Arenastaden is one of the newest business and residential areas in Stockholm and it has quickly become a new economic and social centre. With its tram and commuter train stations, as well as the buses that run to the metro at Solna centrum, Arenastaden is very easy to travel to and from. The very popular main attractions in this part of town are the largest stadium in Stockholm – Friends Arena – and the second biggest mall in the nordic countries – Mall of Scandinavia.
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Do you enjoy hikes in nature, birdwatching or lakeside picnics? Then you’ll love living near the nature reserve around the lake Råstasjön. During the spring and summer, this spot becomes the home of many different species of beautiful birds and plants. Its many trails are great not only for humans to jog and take long walks, it’s also a path for the hundreds of frogs that live around the lake.
The hands down best place for you to fulfill your shopping needs is Mall of Scandinavia. Apart from the most popular shops and brands, you’ll find an IMAX movie theater and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. The famous swedish chef and restaurateur Pontus Frithiof has one of his restaurants, Pocket by Pontus, right outside the mall.
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Friends Arena is the home stadium of the AIK football team. This team is one of the most successful in Sweden – they’ve competed in both Europa League and Champions League and if you’re a football fan living in the area, you’re likely to have an opportunity of watching AIK play against one of the european giants of the game. Friends Arena is also the venue for concerts with some of the biggest artists that tour around Europe.
Solna is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Stockholm. Most of the locals with latin roots will agree that if you enjoy South American food culture and great cuts of beef, El Gaucho is the place. Apart from a variety of Latin-American products, you will find a great selection of beef as well as cheeses and cured hams from Spain and Italy.
The tram and the bus lines 502 and 505 connect Arenastaden with the commuter train in Solna Station which is located in this area as well as the Solna centrum metro station. An Arenastaden metro station on the new yellow line is planned to open under 2022.