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Södermalm [sødərˈmalm] is the southern borough of central Stockholm, consisting of the island of Södermalm proper, two smaller islands connected to it from the west (Långholmen [ˈlɔŋˈhɔlmən] and Reimersholme [rejməʂˈhɔlmə]), as well as the neighbourhood of Hammarby Sjöstad on the opposite bank of the Hammarby Sjö in the east, which is a redeveloped former industrial area that was transformed into a model sustainable residential community.

Apart from the administrative borough of Södermalm, this guide also covers other areas surrounding Södermalm on the continental southern sea and lakeshore, which are easy to access from and visit together with Södermalm proper. This includes (from West to East) the residential borough of Liljeholmen with the Trekanten lake and its recreational opportunities, the Ärsta neighbourhood famous for the Globen area and surrounding infrastructure, as well as the urban part of Nacka (namely Sickla and Henriksdal), which is a municipality immediately east of Stockholm pretty much integrated with the city proper in terms of infrastructure.

Nacka Strand.

Get inEdit

Stockolms södra station is a commuter railway station. Several subway stations and bus lines, with Slussen [ˈslɵsən] being the busiest station, as well as several bus lines. Connected to Kungsholmen by the scenic Västerbron ("Western Bridge"), as well as the Old Town to the north and Söderort to the south.

Sjövägen is a passenger ferry with hourly rides from Nybrokajen in central Stockholm (Norrmalm), calling at several docks in Nacka, turning around at Frihamnen (Östermalm). All SL tickets are good on the ferry. Public transport (SL) passes are good for travel on the boats, but coupons are not accepted. Without a pass, a single trip costs 40 SEK for adults, and 25 SEK for children. The boats have a toilet. Dogs are allowed on board, and there is some room for bicycles. The boat has a cafeteria, with coffee, tea, snacks and full-strength beer. The full ride from Nybroplan to Frihamnen takes 55 minutes. The schedule can be found here: [1]

Hammarby Sjöstad is served by local passenger ferries.

UnderstandEdit

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. The borough has also earned a reputation of "hipness", making Financial Times' top list of destinations for 2014.

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 west 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.

SeeEdit

 
Katarina church.
 
Allotment gardens in Tantolunden.
 
Brännkyrkagatan, one of several old-fashioned streets in northern Södermalm.
  • The northern parts of Södermalm offer some excellent viewpoints with panoramas of the central parts of the city:
    • 1 Fjällgatan.
      Walking eastwards from Slussen up Katarinavägen you will reach the picturesque street Fjällgatan, with a view of Gamla Stan from the east.
    • 2 Monteliusvägen.
      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.
    • 3 Skinnarviksberget.
      A hill further west, close to the Zinkensdamm subway 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.
  • 4 Katarina Church (Katarina kyrka), Högbergsgatan 13, +46 8 743 68 00. Open to the public M-F 11:00-17:00, Sa-Su 10:00-17:00..
    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.
  • 5 Sofia Church (Sofia kyrka).
    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.
  • 6 Transport Museum & Toy Museum (Spårvägsmuseet & Leksaksmuseet). Tegelviksgatan 22 (Bus 2 from Slussen). Open M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa-Su 11:00-16:00. Maybe not for everyone, but still entertaining, Spårvägsmuseet is a museum of Stockholm's public transportation. Walking through historical buses and subway 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. Admission 30 SEK (15 SEK reduced price) for both museums..
  • Between Slussen and Mariatorget, the Hornsgatan street has a narrow sett-paved side section on the north side, above the main street, nicknamed "Hornsgatspuckeln" ("the Hornsgatan bump") [2], with a lot of galleries. Some examples are the ceramics and glassware gallery blås & knåda (Hornsgatan 26, +46 8 642 77 67, [3]) Konsthantverkarna (Sodermalms torg 4, +46 8 611 03 70, [4]) and Grafiska Sällskapet ("The Swedish Printmakers' Association", Hornsgatan 6, +46 8 643 88 04, [5]).
  • 7 Fotografiska (The Swedish Museum of Photography).
    A private museum opened in 2010, in an industrial building from 1906. Besides the exhibitions, they have a diner with a great waterfront view.
  • 8 Stockholm City Museum (Stockholms stadsmuseum).
    Displays the history of Stockholm, with special attention to construction, architecture and interior design.
  • 9 Almgrens sidenväveri, Repslagargatan 15.
    A silk workshop, still operating 19th century machinery.
  • 10 Catholic Cathedral (Saint Eric's Cathedral), Folkungagatan 46.
    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.
  • 11 GlashusEtt, Lugnets Allé 39 (Tvärbanan stop Sickla Kaj), +46 8 522 137 00, . 9:00-17:00 (Wednesdays till 19:00, Fridays till 16:30, closed on weekends and public holidays). 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. Entrance is free during opening hours.
  • 12 Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1 (T Liljeholmen, Tvärbanan tram to Trekanten), +46 8 645 07 07. Open Th-Su noon-18:00 (closed for much of the summer).
    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.

