Neighborhood Guide: Östermalm, Sweden

DIS Stockholm is located in the Östermalm district, known for its grand facades, unique shops, and beautiful parks. Local student Nick gives us a look into life as a local and five noteworthy aspects of this lovely neighborhood.


What to see, do, and experience in Östermalm:

DIS Stockholm and the Royal College of Music

Just a quick walk from central Östermalm you will find the state-of-the-art building (no, really!) where DIS is located. Shared with the Royal College of Music, the ground floor has friendly spaces to sit, chat, and take fika with a friend.

Ostermalm Neighborhood Guide Royal College of Music
Ostermalm Neighborhood Guide DIS Stockholm


Looking for some peace and quiet? In the middle of Östermalm, you’ll find the park Humlegården. The Royal Library is located in the middle of the park surrounded by broad sidewalks perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll or picnic.

Ostermalm Neighborhood Guide Humlegarden
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Unique Architecture

Östermalm is most known for its abundance of beautiful facades. Take a look at the grand structures and get lost in all the details. Oh, and look for some surprising and fun elements too!

Independent Shops

Nothing says culture more than independent shops. What about this store dedicated to old postcards? Located at Sturegatan 44.

Ostermalm Neighborhood Guide Gamla Vykort

Art in the Tunnelbana

You’ve probably heard the Stockholm metro stations described as “the world’s longest art exhibition.” Stadion, the station steps away from DIS, definitely lives up to this expectation. One of the most photographed stations, the rainbow stretching across the entire middle platform gives visitors a warm welcome to the neighborhood.

Ostermalm Neighborhood Guide Tunnelbana

Nick studies Environmental Social Science at Stockholm University. A Dutch native, he moved to Stockholm a few years ago. Although once the very worst at finding artsy coffee places and affordable restaurants, he now has an eye for what’s going on in the city. Likes: Hiking in nature and spontaneous meet-ups with friends. Still afraid of the dark Swedish winters.

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