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Six essential shopping spots in Stockholm

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Six essential shopping spots in Stockholm
Shopping street Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm's Östermalm district. Photo: Eric Mårtensson/TT
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Sweden has a reputation for style and the nation's capital is a haven for shopaholics – once you know where to go. Here's The Local's beginner's guide to Stockholm's shopping scene in 2017, from the latest designer stores and independent boutiques to handy malls.

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1. Östermalm

With high-end fashion stores, stunning eighteenth century buildings, opulent restaurants and a harbour packed with luxury boats, Östermalm is the most exclusive district in Stockholm.

Walk down Biblioteksgatan and its side streets to find global brands including Mulberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton as well as high-end stores flying the flag for Nordic fashion such as H&M-owned &Other Stories, Filippa K and Tiger of Sweden.

To feel most like a queen, head down Hamngatan to the iconic department store Nordiska kompaniet –  Stockholm's answer to London's famous Harrods – which is frequently visited by celebrities and the Swedish royal family. The store opened in 1915, and much effort has been made to keep the original details of the striking building which features five levels of high quality fashion.

Want to toughen up your style? Then head over to BLK DNM on Regeringsgatan and browse through the high-quality leather jackets and denim ware.

Plus don’t miss Östermalm's Mood Gallerian, a fashionable indoor mall designed to make you feel like you’re strolling down cobbled streets outdoors, complete with speakers playing out birdsongs. 

How to get there: From T-Centralen you can walk here in less than 20 minutes. Alternatively, take the red metro line and get off at Östermalmstorg, or the blue line to Kungsträdgården.


One of Stockholm's most chic streets. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

2. Södermalm

Voted the coolest place in Europe by Vogue magazine in September 2014, the island of Södermalm or "Söder" as it is known by locals has a cool, stylish and creative vibe. The neighbourhood SoFo, south of Folkungagatan, offers wide variety of interesting stores and cosy cafés.

The perfect mix of all the latest in Swedish design can be found at Grandpa, which features hip emerging brands including Carin Wester, Minimarket, Hope, Sandqvist and Rodebjer. If you’re looking for real avant-garde fashion Jus is the place to go with some of the edgiest clothes on the island, with designers such as Comme des Garcons, Helmut Lang and Maison Martin Margiela crowding the hangers.

For bargain hunters, second hand is the way to go and Södermalm has some really good vintage stores including Emmaus, Beyond Retro and the brilliant Smiley Vintage concept store, where used garments are brought back to life with new cuts and innovative designs. Don't forget to read The Local's guide to our 15 favourite vintage shops in Stockholm.

For foodies, the street Renstiernas gata has some really cool organic grocery spots. At Cajsa Warg you can find Swedish treats including black truffles from Gotland, Lingonberry jam and gingerbread. 

For amazing views of Stockholm make a stop at Södra Teatern, in the Slussen district, where you can eat, drink and mingle with the island's hip locals.

How to get there: Take the green or red metro line and get off at Slussen, or have a look at public transport operator SL's app for bus lines that will take you to various parts of Södermalm.


Beyond Retro vintage store in Södermalm. Photo: Tuukka Ervasti/Image Bank Sweden

3. Vasastan

The hidden gem in Stockholm, Vasastan is often overlooked but offers some great options. The area's relatively new shopping district offers plenty of high street brands alongside more original stores and a growing selection of tranquil coffee spots to take a rest in.

One of the most unusual shops in the area, Old Touch sells vintage ware from the 1800s to the 1970s at decent prices. Look no further if you're after a corset, a petticoat or a pair of platform shoes. Vasastan also has some first class antique stores, including Heinz Spindler Moritz Antik which specializes in vintage globes.

On Torsgatan you'll find Acne Archive, where you can score clothes from hipster denim and clothing brand Acne's previous collections at bargain prices. Vasastan is also home to Plagg, which also sells classic Swedish womenswear brands including Filippa K, Odd Molly and Nudie Jeans.

