The area consists of several municipalities, separate from Stockholm: Danderyd, Täby, Vallentuna, Sollentuna, Upplands-Väsby, Upplands-Bro, Solna, Sundbyberg and Järfälla.
During the Viking Age and Middle Ages, the area was known as Attundaland, an entity surviving only with the fire brigade Brandkåren Attunda and the courthouse Attunda Tingsrätt.
During the 20th century, the area transformed from farms to suburbs. Solna and Sundbyberg are autonomous cities, with rectangular city blocks as well as modernist apartment rows. Helenelund and Danderyd are affluent garden cities.
With the Karolinska Institute, famous for distributing the Nobel Prize in medicine, Solna is a center for health science and biotechnology.
Bögs gård, a farm in Sollentuna for displaying traditional agriculture. The farm has been featured twice at American The Amazing Race.
MC Collection Museum, a collection of more than a hundred motorcycles.
Åbergs Museum, Kalmarvägen 10, Bålsta, founded by artist and actor Lasse Åberg, with a collection of Disney memorabilia and historic cartoons.
Cedergrenska Tornet, Kungsvägen 2, Stocksund, is an interesting tower in Danderyd conceived by Albert Gotthard Nestor Cedergren in the early 20th century. Half built in 1908 it then stood unfinished until completed in 1995. The tower is now used for conferences and parties but is open to the public for sunday brunches. Apart from the tower the surrounding park is worth a visit in its own right. The tower is a 1km walk from Stocksund Station along Roslagsbanan and there is also a bus from the bus terminal at Danderyds Sjukhus that gets you a bit closer.
Stockholm Quality Outlet, Majorsvägen 2-4, Järfälla (Commuter train to Jakobsberg and then bus 567) . Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Close to one of Stockholm's two IKEA stores, in the suburb Barkarby, rather far out northwest of the city center, you will find a factory outlet village that claims to be the first and biggest in the Nordic countries, and promises prices 30 to 60 percent lower than in the city center stores.
Täby Centrum, (Roslagsbanan Täby Centrum), . Open daily 10:00-19:00.
Solna Centrum, (Hotellgatan Solna Centrum), . Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00.
Trädgårdscaféet, Slottsträdgårdsvägen 8, Solna (walk from J Ulriksdal or take bus 503 to Ulriksdals wärdshus from T Bergshamra), +46 8 514 822 30. Open 11:00 am-4:00 pm every day. A cafe located in the National City Park, close to the Ulriksdal Palace. Serves a delicious SEK 155 vegetarian lunch buffet between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm every weekday, with dishes made out of mostly local and ecological vegetables.
Edsbacka krog, Sollentunavägen 220 (Commuter train to Sollentuna, buses 607, 627 to Edsbacka), +46 8 96 33 00 . Open M-F 17:30-24:00, Sa 14:00-24:00 (Edsbacka Krog is closing down Feb 27 2010). Located 15 km north of central Stockholm, Sollentuna’s rather traditionalist Edsbacka Krog is the only Swedish restaurant with two stars in the Michelin Guide Rouge. Extensive wine list. Mains 370-420 SEK, menus 750-1200 SEK.
Stallmästaregården,  is Stockholm's oldest surviving inn.
As most residents venture to central Stockholm for nightlife, the suburbs mostly contain local hangouts and hotel bars. A few places beyond the usual are:
Garbo in Sundbyberg might be the most lively nightclub in suburban Stockholm. As 50% of Sundbyberg households are singles (reputedly the highest portion for any city in the world), this is the place for pick-up artists.
Several sport bars in Solna around the dismantled Råsunda Stadium.