Norrmalm was originally divided by a ridge, Brunkebergsåsen, which remains in form of the elevated streets Malmskillnadsgatan and Regeringsgatan.
The area was urbanized in the mid-19th century along the railroad, initially as an industrial and working-class area. Southern Norrmalm became a central business district, known as City, through two major redevelopments: first in the 1880s, and again in the 1960s. Since the 1990s, a new wave of renovation has taken place, to add residential blocks, decrease crime, and increase appeal to pedestrians.
Vasastan, the northern neighbourly, is part of the Norrmalm borough, but has an identity on its own, less busy than the city center, with the classical city plan mostly preserved.
Stockholm Central Station is located here, adjacent to Cityterminalen (the bus terminal) and T-Centralen (the subway terminal).
The area is well served by public transport. Most places are within walking distance. Some streets (Malmskillnadsgatan and Regeringsgatan) are elevated, but there are staircases at most intersection. Car parking lots are available but costly.
Redeveloped several times, Norrmalm has very diverse architecture: The eastern waterfront is full of palatial buildings from around 1900. The '60s buildings, around Sergels Torg, have a flat, modernist appearance with naked concrete, while recent developments paint much of the district in plain white or black surfaces.
The Stockholm Public Library (Stadsbiblioteket), Sveavägen 73 (T Rådmansgatan) . Built in 1928 and designed by the famous Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund, the interior of the cylinder-shaped main hall is spectacular, with three floors of bookshelves covering 360 degrees of circular wall. Books (both fiction and non-fiction) are available in many different languages, including English and German. On the cliff overlooking it is the old Observatory, which has a fine view of the city to the east. There is also a small café.
Klara kyrka, Klarabergsgatan 37 (T T-Centralen), +46 8 723 30 31 . Open M-Su 10:00-17:00. Close to the Sergels Torg square, and one of the few buildings in the district to survive the 1960s redevelopment, this large redbrick church was built in the 16th century, following the demolition of a 13th-century nunnery. The 116-metre steeple is the second tallest in Scandinavia and one of the ten tallest building in Sweden, making it a significant landmark. The artwork inside includes an 18th-century altarpiece. In the cemetery, a stone commemorates the 18th-century songwriter Carl Michael Bellman.
Adolf Fredriks kyrka, Holländargatan 16 (T Hötorget or T Rådmansgatan), +46 8 20 70 76 . Open to the public M 13:00-19:00, Tu-Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 10:30-16:00. Adolf Fredriks kyrka, named after King Adolf Fredrik, was built in 1768-1774. The exterior is quite intact while the interior was radically changed in the 1890s. In the church there is a monument to the philosopher Cartesius, who died in Stockholm. The church is known for the grave of former Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated in the intersection of Sveavägen and Tunnelgatan, since then known as Olof Palmes gata. The grave can be found just to the south of the church building.
National Museum (Nationalmuseum), Södra Blasieholmshamnen (T Kungsträdgården) . Open Tu 11:00-20:00, W-Su 11:00-17:00. For those more interested in classical art, Nationalmuseum offers pieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin, as well as well-known Swedish artists such as Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson, C F Hill and Anders Zorn. The museum also has a collection of applied art, design, and industrial design. The museum is situated in a beautiful 19th century building and has a nice café in its atrium. Admission 90 SEK (70 SEK reduced price).
The House of Culture (Kulturhuset), Sergels torg (T T-Centralen), . Main galleries open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa-Su 11:00-17:00. Kulturhuset, a 1970s concrete building in the middle of the modernist city centre, is operated by the city and a venue for art exhibitions and performances. The building also houses the Stockholm City Theatre, a library (with a comic book department), restaurants, and much more. On ground level there is an Internet café.
In the last few years, several trendsetting galleries for contemporary art have opened around Hudiksvallsgatan in Vasastan (T St Eriksplan). Among them are brandstrom stockholm (Hudiksvallsgatan 6, +46 8 660 41 53, ), Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Hudiksvallsgatan 8, +46 8 612 00 75, ), Natalia Goldin Gallery (Hudiksvallsgatan 8, +46 8 411 94 13, ), Nordenhake (Hudiksvallsgatan 8, +46 8 21 18 92, ) and ALP (Torsgatan 41, ).
