Stockholm's Gamla Stan
Gamla Stan, Stockholm
's Old Town, is the island that lies at the heart of the city. It’s the most photogenic neighborhood, known for its narrow, cobbled streets, ancient churches, and houses that date back centuries, some of them painted in striking shades of red and yellow. The Old Town is also something of a surprising culinary hub: It has both the city’s oldest restaurant, Den Gyldene Freden (opened in 1722), and the modern Nordic restaurant Frantzén—one of only three places in the country to have been awarded two Michelin stars. It is also home to several of the city's most famous sights—the cathedral, Nobel Museum, and Royal Palace.