Östermalm is an affluent borough of Stockholm, just east of the central district, Norrmalm. It consists of palatial city-blocks, combined with vibrant tree-lined boulevards, upmarket shopping, two university campuses, and Djurgården, a large public park.
Östermalm is rich with history. Since Medieval times, the lands were known as Ladugårdslandet ("the barn land"), and consisted of royal farms. With the rise of the Swedish Empire, the area was militarised, with army quarters, and a drill field, Gärdet, clear and open from the 17th century until today. In the late 19th century, the bourgeois built themselves exclusive apartment blocks along the waterfront, and the name Östermalm came into use. During the 1930s, a part of the drill field gave way to a row of plain, square modernist apartment houses, which came to inspire similar projects around the world.
The Djurgården ("Animal garden") island has been royal property since centuries. It was used as a zoological garden since the 16th century. In the 1990s, the Skansen open air museum was founded, and several other museums since then.
The centre of the Swedish television and motion picture industry, much of it within the Stockholm harbor, contributes to the timeless glamour of Östermalm.
Östermalm is easily accessed by different forms of transport. As summarised in the Stockholm article, the public transport authority SL offers several transportation methods into the district.
The red line of the tunnelbana has a number of stations in Östermalm. In the centre of Östermalm is the station Östermalmstorg serving the Stureplan and Östermalmstorg area of the district.
The tram Spårväg City runs from Sergels Torg in Norrmalm through Norrmalmstorg and along the waterfront boulevard of Strandvägen to Djurgården serving the Nordiska Museet, Gröna Lund and Skansen making it a very scenic way to travel with ease.
Östermalm contains several museums, and other institutions of culture.
Museum of Science and Technology (Tekniska Museet), Museivägen 7 (Bus 69 from T-Centralen/Sergels Torg), +46 8 450 56 00, . Open daily 10:00-18:00, Wed 10:00-20:00. This large museum tells the tale of Sweden's strong engineering tradition. It is also suitable for small children, with the possibility to carry out your own experiments in the Teknorama section. Admission 160 SEK Children 7-18, students 19+ 95 SEK. Rebates for families and when using the Stockholm card.
Riksidrottsmuseet, "National Sports Museum", , a small free-entrance museum in the same building.
Museum of Ethnography, Etnografiska museet, , with artifacts from all around the world, mostly from indigenous people. Outside the museum stands a totem pole, crafted in the 2000s in exchange for a 19th century pole that has been repatriated to the Haisla tribe.
Östermalm is another gallery district, although the outlets here are a little further apart. Sturegatan and Karlavägen are two streets with several galleries, such as Lars Bohman Gallery (Karlavägen 16 and Sturegatan 36, ).
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Frihamnen (Bus 1 to Frihamnen or Bus 76 to Magasin 3), +46 8 545 680 40 . Open Th noon-19:00, F-Su noon-17:00(closed during the summer). Founded in 1987 and located in a former warehouse in the old Freeport district, the large exhibition space of Magasin 3 houses major exhibitions by international artists, often presenting new works.
Museum of National Antiquities (Historiska Museet), Narvavägen 13-17 (T Karlaplan) . Open daily 10:00-17:00 May-Sep, Tu-Su 11:00-17:00 and Th 11:00-20:00 Oct-Apr. If you're interested in older Scandinavian history, from the Stone Age to the Vikings, you will want to visit the Museum of National Antiquities (its Swedish name means "the Museum of History"). In the Gold Room, you'll find gold treasures from the Bronze Age to the 16th century. (If you're really interested in all things Viking, you might also want to consider a boat trip to the Viking town of Birka, see Ekerö.)
Kaknästornet, Mörka kroken 3, Ladugårdsgärdet (Bus 69 from Sergels Torg), +46 8 667 21 05. Open 10:00-21:00 Sep-Apr, 9:00-22:00 May-Aug. The 155-metre TV tower, east of central Stockholm, offers a different kind of panorama from its viewing gallery. Adults 35 SEK, children 7-15 15 SEK.
Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet), Frescativägen 40 (T Universitetet and then bus 40 or 540), . Open Tu-W, F 10:00-19:00, Th 10:00-20:00, Sa-Su 11:00-19:00. The museum's collection is well-known around the globe and consists of animals, plants, fungi, minerals and fossils. The exhibits have been collected from the poles to the equator, and some were acquired during the voyages of James Cook. The museum is adjacent to Cosmonova, a large IMAX Dome cinema.