Bonniers konsthall, Torsgatan 19 (T S:t Eriksplan), +46 8 736 42 48 . Open W 11:00-20:00, Th-Su 11:00-17:00 (closed during the summer). This new exhibition hall, opened in 2005 by the Bonnier family, owners of Sweden's largest media empire, showcases Swedish and international contemporary art. Adults 40 SEK.
Among the most controversial new pieces of public art in Stockholm in recent years is the monument to Raoul Wallenberg between the adjacent squares Nybroplan and Berzelii Park (T Kungsträdgården or T Östermalmstorg). The sculpture group, consisting of twelve low black figures, by the Danish artist Kirsten Ortwed, inaugurated in 2001, has been both praised and compared to human feces.
Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen are two islands with a great view of the inner Stockholm Port.
Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet), Slupskjulsvägen 7-9 (T Kungsträdgården and bus 65) . Open Tu 10:00-20:00, W-Su 10:00-18:00. Stockholm's museum of modern art is headed by Lars Nittve, formerly of London's Tate Modern. These museums have several works by famous artists - Pablo Picasso, Henri Mattise, Salvador Dalí and Irving Penn, an American photographer. Although its Stockholm counterpart might not have as vast a collection, there is still enough to satisfy both the modern art buff as well as the curious amateur. Also, the building, by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, is a sight in itself. Admission 80 SEK (60 SEK reduced price).
Architecture Museum (right next to the Museum of Modern Art)
The East Asian Museum, Östasiatiska Museet,  displays ancient, classical and contemporary East Asian culture.
The Royal University College of Fine Arts (Kungliga konsthögskolan), Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen (T Kungsträdgården or bus 65 from Vasagatan), +46 8 614 40 00 .
Vanadisbadet, Sveavägen 142 (T Rådmansgatan), +46 8 34 33 00. Vanadisbadet has an adventure swimming pool with water slides and spa services. NOTE: Currently closed.
Centralbadet, Drottninggatan 88 (entrance from the courtyard) (T Hötorget), +46 8 545 213 15, . Open Mon-Fri 06:00-20:00, Sat 08:00-20:00, Sun 08:00-17:00. Located in one of Stockholm's most beautiful art noveau buildings, this is a place where you can go for a swim, have a beer in the sauna bar or enjoy a full spa treatment. Rather expensive and sometimes crowded on weekends. Adults 130 SEK (Friday after 15:00 and all day Saturday 180 SEK), includes entrance to pool, jacuzzi, gym and saunas. University students and seniors 70 SEK Sun-Fri until 15:00. Most spa treatments 350-700 SEK.
The Royal Swedish Opera, (Operan) (T-Centralen)  stages classical operas in original language or Swedish, as well as classical ballets and concerts. They offer daily guided tours in English. Strömterrassen is a café with an astounding view of the Royal Palace. Within the same building is Operakällaren and Café Opera (see below).
Sturebadet, Sturegallerian 36 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 545 015 00, . Open Mon-Fri 06:30-22:00, Sat-Sun 09:00-19:00. Considering the fact that the entrance is located in the exclusive Östermalm shopping centre Sturegallerian, it is hardly a surprise that Sturebadet is the most exclusive spa in central Stockholm. For those who can afford it, this place offers luxury in a listed 1880s building (faithfully reconstructed after a fire in 1985). Entrance costs 495 SEK (Fri-Sun 595). It includes rented towel, robe and slippers, and entrance to pool, spa-section, gym and saunas. Most spa treatments 540 SEK and upwards.
Skandia, Drottninggatan 82 (T Hötorget). This 1850s building houses a 1920s cinema designed by the Stockholm Public Library architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. A beautiful and intimate setting.
Casino Cosmopol, Kungsgatan 65 (T T-Centralen), +46 8 781 88 00 . Open daily 13:00-05:00. Minimum 20 years of age, photo ID required. Entrance 30 SEK. Dress code recommended. If you find yourself longing for an international casino, the Swedish state has heard your needs. In 2003 Stockholm’s first and only casino was opened, drawing a rather diverse crowd. There is a restaurant in the casino as well.
Drottninggatan is a pedestrianised street starting at the Riksbron bridge to Gamla Stan and continuing north up to the Observatorielunden park. The section south of the Sergels torg square is a typical tourist trap, dominated by stores selling tourist souvenirs and cheap clothes, and bland and bleak restaurants. Between Sergels Torg and Kungsgatan you will find the Åhléns and PUB department stores, as well as flagship stores for some national and international clothing chains. North of Kungsgatan, there are more cafés, restaurants and smaller stores.
