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Norrmalm

Norrmalm is nearly as old as Stockholm itself - it was first mentioned in documents from 1288. These days, it's the most central neighbourhood of the city, and most tourists start here through the city's two main bus and train stations (T-Centralen and Cityterminalen, respectively). That doesn't mean Norrmalm isn't worth visiting on its own merit, though.

Starting point: Stadion | Nearest station: Stadion (red line)

Finishing point: Vete-katten | Nearest station: Centralstationen (red line, blue line, green line), Hötorget (green line)

Total time: 58 minutes, mostly flat.

Stadion

Kick off the trail at Stadion station. If you arrived by taking the subway, hopefully your day was brightened by this colourful station. The station was one of the city's first 'cave' stations, where the station was built into the rock. To rainbow design aimed to bring the outside sky to the underground, and to call back to the area's significance in sport history - close by is Stadion, the site of the 1922 Olympics.

Address: Valhallavägen 113, 114 41 Stockholm

Directions: your next stop is Bullar & Bröd, which lies higher up on Valhallavägen, number 65 on your right.

Bullar&Bröd Stenugnsbageri

Just after the Kugliga Tekniska Högskolan lies the quiet Bullar&Bröd Stegugnsbageri. All their bakes and sweet treats come from the stone oven (stenugn), and they're big on choosing ecological products for their creations. If you're after something sweet, we recommend sticking with a traditional cardamom bun (they're usually big enough to share between two!), but if you're after something a bit more savoury for a breakfast or lunch, you can't go wrong with their topped sourdough toasts, with most of the topping choices being vegetarian-friendly.

Address: Valhallavägen 65, 114 28 Stockholm

Directions: your next destination is the Stockholm Public Library. Turn left onto Odengatan.

Stockholm Public Library

Stadsbiblioteket is the main branch of Stockholm's public library system, and has one of the most dinstictive buildings in the city, built in a style known as "Swedish Grace" where decorative shapes were reduced to their most basic forms. As beautiful as the colour of the sunset orange walls are on its outside, we also recommend actually going inside too! As it's a public library entry is free, and you can

Address: Sveavägen 73, 113 80 Stockholm

Directions: your next destination is the Stockholm Public Library. Turn left onto Odengatan.

Café Pascal

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Odenplan lies the quiet little Café Pascal. Well, we say quiet...it's a popular place so it can get pretty busy at times! But it's understandble once you've visited, or even if you've taken a peek at their instagram. Their tagline is 'good coffee, good ingredients and craft', and we couldn't agree more. Their savoury baked goods are just as delicious as their sweet ones, so if you're feeling brave, try the sliced egg and Kalles (fish egg spread - don't knock it till you've tried it!) sandwich.

Address: Norrtullsgatan 4, 113 27 Stockholm

Directions: your next destination is the Stockholm Public Library. Turn left onto Odengatan.

Observatorielunden

This is one of our favourite green spots in the city. As you might have guessed from the name, it houses an observatory - the Stockholm Obsevatory, which was completed back in 1753 and is a perfect spot to capture some photos, since its building looks like a small, yellow castle with a domed roof.

Address: Drottninggatan 120, 113 60 Stockholm

Directions: your next destination is the Stockholm Public Library. Turn left onto Odengatan.

Vete-Katten

Vete-Katten is one of the most iconic cafes in all of Stockholm, and it’s considered a Stockholm institution as much as a fika place. And how can it not be, when its name translates to ‘wheat cat’, or ‘the cat knows’? Vete-Katten was founded back in 1928, by Ester Nordhammer and truth be told, it feels like the decor hasn’t been changed since then. Visiting the Vete-Katten is like taking a step back in time amongst the labyrinth of corridors and rooms. The Vete-Katten name now includes a few locations across the city, but this is the original, and no visit to Norrmalm would be complete without it.

Address: Kungsgatan 55, 111 22 Stockholm

Directions: your next destination is the Stockholm Public Library. Turn left onto Odengatan.

NK Stockholm

Nordiska Kompaniet (NK for short) is one the most famous department stores in Sweden, and probably wins the prize for being the most beautiful. Opened in 1915, it's renowned for its impressive architecture, its rotating neon clock sign, as well as its luxurious insides where you'll find top Swedish and international brands selling furniture, fashion, cosmetics and much more. If you haven't already had your fix of feasting or you're just not much of a shopper, we still recommend ending the day by visiting the NK Market Hall on the bottom floor

Address: Hamngatan 18-20, 111 47 Stockholm