DoEdit

  • 1 Långholmen (T Hornstull). An island with several good spots for swimming, including a small sandy beach.
  • 2 Tantolunden ([ˈtantuˈlɵndən]).
    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.
  • 3 Eriksdalsbadet, Hammarby Slussväg 20 (T Skanstull), +46 8 508 40 258.
    A public gym and swimming facility with both indoor and outdoor Olympic-size swimming pools.
  • 4 Zinkensdamms IP, Ringvägen 16 (T Zinkensdamm).
    A soccer pitch, frozen for Hammarby's bandy games during winter. Home ground of Stockholm Mean Machines, an American football team.
  • Midnattsloppet. 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.
    • Midnattsloppet 2011, Aug 13.
  • 5 Victoria, Götgatan 67 (T Medborgarplatsen).
    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.
  • 6 Rio, Hornstulls strand 3 (T Hornstull).
    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.
  • 7 Folkoperan. Stockholm's second opera house, usually staging classics sung in Swedish, to a modernized arrangement.
  • 8 Trekanten (Three corner). 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.
 
Hammarbybacken is Stockholm's most central ski slope, as well as a public viewpoint. Below is Hammarby Sjöstad.
  • 9 Hammarbybacken, at Hammarby Sjöstad.
    Hosts alpine skiing in case of freezing weather (usually January-February). The view from the summit is great around the year.
  • 10 Dieselverkstaden (The Diesel Workshop) (in Sickla, Nacka). A community centre with several attractions, including a theatre, a climbing gym and a cinema.
  • 13 Globen (Ericsson Globe), Globentorget (T Globen). 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.
    Skyview is 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.

The area has two other arenas: the old-fashioned Hovet, and the 30,000-seat Tele2 Arena.

    • 14 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.
    • Djurgården plays some of their ice hockey home games in Globen (the giant Stockholm Globe Arena) and others at the smaller, neighbouring Hovet, both Arenavägen (T Globen).
    • AIK plays their ice hockey home games at Hovet.
    • 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.

BuyEdit

 
Götgatan, a main street for shopping and nightlife.

Södermalm contains many stores for alternative, vintage and second-hand fashion.

  • Götgatsbacken, the northernmost section of Götgatan on Södermalm, is perhaps best known for its nightlife, but also has lots of clothes stores with different profiles, including a new, small shopping centre called Bruno.
  • SoFo. The district, the cleverly rebranded area south of eastern Södermalm's Folkungagatan, has lots of designer clothes and design shops, as well as cafés and restaurants.
  • 1 Ringen, Ringvägen 100 (T Skanstull). Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 12:00-17:00..
    Fashion, home decor, restaurants and more.
  • 2 Skrapan, Götgatan 78 (T Skanstull/T Medborgarplatsen)..
    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.
  • Acne, Nytorgsgatan 36 (T Medborgarplatsen) (T Kungsträdgården or T Östermalmstorg), 46 8 640 04 70. Denim and some inventive young fashion.
  • 3 Bruno, Götgatan 36 (T Slussen).
    A very small indoor shopping centre with a handful of fashion stores focusing on street wear.
    • Whyred, Laid-back minimalistic designs in low-key colors, often with some interesting details. [6]
  • 4 Sneakersnstuff, Åsögatan 124, +46 8 743 03 22. Open M-F 11:00-18:30, Sa 11:00-17:00, Su 12:00-16:00..
    Passionate about sneakers, this store has a huge assortment of contemporary and classic designs, including limited-range models.
  • Boutique Sportif, Kocksgatan 60 A (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 411 12 13. Open M-F 11:30-18:30, Sa 11:00-17:00..
    Somewhat odd shop with a large number of very hip and rather expensive street wear brands.
  • 5 Sivletto, Malmgårdsvägen 16-18 (T Skanstull), +46 8 643 39 72. Open Tu-Th 12:00-19:00, F 12;00-18:00, Sa 12:00-16:00.
    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.
  • 7 Nakkna, Tjärhovsgatan 3 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 615 29 50.
    Sophisticated young fashion in low-key colors.
  • Lisa Larsson, Bondegatan 48. second hand store.
  • Beyond Retro, Åsögatan 144. second hand store.
  • Stockholm Stadsmission, Skånegatan 75. second hand store.
  • Emmaus, Götgatan 14. second hand store.
  • 8 Myrorna ([ˈmyːˌruɳa]), Götgatan 79.
    A second hand store run by the Salvation Army.
  • Judiths, Hornsgatan 75, second hand store.
  • La Principessa, Rosenlundsgatan 1, second hand store.
  • 9 Pet Sounds Records, Skånegatan 53 (T Medborgarplatsen).
    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.
  • 10 Multi Kulti, S:t Paulsgatan 3 (T Slussen), +46 8 643 61 29.
    A small but well-stocked music store specialising in the genres popularly called "world music", with welcoming and knowledgeable staff.
  • 11 Tio gruppen (Ten Swedish designers), Götgatan 25 (T Slussen).
  • 12 Bolagret, Götgatan 98 (T Skanstull).
    Inside "Ringen".
  • Coctail, Skånegatan 71 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 642 07 40. Open M-F 11:00-18:00, Sa 11:00-16:00, Su (generally) 12:00-16:00..
    Two rather eccentric sister stores with a collection of colourful household items and other stuff. Good for small gifts.
  • Weekday, 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.
    Large assortment of the popular Swedish jeans Cheap Monday, which, surprisingly, is rather cheap.

