Covering an area of 320,000 metres squared, Nordstan is the largest shopping centre in Gothenburg and one of the most prominent malls in Sweden, offering a wealth of entertainment in one location. The building spans a whole block of the city and is made up of over 180 shops over two large floors, providing retail stores, banks, bookshops, cosmetic centres, restaurants and cafes all under one roof. Over six thousand people are employed at the mall, and the companies of Nordstan are some of the most nationally and internationally successful.
The principle purpose of Nordstan is a shopping mall, and visitors can find the best of Swedish fashion brands under its roof, in addition to a number of international brands. Other shops also sell homeware, books, beauty products, jewellery and technology and with so much choice on offer, visitors can easily find whatever they need at Nordstan. The mall is also home to the official tourist office of the city, which sits in the centre and provides maps of Gothenburg and tickets for the local transport services, and the mall hosts a number of restaurants and cafes, for visitors to take a break from shopping. Visitors can also watch performances, or attend events, at Nordstan and enjoy the entertainment facilities of the mall beyond its shopping stores.
Located in the centre of Gothenburg, Nordstan is well connected by public transport to the rest of the city, with links to the Central Station and Nils Ericson Terminal, in addition to the Lilla Bommen marina, all of which offer additional travel services. There are also more than 2,700 spaces for drivers to park their cars, or visitors can take the tram, which has three stations at the shopping centre. The nearest airport to Nordstan is Landvetter Airport, which has direct connections to the city centre.
Nordstan was constructed in 1967 as part of a regeneration project of a neglected part of Gothenburg and was finished in 1972, as the largest city regeneration project in Sweden. It faced numerous expansions over the years, modernising and beautifying the shopping centre to its current standard.