Kungsholmen is an island-borough in western Stockholm, best known for the City Hall, Stockholms stadshus.
The eastern part of the island is densely urban, while the north-western part is under redevelopment. The islands Stora Essingen and Lilla Essingen also belong to the borough. The E4/E20 expressway Essingeleden runs across these islands, as well as Kungsholmen.
Most of Kungsholmen is reached by subway, from Norrmalm or the northern and western suburbs. The scenic Västerbron ("Western Bridge") connects to Södermalm.
Until October 2012, the blue subway line is closed down at T-Centralen. Replacement buses connect Stockholm Central to Rådhuset.
Stadshuset (City hall) at sunset
- The Stockholm City Hall (Stadshuset), Hantverkargatan 1 (T T-Centralen) . The city hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place every year, is an imposing brick building in the city centre. Guided tours are held daily, and allow you to see the impressive halls used for the Nobel festivities, the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall. The tower offers a great view of the Old Town and can be climbed (optionally, a lift can take you half the way). To avoid congestion and crowding, you have to get tickets in advance.
- The largest beach in inner-city Stockholm is the child-friendly Smedsuddsbadet (T Fridhemsplan), next to the Rålambshovsparken Park.
- Fredhällsbadet (T Kristineberg) is a rocky beach on western Kungsholmen.
- Västermalmsgallerian, Sankt Eriksgatan 45 (T Fridhemsplan) . Open M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Opened in 2002, Västermalmsgallerian on Kungsholmen is good-looking but relatively small.
- Vilse i Garderoben, Hantverkargatan 59, second hand store.
- Cafe Fix, Sankt Eriksgatan 35. Stockholm's oldest coffee shop. 25SEK for coffee, 5SEK for refill. Nice food.
- Mäster Anders, Pipersgatan 1 (T-Rådhuset), +46 8 654 20 01. French and Swedish cuisine with an emphasis on grilled meats. Mains 145-295 SEK.
- Kungsholmen, Norr Mälarstrand, kajplats 464 (T Rådhuset). Maybe on the expensive side of what constitutes mid-range, but this refined food court concept in a beautiful Kungsholmen quay location offers large portions of really tasty food in a variety of styles. Mains 175-260 SEK.
- Lux, Primusgatan 116 (Lilla Essingen, bus 1), +46 8 619 01 90 . Open Tu-Fr 11:30-14:00, 17:00-23:00, Sa 17:00-23:00. In a waterside location on one of Stockholm’s smaller islands, Lux offers both a relaxed atmosphere and some very good modern cooking. Mains 315-345 SEK, tasting menu 940 SEK.
- Katana Grill & Sushi, Moa Martinsons torg, an upmarket sushi restaurant at the waterfront.
Bars in Kungsholmen are concentrated around Fridhemsplan, and along Fleminggatan and Hantverkargatan. Prices are usually lower than the rest of the inner city.
- Dovas, S:t Eriksgatan 53 A. Cheap beer, 30 SEK for a 500 ml bottle of Norrlands Guld or another local ale. There is a nightclub opposite which most of the young locals seem to disappear into when this place closes.
- Theodoras, S:t Eriksgatan 53 B. Located about 10 metres further down the street, with the same owner, it is basically a quieter copy of its brother, Dovas.
- Nivå 22, Fridhemsgatan 17. Very popular place in Stockholm, particularly in winter time as the upper deck is considered outside, and smoking is allowed.
- Trädgården (The Garden), Fleminggatan 2-4 (T Rådhuset) . A popular summer club, probably owing much to the fact that half of the club (including one dance floor) is situated outdoors, since Swedes love to spend as much of their brief summers as possible outdoors. Not to be confused by the similarly named club in Södermalm.
- Belman Hostel , T-Stadshagen: A low-cost hostel.
- STF Fridhemsplan, Sankt Eriksgatan 20,  ([email protected]). One of the largest and most modern hostels in Stockholm. Doubles from 625 SEK.
- Connect Hotel City, Ahlströmergatan 41, . The cheapest rooms are very small and windowless. From around 1,000 SEK for a double.
- Marriott Kungsholmen, Ralambshovsleden 50 (T: Thorildsplan), ☎ +46 8 4413100 (fax: +46 8 4413199), . Rooms with internet, aircon, coffee maker, ironing board, fridge and safe. The hotel has a fitness centre and a restaurant with local and international cuisine. Expensive parking at 295 SEK. Around 1,200 SEK for a double.
- First Hotel Amaranten, Kungsholmsgatan 31 (T: Rådhuset), ☎ +46 8 6925280 ([email protected], fax: +46 8 6504050), . Rooms with internet. Around 1,300 SEK for a double.
- M/S Monika , a refurbished 1908 sailboat.