EatEdit

 
Nytorget is a grassy square, surrounded by cafés and bars, more relaxed than the venues at Götgatan.

CafésEdit

  • 1 Muggen, Götgatan 24 (T Slussen).
    A mainstream café with modern design in a central Södermalm location.
  • 2 Cafe Rival, Mariatorget 3 (T Mariatorget).
    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.
  • 3 Skåningen Kaffebar, Skånegatan 12 (T Medborgarplatsen).
    Very good coffee with excellent personal service. Small outdoor service where you can smoke.
  • 4 Cafe Helgalundens Korta Varor, Grindsgatan 35 (T Skanstull).
    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.
  • 5 Fåfängan (Fåfängan Café and Restaurant [ˈfoːˈfɛŋan]), At the top of Klockstapelsbacken (Buses from T Slussen to Londonviadukten).
    A café close to the eastern tip of Södermalm with a good view of the city. Music some days during lunchtime.
  • 6 Copacabana, Hornstulls strand 3 (T Hornstull), +46 8 669 29 39. Open M-Th 10:00-21:00, F-Su 10:00-19:00.
    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.
  • Vurma, Bergsunds strand 31 (T Hornstull). Also on Kungsholmen and in Vasastan.
  • 7 Café Puck, Hornsgatan 32 (T Slussen or Mariatorget).
  • 8 String, Nytorgsgatan 38 (T Medborgarplatsen or Skanstull). WiFi access.

BudgetEdit

At Medborgarplatsen [ˈmeːdbɔrjarˈplatsən], there are several food wagons featuring street food from Greek to Polish. One can get fried calimari pita bread for 35 SEK with a drink. Kabbas, Falafa, bratwurst, Polish sausages are all under SEK 50, walking south on Skaraborgsgatan towards Globen are several more budget-priced kabba places.

  • 9 Jerusalem Kebab, Götgatan 59.
    A very simple kebab bar, with great value for small money.
  • 10 Chutney Bar & Matsal, Katarina Bangata 19.
    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.
  • 11 Folkets kebab, Folkungagatan 63 (T Medborgarplatsen).
    A kebab diner. The buffet (open 11:00-19:00) is great, 69 SEK.
  • 12 Folkets kebab, Hornsgatan 92 (T Zinkensdamm).
    Another kebab diner in the same chain.
  • 13 Creperie fyra knop, Svartensgatan 4 (T Slussen), +46 8 640 77 27. Open 17:00-23:00.
    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.
  • 14 Nystekt Strömming, , Södermalmstorg, in the square (T Slussen).
    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 subway station. Very good and quite famous! Open 11:00-18:00 in the summer, 11:00-15:00 in winter.
  • Health Bar & Café, Repslagargatan 16 (T Slussen).
    This small and rather anonymous restaurant serves surprisingly good budget Asian food, with a healthy profile. No alcoholic beverages. Closes at 19:00.
  • 15 Galleria Slussen, Katarinavägen 1 (T Slussen).
    Just across the bridge from Gamla Stan, has several cheap dining options, though the only one open late is McDonalds.
  • 16 Sloppy Seconds, Verkstadsgatan 3 (T Hornstull).
    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