Norrmalmstorg, Biblioteksgatan and the southern end of Birger Jarlsgatan, together with crossing streets and the Sturegallerian shopping centre on Stureplan, form the most upscale shopping area in the city, with brands like Emporio Armani (Biblioteksgatan 3, +46 8 678 79 80), Gucci (Birger Jarlsgatan 1, +46 8 545 005 44), Hugo Boss (Birger Jarlsgatan 28, +46 8 611 42 40, Karen Millen (Biblioteksgatan 7, +46 8 611 57 06) and Louis Vuitton (Birger Jarlsgatan 17 A, +46 8 611 92 00).
Orrefors & Kosta Boda, Birger Jarlsgatan 15 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 545 040 84 . Flagship store for two of Sweden's most well-known glassworks.
Åhléns City, Klarabergsgatan 50 (T T-Centralen), +46 8 676 60 00 . Open M-F 10:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-19:00, Su 11:00-18:00. A large department store in a central location, with a good selection of designer clothing brands. Also beauty products, kitchenware, interior design, records and DVDs, as well as everything else you would expect from a major department store.
PUB, Hötorget (T Hötorget), +46 8 789 19 30 . Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. A classic Stockholm department store founded in 1882. Following something of an identity crisis in recent years, PUB is currently undergoing a major redesign, with the intention of rebranding itself as a store for young fashion and popular culture. A few new street wear shops on the ground floor is a sign of this.
NK, Nordiska Kompaniet
NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), Hamngatan 18-20 (T T-Centralen), + 46 8 762 80 00 . Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 12:00-16:00. A large, upmarket department store popular with affluent Stockholmers of all ages. Well-known for its elaborate Christmas display window decorations.
Gallerian, main entrance: Hamngatan 37 (T T-Centralen or T Kungsträdgården) . Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Stockholm's oldest shopping mall, where you can find many of Sweden’s major mainstream fashion chains as well as some foreign brands such as Topshop/Topman, French Connection, Esprit and United Colors of Benetton.
Clas Ohlson, in Gallerian shopping centre, Hamngatan 37 (T T-Centralen), +46 8 545 189 90 . A large low-price electronics and DIY store. One of the cheaper options if you’re looking for an electric adapter, a hair dryer or some batteries.
Weekday, Drottninggatan 65 (T Hötorget), +46 8 411 29 70. Open M-F 10:00-19:00, Sa 10:00-18:00, Su 11:00-17:00. Olofsgatan 1 (T Hötorget), +46 8 411 51 50. Open M-F 11:00-19:00, Sa 11:00-17:00, Su 12:00-16:00. Götgatan 21 (T Slussen), +46 8 642 17 72, . Open M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 11:00-18:00, Su 12:00-17:00. Three stores (the Drottninggatan one being the largest) with a focus on young fashion and street wear. Large assortment of the popular Swedish jeans Cheap Monday, which, surprisingly, is rather cheap.
Monki, Sergelgatan 16-18 (T Centralen or T Hötorget), Götgatan 19 (T Slussen or T Medborgarplatsen) and Götgatan 78 (Skrapan) (T Skanstull or T Medborgarplatsen),. Cheap fashionable clothes for girls.
Acne, Norrmalmstorg 2 (T Kungsträdgården or T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 64 11 and Nytorgsgatan 36 (T Medborgarplatsen), +46 8 640 04 70 . Denim and some inventive young fashion.
Whyred, Mäster Samuelsgatan 5 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 660 01 70 and Götgatan 36 (inside Bruno, T Slussen), . Laid-back minimalistic designs in low-key colors, often with some interesting details.
Sko dig, Hagagatan 4, second hand store.
Nu och då, Norrtullsgatan 31, second hand store.
Little shop of fashion, S:t Eriksgatan 68, second hand store.
Akademibokhandeln, Mäster Samuelsgatan 28 (T T-Centralen). Stockholm's largest bookstore, with a large selection of books in English as well as many international magazines.
Bok-Skotten, Regeringsgatan 55 (T T-Centralen). . Discount bookstore with a general selection. (Across the street from the Akademibokhandeln listed above.)
Megastore, Sergels torg (T T-Centralen), +46 8 566 157 00. A large mainstream media store with all kinds of records, DVDs and computer games.
