19 unique public squares in Stockholm – A comprehensive guide with map

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When it comes to exploring Stockholm, understanding its squares is like having a secret map to the soul of the city. Knowing these squares can be your compass, guiding you through the various districts of the city. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the unique charm of 19 Stockholm squares.

A public square is an open, typically paved area, often surrounded by buildings and accessible to the general public. It serves as a space for gatherings, events, and social interactions. Stockholm squares usually feature amenities such as benches, greenery, and sculptures. They serve as places for recreation, relaxation, and community engagement. Many squares in Stockholm also have their own metro station.

Gamla Stan

1. Stortorget: The historic heart

Located in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, Stortorget is a time capsule of history. Cobblestone streets, vibrant facades, and the iconic Stockholm Stock Exchange Building (now home to the Nobel Museum) make it a must-visit. Take a seat at a café, soak in the mediaeval vibes, and imagine the stories that these centuries-old buildings could tell.

2. Riddarhustorget: Noble surroundings

Riddarhustorget, adjacent to Riddarholmen, exudes nobility with its historic buildings and proximity to the Royal Palace. Stroll through this square and feel the grandeur of Stockholm’s regal past.


1. Sergels Torg: Modern marvel

Sergels Torg is a modern masterpiece in the heart of Stockholm. The glass obelisk, known as the Kristallvertikalaccent, adds a futuristic touch, especially after new illumination was installed in 2017. The square is a prominent meeting point (also in the ‘Plattan’ area below the square, see photo above) and a symbol of Stockholm’s contemporary architecture – you cannot miss the massive Kulturhuset building.

2. Kungsträdgården: Green oasis in the city

Kungsträdgården, often called the “King’s Garden,” is a green oasis in the heart of Stockholm. With its iconic cherry blossoms, sculptures, and open spaces, it’s a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. The Stockholmers just call it “Kungsan”.

3. Gustav Adolfs Torg: A royal affair

This square, named after the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf, offers a royal spectacle. Admire the equestrian statue of the king while surrounded by elegant buildings. It’s a perfect spot to witness the fusion of history and modernity. You often see the abbreviation “GAT” for Gustav Adolfs Torg.

4. Norrmalmstorg: Urban elegance

As the pulse of modern Stockholm, Norrmalmstorg boasts high-end shops and trendy cafés. The square’s open design invites you to people-watch or simply bask in the lively atmosphere. It’s a shopping paradise, making it a top destination for those looking for a taste of urban elegance. Norrmalmstorg is also a starting point for the trams of the Djurgården line (No. 7).

5. Brunkebergstorg: Revived elegance

Once a busy marketplace, Brunkebergstorg has been revived with a touch of modern elegance. Chic hotels, stylish boutiques, and trendy restaurants make it a destination for those seeking a blend of history and contemporary flair.


1. Stureplan: Chic and trendy

If you’re seeking a glamorous atmosphere, Stureplan is the place to be. Surrounded by upscale boutiques, restaurants, and clubs, this square is Stockholm’s epicentre of luxury. It’s a hotspot for the city’s trendsetters and bloggers, making it a prime location for those who love to see and be seen. – Meeting point: Stockholmers often gather at the mushroom-shaped “Svampen” shelter on Stureplan.

2. Nybroplan: Waterfront elegance

The Royal Dramatic Theatre (colloquially known as “Dramaten”) has been at Nybroplan since 1908. Nybroplan offers waterfront elegance with its location along the harbour. Enjoy the views from the steps of Nybrokajen (Nybro quay) and feel the maritime allure of this charming square. Many sightseeing boats depart from here.

3. Strandvägskajen: Sun, wind and water

Strandvägen’s quay transforms into a summer square from the end of May to mid-October. Here, you can relish the summer by the water amid flowers and comfortable summer furniture. You will also encounter installations such as Yggdrasil, the world tree (in 2022).

