One of the islands that make up central Stockholm is Södermalm, referred to simply as Söder by the locals. This island offers a unique blend of modern and bohemian charms. The district has become increasingly affluent in recent times and is now home to a range of attractions to entice and delight you.
All roads lead to SöderGetting to Södermalm is a treat. Take a Canal Tour through the city and hop off here to explore, or walk over the bridge from the Old Town — Gamla Stan. This way you can discover a bit more of the city while you are at it. The little island of Gamla Stan is compact and cute. Enjoy a drink at one of the pubs and get lost in the atmosphere. No matter the weather, there is sure to be a buzz.
A great spot for both clubbing and cultureThe best way to discover Södermalm is to walk around and explore the different areas. Take for example trendy Hornstull with its cool waterside bars like Debaser, where you will find tasty beers and great gigs. In the summer, try to locate the stairs that take you below the bridge at Skanstull to discover Trädgården, an extremely popular open-air club with a great vibe. Here you will also find Eriksdalsbadet, which is home to the Popaganda music festival every year,
In addition to the distinctive areas, Södermalm has many town squares (“torg” in Swedish) like for example Mariatorget and Nytorget. These are usually surrounded by many great places to eat, drink and hang out.
In addition to the relaxed yet upbeat feeling of Södermalm, the area also has a variety of historical and cultural attractions to keep you entertained. The beautiful Katarina Church is a popular stop due to its stunning Baroque architecture. Continue on to the nearby dock area, which provides some of the best views in the whole of Stockholm.
Shopping in Götgatan and SoFoSödermalm is packed full of interesting attractions, ranging from art galleries to chic cafés and restaurants. The island is also full of fashionable boutiques, with the high-end Bruno Galleria shopping mall and retro treasure troves such as Beyond Retro. On Söder’s main thoroughfare Götgatan you can find many of the best Swedish high street brands like H&M, Monki and Weekday. Follow the road down to Folkungagatan and make a left turn to discover an area the locals call SoFo, with many independent shops and restaurants. If you are in the mood to be entertained, get tickets to a show at the Göta Lejon Theater. Built in 1928 as a cinema, this theater now hosts plays and musicals in a wonderfully old-fashioned setting.
If you would like to explore Södermalm, stay at the conveniently located Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city, meaning you are close to the intriguing Söder and all its attractions.