Despite the size of Stortorget, it still proved too small to suffice as the town’s sole main square, so in the sixteenth century Lilla torg was tacked onto its southwest corner, over a patch of marshland. With its half-timbered houses, flowerpots and cobbles, this is where most locals and tourists congregate. During the day, people come to take a leisurely drink in one of the many bars and wander around the summer jewellery stalls. At night, Lilla torg explodes in a frenzy of activity, the venues all merging into a mass of bodies who converge from all over the city and beyond.
Head under the arch on Lilla torg to get to the Form/Design Center. Built into a seventeenth-century grain store, it concentrates on Swedish contemporary design in textiles, ceramics and furniture. It’s all well presented, if a little pretentious. The courtyard entrance contains several small trendy boutiques and there’s a simple café.