Your guide to Stockholm’s beautiful historical center with many top attractions
About Old Town
Stockholm was founded in Old Town in 1252 by King Birger Jarl. Here you’ll find one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval town centers full of walking-friendly cobblestone streets and historical sights.
3 reasons to visit Old Town:
Cozy fairytale-like sceneries
A lot of history
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|Österlånggatan 41, 111 31 Stockholm, Sverige|
|Stora Nygatan 20, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige|
Stora Nygatan 20 111 27 Stockholm More information »
Phở & Bún
|Kornhamnstorg 51, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige|
Kornhamnstorg 51 111 27 Stockholm More information »
|Kåkbrinken 14-16, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige|
Kåkbrinken 14-16 111 27 Stockholm More information »
|Stora Nygatan 17, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige|
Stora Nygatan 17 111 27 Stockholm More information »
|Köpmangatan 3, 111 31 Stockholm, Sverige|
Målerås Crystal Gallery
|Västerlånggatan 69, 111 29 Stockholm, Sverige|
Mats Jonasson Concept Store
|Västerlånggatan 23, 111 29 Stockholm, Sverige|
|Stora Nygatan 24, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige|
Stora Nygatan 24
|Västerlånggatan 42, 111 29 Stockholm, Sverige|
|Stora Nygatan 32, 111 27 Stockholm, Sverige|
Stora Nygatan 32
|Skeppsbron 101, 111 30 Stockholm, Sverige|
Skeppsbron Kajplats 101
About Old Town
Stockholm was founded in Old Town in 1252 by King Birger Jarl. In 1800, the district was given the name ‘The City Between the Bridges’, a name that stayed until 1980.
Old Town has one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval town centers. Known for its walking-friendly cobblestone streets and attractions, it has become a popular destination for tourists and history fans. Visit Sweden’s national cathedral Storkyrkan or the Royal Palace, one of the world’s largest castles with more than 600 rooms. Stroll along Köpmangatan, Stockholm’s oldest street, and continue towards Mårten Trotzig’s gränd, Old Town’s narrowest alley, which is only 90 cm at the narrowest place.
The area is full of curiosity and craftsmanship. Check out handmade gift wrap paper on Ljunggrens Papper or collect candy cane at Gamla Stans Polkagriskokeri. Find interior decoration and art at Stadsmissionen and unique gifts at Blå Gungan. The music lover should head to Plugged Records, which is both a record store and a stage in a charming 18th-century setting. Here, high-quality jazz is played several times a week. And don’t miss the cozy jazz pub Stampen that offers live music every day of the week.
If you’re in the mood for coffee (or a Swedish ‘fika’) you have plenty to choose from. Eat meatballs and sponge cake at the cozy café Under Kastanjen or have coffee in a genuine 16th-century setting at Café Kaffekoppen. In the evening, you can enjoy French cuisine and a lovely outdoor seating with sea views at Mister French with its 20th-century glamorous cocktail bar in true Gatsby style. Another popular alternative is Fem Små Hus. Here you can enjoy delicious dishes in rustic romantic cellar vaults from the 17th century.