bastugatan (north of T Mariatorget) offers a similar view from the west. Benches and tables offer picnic possibilities.

SEE   —  Map

Sofia Church

This 1902 Romanesque parish church is on the top of a hill, which is a great viewpoint in its own right. Vita Bergen is a calm park, sloping southwards.

SEE   —  Map

Van der Nootska Palatset

An 18th century palace, mainly used as a conference centre. Lunch is served 11:00-14:00, and a classical ''julbord'' (Christmas buffet) during December.

EAT   —  Sankt Paulsgatan 21


A big park, known for its quaint allotment gardens, and its beach. Crowded during summer. Good for outdoor games. Also contains a miniature golf course.

DO   —  Map

Stockholm City Museum

Displays the history of Stockholm, with special attention to construction, architecture and interior design. Closed for renovation until autumn 2017.

SEE   —  Ryssgården


Walking eastwards from Slussen up Katarinavägen you will reach the picturesque street '''Fjällgatan''', with a view of Gamla Stan from the east.

SEE   —  Map


A private museum opened in 2010, in an industrial building from 1906. Besides the exhibitions, they have a diner with a great waterfront view.

SEE   —  Stadsgårdshamnen 22

Cafe Rival

A nice café, which like the hotel next door is owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame. (You won't find any traces of ABBA in the place, though.

EAT   —  Mariatorget 3

Park Inn Hammarby Sjöstad

Is a 15-story hotel in 2000s neighbourhood Hammarby Sjöstad, with a short tram trip to the Globe Arena, and a ferry to central Stockholm.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 5050 7000 —  Midskeppsgatan 6

Södra Sällskapet

Except a restaurant and a bar, the venue hosts the House of Comedy, Sweden's most active comedy club. Showtime Tuesday-Saturday at 20:00.

DRINK   —  Åsögatan 111

Sloppy Seconds

Serves hot dogs and hamburgers with unusual toppings, as well as beer and liquor. Tu-Th 16:00-24:00. Fri-Sat 16:00-01:00. Su 13:00-24:00

EAT   —  Verkstadsgatan 3

Multi Kulti

A small but well-stocked music store specialising in the genres popularly called "world music", with welcoming and knowledgeable staff.


A really small bar with an eclectic colour scheme, usually drawing a rather young crowd. This is a good place to start the evening.

Zinkensdamms IP

A soccer pitch, frozen for Hammarby's bandy games during winter. Home ground of Stockholm Mean Machines, an American football team.


As one of the few nightclubs open to 05:00, they have a harsh (but arbitrary) entrance policy. Dominated by gays on Sunday nights.

DRINK   —  Map


In contrast to restaurants with a great view, this diner puts guests in a pitch dark room. Waiters are blind. Reservations only.

EAT   —  Södermannagatan 27

Gröne Jägaren

A sport and karaoke bar with history back to 1692. There are several other places in the hood and you will probably find a seat.

DRINK   —  Götgatan 64


A two-part establishment at the waterfront, with a free-of-charge bar, and a nightclub that usually stages alternative concerts.

DRINK   —  Hornstull Strand 4


Passionate about sneakers, this store has a huge assortment of contemporary and classic designs, including limited-range models.


Hosts alpine skiing in case of freezing weather (usually January-February). The view from the summit is great around the year.


Two rather eccentric sister stores with a collection of colourful household items and other stuff. Good for small gifts.

Galleria Slussen

Just across the bridge from Gamla Stan, has several cheap dining options, though the only one open late is McDonalds.

EAT   —  Katarinavägen 1


A design store specializing in smaller items, ranging from the beautiful to the useful to the downright eccentric.

BUY   —  +46 8 462 35 20 —  Götgatan 31


A decommissioned diesel passenger ship, transformed to a hostel/hotel, with rooms at different price levels.


A café close to the eastern tip of Södermalm with a good view of the city. Music some days during lunchtime.

Sickla Ovan och Under

Is an experimental mine, dug out by mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco. Guided tours are available.

DO   —  Map

Vampire Lounge

A small basement bar with atmospheric Gothic furnishing. Great cocktails. Gets crowded at weekend nights.

DRINK   —  Östgötagatan 41


Stockholm's second opera house, usually staging classics sung in Swedish, to a modernized arrangement.

DO   —  Map

Oliver Twist

Warm and cozy English-style pub offering good food, real ale, and other beers from around the world.

DRINK   —  Repslagargatan 6


Large assortment of the popular Swedish jeans Cheap Monday, which, surprisingly, is rather cheap.

BUY   —  +46 8 642 17 72 —  Götgatan 21


A community centre with several attractions, including a theatre, a climbing gym and a cinema.

DO   —  Map


A very small indoor shopping centre with a handful of fashion stores focusing on street wear.

Skåningen Kaffebar

Very good coffee with excellent personal service. Small outdoor service where you can smoke.

EAT   —  Skånegatan 12


A public gym and swimming facility with both indoor and outdoor Olympic-size swimming pools.

Nem nem qúan

Excellent and decently authentic Vietnamese food. Cheap lunch offers. Booking recommended.

EAT   —  +46 8 641 94 47 —  Åsögatan 90

Boutique Sportif

Somewhat odd shop with a large number of very hip and rather expensive street wear brands.