Bergius Botanic Gardens, , with open-air gardens as well as a greenhouse.
The Djurgården island contains Sweden's largest cluster of museums and venues, most within walking distance from each other.
Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet), Galärvarvsvägen 14 (tram from T-Centralen, bus 44 from T Karlaplan or the Djurgården ferry from Slussen or Nybroplan), +46 8-519 548 00 . Open daily 8:30-18:00 Jun-Aug, 10:00-17:00 (W 10:00-20:00) Sep-May. The Vasa Museum features Vasa, an original warship from 1628 which sank just after being launched. Retrieved from the water in 1961, the ship is almost wholly preserved and is the only one of its kind and quality in the world. A must-see, especially since it is uncertain whether current methods of preservation will be able to maintain her condition in years to come. Adults 110 SEK, Students 80 SEK, children up to 17 free. There are adequate lifts to enable those less physically fit to see all levels of the ship.
Skansen, main entrance from Djurgårdsvägen (tram from T-Centralen, bus 44 from T Karlaplan or the Djurgården ferry from Slussen or Nybroplan), +46 8 442 80 00 . Open daily 10:00-20:00 1 May-20 Jun, 10:00-22:00 21 Jun-31 Aug, shorter hours the rest of the year, but always at least 10:00-15:00. The first open-air museum in the world, as well as a zoological garden specializing in Nordic fauna, such as moose, reindeer, bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine. Located on the island of Djurgården it features over 150 historic buildings from previous centuries. Hosts and hostesses in historic costumes further enhance this attraction, and domestic occupations such as weaving, spinning, and glass blowing are demonstrated. The Skansen area is fairly large (700 meters across) with steep slopes and limited public transportation, so be prepared for long walks. There is also an "aquarium"  (not included in the entrance fee) with tropical animals such as lemurs, monkeys, snakes, spiders, fish and Cuban Crocodiles. Adults 120 SEK, children 50 SEK Jun-Aug, lower other times of the year but with less animals. The aquarium requires an extra cover charge: Adults 100 SEK.
In Skansen Museum
Nordiska Muséet (Nordic Museum)
Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum), Djurgårdsvägen 6-16 (On Djurgården, just after the Djurgården Bridge. Tram from T-Centralen or bus 44 from T Karlaplan), +46 8 519 546 00, . Open daily 10:00-17:00 Jun-Aug, M-F 10:00-16:00 (W 10:00-20:00) and Sa-Su 11:00-17:00 Sep-May. A museum of cultural history from 1520 to our days, celebrating its 100-year anniversary, in an impressive cathedral-like building on Djurgården. Exhibitions focus on Swedish handicraft, customs and traditions. Adult admission 60 SEK.
Prince Eugen's Waldemarsudde, Prins Eugens Väg 6, +46 8 545 837 00, . Open 11:00-17:00 (Th 11:00-20:00). Prince Eugen (1865-1947) was the son of King Oscar II, a revered artistic painter, and an avid art collector. His beautiful palace on Djurgården is now a museum housing his enormous art collection spanning the 1880-1940 period.
Rosendal Palace, Rosendals slott, : Though the beautiful and central location, this palace is little known. Guided tours during summer.
The Aquaria Water Museum, , has aquaria simulating a rainforest, a coral reef, a Swedish lake, as well as a sewage pipe (!) Not as reputed as the Skansen Aquarium, still providing some escape from the Swedish winter.
The Biological Museum, Biologiska museet, displays Scandinavian and Arctic dioramas with stuffed Scandinavian animals, lit only by daylight. When built in 1893, the diorama technique was revolutionary, and inspired similar museums worldwide. Today, the museum itself is more interesting as an artifact of educational history, than a display of nature.
Spirits Museum, Spritmuseum, displays the history of alcoholic beverages in Sweden, with heavy drinking, heavy government control, and heavy taxation.
Brunnsviken, the lake adjacent to Haga park just north of the inner city. There are several fine beaches, particularly on the eastern side (T Universitetet). Popular with students as it's just a short walk from the university's main campus.
Djurgården plays their home games at Stockholms stadion, Lidingövägen/Vallhallavägen (T Stadion), a rather small redbrick stadium on Östermalm, built for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Djurgården has been the most successful team in Stockholm for the last couple of years, but has been struggling with form during 2008.
