Every Stockholm resident has at least once fantasized about living in one of the sought after apartments in Kungsholmen. The many long streets in this area never cease to surprise its residents and visitors with wonderful little bars and restaurants, amazing bathing spots and secret nooks. Lindhagenhuset and Västermalmsgallerian are two big malls on each side of the island in which you’ll be sure to cover all your shopping needs. A symbolic and very recognisable landmark in Kungsholmen – The Stockholm City Hall – is the venue for the solemn and glamorous Nobel Prize ceremony.
Our Favourite Spots
Rålambshovsparken is arguably the most popular park in Stockholm. It’s a great place for drinks and picnics as well as sports. Rålis (as the locals call it) has the one of the most visited skateparks in the inner city as well as basketball courts, a beach volley court and beautiful little amphitheatre. It is an ideal place to spend a whole day in the sun or just go for a quick workout.
The Stockholm City Hall was inaugurated in 1923 and is without a doubt the main attraction of Kungsholmen. Not only is it a great example of the swedish National Romantic style of architecture, its many rooms make up an interesting and eclectic mix of styles and influences. During your visit there, it is well worth doing one of the guided tours and it is also very common for locals to just take walks or sit and relax on its beautiful courtyard by the water. If you want to have a meal worthy of a genius you can always go down to the restaurant Stadshuskällaren and order the latest Nobel menu.
The feel of Kungsholmen is the perfect mix of big city life and natural waterfront beauty. No one street embodies this as much as Norrmälarstrand which runs between the City Hall and Rålis. Along this delightful promenade you’ll find Orangeriet where you can have a drink in a great lake side atmosphere as well as Boulebar where you can have a beer (or a glass of pastis, if you're feeling adventurous) and play a game of petanque. In the inner more urban parts of Kungsholmen you’ll find places like Agnes – where you can have a fresh, perfectly cooked meal with a well selected glass of wine – or AG where you’ll find the best steak in town. On nights you feel more fun and festive you can go for a cocktail at Tap Room in Hotel Amaranten and chances are you’ll end up partying at the nearby nightclub Lemon Bar.
What Locals Do
While walking in the area near Fridhemsplan and AG you can look for the street art wall on Kronobergsgatan which gets painted by a new artist every year. One of the nicest areas to go for a stroll is Hantverkargatan and the streets surrounding Kungsholmstorg. While walking around these streets, keep an eye out for the smallest and cutest statue in town – Litet lejon (Little Lion). These quarters are filled with interesting small shops and as well as bars and eateries, and if you're a fan of fantasy literature, board games and collectibles you should visit Dragon’s Lair near Kungsholmstorg. This store is a hidden paradise for puzzle and board game enthusiasts as well as hardcore fantasy and sci fi nerds. In the summer, make sure to take a bath off the cliffs of Fredhäll and visit Stockholm’s best (and perhaps only) sand beach Smedsuddsbadet.
The bus and metro station Fridhemsplan is the main public transportation hub for the western side of Stockholm. It connects the green metro line with the blue as well as most of the main bus lines that run through and out of the inner city. Apart from Fridhemsplan there are two more green line and two more blue line metro stations on the island. Its very undulated streets make cycling across Kungsholmen as rewarding as it is challenging. An electric bike might be a good idea. Kungsholmen is located between Södermalm and Norrmalm/City, which makes both Hornstull in Södermalm and the City area very accessible.