If you want to immerse yourself in the vibrant city life of Stockholm, you should sit on a bench on the lively and sometimes noisy Sergels torg square and watch the hurrying Stockholmers for a while. Here is the busy city centre. The main shopping streets lead to this square.
Below the square there is the Stockholm metro hub “T-Centralen” and the shopping centre “Sergelarkaden”. In front of T-Centralen you find the black-and-white tile pattern that consists of large-sized triangles and is well-known from many photos (see our picture below).
The Stockholmers call this part of Sergels torg just “Plattan”. Sometimes political demonstrations take place here. Unfortunately, this is also a place where criminality and drug trafficking have spread (be aware of pickpockets). Therefore, many Stockholmers avoid this place in the evening. As a result there are hardly any restaurants in this area.
On the south side of Sergels torg there is the massive construction of the cultural centre. Here in the “Kulturhuset” you can read the newspaper, visit exhibitions, have a coffee or go to the theatre. The current event schedule is available here: www.kulturhusetstadsteatern.se.
Tourist information centre
The Kulturhuset also houses Stockholm’s major tourist information centre. It is run by Stockholm Visitors Board (SVB). SVB is the official tourism promotion agency of Stockholm and fully owned by the City of Stockholm.
Department store Åhléns City
In the immediate vicinity of Sergels torg, on the Klarabergsgatan 50, you can find the large department store Åhléns City. In the basement it also has a food section where you can stock up on the essentials. Among other things there are ready-made salads and baguettes – and this food is better and cheaper than at most of the kiosks around Sergels torg.
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“Plattan”: The police are often here, sometimes to prevent crimes, sometimes to intervene. “Violence, pickpockets, drug trafficking, shoplifting, punched shop windows, stabbings and threats of store personnel. With this reality, visitors, shopkeepers and homeowners are faced in the area around Sergels torg today.” (Press release “City i Samverkan”, February 2014, our translation)