Södermalm is a big island south of Gamla Stan filled with little [and big] street shops, all kinds of restaurants, ice cafés, sushi bars aso. The most of the big cruisers to Finland, Estonia & other countries depart from the north-eastern part of the island, so a day-trip like that would be such a great idea - read about it on my Åland, Finland page!
Södermalm's all small streets, nice spots, a lot of churches & green parks, so you can just take a walk until you find a place that best suits you. Globen (City), situtated in the southern part, is a symbol of Stockholm with four arenas where concerts, matches & conferences & everything else is held, dozens of bars & restaurants & more than sixty shops & boutiques. It's almost a city itself, very good connected & planned to become an interesting destination. When I was in Stockholm, I read about a couple of new bars & restaurants being opened & the day I was leaving Coldplay were playing there...
The best way to check out Södermalm is by foot. Although it can take a while, you're gonna get a feeling of the city. ;) Take the Tunnelbana (or T-bana) to Slussen [two stops from Centralen] & start cruising... There is Katarinahissen & its restaurant from which you have a great view of the central Stockholm, but prepare for paying big money for that pleasure. The alternative is to go a bit more to the east through Katarinavägen to Fjällgatan - you have a nice view from there & you're gonna see all kinds of things on the way! (Thanx, Mark!)
The northernmost part of Soder is called Slussen. Sluss means "locks", and this is where boats are shipped through from the Baltic to Lake Malaren. Slussen is also a connection point for the subway, and a nice place to start a visit to Sodermalm, the South part of downtown Stockholm.
Above the lock is the square Sodermalms torg. There is a cart selling herring fast food (try it!), the usual market business with flowers and fruits, and also the Museum Stockholms Stadsmuseum. The museum is devoted to the history of Stockholm.
In the picture is Slussen area seen from Gamla Stan island.
From slussen you can start your visit of Sodermalm. Either you stroll south on Gotgatan, or you take Hornsgatan to the west, or you climb up towards Mosebacke torg to stroll the eastern parts of Sodermalm. You should take all of these walks if you have the time. Especially in the east part you will pass picturesque houses and get a marvellous view of the city. Try Fjallgatan for great views. Hornsgatan and Gotgatan are great for shopping.
At the Slussen itselt, note the tall steel structure called Katarinahissen. Up there is a restaurant where, it you have the means, you can enjoy a dinner with a great view.
Note also the neon sign for toothpaste Stomatol, up on the houses on Sodermalm. It has ben there since the 1920:s, or 30:s. It was one of the first ever neon commercial signs in Sweden.
Go to Sodermalm! Sodermalm is the big residential island south of old town (Gamla Stan). It has a completely different feel to it than central Stockholm and seems to be a very up and coming district. I would either walk over from the old town or take the subway to the stop called "Slussen", and then walk the main street called Gotgatan browsing the shops and people watching. You'll finally end up on the main square called Medborgarplatsen with lots of lively cafes and people.
If you're looking for a great view of Stockholm, you can get it here in Sodermalm from the so-called Katarinahissen. It is an elevator which takes you up about 40 meters or so to a restaurant above Slussen, and there is a marvelous view from there.
This is a great residential area but don't let that fool you. You can see so many different architectural types of the local houses, to the grand hotels that line the harbor. It is great to walk through at sunset especially up on the cliffs. Some really impressive museums are also on this island. The metro will take you through most of the island. Also there are some pretty nice gallerys located on the waterside of the island.
This statue is a memorial over the 500 Swedes that went to Spain in the years 1938-1939. Together with other international voluntary fources they fought for democracy in Spain.
The Swedish words that are written on the monument have the following meaning:
"Of the 500 Swedes who during the years 1938-39 fought for the democracy in Spain each third man fell. They gave their outmost at Madrid, Jarama, Guadalajara, Brunete, Teruel, Aragon, Ebro.
Wanderer, stop and remember them with pride."
Beside the statue there is a map cut in stone with the names of Madrid, Brunete, Jarama, Guadalajara, Aragon, Teruel and Ebro.
The Swedish inscription on the small stone beside says:
"In memoriam of the Swedish volunteers in Spain.
Erected 1977. Liss Eriksson Born 1919."
The place for the statue is very well choosen, many of the soldiers came from the south proletarian part of Stockholm (Södermalm). The statue is more than 4 meters high.
The Swedish volunteers fought together with German anti-fascists in the well reputated Thälmann batallion. Of those who survived many were wounded.
All together the international voluntary forces reached 50,000 men.
Celebrity spotting at Götgatsbacken
A lot of cool celebrities seem to spend a lot of time around Götgatsbacken om Södermalm - if you fell like spending a few hours looking for famous people, buy a cool magazine at 'Press Stop', then sit down by the window in 'Wayne's Coffee' and start collecting celebrity memories.
Södermalm is the most diverse area of innercity Stockholm. It’s the place for small independent shops, nice cafés and bars. Basically should you give it a day or two and explore it by foot.
This is nice neigbourhood. Slightly bohemian with lot of artist and students, and really lot of pubs. But it is nice to go during the day and night.
Soder is a beautiful part of the city. From here you have a wunderful view over the city.
Small and beautiful gardens. Take a stop at any cafe and just relax.
Reimersholme on is an own island on the west side of Sodermalm. With a relaxed atmosphere, boat clubs and small beaches Reimersholme look more south European than Swedish.
There is a great view point on Södermälarstrand (the south side of the city) where you'll see this wonderful view of Stockholm.
There's lots of interesting fountains around town. This one is of Thor & The Dragon on the way to The Toy Museum in Sodermalm.
Soder is a beautiful part of the city. From here you have a wunderful view over the whole city.
Small alley's and beautiful gardens. Take a stop at any cafe and just relax from the hectic live.