In Gamla Stan you will find small shops of various kinds – including icecream cafés, candy stores (“Gamla stans polkagriskokeri” – candy cane factory – at Lilla Nygatan 10) and toy store Kalikå at Österlånggatan 18, with their own, very typically jersey fabric designed stuffed fantasy animals and baby clothes as well as other toys of high quality.
Take a pause in your sightseeing in one of the lovely cafés at Stortorget. Try for example Kaffekoppen or Chokladkoppen with both indoor and outdoor seating, where you can enjoy looking at people bustling about at the plaza. No room for stroller inside the café though. Imagine that right here, at Stortorget, the blood bath of Stockholm took place in 1520.
Take a pause at Stortorget and look at people bustling about at the plaza.
Of course, Gamla stan is also home to the Royal castle, Storkyrkan – where the royal weddings took place – and at Christmas time, a lovely Christmas market at Stortorget.
Part of the Royal Castle in Old town of Stockholm.
And if you turn from the Royal castle, you will get the view of Nybrokajen. One of the places in the city centre where you can take a boat to the closest located island in the archipelago of Stockholm – Fjäderholmarna (short article, also in English)
View to Nybrokajen.
A short walk from Old Town, you will be in Kungsträdgården, a more calm and quiet place surrounded by beautiful flowers and green lawn, cafeterias and restaurants in the nearby area.
View from Kungsträdgården to the Royal castle in Old town, just a short walk.
When spring arrives, in late March to April, you might be lucky to see the cherry trees blossom (during a few couple of weeks) in pink in Kungsträdgården.
Cherry trees in Kungsträdgården.
More from Stockholm in English
More short articles from Stockholm, and in English, are Skansen and Gröna Lund.