One of the most popular areas of Södermalm are the blocks around Mariatorget Square. You will find restaurants and stores on the streets of St Paulsgatan, Krukmakargatan, Hornsgatan and Swedenborgsgatan, which form the charming square of Mariatorget.
At Mariatorget you also find Hotel Rival – a small, privately owned hotel. The owner? No one else than Benny Andersson from ABBA. Hotel Rival has become very popular with the Stockholmers and it also houses a bistro with a bar, a cocktail bar in art deco style, and a immensely popular café.
“Overlooking a leafy square in the bohemian Södermalm district, this hotel, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, is also flush with character. Among its features are blow-ups of Swedish film stills above the headboards, so you can drift off to sleep under the disdainful eye of Greta Garbo.” Conde Nast Traveller (UK), December 2012
Speaking of ABBA, have you heard that ABBA The Museum is opening in Stockholm in May?