4. Östermalmstorg: Culinary and historical delights

Nestled in the upscale district of Östermalm, Östermalmstorg offers a delightful blend of culinary excellence and historical charm. At the heart of the square stands the iconic Östermalms Saluhall, a vibrant food market since 1888. It is a feast for the senses. Adjacent to the square, within the confines of the Hedvig Eleonora Church, lies a summer café, open from the beginning of May to the end of August, except on Saturdays. Dating back to 1669, it proudly holds the title of Stockholm’s oldest café.

5. Karlaplan: Elegant respite

Karlaplan offers an elegant respite with its tree-lined avenues along Karlavägen and a serene atmosphere. The round public square is a perfect spot for a leisurely walk or to unwind in a peaceful setting. Wikipedia calls it an “open park-plaza area”. Karlaplan is one of Stockholm’s most exclusive areas.


1. Nytorget: Södermalm’s gem

Venture into Södermalm and discover Nytorget, a hip square with a bohemian charm. Lined with cosy cafés, vintage shops, and street art, Nytorget captures the essence of Södermalm’s creative spirit. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and soak in the vibrant energy. This area is also known as SoFo (“south of Folkungagatan”).

2. Mariatorget: Artistic vibes

Mariatorget is a haven for art lovers. Surrounded by galleries and creative spaces, this square breathes artistic vibes. Take a leisurely stroll, explore the local art scene, and appreciate the unique charm that Mariatorget brings to Södermalm.

3. Medborgarplatsen: Cultural hub

As a cultural hub, Medborgarplatsen hosts events, festivals, and performances. Its central location makes it a meeting point for locals and tourists alike. With theatres, cinemas, and diverse eateries, this square is a melting pot of Stockholm’s cultural richness.

4. Mosebacke Torg: Panoramic views

Mosebacke Torg offers panoramic views of the city. Perched on a hill, it’s a serene escape with a touch of bohemian spirit, especially on a hot summer night. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset or simply unwind with the cityscape as your backdrop. See photo below.

Mosebacke terrace, Stockholm

View from Mosebacke Torg


1. Odenplan: Tranquil retreat

Nestled in Vasastan, Odenplan offers a tranquil retreat from the urban hustle. Enjoy the greenery, relax by the fountain, and escape the bustling city life for a moment of peace.

2. Sankt Eriksplan: Triangle tranquillity

Sankt Eriksplan is a triangular-shaped square. The surrounding residential area is popular and ranks among Stockholm’s most expensive.


1. Fridhemsplan: Riverside serenity

Located by the water, Fridhemsplan offers a riverside escape. It’s a peaceful square with scenic views, inviting you to relax by the waterfront or explore nearby parks.


1. Gullmarsplan: Urban hub

Gullmarsplan is an urban hub with a major metro station. It is surrounded by shops, cafés and fast food restaurants. Just 500 m south of Gullmarsplan, you’ll find the Avicii Arena (“Globen”). Gullmarsplan and Globen are just one stop apart on the green line of the metro.


Each square tells a unique story, offering a glimpse into Stockholm’s rich history, vibrant culture, and contemporary charm. Happy exploring!

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  The benefits: Practical advantages gained from knowing Stockholm’s squares

Knowing the key squares in Stockholm is like having a friendly guide to navigate the city’s diverse districts. Here’s why understanding these squares is a valuable asset for tourists and newcomers:

Navigational anchors: Stockholm’s squares serve as navigational anchors, helping you orient yourself in the city. They are central points that can guide you through different districts, making it easier to explore and find your way around.

Cultural signposts: Each square has its own unique character and often reflects the culture and history of its surrounding area. Recognizing these cultural signposts enhances your understanding of Stockholm’s rich heritage, providing a deeper connection to the city.

Local gathering spots: Many squares are popular meeting places for both locals and tourists. By knowing these squares, you gain insight into where people gather.

Recreational opportunities: Stockholm’s squares often offer recreational amenities such as parks, benches, and scenic views.

Transportation hubs: Several squares in Stockholm are linked to important transportation nodes, including metro stations. Knowing these squares helps you efficiently navigate the city’s public transportation system..

Diverse experiences: Each square has its own unique attractions, be it historical landmarks, modern architecture, or vibrant cultural scenes. Familiarity with these squares allows you to tailor your exploration based on your interests.

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