Shopping street in Helsingborg
Kullagatan is the main shopping street in the inner city of Helsingborg. It runs between the main square Stortorget and Sankt Jörgens Plats.
The street itself has a long history that goes back to the time of the Middle Ages. The name of Kullagatan is borne by the city gate Kullaporten at its northern end, today's Sankt Jörgens Plats, wich led in the direction of the neighboring Kullen peninsula.
As early as 1961, the southern half of the street, which had long been one of the main business streets in Helsingborg, was transformed into a pedestrian zone. Thus the Kullagatan was the first historical street in Sweden, which was pedestrianized.
The resident merchants were very skeptical about this innovation, but were quickly convinced by the success of the concept. A little later, the northern half of the street became also a pedestrian zone, and the shopping street got a length of around 500 meters. Since then, a large part of Helsingborg's retail trade has concentrated on this area, with smaller and larger shops.