Kista is often nicknamed the Silicon Valley of Sweden as it is the largest ICT cluster in Europe. The communication giant Ericsson has had its headquarters here since the 80’s and some of the most prestigious tech and science schools have opened branches here. If you’re a tech person, Kista is the place to be. Apart from being an exceptional european IT centre, Kista is one of the most diverse cultural melting pots in the Stockholm area.
Our Favourite Spots
Even though Kista is a giant centre for business and shopping, it is easy to find nice areas to exercise and enjoy nature. One great spot for this is Ärvinge ängar – a beautiful park located in the southern part of the neighborhood.
One of the most beautiful destinations in the Stockholm area is undoubtedly Järvafältet. It is a large and very well kept nature reserve that surrounds most of Kista. Here you will find several lakes, beautiful hills and old estates as well as well preserved old-growth forest areas.
Not only is Kista Galleria a large shopping mall with a great variety of stores and brands, it is also a centre for culture and entertainment with its public library, bowling alley, multiplex cinema, and go kart track. Here you will also find one of Stockholm’s most visited food courts with a great variety of food from all over the world.
What Locals Do
Tensta and the blue line
A mere 10 minute bus ride from Kista you will find Tensta which is one of the most culturally diverse areas in Sweden. This neighborhood is home to grocery stores and markets stocked with items and food from all over the world, but its main attraction is probably Tensta Konsthall which is one of the most important museums for contemporary art in the country. In the 70’s, the City of Stockholm commissioned a large group of artists to make art pieces out of the metro stations throughout the whole length of the blue line. There is beautiful artwork on all the metro lines but the blue line stands out as the one with the most celebrated pieces.
Sports & Recreation
Apart from the big commercial mall, the Kista area is known for its grocery stores and food markets, the most famous one being Kista Grossen. If you are a lover of world food culture you’ll be very happy to regularly visit this shop. Living in Kista you will also have easy access to the nearby Kista Racket Center where you can go to the gym as well as rent badminton, racquetball, ping pong, and squash facilities. If you prefer swimming, Husbybadet has a 25 m tempered training pool as well as a gym and jacuzzi.
Located right in between the centre of the city and Arlanda airport, Kista is well connected to almost all areas of Stockholm by either blue line metro, bus or commuter train.