Stockholm: the most exciting places in Old Town, or tourist-free sights

Stockholm, Sweden

6 places

Alexandra Goncharova

Gamla Stan or Old Town attracts more tourists than any other area of Stockholm. That doesn't seem like it when you follow the crowd of people snailing down the street full of Chinese souvenirs. Actually, if you move a dozen meters off the beaten track you'll find really interesting tourist-free places full of locals.


Edblad was started by a couple of Swedish designers who can do almost anything: jewelry, clothing and home furnishings in restrained Scandinavian style. All the materials are exclusively natural. The owners donate a share of profit to charity. By the way Eldblad offers the most elegant wellies ever.

Iris Hantverk

Originally focused on wooden brushes of natural bristles, now the brand offers much more than that: handmade soap, towels, various jars and cans, Swedish Klippan woolen blankets and wooden brushes for dishwashing which are quite popular here. You'll definitely find something to your taste here and it's hard to leave Iris Hantverk empty-handed.


Turn onto Storkyrkobrinken street and walk towards Skeppsbron promenade passingthe Royal Palace. Unwind a little on a bench right in front of the entrance to the Middle Ages Museum. It is quite far from boring: you literally plunge yourself into the époque. Close vicinity to the main attractions and an unusual location (under the bridge) make the place almost invisible to the tourists. To find the entrance go down the stairs at the beginning of Norrbron Bridge towards Strömparterren mini-park. The museum displays curious attributes of medieval life. A typical bathing bucket is one of them, for instance. Medeltidsmuseum features free Wi-Fi, an audio-guide in several languages and a nice store with cool coloring books and medieval style decorations.

Entrance fee: 100 SEK, ticket is valid for 12 months and offers free entrance to the Stadsmusset museum.

Nobel Museum

Located in the very center of the Old Town, Nobel Museum aims to make science and innovation attractive to the public. Much of the exposition is devoted to inspiring videos, interactive animated movies and scientific phenomenon.
The museum has a permanent exposition on history of the Nobel Prize, and an annual exposition devoted to current year's laureates and their discoveries. Apart from that there are temporary expositions displaying works of art students. An audio guide is available in several languages (20 kr). A 40-minute highlight tour called 'Cultures of Creativity' in English is included in the entrance fee. You will hear about Albert Nobel, the history of Nobel Prize, its winners and the most notable discoveries. The museum has a bistro resembling classic Viennese intellectual cafes. You should drop in – either for a glass of smoothie or a full meal.

Entrance fees: 100 SEK, students and senior citizens – 70 SEK, children under 18 – free.
Please note that Tuesdays 17:00 till 20:00 the museum offers free admission to all its guests.

Flying Elk

Open by one of the most famous chefs of Sweden, Björn Frantzén, Flying Elk is a gastro pub with a wide choice of alcohol. Its restaurant across the street features 2 Michelin stars and is considered to be the 12th best restaurant in the world according to the Restaurants (British magazine). Flying Elk, unlike Frantzén, is reasonably priced. Make sure to visit the pub on Sunday when it serves unbelievably delicious burgers. If you're not hungry, have some beer at Corner Club Bar (inside, across Flying Elk), or go to nearby Gaston vine and cocktail bar, which is next door to the pub.

Note that it's best to book a table on the pub's website.


Stampen is a classic jazz-club with friendly atmosphere. Everyday live music is its strong point. The club occupies a historical building of a former church and a pawnshop since 1968. Maybe that's why it features dim lights and ancient musical instruments hanging from the ceiling. Stampen offers two floors, two bars and two stages of live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues and soul music six days a week.


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