Vasastan is located in the very heart of Stockholm both geographically and in terms of its city life. It is home to art galleries, theatres, the world renown business school Handels, some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants as well as the beautiful Stockholm Public Library. Residents of Vasastan never risk going bored, hungry or thirsty – there is always something to eat, drink or see. As well as representing many of the things that make the city of Stockholm the capital of Scandinavia, it also has a few of its most iconic parks: Tegnérlunden, Vasaparken and Observatorielunden.
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Vasaparken is a vibrant and beautiful meeting place in the center of Stockholm. Here, children can meet and eat ice cream from the popular gelateria Snö, hop on the bouncy park, play soccer, or just run around. In winter, part of Vasaparken turns into an ice skating rink. This is also the chosen track for many of Vasastan's jogging residents.
One of the best works of the era defining architect Gunnar Asplund, is the Stockholm Public Library which is located between the main streets Odengatan and Sveavägen. This impressive example of the Nordic Classicism style of architecture opened in 1928 and has since then been at the center of the academic and literary life of the whole country, continuously hosting all types of cultural events. The library has also one of Scandinavia’s largest foreign language collections comprising thousands of titles written in over 100 different languages. Very close to the library you can find another of the city’s nicest views if you climb up the hill to the old observatory.
Not only is Vasastan known for its gallery and theatre districts, but also for its astounding density of top class restaurants. 800 grader and Meno Male, both located in this area, valiantly dispute the title of Stockholm’s best pizzeria. If japanese food is more your style, you can go for Michelin star sushi at Sushi Sho or why not the best bowl of noodle soup the city has to offer at Totemo Ramen? The restaurants Tranan and Nabo are also known, not only for their simple, classic and well cooked food, but also for their festive atmosphere.
What locals do
Arts & Culture
Adjacent to Vasaparken you will find Stockholm’s theatre district with, among others, Strindbergs Intima Teater which is named after its founder – the acclaimed author and playwright August Strindberg. Around Vanadisplan in the north western part of the area, you will also find the finest examples of Swedish contemporary art in Vasastan’s gallery district.
If you have some time to walk around and discover Vasastan, most of the locals would probably recommend having a Negroni at the renowned cocktail bar Erlands or a plate of authentic world famous Swedish meatballs at Tennstopet. Or why not a glass of wine and a classic film at cinema Capitol? There you can book your own private screening room to watch films and play video games. If you’re a fan of nice italian or french cheese, the deli Stockholm ost & chark on Birger jarlsgatan is a must. And you can’t leave Vasastan without trying a piece of the amazing polish cheesecake from PolFood on Torsgatan.
Three of Stockholm’s most well placed green line metro stations are located in Vasastan – Rådmansgatan, S:t Eriksplan and Odenplan. The latter is also a stop of the municipal commuter train (Pendeltåget). Four of the city’s five main bus lines (2,3,4, and 6) run through this area very regularly (there is, for some reason, no bus line 5). Sveavägen and Odengatan, which are two of the city's most important streets, cross each other in this area. The whole of Vasastan is very walk and bike friendly as well.