Mid-rangeEdit

  • Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40 (T Skanstull), +46 8 556 090 90 (Reservations +46 8 556 090 92). (See also the "drink" section). 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.
  • 17 Svejk, Östgötagatan 35 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 641 33 66. 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.
  • Roxy, Nytorget 6 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 6409655. Open Tu-Th 17:00-24:00, F-Sa 17:00-01:00, Su 17:00-24:00.
    The place where Stockholm’s gays and lesbians go out to eat or just hang out in the bar. Straight-friendly and with good food.
  • 18 Ho's, Hornsgatan 151 (T Hornstull), +46 8 844420. Open Tu-Th 16-23:30, F 16:00-23:00, Sa 14:30-23:00, Su 14:30-22:30.
    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.
  • 19 Koh Phangan, Skånegatan 57 (T Medborgarplatsen).
    Authentic Thai restaurant with great food. Booking recommended.
  • 20 Hermans, Fjällgatan 23 (T Slussen), +46 8 643 94 80. 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.
  • 21 Nana Thai (T Hornstull). A friendly restaurant serving delicious Thai food.
  • 22 Nem nem qúan, Åsögatan 90 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 641 94 47..
    Excellent and decently authentic Vietnamese food. Cheap lunch offers. Booking recommended.
  • 23 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.
  • 24 Hornhuset, Långholmsgatan 15B.
    Built in 2013. Krogen is a classical diner, while Torget is more casual.

SplurgeEdit

  • 25 Gondolen ([gɔnˈdoːlən]), Stadsgården 6 (T Slussen), +46 8 641 70 90.
    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.
  • 26 Svartklubben, Södermannagatan 27. In contrast to restaurants with a great view, this diner puts guests in a pitch dark room. Waiters are blind. Reservations only.


LiljeholmenEdit

  • Metro Pizzeria. An Italian restaurant in the metro station serving pizzas.
  • 28 Tant Åkes Krog. Serves traditional Swedish food, at Liljeholmstorget 6, located in the large building in the square.
  • 29 Trekanten restaurant. Also serves traditional Swedish food, located about one quarter around the Trekanten lake.
  • Various small restaurants/cafés/sushi bars. Serving different kinds of food in Marieviken, the business quarter of the district. Mainly open at office hours. There are also some other cafés in Gröndal.

DrinkEdit

 
In summer evenings, the outdoor pubs at Medborgarplatsen get really crowded.

Södermalm is full of pubs, and the main nightlife street is Götgatan. Occasionally, people go for a pub crawl along Götgatan, having one drink at each bar; without any chance to finish off the whole street in one evening. In weekend nights, most bars along the street get crowded, but there are many hangouts in the rest of the island.

Slussen/Northern GötgatanEdit

  • 1 Akkurat, Hornsgatan 2 (T Slussen).
    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.
  • Bishop's Arms. Warm and cosy English-style pubs offering good food, real ale and other beers from around the world. Live jazz music Wednesday evenings. Although this chain runs 25 pubs in Sweden, they all have a pleasant atmosphere, notable for the absence of loud music.
    • Bellmansgatan 10 (T Mariatorget)
    • Folkungagatan 105 (T Medborgarplatsen)
  • Debaser, Karl Johans Torg 1 and Medborgarplatsen 8 (T Slussen and T Medborgarplatsen) [7]. Stockholm's premier rock club. The name of the place was taken from an old song by The Pixies, and many of the bands that play there know the Pixies discography by heart, but they also have other types of music there than alternative rock.
  • 2 Indigo, Götgatan 19 (T Slussen), +46 8 643 58 59. A really small bar with an eclectic colour scheme, usually drawing a rather young crowd. This is a good place to start the evening.
  • Oliver Twist, Repslagargatan 6 (T Slussen).
    Warm and cozy English-style pub offering good food, real ale, and other beers from around the world.
  • 3 Patricia (T Slussen).
    As one of the few nightclubs open to 05:00, they have a harsh (but arbitrary) entrance policy. Dominated by gays on Sunday nights.
  • Södra Teatern Bar, Mosebacke Torg 1-3 (T Slussen). 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.
    • Mosebacke Etablissement, Mosebacke Torg 3 (T Slussen), +46 8 556 098 90. 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.
  • Sjögräs bar ([ˈʃøːˈgrɛːs]), Timmermansgatan 24 (T Mariatorget).
    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.

