Gudrun Sjödén: Ladies, look unique
Gudrun is a Swedish designer who have made herself quite a name and today has shops in the 3 main cities (plus one in Germany). Her clothes are very personal and in a comfortable Scandinavian cut, yet every year inspired by other cultures. In the last years, she has had Chinese embroidered jackets, Russian coats and other things to vary with her cotton basic wear in cheerful colours or with flower pattern. She also has some assesoirs and a few things for your house.
What to buy: Comfy, yet stylish sweaters in cheerful colour mixes.
What to pay: A bit more than average but this is not H&M. Still affordable compared to world fashion gurus.Related to:
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Supermarkets! Beware!: Booze n supermarkets
In Sweden, they dont serve strong stuff in supermarkets. Maybe up to about 3.5%. I could only find Cider up to 2.5%. No wine at all.
For alcohol, its pubs, restaurants or the State Owned Alko shop I'm afraid
What to buy: Pear Cider
What to pay: Drink costs a lot but no more than elsewhere in say Denmark
London W8: Great neobaroque interiors
The designers behind the neobaroque interiors of Stockholm restaurants like the Beirut Café, Kharma and Foam also import furniture from far and wide.
Their house labels include Moroso, Mark Brazier Jones and Christian Tortu.
More shops: Hamngatan
The area around Hamngatan contains many shops and department stores - it seems to be a popular place for Stockholmers to shop. It's much like any high street shopping in the western world - pleasant but a bit sedate.
What to buy: Clothes mainly.Related to:
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Götgatan on Södermalm: A nice and traffic free shoppingstreet
This is the place to be if you are looking for the non-traditional shops... Overhere you can find more clothes for youngster, a bit trendy or a bit alternative! It´s located on Södermalm, the place to be in Stockholm if you want to see the new generation!
There are also a lot of nice bars and restaurants
Subterrania: Goin' deeper underground
Not shop, rather an entire underground shopping complex. Excellent in cold weather (which Stockholm has in abundance), you can walk for miles under the main city streets where it's warm and cosy.
What to buy: Er, I wouldn't buy anything, it's all rather expensive.
What to pay: You can expect to spend every last euro.
Tall Women's Fashions
One thing that I loved about Stockholm was the selection of clothing stores for women there. There are clothing stores for women everywhere, of course, but if you are really tall like me and have, well, a larger than average bustline, finding cool clothes and lingere can sometimes get tricky. In Sweden everything fits! : ) I was thrilled to death, I have to tell you. It was also great buying shoes there because nearly everything was in my size, whereas at home I have some trouble sometimes. It was heavenly. The styles and colors of everything were also right on. Highly recommended.Related to:
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Shopping in Stockholm: Shopping in Stockholm
We did quite a bit of shopping on our weekend in Stockholm....didn't really buy anything, but plenty of looking!
In the city, there is a large shopping area, made up of pedestrian malls, shopping centres and department stores. Most shops are open 7 days and you should be able to find everything you might need here.
We browsed through many of the chain shops, enjoyed a visit to a fancy department store called NK (www.nk.se) and walked up and down the pedestrian malls, pausing to look in home ware type shops and the occasional shoe shop.
What to buy: In the old town there are loads of tourist/souvenir type shops (as there always are), but there are also some interesting gift shops and local craft type places. Best idea is to wander around and do a bit of window shopping, with the occasional visit inside for a closer look.
We did come across one great toy/children's wear shop called Kalika (Osterlanggatan 18) where we couldn't resist making a purchase for a relative's new baby.
What to pay: Not that much cheaper than London unfortunately.....Related to:
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Din sko: Inexpensive footwear.
Din Sko means Your shoe in Swedish. This shop sells quite inexpensive and ofter ok stylish shoes. A pair of womens spring shoes balleria style (2005) cost from 250 SEK.
What to buy: No-brand shoes (some brans). Shoe care products.
What to pay: FRom 200 SEK.
Indiska.: Oriental style clothes and furniture.
From being a clothes store Indiska has evolved to focusing mainly on home stuff like textilesl, hooks, furniture and tableware. It's style its "indian", native and "colonial" style.
Also great selection of inexpensive jewellry/accessiroes.
What to buy: Accessories, tableway, cloths, bedding.
What to pay: From 50 SEK.
Pressbyran: For the little things
Everything from water, soft drinks and snacks to nail clippers and magazines. Pressbyran will come in handy on your visit to Stockholm.
Chances are you can also buy your subway tickets here.
What to pay: 0,5 litre of sparkling water for 17 SEK. 1 fruit for 5 SEK.
Kicks: Make up and skincare plus perfumes and hair stuff
Kicks is a chain of perfumerie type stores found all over Sweden. These stores carry many brands of perfume, skincare and make up, both more expensive and cheaper.
There is also accessories and hair accessories for sale. You can find the following brands here for example:
Biotherm, Lancome, Revlon, Nivea, L'Oréal, Maybelline, MaxFactor, El'Vital hair produts, Lacoste, Armani, Nina Ricci, IsaDora.
What to buy: Make up, perfume, soaps and bath gels, shampoo and other hair products, hair styling products, skincare products, bath products, nail polish, make up brushes and other make up items, earrings, necklaces, hair pins ...
What to pay: From a euro and up. Look for bargains, there are always some campaign giong on.
KappAhl: Clothes again
KappAhl is like Lindex a clothes store. In approach I would say it falls between the bolder styles of H&M and the more conservative style of Lindex. KappAhl is very popular with families with children, thay have lots of kids clothes. There is also a lingerie section, accessories and swimwear if the season is right. H&M. Lindex and KAppAhl are also typically found in every Swedish town, small or big.
What to buy: Basic fashion, sometimes a bit bolder clothes. Nothing cool for your teenager though...
Lindex: Womens clothes
Lindex is a chain of stores that sell clothes, mainly womens clothes I think. The style of the clothes is quite toned down, nothing too loud or strange is for sale here. Their range of lingerie is quite wide and very popular with Swedish women whereas their regular clothes are not as popular. If you are a plus size woman you may want to have a browse through their racks though, they have quite an extensive plus size collection.
What to buy: Most popular is their underwear and swimwear range. Apart from that and other clothes they also sell affordable accessories, sunglasses, belts and the likes. There is also kid's clothes.
What to pay: A pair of trousers from 30$ perhaps. A pair of sunglasses for 10$.
Lush: You can smell it a few blocks away ...
The Lush stores are not unique to Sweden, rather they are orginally from Britain I think. But since they opened across the bigger cities in Sweden there has been a lush-mania creeping up.
What to buy: This is definitely the place to go for bubble bath, soads, shampoos and other bath items.
There is skincare also, but no make-up.
A personal favourite is the Celestial skin-creme and the Figues and Leaves soap bar...
Hmm, but then if you have a tub in your hotel room, get a bath bomb to wash away the city dust in the evening.
What to pay: From 2 US dollars/ 2 Euros and up...!
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