For some odd reason, most of Stockholm’s second hand record shops are clustered in the area between Odenplan and St Eriksplan. Some examples (starting from the Odenplan end) are Cosmos Factory and Stockholms Skivbörs (both Upplandsgatan 47), Marquee Records (Odengatan 86), Runtrunt (Odengatan 90) , The Beat Goes On Records (St Eriksgatan 67) , Record Hunter (St Eriksgatan 70) , Skivbörsen (St Eriksgatan 71), and Atlas CD-Börs (St Eriksgatan 78). Most are open M-F 11:00-18:00, Sa 11:00-15:00.
R.O.O.M, at PUB Department Store (T Hötorget), +46 8 692 50 00 . Open M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-16:00. A large Habitat-like shop full of tasteful modern furniture, textiles and interior design, as well as kitchen utensils and garden accessories.
Village, Kungsgatan 27 (T Hötorget or T Östermalmstorg), .
Indiska, Drottninggatan 53, Slöjdgatan 11 (T Hötorget or T Centralen) and Västerlånggatan 50 (T Gamla Stan) . South Asian style: interior design and clothes.
Restaurants in Norrmalm are usually crowded by office workers during lunch break (from noon to 13:00). Classical dining can be rather costly, even during daytime.
Cafe 60, Sveavägen 60.  This small café is very popular among students in the northern part of the city. Open until midnight (02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays), with free WiFi, a comfortable chairs and with a nice assortment of tea, cakes and sandwiches.
Cafe Panorama, Kulturhuset's  5th floor (T T-Centralen). A large café with large windows and a nice open terrace overlooking the lively Sergels torg.
Cafe Ritorno, Odengatan 78 (T Odenplan). Nice café with personal service. Small outdoor service in the summer.
Mellqvist Bar, Rörstrandsgatan 4 (T St Eriksplan). Thought by some to serve the best coffee in Stockholm. Expect to drink while standing in this very small coffee bar.
Non Solo Bar, Odengatan 34 (T Odenplan) . An Italian cafe whose baristas have won the Swedish barista championships multiple times. Amazing espressos and cappuccinos and a quite nice assortment of sandwiches.
Konditori Valand, Surbrunnsgatan 48 (T Rådmansgatan), +46 8 30 04 76. This is an old-style Swedish "konditori" with its 1954 interior almost completely intact. Still owned and operated by the wife of the original designer, this place is a piece of living Swedish history.
Strömterrassen at the Royal Opera, with view of the Royal Palace.
Vetekatten at Kungsgatan 55, an old-school café.
Hötorgshallen, Hötorget, in the square (T Hötorget), . Open M-Th 10:00-18:00, F 10:00-18:30 (10:00-18:00 1 Jun-31 Jul), Sa 10:00-16:00 (10:00-15:00 1 Jun-31 Jul). Deli market situated in the basement of the cinema Filmstaden Sergel. Here you can get everything from sushi via meze to Swedish meatballs. Most places offer good value for money.
Kungshallen, Kungsgatan 44 (T Hötorget), . Food court with a wide variety of ethnic foods, across the street from Hötorget. Mostly good value.
Max, Central Station (T T-Centralen) and Norrmalmstorg (T Östermalmstorg or T Kungsträdgården). Hamburgers Swedish style. Free Wi-Fi, toilets and coffee.
Gooh!, Klarabergsviadukten 49 (T T-Centralen), Norrlandsgatan 15 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 21 08 50 . All open at least M-F 09:00-18:00. Although the name may be strange the food is not. The Gooh! concept is quality microwave-ready dishes that you can heat and eat on the premises or take away. Mains 39-69 SEK.
Fattoush / Roppongi / Panini, Hamngatan 31 (T T-Centralen or T Kungsträdgården). A small three-restaurant food court in a central location between the Gallerian shopping center and the NK department store. Fattoush has tasty Lebanese fast food, Roppongi has decent sushi, and Panini offers a selection of sandwiches and salads.
Tennstopet, Dalagatan 50 (T Odenplan), +46 8 32 25 18 . Open M-F 16:00-01:00, Sa-Su 13:00-01:00. More traditional Swedish cooking. On one evening in August each year they will serve the Swedish culinary delicacy Surströmming (fermented herring). Mains 130-265 SEK, slightly lower prices at the bar.
