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.
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
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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 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 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 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$.
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...!
Stockholm is THE city to go shopping in in Sweden. No matter what you are looking for, you will find it here.
As seen in my neighbourhood tips, the neighbourhoods in Stockholm differ from each other, and your purchase possibilites vary accordingly.
In downtown Stockholm, the area around The Sergel Square, you will find the big department stores, such as Åhléns, PUB, NK and Debenham´s. They have good selections of designer clothes, shoes, furniture and other home decoration items, kitchen utensils, stationery and perfume/make-up. Besides these, you also have in-door gallerias/malls and a huge number of varying stores lining the streets.
Towards Norrmalmstorg/Stureplan you find the more exclusive designer stores, and in Gamla Stan, if you dare to leave the main tourist street of Västerlånggatan, there are many many antiques stores.
In Södermalm, there are a couple of gallerias/malls and also quite a number of smaller shops for designer items and more. for vinyl records, the shop called Recordmania just by Moseback torg is the place to look.
Special stores to visit in Sweden are for example H&M clothing stores. These have started to sprawl the world now, still it might be cheaper in Sweden than elsewhere.
For books try Akademibokhandeln, there is one right by the Sergel Square, and one further down towards Kungsträdgården and NK Department store.
For furniture and little home gadgets of course IKEA is THE place to go. Swedish people have LOTS of IKEA stuff in their homes!!!
Ikea has several stores in the Stockholm area, though none in the inner-city part. Chec k out their homepage
ikea.com for details...!
Scroll down to read more about specific stores and what to shop for in Sweden!
What to buy: Just buy anything you want!
What to pay: Infinite amounts of money!
Swedish stores accept euros. (Most of them anyway)
It's not rocket science to deduce that most metropolitan cities provide ample opportunities for sight seeing, food, nightlife, accomodations and the like... So it is the same for shopping! There are ample places to "lighten your load" and "lose your dough" in Stockholm and most anywhere. The moral of this story is "If you have the money, you can find it!", so look around and Shop Where You Are! :-)
What to buy: Sweden is well-know for it's glassware! It's here in abundance and the really nice stuff will set you back a ways!
What to pay: How much have you got?
Nearly all of our shopping was done in the area shops that were within a ten minute walk of our hotel in Nacka... there was a nice variety of stores with clothing, sporting goods, glassware and home decorations, food, spirits, and restaurants and eateries!
One day we decided instead of boarding the bus towards Stockholm to go in the other direction and see where that lead us... Well, it lead us to a very modern two level mall that had many nice stores! It was not a large mall by U.S. standards, but it was neat and had a good variety of shops that complimented one another. I bought a sweater on sale and it has become one of my favorites (I'm a sweater fanatic!).
Anyway, the point is... just go and find what awaits you! The famous and well-known places are fine and worth the time to see, but I think the more interesting and local shops provide the greatest rewards!
What to pay: Depending on what you are looking for, the prices on clothing and sundry items seemed very reasonable.
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