The Old Town or Gamla Stan in the Swedish capital is located on the island Stadsholmen, dating back to the 13th century with cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and a scenic square in the centre surrounded by old merchants’ houses.

This is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe and Stockholm’s most unique attraction with beautiful architecture and narrow streets in a very charming setting.

Here you find some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés, where you can enjoy true traditional meatballs, as well as small curiosity, antique and handicraft shops, boutiques selling Swedish designs in clothing and food, the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum on the main square Main square where on Saturdays the military orchestra plays.

The Old Town is worth a visit any time of year

The place is bustling with shops, cafes, bars, music, and people. The restaurants and bars are filled with people inside and on the sidewalk well into the evening and several gourmet and Michelin star restaurants are discretely situated on the narrow streets. The museums, palace and other attractions make it a wonderful and fascinating area to spend time. The whole place is very charismatic. Look out for the traditional daily changing of the guard.

We suggest that you, to get a real feel of ‘living’ in the Old Town, stay at the Victoria Hotel which is set in a 17th-century stone property in the heart of the Old Town, boasts old-world rooms decorated with antiques, plush furniture and Swedish sea captain-themed memorabilia and suites with beamed ceilings, 4-poster beds, whirlpool tubs, and dining and living areas. Address: Lilla Nygatan 5, Phone: +46 8 506 400 00

For shopping, look out for Magnani, a lovely jewellery store at Stora Nygatan 22, and Stikki Nikki where you can get organic and daily fresh gelato at Götgatan 46.