Rummaging through flea markets in foreign cities has become more and more popular in the past few years...
Smaller flea markets pop up around the city from time to time, but the biggest (and permanent as well) flea market in Stockholm can be found out in the suburb of Vårberg. Called Loppmarknaden (literally "the flea market"), they in fact advertise themselves as being the biggest flea market in Scandinavia. They are open 7 days a week and have around 250 stalls/booths selling everything from second hand clothes to antiques and CD's.
It is good to note that entrance is free during the weekdays (a small entrance fee on the weekends) and that the market is indoors. It is easy to get to market, just take the subway (red line) towards Norsborg and hop off at the Vårberg station. The trip takes just 20 minutes.
If you are looking for something a little closer, then there is a flea market at Hötorget, located in the downtown area. Monday through Saturday it is a popular outdoor fruit and flower market, but on Sunday it turns into a flea market. It is a bit smaller but worth to give a try .. :)
Hotorget is Swedish for Hay market and there has been some kind of market in this square since the 1600s. Today you can still buy all your fresh produce here, as well as books, CDs, flowers and clothes etc
Östermalmshallen is the oldest and nicest market hall in Stockholm, which is in business since 1888. According to a survey, this hall is considered to be the 7th best market hall in the world.
In the hall you can find all sorts of food, including meat, fish, cheese, fruits, vegetables, sweets, tea and coffee. Besides shopping, you can also have an affordable lunch in one of the self-service restaurants here.
As the hall has a wonderful atmosphere, it's worth visiting it even if you don't plan to buy or eat anything here.
What to buy: Try some Swedish reindeer-sausage (renkorv) or any of the cakes and sweets here. They are all great!
Well...that's how it's described on the website, and whilst that is a huuuuge overstatement, mainly because of the size of it all, little Street still is a place where people meet in a Camdenesque way in the cafes of the market, having browsed the stalls. To be ctd.
We stumbled upon Hotorget Market and stopped for a browse.
Initially attracted by the stalls of colourful flowers, there was also very fresh looking fruits and vegies for sale, along with antiques and general bric-a-brac. There were other stalls selling second hand cd's and records and others with some very tempting looking cakes and biscuits.
The market was located in Hotorget square, in front of the Konserthuset (Concert Hall)
What to buy: I was so tempted by the huge bunches of sun flowers....a bit tricky to get back on the plane though!
If you are lucky enough to be in Stockholm close to the winter holidays you will see many Christmas markets that pop up. There is one in Stortorget Square.
What to buy: There are all kinds of local crafts as well as local produce to sell. The elk sausage is really quite good as well as some of their local cheeses. But you can't miss getting yourself at least a bottle of glogg or two.