Where to stay in Stockholm

Où dormir à Stockholm ?

Heading for Scandinavia for your vacation? Discover Sweden and the « Venice of the North »: here’s our guide to where to stay in Stockholm!

Nicknamed the « Venice of the North » for being built on an archipelago of several islands in the Baltic Sea, at the mouth of Lake Mälar, Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia, Sweden and has many charms to offer its visitors. Renting an apartment or finding hotel accommodation here can be expensive, but youth hostels will satisfy modest budgets. With 914,909 inhabitants and 1,252,020 in the urban area, Stockholm is sometimes overlooked by European tourists. Yet its airports are served by low-cost airlines and it’s one of the world’s most livable cities.

A charming city with an idyllic setting, ecological, colorful, historic, cultural, gastronomic and rich in architectural heritage, its neighborhoods all have a different atmosphere, sure to please everyone. It’s worth noting that wild camping is permitted in Sweden, and we didn’t even have to worry about pitching our tent on Stockholm’s lawns! Here’s where to stay in Stockholm.

Norrmalm

Loger à Norrmalm, Stockholm

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Norrmalm is the city’s modern nerve center, especially in the southern part of the district (Nedre Norrmalm), which stretches all the way to the island of Skeppsholmen. Staying at Nedre Norrmalm means you can do everything on foot, without using public transport. For a day’s shopping, there’s everything you need: wide avenues littered with shopping malls and boutiques, and pedestrian streets as busy as they are pleasant to wander along on sunny days. Consumerism, fashion and design sum up this area.

Like all city centers, the area is crowded with tourists: get excited if you’re looking for peace and quiet, off the beaten track. Opposite the island of Skeppsholmen, don’t miss the Vasaa Museum, famous for the ship that sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage into Stockholm harbor and remained submerged for 333 years until 1961. For those on a light budget, we recommend a good experience we had in Stockholm: book a night on theAf Chapman, the sailing yacht youth hostel, to sleep on the water, in a unique setting, like a sailor at anchor.

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Östermalm

Loger à Östermalm, Stockholm

Photo credit: Flickr – Fortum Värme

This is the chic district of the Swedish capital. Here you’ll find luxury boutiques, design and fashion stores, avenues imitating the Haussmann style of the French Second Empire, museums, art galleries and restaurants to punctuate your visits. This is Stockholm’s upper-middle-class district. There are plenty of green spaces to relax in, but the area is rather quiet in the evenings and at night. Rent an apartment in this district if you’re looking for peace and quiet and have a sound budget: it’s a fairly expensive place to stay in Stockholm.

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Gamla Stan

Loger à Gamla Stan, Stockholm

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Gamla Stan literally means « old town » in Swedish. It’s on this tiny islet, in this maze of narrow streets and little squares, that the city’s soul and history exude. It’s one of the last vestiges of medieval Stockholm, an open-air concentration of culture: historic monuments, facades in shades of red, ochre and yellow, an authentic atmosphere guaranteed. This is where the town was founded in the 13th century, to protect it from invasion and looting. Specialty stores, cafés, bars, restaurants, little stalls: if you want picturesque in a central – but busy – area, this is the place to stay in Stockholm.

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Södermalm

Loger à Södermalm, Stockholm

Photo credit: Flickr – Remon Rijper

On the other hand, if you’re more into art, alternative culture, quiet little cafés, local craft stalls – those areas where you can find everything that’s the craziest thing in the mainstream culture – choose to sleep in Södermalm. Located on an island to the south of the city center as an extension of Gamla Stan, it’s the city’s bohemian, bobo and trendy district. You’ll love the typically Swedish restaurants and cafés dotted around the area. Accommodation also includes hotels, homestay apartments and youth hostels. Restaurants, nightclubs and independent vintage boutiques for artists and young designers are all popular with locals. A great place to stay in Stockholm, just two or three subway stops from downtown.

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