Claes på hörnet, Surbrunnsgatan 20 (T Tekniska Högskolan), +46 816 51 36 . Tracing its history back to 1731, the inn Claes på Hörnet (in literal translation "Claes on the Corner") serves traditional Swedish food in more or less modern forms. The 18th century-inspired dining environment adds to the enjoyment. The inn also has 10 hotel rooms in 18th century style. Mains 145-265 SEK.
Prinsen, Mäster Samuelsgatan 4 (T Östermalmstorg), +46 8 611 13 31 . Open M-F 11:30-23:30PM, Sa 13:00-23:30, Su 17-22:30. Traditional Swedish dishes on the more exclusive side, as well as some French bistro classics, all in a very nice setting. Mains 169-299 SEK.
Simons Skafferi No12, Kungsstensgatan 12 (T Tekniska Högskolan), +46 8 612 38 40 . Open Tu-Sa 11AM-11:30PM. Swedish dishes with focus on local and organic ingredients in season, so the menu changes quite often. The employees are very professional and the wine to food pairings are excellent. Open both for lunch and dinner. Lunch 110 SEK. Dinner; Mains 150-230 SEK.
Operabaren and Bakfickan, Operahuset, Kungsträdgården (T Kungsträdgården) . Two restaurants in the Royal Opera house, sharing the same menu. Much more laidback, and considerably less expensive than the formal fine dining restaurant Operakällaren and the celebrity-obsessed nightclub Café Opera in the same building. Operabaren and Bakfickan specialise in traditional Swedish cuisine. The rustique "back pocket" Bakfickan is slightly cheaper, but does not allow reservations. Mains: Bakfickan 130-260 SEK, Operabaren 150-300 SEK.
Peppar, Torsgatan 34 (T St Eriksplan), +46 8 34 20 52. Awesome Cajun and Creole food at decent prices. Some have argued that they make the best burger in the city. The place is especially known for having excessive decorations at all major holidays like Christmas and Halloween. They also make really good jalapeño bread.
Byn Creperie & Ciderie, Rödabergsgatan 11A (T St Eriksplan). Galettes, crêpes, moules and cider in an authentic atmosphere with chansons on the stereo. Mains 89-169 SEK.
Döden i grytan, Norrtullsgatan 61 (T Odenplan) . Like a neighbourhood Italian restaurant, but with great chefs that really know what they are doing. The winner of Dagens Nyheter's Gulddraken award 2006 in the medium-priced restaurant category. Mains 95-295 SEK.
Seikoen, Tegelbacken 2 (T T-Centralen) . Classy sushi restaurant with a great view over the water and the old town. There are many cheaper sushi places in Stockholm, but it's worth the price to eat here instead. Mains 140-245SEK.
Phi Phi Island, Birger Jarlsgatan 121 (T Tekniska Högskolan), +46 8 612 03 01. Authentic Thai restaurant with great food. The location is a little strange, but that's an opportunity to get off the beaten path and see the real Stockholm. Mains 110-195 SEK.
Lao Wai, Luntmakargatan 74 (T Rådmansgatan), +46 8 673 78 00 . A vegan restaurant with spicy, tasty Chinese dishes, mainly from the genuine Sichuanese and Taiwanese cuisines. Authentic high quality ingredients, and excellent cooking that will appeal to non-vegetarians as well. Mains 125-185 SEK. Lunch 80 SEK.
Café Opera and Operakällaren, Operahuset, Kungsträdgården (T Kungsträdgården) . Situated in the building of the Royal Opera, Café Opera has for long been the place if you want to be seen with celebrities. Offers good food and drinks. Dress code applies. In the same building you'll find a beautiful dining room of the formal and extremely expensive Operakällaren. If you want a less costly option, consider the other two restaurants at the Opera: Operabaren and Backfickan (see Mid-range above). Mains: Café Opera 195-325 SEK, Operakällaren 210-450 SEK.
F12, Fredsgatan 12 (T T-Centralen), +46 8 24 80 52 . Open M-F 11:30-02:00, 17-22:30, Sa 17:00-22:30. The stylish F12 (short for the centrally located address) is regarded as one of the best fine dining experiences in Stockholm by most critics, including White Guide, the most ambitious Swedish restaurant guide. Mains 270-520 SEK, 7-course tasting menus 1095 SEK.
Most hotels around the Central Station have a hotel bar.
Bishop's Arms. There is one English-style pub in the Bishop's arms chain close to the Central station and one in Vasastan.