MedborgarplatsenEdit

Medborgarplatsen is a major nightlife hub. The outdoor seats are immensely popular during the warm seasons. The backstreets, such as Östgötagatan, are more calm.

  • Carmen, Tjärhovsgatan 14, T Medborgarplatsen. Cheap beer, pub grub, and a lot of young broke hipsters at this Södermalm bar.
  • Gröne Jägaren [grøːnə ˈjɛːˈgaɳ], Götgatan 64, T Medborgarplatsen. Cheap beer since 1692 and karaoke. There are several other places in the hood and you will probably find a seat.
  • Kelly's, Folkungagatan 49, T Medborgarplatsen. 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.
  • Vampire Lounge, Östgötagatan 41 (T Medborgarplatsen). A small basement bar with atmospheric Gothic furnishing. Great cocktails. Gets crowded at weekend nights.
  • Kvarnen, Tjärhovsgatan 4, T Medborgarplatsen, +46 8 643 03 80. 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.
  • Och himlen därtill [ɔk ˈhɪmˌlen dæˈʈɪl], Götgatan 78, T Medborgarplatsen, +46 8 660 60 68, [8]. Open M-Th 18:00-01:00, F-Sa 18:00-03:00. 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.
  • Scandic Malmen, T Medborgarplatsen.
    A hotel bar with several rooms, good for large groups.
  • Söderkällaren, Tjärhovsgatan 12 (T Medborgarplatsen). Cheap beer and reggae music.

SkanstullEdit

  • Pelikan, Blekingegatan 40, T Skanstull, +46 8 556 090 90 (Reservations +46 8 556 090 92). 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.
  • 4 Thai Boat. Östgötagatan 100. An outdoor boat bar, for fans of Thailand.
  • Trädgården [ˈtregˈoɖˌən] or [ˈtregoɳ] is a summer-only open-air nightclub, that is well worth a visit.
    • Under Bron. Is the winter equivalent, with alternative electronic music.

OtherEdit

  • 5 Big Ben, Folkungagatan 97. 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.
  • 6 Strand. Hornstull Strand 4: A two-part establishment at the waterfront, with a free-of-charge bar, and a nightclub that usually stages alternative concerts.

SleepEdit

 
Söder Mälarstrand, the northern waterfront, berths several hotel and restaurant ships.

BudgetEdit

  • 1 Acco Hostel, Ansgariegatan 10, . 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.
  • 2 Globen Villa, Dammtrappgatan 13 (In between metro station globen and Enskede Gard). Check-in: 16-18. 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. Single night is 600 SEK.
  • 3 Gustaf af Klint, Stadsgårdens Kajplatser 153 (T Slussen). A boat-hostel with hotel-standard cabins.
  • 4 Långholmen, Långholmsmuren 20 (T Hornstull), . 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. Subway stop is about 7 minutes by walk.
  • 5 The Red Boat (Den röda båten) (T-Slussen).
    A boat-hostel. The boat was launched in 1914.
  • 6 Skanstulls vandrarhem, Ringvägen 135 (T Skanstull), . 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.
  • 7 Zinkensdamm, Zinkens väg 20 (T Zinkensdamm). 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.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 8 Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98 (T Skanstull). 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.
  • 9 Hotel J, Ellensviksvägen 1. 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.
  • 10 Park Inn Hammarby Sjöstad, Midskeppsgatan 6. 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.
  • 12 Rygerfjord, Kajplats 12-14, Söder Mälarstrand (T Mariatorget).
    A decommissioned diesel passenger ship, transformed to a hostel/hotel, with rooms at different price levels.

SplurgeEdit

  • 13 Hilton Slussen, Guldgränd 8 (T 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.
  • 14 Elite Hotel Marina Tower, Saltsjöqvarns kaj 25. In Nacka, a four-star waterfront hotel, with central Stockholm within sight and reach.
  • 15 Hotel Rival, Mariatorget 3 (T Mariatorget). 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.

ConnectEdit

Stay safeEdit

Nightlife in Medborgarplatsen usually gets wild. During weekend nights, a police van is parked at the square, with the primary mission task to resolve drunk brawls. Closing time (01:00 and 03:00) are worst.

The welfare services at Mariatorget attract homeless and disadvantaged people, some with mental illness or drug addiction. However, these people rarely cause trouble.


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