Södermalm Shops, Stockholm
The Sodermalm Saluhall is an old roofed marketplace where you can find all kinds of fine food; fish, vegetables, meat, cheeses. Many of the marketstands also have an opportunity to have a drink and a snack.
What to buy: We had a salmon sandwich and a chardonay white wine at Tysta Mary. Very friendly service.
If you go there, please bring my greatings to girl from northern Sweden (Who wanted to play icehockey.)
What to pay: It's quit expensive, but very nice.
Ten Swedish Designers was founded in 1970, when a group of ten young textile artists and designers joined together. They had a previous collective experience of having their designs rejected by the Swedish textile industry, with motivations asserting that their designed patterns were ?unsaleable, too advanced and non-commercial?.
The aim of Ten Swedish Designers was for the designers themselves to take active part and control the entire production process, from the initial sketch to the printed fabric on display in the shop.
What to buy: This is a special shop with stuff made by Swedish designers. You can but toilette bags, pillows, kitchen stuff, plates, socks and many other cool stuff here.
What to pay: Everybody can afford this design.
Just what a VT member might need - no, it's not because I subscribe to this magazine which is Sweden's biggest travel magazine and very laid back. It is just that they have all those guide books you're looking for and a few other travellers things such as vaccuum backpack bags and things. Don't expect it to come cheap though - Amazon before you get here is better value for money - but if you're stuck with nothing to read or no guide to where you're heading next, try this. You will find the Rough Guide to Italy in most bookshops in Stockholm, but this is the place where you will also find the Cadogan guide to Bologna and Emilia-Romana too to give you a clue.
If you're looking for maps specifically, you're better off going to the shops around the Central station. One is just opposite the main station exit and another a couple of blocks away along Vasagatan and to the left (that one also has lots of guide books).
A few years ago the little shop Recordmania opened in Östgötagatan 2 on northeast Södermalm. It looks quite anonymous from the outside, but inside is one of the best selection of soul/funk-records in the world. People travel even from Japan only to shop here. If you are into "black music" and vinyl records this is the place to go. The staff is very helpful and really know their stuff. I have many friends who have shopped here and totally recommended it. So far I have only browsed through the stuff though.
What to buy: Second hand vinyl records. They also buy second hand records I think.
What to pay: From a few euro and up. It depends on the record and the quality.
A cute store in Sodermalm. It had lots of t-shirts with different '70s stuff on them, like Wonder Woman, etc.
What to buy: I bought really cool denim trousers made in Spain. I also got a hooded sweatshirt that looks like it could've been from "Lost In Space", retro/futuristic.
What to pay: $100US
Skanegatan runs parallel with Bondegatan. There are lots of bars, restaurants and cafes on this street, but there are also some small clothes- and design shops and a few good record shops that are worth checking-out.
Bondegatan is another cool street on the Southside. It runs parallel with Asogatan. There are many great shops, mostly clothes- and design shops, but also a small record shop that has an excellent collection of reggae, roots, ragga and dub music. (Can't think of the name at this moment, but I will update soon)
Artistic shop with small label fashion designers from Sweden
What to buy: Small label designers from Sweden. Brands include:
- Diana Orving
- Göran Kling
What to pay: 100-200$
A mix of everything that has been in vogue throughout the 1900s, and some things that never really became popular but which are still good looking or functional. Many rarities.
What to pay: anything