Along St Eriksgatan you’ll find the coolest art materials and spray paint at Highlights

If you're tired from pounding the streets, stop for a stroll in pretty green space Vasaparken.

How to get there: Take the green line and get off at Odenplan, or take bus 50 and get off at Vasaparken, or alternatively bus 53 to Odenplan or the commuter train to Oden


Odenplan in Vasastan. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

4. Kungsholmen

Just a few streets away from the gorgeous promenade Norr Mälarstrand, Kungsholmen presents some hassle-free shopping possibilities slightly off the beaten track.

JJ Menswear offers both classic and contemporary designs for well-heeled men.

For more mainstream shopping, try Västermalmsgallerian, located right by Fridhemsplan. This moderately sized mall offers a great selection of affordable stores for men and women including high street favourites H&M, Gina Tricot and Indiska

Kungsholmen's branches of Designtorget and Granit are worth checking out if you love Swedish homeware and furniture. Plus at Fridhemsplan you’ll also find Swedish department store Åhlens, which sells beauty, fashion and soft furnishings and offers a more peaceful shopping experience than in its flagship location next to T-Centralen.

Affordable family-run restaurants, cosy cafés and no-frills pubs aplenty are also available in this neck of the woods.

How to get there: Take the green or blue line and get off at Fridhemsplan, or alternatively take bus 54 from Klarabergsviadukten or 50 from Vasagatan.


Kungsholmen's Västermalmsgallerian. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

5. Gamla Stan

 

With its narrow alleyways and stunning old buildings, Gamla Stan (which means "Old Town") is one of the most beautiful areas in the Swedish capital. Stockholm was founded here in 1252, and surprisingly little has changed since then.

Enjoy meandering along the cobbled streets and dipping into lovely yellow buildings hosting small artisan shops. Iris Hantverk on Västerlånggatan is one of the top spots for Nordic handicrafts and sells good quality design pieces alongside tasteful Swedish souvenirs. On the same street you'll find Made in Stockholm which sells classic and contemporary ceramics, glassware and textile. Over on Österlånggatan you'll find Blågungan Hantverk & Design, which features unique furniture and homeware as well as jewellery.

Gamla stan also offers a great selection of stores for kids. Be sure to check out Krabat and Kalejdoskop on Stora Nygatan for quality wooden childrens toys.

We recommend exploring the area before committing to any purchases as some stores offer more inflated tourist prices than others.

Similarly, do your research before dining in the neighbourhood's restaurants, where the food doesn't always match the truly delightful atmosphere in this area. Our top tips are Tradition and Pharmarium.

How to get there: You can walk here from T-Centralen in less than 10 minutes. Alternatively take the green or red line and get off at Gamla stan. Bus 53 is also available from Vasagatan – get off at Mälartorget.


Window shopping in Stockholm's Old Town. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

6. Further afield

Sometimes you just need a one-stop-shop where you can grab everything from clothing to electronics, home furnishings and sports equipment. Mall of Scandinavia is Sweden's biggest shopping centre (take the commuter train or bus to Solna). A visit here is an experience in itself and a must-do for the dedicated shopper, but if you're looking for something smaller and less stressful, then Täby Centrum is one of Stockholm's more pleasant mega malls, with shops including chic design brand Tiger, a large Apple store and Clas Ohlson, where you can source everything from lightbulbs to drills. This is also a handy beauty spot –  Lyko is the place to go for a top haircut or colour.

Other large shopping centres on the outskirts of the capital include Heron City (where you can also go bowling, watch a movie or choose from a wide range of chain restaurants), Liljeholmstorget in Liljeholmen (which is close to a lake and picnic area if you're sick of being indoors), Kista Galleria north of Stockholm and Farsta Centrum (which includes several outdoor cafes and is close to Farsta Strand).


Mall of Scandinavia in Solna, north of Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Article first published in 2015 and updated in 2017.

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