Vasagatan 7 (T T-Centralen)
St Eriksgatan 115 (T Odenplan)
IceBar, Vasaplan 4 (in the Nordic Sea Hotel, T T-Centralen) . The bar is made of ice. Entrance: 140 SEK, including warm clothes and one drink. Additional drinks 85 SEK. Note that you have to wait a long time before you can get in, because there are only 30 people allowed at a time.
Jazzclub Fasching, Kungsgatan 63 (T T-Centralen) . Stockholm's premier jazz club. Every Saturday, they are the hosts to the long-running club Soul  with old soul records that will put most people in a real partying mood (even if they didn't know that they liked old soul music).
Skybar, Radisson SAS Royal Viking Hotel, 9th floor, Vasagatan 1 (T T-Centralen). Open M-Sa 17:00-01:30. Not the most elevated sky bar in the world, in any sense of the word, but if you want a panoramic view to go with your drink this is the only option in the Norrmalm area (although Gondolen's Bar on Södermalm probably has better drinks).
The eastern district is dominated by high-cost establishments. The nightlife hub Stureplan is divided between Norrmalm and Östermalm. Dress code, vårdad klädsel, usually applies at late night.
Berns Bar, Berzelii Park 9 (T Östermalmstorg or T Kungsträdgården) . Berns Bar is one of the trendier hangouts in the city centre, with a nice lounge and several dancefloors. You can eat a late dinner here to avoid the high entrance fee. Otherwise, make sure to show up early (before 23:00) in order to get in with minimal hassle. 300 SEK entrance and mixed drinks costing as much as 150 SEK. Can be overcrowded late at night.
The Cadier Bar, S. Blasieholmshamnen 8 (in the Grand Hôtel, T Kungsträdgården) . Located inside the Grand Hôtel, this is one of the more upscale places one can find in Stockholm. Recently refurbished it offers a modern yet classic atmosphere and really good drinks at that.
The White Room, Jakobsbergsgatan 29 (T Hötorget or T Östermalmstorg) , 08-545 076 65. One of the trendiest mainstream (house/techno/dance) clubs in Stockholm, and one of the few open until 05:00 (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Expect extremely long queues, and rather expensive drinks.
Victoria, Kungsträdgården 6  has outdoor seating, and a lively club on Mondays, with live music.
East, Stureplan (T Östermalmstorg) . Asian cross-cooking, funky music, and a mixed crowd. Open until 03:00 every night, but gets crowded, so go there well before midnight. Dress code may apply.
Solidaritet, Lästmakargatan 2 . A dance club open until 05:00, known for house music.
Naglo, Gustaf Adolfs Torg 20 . A small vodka bar with a schlager (Eurovision Song Contest) playlist, regularly visited by gay men and/or opera fans.
Northern Norrmalm & Vasastan
Anchor, Sveavägen 90 (T Rådmansgatan) . A hard rock club open till 03:00. Happy hour before 22:00. Live acts or karaoke most nights.
Musslan, Dalagatan 46 (T Odenplan), . Open Tu-Th 18:00-01:00, F-Sa 18:00-02:00. The "back pocket" of seafood restaurant Wasahof next door, cozy and relaxed Musslan offers the same menu, a nice bar and DJs every night.
Olssons Skor, Odengatan 41 (T Odenplan) . No cover charge. Clean and relaxed. Room for spontaneous dancing.
Tranan, Karlbergsvägen 14 (T Odenplan), . A good brasserie-style restaurant opened in 1929, with a dark downstairs bar that is popular Vasastan hangout, with a mixed crowd. Occasional live music.
Storstad, Odengatan 41 (T Odenplan) . A rather large bar with a modern, minimalist interior, Storstad is a popular meeting point in the Vasastan district.
Inferno, Drottninggatan 85 (T Rådmansgatan) . A recent addition to the Norrmalm bar scene, Inferno takes its name from a semi-autobiographical novel by one of Sweden's most famous authors, August Strindberg, who lived in the building from 1908 to his death in 1912. (Strindberg's apartment is now a small museum, open Tu-Su noon-16:00). The warm atmosphere, the ambitious drink list and the attentive service gave Inferno the Stockholm newspaper Dagens Nyheter's Gulddraken award for Best bar 2007.
As southern Norrmalm (south of Olof Palmes gata) is Stockholm's central business district, most hotels are at 4- or 5-star level, and priced accordingly. The bars of these establishments are lively during evenings. Hotels in the northern district generally cost less.
