The best area to stay in Stockholm

The best area to stay in Stockholm

Do you want to go to Scandinavia for your holidays? Discover Sweden and the “Venice of the North”: this is our guide to where to stay in Stockholm!

Nicknamed the “Venice of the North” to be built on an archipelago of several Baltic Sea islands, at the mouth of Lake Mälar, Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia, Sweden and has many charms to offer its visitors . Renting accommodation can be expensive, but youth hostels will satisfy modest budgets. With 914,909 inhabitants and 1,252,020 inhabitants in the urban area, Stockholm is sometimes forgotten by European tourists. However, its airports are served by low-cost lines and it is one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Charming city with an idyllic, ecological, colorful, historical, cultural, gastronomic and rich with a sumptuous architectural heritage, its neighborhoods all have a different atmosphere, prompt to satisfy everyone. Note that wild camping is allowed in Sweden, we have not been disturbed by installing our tent on the lawns of Stockholm! Here is where to stay in Stockholm.


Norrmalm, best area to stay in Stockholm

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Norrmalm is the modern center of the city, especially south of the district (Nedre Norrmalm), which stretches to the island of Skeppsholmen. Staying in Nedre Norrmalm will allow you to do everything on foot, without using public transport. For a day of shopping, there is everything you need: wide avenues strewn with shopping malls, shops, and pedestrian streets as busy and pleasant where wander the beautiful days. Consumption, fashion and design summarize this area.

Like all city centers, the area is crowded with tourists: excentre yourself if you are looking for peace, off the beaten track. Opposite the island of Skeppsholmen, do not miss the Vasaa Museum, famous for its ship that sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage to Stockholm harbor and remained, until 1961, submerged for 333 years. For light budgets, we recommend you a good experience that we lived in Stockholm: book a night on Af Chapman, the sailing hostel, to stay on the water, in a unique setting, like a browser at anchor.


Ostermalm, best area to stay in Stockholm

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It’s the upscale neighborhood of the Swedish capital. There are great luxury boutiques, design and fashion stores, avenues imitating the Haussmann style of the Second French Empire, museums, art galleries, and restaurants to punctuate your visits. This is the neighborhood where the upper class of Stockholm live. There are many green areas to relax in, but the area is rather quiet in the evening and at night. Rent an apartment in this neighborhood if you are looking for calm and your budget is solid: it is a neighborhood where to stay in Stockholm quite expensive.

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan, best area to stay in Stockholm

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Gamla Stan literally means “Old Town” in Swedish. It is on this tiny island, in this maze of narrow streets and small squares, that the soul and the history of the city emerge. It is one of the last vestiges of Stockholm in medieval times, a concentrate of open-air culture: historical monuments, variegated facades of red, ocher and yellow, an authentic atmosphere guaranteed. It was here that the city was founded in the 13th century to protect the city against invasions and looting. Specialty shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, small shops: if you want a picturesque central area – but very busy – this is the place to stay in Stockholm.


Sodermalm, best area to stay in Stockholm

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However, if you like art, alternative culture, quiet little cafes, local craft stalls, these areas where you can find all that is crazy about the dominant culture , choose to stay in Södermalm. Located on an island south of the city center in continuation of Gamla Stan, it is the bohemian and trendy neighborhood of the city. You will appreciate the typical Swedish restaurants and cafes that dot the area. The accommodation offer also includes hotels, homestays and youth hostels. Restaurants, nightclubs, vintage independent boutiques of artists and young designers are appreciated by the local natives. A good area to stay in Stockholm, two or three subway stops from the city center.

Main photo credit : Flickr – Pedro Szekely

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