DN-galan is the leading track and field event in Sweden and a part of the IAAF World Athletic Tour, held annually in July in the beautiful Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
DN-galan 2011, July 29. (Ticket sales start Dec 1.)
Stockholm Open. Stockholm Open is a tennis event on the ATP Tour, held in the Royal Tennis Hall in Östermalm in October, attracting many of the world's finest tennis players.
Stockholm Open 2010, October 16-24.
Gröna Lund, Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9 (Bus 44 or 47, the latter from Sergels Torg, or the Djurgården Ferry from Slussen or Nybroplan), +46 8 587 501 00, . Open at least noon-23:00 most days June-August, shorter hours in May and early September. Djurgården has Stockholm's only amusement park, with more or less standard attractions and games. The restaurants in the park are expensive and generally far from a culinary experience. Note that no rides are included in the entrance fee. Adults 80 SEK (90 SEK from mid June to mid August, 150 SEK from 18:00 on concert nights), ages 0-7 and over 65 for free. Rides 20-60 SEK with single tickets, day pass 289 SEK.
Junibacken, Galärvarvsvägen (Bus 44, 47 or 69, the latter two from Sergels Torg), +46 8 587 230 00, . Open Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 Jan-May, daily 10:00-17:00 June, daily 09:00-18:00 July, daily 09:00-18:00 1-15 Aug, daily 10:00-17:00 16-31 Aug, Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00 September-December. Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof and numerous other children's books, is revered by almost all Swedes. Located on the island Djurgården, like many other child-friendly attractions, Junibacken could be described as an indoor theme-park dedicated to the world of her (and a few other Swedish authors') stories. There is also a restaurant. Admission (2010): 1 Sep-26 Dec, adults 125 SEK, childrens 2-15 years of age 110 SEK. 27 Dec-9 Jan 2011, adults 145 SEK, childrens 2-15 years of age 125 SEK.
Magic Bar, T-Östermalmstorg . Branded as Northern Europe's only stage dedicated to the art of illusion. Close-up magic on weeknights, stage shows on weekends.
Stureplan and the surrounding streets have many shopping opportunities for the well-to-do. And of course, most museums have souvenir shops.
Sturegallerian, main entrance: Stureplan (T Östermalmstorg) . Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 12:00-17:00. Opened in 1989, Sturegallerian is an upmarket shopping center in central Stockholm, with stores carrying a good selection of exclusive brands. Also the home of the upmarket restaurants Sturehof and Tures and the nightclub Sturecompagniet.
Hedengrens bokhandel, Sturegallerian (T Östermalmstorg), . A sophisticated bookstore with books in Swedish, English and other languages. They focus more on arty books than bestsellers.
Östermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg (T Östermalmstorg) . A market hall in a beautiful 1880s redbrick building, with all kinds of expensive food.
Kosherian Blecher & Co, Nybrogatan 19 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 663 65 80 . Open M-Tu,Th 11:00-18:00, W 11:00-21:30, F 9:00-1 hour before Shabbat (shorter opening hours during the summer). Kosherian is Stockholm's only Kosher food store. There are no kosher restaurants in Stockholm, but Kosherian offers catering and can prepare light meals.
Svenskt Tenn, Strandvägen 5 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 617 16 00 . Open M-F 10:00–18:00, Sa 10:00–15:00. Well known store for high-quality exclusive Swedish design.
The Saluhallen market hall on Östermalmstorg has a lot of beautifully arranged market stalls with an excellent spread of epicurean delights, both savory and sweet. Reindeer paté and sausages, cloudberry preserves, and large variety of knäckebröd. Very expensive.
Planet Food, inside Östermalmshallen, Östermalmstorg (T Östermalmstorg). Open during lunch hours. Although the deli market Östermalmshallen is rather upmarket and its restaurants generally on the expensive side, Planet Food is an exception, offering a decent selection of excellent and very fresh wraps for 55 SEK. Salads and juices are also on the menu.
Restaurang Sumlen, in the basement of Kungliga Biblioteket (the Royal Library) in the Humlegården park (T Östermalmstorg) . Open M-F 9:30-16:00. In an area where sit-down lunches are expensive, Sumlen, catering to poor PhD students, offer simple but decent meals for 58 SEK. Closed in July.