STF Vandrarhem af Chapman, Flaggmansvägen 8 (Bus 65 from T T-Centralen, or a short walk from T Kungsträdgården), ,  — A full-rigged ship, known as Af Chapman for short, and an adjacent building, just 15 minutes walk from the central station. Advance booking suggested. You can specify whether you want to stay in the ship or on land, and it really is a spectacular place to stay.
City Backpackers, Upplandsgatan 2A (T T-Centralen or T Hötorget), ,  — Located close to the train station. Clean and friendly, with free wireless internet and computers. Plenty of common areas to meet fellow travellers in, including a great cafe at reception. Prices range from 230 SEK to 280 SEK for a dorm bed.
Rex Hotel, Luntmakargatan 73 (T Rådmansgatan), . North of the city center, the Rex Hotel has a trendy designer feel to it, rooms have vintage photographs and gilt mirrors against concrete walls and the bathrooms are tiled in slate. Free internet is available and staff are extremely helpful, even posting out letters and offering advice if needed.
Hotel Micro. Small rooms in the basement of Tegner Hotel. They do not have windows and the bathrooms are shared, but they are very clean and new.
Scandic Norra Bantorget, a large, mid-range hotel in a central location.
Grand Hôtel, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8 (T Kungsträdgården), . A Grand Old Hotel considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Scandinavia, overlooking the Royal Palace. A bastion of elite hospitality, this is where the famous, infamous and traditional nobility stay, in fact room No 702 is the astounding Nobel Room, where the literature prize winners stay overnight. Its old world luxury and sense of style is well maintained in every room, with some in the Royal Gustavian style, others are intriguing traditional/modern mixes. The rooms are quite pricey but you get what you pay for in terms of service and comfort. The best rooms overlook the water, although these are highly sought after and invariably are booked out. The facilities include a fitness centre, several banquet halls, an upscale bar (the Cadier Bar), and a restaurant which gives an excellent Swedish Smörgåsbord, one of the very few establishments in Scandinavia that still does so. Even if you aren't staying here, its an experience to check out the piano bar, a delightful end-of-the-evening place to get a sophisticated drink.
Nobis, Norrmalmstorg, , branded as "Stockholm's first contemporary luxury hotel", opened in 2009 in a 19th century building. The building used to be a bank office, known for the 1973 hostage robbery which coined the term Stockholm Syndrome. The lounge is 28 meters tall.
Nordic Light, Vasaplan 7 (T T-Centralen), . Stepping into the Nordic Light hotel, you're given a lesson in modern Scandinavian design. Displaying a minimalist yet well equipped decor, this hotel is as chic as it gets. Each room features individual, specially designed light exhibits, which guests can adjust to suit their mood, and several have excellent views over the city centre. Light is showcased throughout the hotel in an ever-changing variety of shapes, colours and intensities. The hotel is located in the city centre of Stockholm right next to the best shopping, nightlife and the express-train to Arlanda airport.
Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Nybrogatan 9 . Founded in 1912, previously owned by the Swedish Freemason Order, this waterfront hotel is a prominent example of Swedish architecture.
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, Tegelbacken 6 (T T-Centralen) . The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is a five-star hotel in Stockholm’s central business district, perfect for both business and leisure guests. The hotel offers stunning views of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, and Old Town, as well as the largest average room size in town.
Clarion Hotel Sign', Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, . Branded as a "design hotel", with bold architecture and timeless furnishings.
Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Vasagatan . The Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm boasts an enviable location next to Central Station and the Arlanda Express train. Situated within a 15-minute walk of Old Town and near popular areas for shopping, its amenities include free internet and health centre.
Though rather safe compared to other metropolitan centers, there are a few caveats for central Stockholm:
Illegal street gambling, and organized begging, at Drottninggatan and other touristed areas.
The welfare institutions at Klara Church attract homeless people, as well as people with addiction problems or mental conditions. These might appear aggressive, but rarely cause trouble.
Pickpocketing, not least at the Central Station.
The T-Centralen subway entrance to Sergels Torg ("Plattan") is a well-known hangout for drug-dealers at night, however, this should not be an issue unless you are actively seeking trouble.
Soliciting of sexual services occurs at Malmskillnadsgatan, and the other elevated streets at Norrmalm. Hiring a prostitute is illegal in Sweden.