Pick any metropolitan capital around the world, and they are sure to have a part of the city that is artsier and more culturally aware than the rest. Södermalm is that very place in Stockholm.
An island that has an eccentric trendy vibe to it that is part unconventional and part traditional, Södermalm is the quintessential area to be and be seen in the city. A beautiful space sprawling with chic hipster cafes and stores, the island plays host to Fotografiska, a photo gallery situated in an industrial building and the pride and joy of the art movement in the city.
The skyline of Södermalm shines bright with The Royal Palace and the Stockholm City Hall, but it is the more inner-city ambience of the region that attracts visitors.
Locally known as just Söder or “Southside”, the area that is South of Folkungagatan and called SoFo is considered the most fashionable. Seeing the popularity of SoFo, nearby Hornstull has also started to come up as a go-to place for parting and enjoying the good things in life. The outdoor market and flourishing food-truck scene of Hornstull is something to truly cherish and experience as it showcases the old as well as modern flavours of Swedish cooking.
For those that enjoy a little bit of retail therapy, Söder is home to the longest street of Stockholm, Götgatan. The road has numerous shops that sell the latest in fashion as well as office furniture and even souvenirs and other knick-knacks.
But if it is a bit of quiet that you are looking for, then the garden of Tantolunden provides just that with its vast expanse of well-manicured green spaces amidst beds of flowers. Some of the other attractions in this area that are close to SoFo include a sandy beach, swimming, mini golf, and also a small open-air theatre where you can catch a local production while having a picnic.