The residential district of Vasastan is located north of downtown Stockholm, with Kungsholmen to the west and Östermalm to the east. Until the 1880s, this peaceful district consisted of several large estates, but the Stockholm city council gradually transformed it into a pleasant residential area, with lively streets with a family atmosphere today. Vasastan has some of the best tables in Stockholm clustered around Odenplan and Sankt Eriksplan squares. You will also find many small boutiques and vintage stores dotted around this part of town.
The district is famous for its parks, in particular the Vasaparken and the Tegnérlunden. The latter includes statues of Astrid Lindgren, author of the famous adventures of Pippi Longstocking, and the playwright August Strindberg, whose old house serves as a museum: the Strindbergsmuseet.
The dominant architecture of this district dates from the early 20th century, a real treat for fans of the classic Nordic style can contemplate many typical buildings. At the bend of its rectilinear streets and bathed in light, one can admire one of the most beautiful examples of this type of Scandinavian architecture: the Stadsbiblioteket, the municipal library of Stockholm. This style is also found in the buildings of the former industrial area of Atlasområdet, whose factories were destroyed in 1927 to redevelop the area into housing. Vasastan is also home to the verdant hillock of the remarkable Stockholm Observatory - Observatorielunden - the astronomical research institute that is part of Stockholm University.
Come and live a unique cinematic experience at Bio Capitol, the brand new independent cinema in Stockholm! This cinema, made up of two rooms, also manages a bistro and a bar where moviegoers are invited to order snacks and drinks to enjoy in the room while watching a good movie!
Passionate about reading, do you want to enrich your culture while discovering a fascinating place in Stockholm? With its impressive collection of 2 million books, the Stockholm City Library is one of the city's most iconic buildings. It is unique in its geometric shape, layout and brick walls covered with orange and ocher stucco. Built between 1924 and 1928 by the famous architect Gunnar Asplund, it is a perfect example of Scandinavian neoclassicism. This library has been ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The real richness of this remarkable building can be seen inside. Don't miss the centerpiece, its gigantic rotunda lined with thousands of books!
Meet at the exit of the metro St Eriksplan to discover a lively pedestrian artery of Vasastan where it is good to stroll! The facades of the houses that compose it form an astonishing range of bright colors and contrast with the sobriety of the surrounding buildings. There you will find beautiful windows, many cafes and cool pubs.
Located between the main roads of Odengatan and St Eriksgatan, this square is surrounded by many trendy restaurants and cafes frequented by locals who appreciate its warm and relaxed atmosphere.
In Vasaparken, an original six-story building houses the museum and its shop, a restaurant, apartments, shops and a roof terrace. This complex designed by Gert Wingårdh and Anna Höglund is clad with a sparkling facade tinted with gold, a clever blend of an alloy of copper, aluminum and zinc. On the top floor, the art gallery of the Swedish builder Sven-Harry Karlsson, covers an area of approximately 400 m2. The interior spaces are designed here as a replica of his former home in Lidingö, a 1770s mansion. This art collector has lovingly assembled his collection since the mid-1960s, including works by contemporary Swedish artists such as Carl Fredrik Hill, Helene Schjerfbeck, Ernst Josephson, August Strindberg, Edvard Munch, Anders Zorn, and many more. This large, bright art gallery offers a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.
Bonniers Konsthall is a popular Swedish and international contemporary art gallery since its inception in 2006 and housed in a modern all-glass building. Owned by the powerful media empire of the Bonnier family, this is one of Sweden's most avant-garde art galleries, designed by Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor. The gallery also has an art shop, cafe and restaurant.
Perched on its hill, the Observatorielunden Park is a green oasis a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Drottninggatan. In addition to the superb views it offers over the city, the park houses an observatory dating from the 1700s as well as the famous Kafé Himlavalvet with an outdoor terrace. A place famous for its delicious waffles!