McDonald's Nybrogatan, Nybrogatan 18: With marble floor, wooden furnishings and wicker chairs, this might be Sweden's poshest McDonald's.
Örtagården, Nybrogatan 31 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 662 17 28. Lunch M-F 10:30-16:00, dinner M-F 16-21:30, Sa 11:00-23:00, Su 11:00-21:00. Located on the top floor of the Östermalmshallen food market, Örtagården serves a sumptuous vegetarian buffet with hot and cold vegetarian dishes at a decent price. There is also a "back pocket" serving meat dishes. Vegetarian weekday buffet lunch 85 SEK, vegetarian weekday dinner and weekend buffet 135 SEK.
Blå Porten, Djurgårdsvägen 64, +46 8 663 87 59. Open M-F 11:00-23:00, Sa-Su 11:00-19:00. Most of the mid-range options in the tourist-dense Djurgården offer a simple, overpriced and uninspiring fare. Blå porten, hidden in the back yard of Liljevalchs konsthall, is the one exception. Delicious food in a lush garden makes the long queues worth it. The excellent cakes and pies also makes this a good choice for a coffee break.
Esperanto, Kungstensgatan 2 (T Tekniska Högskolan), +46 8 696 23 23 . Open Tu-Sa 18:00-01:00 (closed July and early August). Just a notch below F12 on the White Guide ranking, Esperanto offers innovative tasting menus featuring many examples of advanced cooking. Some of the best value for money in the top class niche. Tasting menus 745 or 1075 SEK.
The student unions at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (T Tekniska Högskolan) and Stockholm University (T Universitetet) hold pubs on weeknights at various campus locations, except during summer months. If you can read Swedish, you'll find a list at Fester.nu .
Stureplan and Östermalmstorg
Stureplan is a major nightlife hub, at the border between Östermalm and Norrmalm.
Sturehof, Stureplan 2 (T Östermalmstorg) . Located close to Riche, with the same owners and much the same well-to-do clientele, Sturehof's prominent location right on Stureplan draws a slightly more mixed and relaxed crowd than many of its neighbours in Stockholm's glitzy nightlife area. The restaurant has good quality food, albeit on the expensive side. The music bar O-baren is well-known for its DJ sets.
Brasserie Godot, Grev Turegatan 36 (T Östermalmstorg) . If you fancy long drinks with a cool crowd this is the place for you. Ask for an Old-Fashioned, Godot Crush or a Bloody Mary.
Riche, Birger Jarlsgatan 4 (T Östermalmstorg) . Branding itself a "cosmopolitan bar", Riche is one of the most popular places with the media crowd. Two large bars, often with DJs.
Backpacker's Inn, Banérgatan 56 (T Karlaplan), (email@example.com), . Actually a school, more or less converted into a youth hostel in summer. It is large (320 beds) and really centrally located, close to the subway (200 m), and within walking distance to downtown. There is a shopping mall and several supermarkets nearby. The showers are in a separate building (since the only ones available are those at the gym hall), and the sleeping rooms (14 beds) are classrooms. Breakfast (decently priced) and internet (expensive, go to an internet cafe instead) are available. If you need a cheap place to stay and want to meet a lot of people, this is for you. 135 SEK in the dorm for STF members  and 180 SEK for non-members. However, one should be careful about his luggage, thefts occured.
Hotel Stureplan, Birger Jarlsgatan 24, (T Östermalmstorg) . Central location, comfortable, well designed rooms. There are "classic" rooms kitted out in 19th century style, and minimalist "loft" and "cabin" rooms. Relatively pricey at around 1000 SEK per night.
Elite Eden Park Hotel: Sauna, gym and two restaurants in-house.
Scandic Anglais Hotel, Humlegårdsgatan 23 (T Östermalmstorg), . Trendy boutique hotel encased in a glass exterior. In good location, combining the peace of the park with the entertainment of the city centre. Rooms are small but functional, and the hotel contains one of the most hip bars in Stockholm, always popular and only steps away from your room. The breakfast buffet lasts until 14:00. Guests are able to rent bikes from reception.
Scandic Hasselbacken, . In the Djurgården entertainment district.
Villa Källhagen, , just outside the built-up area in Östermalm.
As Stureplan is a center for nightlife, it also the most violent place in Stockholm. Though the square is guarded by police and nightclub security, drunk brawls are commonplace. Let the professionals take care of conflicts.