For the fourth year in a row, the city of Stockholm is turning certain streets into (partial or complete) pedestrian streets during the summer months. Restaurants, bars and cafés put out outdoor seating into the streets (not just on the sidewalks) and locals stroll up and down in the late summer evenings. This has become very popular with locals and visitors alike, so much that they add more and more streets every year. This year they have more than doubled the amount of pedestrian streets from 4 to 9!
Rörstrandsgatan and Norrtullsgatan in the Vasastan neighborhood, Gamla Brogatan in Norrmalm, Nybrogatan in Östermalm, Bergsgatan, Norra Agnegatan and Hornsbergs Strand in Kungsholmen and Skånegatan and Swedenborgsgatan in Södermalm. My favorites are Swedenborgsgatan, Skånegatan and Rörstrandsgatan... mainly as these were the original streets to become pedestrian four summers ago, so the establishments on those streets have learned to take advantage of this and locals have become used to these streets being pedestrian in the summer. I am sure the others will become as good with a little experience.
Hotel Rival as it is literally right around the corner from the hotel. The street starts at the square Mariatorget (where the hotel is located) and runs 4 blocks or so to the Stockholm Södra Station. On those blocks you will find several restaurants, pubs, cafés and wine bars. All with outdoor seating. For example: Morfar Ginko, Dryck Wine Bar, Half Way Inn, Bistro Süd, Johan & Nyström, Petrus Bakery and Da Luigi. More information in Swedish: click here!