Gamla Stan, “the old town”, is the original Stockholm, with most of the buildings in the area dating back to the 18th and 19th century. The Royal Castle, the largest building in the area, is one aspect that draws many tourists to the rich display of history available there. It is because of this popularity that Gamla Stan’s shops aim to satisfy the visiting crowds; tourist shops offering souvenirs, handicrafts and such line the many cobblestone streets.
It is said that Stockholm’s biggest range of restaurants, small shops, studios and museums can be found in this district, and the prices for this variety are relatively high. Despite the expensive merchandise, there are a lot of stores along for example Västerlånggatan that are worth going into. Stockholm’s old town, when it comes to shopping, has everything from unique clothing boutiques that import their own products from exclusive producers worldwide, to interior décor shops and art galleries with pieces from all over Sweden and Scandinavia.
Examples of the selection on Köpmangatan, to name one of many streets in Gamla Stan, include antique stores Kreuter Konst & Antikhandel and Antiques of the Future. Also nearby is Jackson’s 20th Century Design which sells designer furniture, lamps, pottery and jewelry. For those interested in books and fantasy-themed items, Science Fiction Bokhandeln on Västerlånggatan is well-known and has a large assortment of interesting objects.
Shopping in Gamla Stan