Elite Hotel Marina Tower

In Nacka, a four-star waterfront hotel, with central Stockholm within sight and reach.


Laid-back minimalistic designs in low-key colors, often with some interesting details.

BUY   —  Götgatsbacken 36

Motel L

A hotel opened in 2015 in a calm neighbourhood, two tram stops from the Globe arenas.

SLEEP   —  Hammarby allé 41

Trekanten restaurant

Serves traditional Swedish food, located about one quarter around the Trekanten lake.

EAT   —  Lövholmsvägen 29


Cheap beer, pub grub, and a lot of young broke hipsters at this Södermalm bar.

DRINK   —  Tjärhovsgatan 14


An island with several good spots for swimming, including a small sandy beach.

DO   —  Map


A mainstream café with modern design in a central Södermalm location.

EAT   —  Götgatan 24

Folkets kebab

A kebab diner. The buffet (open 11:00-19:00) is great, 69 SEK.

Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair

Traditional tailoring, modern designs, mostly in black and white.


Is a summer-only open-air nightclub, that is well worth a visit.

DRINK   —  Map

Koh Phangan

Authentic Thai restaurant with great food. Booking recommended.

EAT   —  Skånegatan 57

Under Bron

Is the winter equivalent, with alternative electronic music.

DRINK   —  Map

Jerusalem Kebab

A very simple kebab bar, with great value for small money.

EAT   —  Götgatan 59

Metro Pizzeria

An Italian restaurant in the metro station serving pizzas.

EAT   —  Map

Almgrens sidenväveri

A silk workshop, still operating 19th century machinery.

SEE   —  Repslagargatan 15

Sickla Köpkvarter

Is an enormous shopping centre dominated by major firms.

BUY   —  Simbagatan

Scandic Malmen

A hotel bar with several rooms, good for large groups.

DRINK   —  Götgatan 49-51

Temporära konsthallen

An alternative art hall in a 16th century building.

SEE   —  Sjökvarnsbacken 15

Nana Thai

A friendly restaurant serving delicious Thai food.

EAT   —  Map


A second hand store run by the Salvation Army.

BUY   —  Götgatan 79


Sophisticated young fashion in low-key colors.

The Red Boat

A boat-hostel. The boat was launched in 1914.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 644 43 85 —  Map

Thai Boat

An outdoor boat bar, for fans of Thailand.

DRINK   —  Östgötagatan 100


Fashion, home decor, restaurants and more.

Gustaf af Klint

A boat-hostel with hotel-standard cabins.


Denim and some inventive young fashion.

Folkets kebab

Another kebab diner in the same chain.

EAT   —  Hornsgatan 92

Grafiska Sällskapet

The Swedish Printmakers' Association.

SEE   —  +46 8 643 88 04 —  Hornsgatan 6

Zee the Restaurant

Luxury dining with a waterfront view.

EAT   —  Henriksdalskajen 10


Also on Kungsholmen and in Vasastan.

EAT   —  Bergsunds strand 31

Globen Shopping

Next to the Globe Arena, ''Globen''.

BUY   —  Arenavägen 45-63

Stockholm County Museum

Is a small free-entrance museum.

DO   —  Map

blås & knåda

Ceramics and glassware gallery.

SEE   —  +46 8 642 77 67 —  Hornsgatan 26

Cocktail Deluxe

The other location of Cocktail.

BUY   —  +46 8 642 07 41 —  Bondegatan 34

Quality Hotel Globe

Next door to the Globe arena.

SLEEP   —  +46 8 686 63 00 —  Arenaslingan 7


Cheap beer and reggae music.

DRINK   —  Tjärhovsgatan 12


Second hand store.

BUY   —  Hornsgatan 75


Second hand store.

BUY   —  Götgatan 14

La Principessa

Second hand store.

BUY   —  Rosenlundsgatan 1

Stockholm Stadsmission

Second hand store.

BUY   —  Skånegatan 75

Beyond Retro

second hand store.

BUY   —  Åsögatan 144

Lisa Larsson

second hand store.

BUY   —  Bondegatan 48


WiFi access.

EAT   —  Nytorgsgatan 38

About Stockholm/Södermalm

Until the 19th century, Södermalm was mainly a farmland to support Stockholm. As the railway was built in 1860, Södermalm became a working-class district, until gentrification in the late 20th century. Some of the pre-industrial architecture remains above Slussen.

In the 21th century, Södermalm has gained recognition from the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. At times called "Stockholm's Montmartre", the borough has also earned a reputation of "hipness", making Financial Times' top list of destinations for 2014 and a third place on Vogue's list of the world's coolest neighbourhoods.

Hammarby Sjöstad is formally a part of Södermalm, the only bit not on the main island. Since the late 1990s, it is under construction on the former docks and small industrial estates after extensive cleanup. The Sjöstad ("city on the lake") was planned from the outset to be a model community for sustainable living and design, including many innovative features in its infrastructure and architecture that limit the quarter's impact on the environment and provide for a better life quality.

Nacka is a municipality immediately east of Södermalm proper. Sickla and Henriksdal, the westernmost districts of Nacka, were harbour districts, which have recently been re-developed and integrated into Stockholm's inner city and are covered in this article. The farther removed eastern part of Nacka, including the seaside resort Saltsjöbaden, is covered in our guide to the Stockholm Archipelago.