If you are looking for things to do in Stockholm, our SoFo walking tour takes you to one of the nicest areas of Sweden’s capital. SoFo is undoubtedly the trendiest area on the island of Södermalm in Stockholm. Not only has it many pedestrianised streets, but it is all full of cool things. For example, trendy shops, small boutiques, secondhand places, great eateries and several green areas. SoFo means ‘South of Folkungagatan’ and is a pun on SoHo in London and New York. When locals talk about SoFo, they talk about the area between 4 streets.
First, you have Folkungagatan in the north. Second, there is G?tgatan in the west. Third is Ringv?gen in the south. And last but not least you find Erstagatan in the east. SoFo is an invention by local small businesses. The reason for this is that they wanted to rebrand the area. Moreover, they wanted to make it the city’s creative and innovative fashion hub. Because of that, many designers live in the area. Although the area itself is relatively small, there is plenty to see and many stories to tell.
S?dermalm (shortened by locals to ‘Söder’) is a large island that is part of Stockholm City. It lies south of Gamla Stan and the name was first mentioned at the end of the 13th century in a letter of a bishop. In general, the area was predominantly rural and agricultural. Urban development only started in the middle of the 17th century. These were first and foremost working-class houses and summer residences for wealthier families. On our SoFo walking tour, you see some of the few remaining working-class houses. Around this time, the construction of one of the first theatres in Scandinavia started there too.
In the 18th century, large buildings that are still present today replaced the worker houses. Furthermore, it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the whole width of the island was used for development. Although S?dermalm is one of the trendiest areas in the capital today, it is hard to imagine that it once was the ‘slum’ area of Stockholm.
There are a lot of things to do in Stockholm. These include for example walking tours of SoFo. Just as we like our tours to be unique, we equally want to be personal and authentic. Therefore, we have created a very special walking tour. Not only is it full of history and hidden gems, but it also gives you an insight into local produce of the area. With this in mind, we take you to some proud SoFo residents, where you get the opportunity to try some of their products and interact with them. We aim to support local, small businesses and most owners are happy to have a chat too.
We start this tour at the subway station Medborgarplatsten on the green line. Not only is it possible to walk there from the central city or take the underground, but if you have access to a bike, it is nice to cycle there too. Stockholm is a very cycle-friendly city. Following a brief introduction and what to expect on this tour, our journey begins. We walk along charming, pedestrianised streets, quaint squares and colourful houses. At the same token, you learn about breweries, farmyards, noble Holland families and Greta Garbo, for example. In general, this is a tour for the more curious amongst you, as there is a story at almost every corner. Are you ready to go and explore?
If you are looking for things to do in Stockholm, you are welcome to book a private tour of SoFo. Just click ‘Book a Private Tour’ upon checkout. An additional fee per person applies. A private tour is ideal if you want to do the tour with a group of friends and do not want other guests to join for example. Also, if you are a family with children, this is a good option too.
Furthermore, private bookings allow you to choose the time of your choice as well as a different language alternative where possible. On top of this, it gives you a chance to participate, even if the minimum number is not met. If you have any questions about this tour, please give us a call on +44 (0) 7783 152151 or fill out our contact form. We reply as soon as possible. Bookings of 10 or more people receive a special rate.
|All year round|
|Monday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Tuesday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Thursday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Sunday||10:00 am or 1:30 pm|
|Last Admission||1:30 pm|