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Queen street, easier to say than Drottninggatan Street, is the major pedestrian street in Stockholm. Drottninggatan is in honour of Queen Christina, who ruled from 1632 to 1654.
I found the street quite busy with locals and Tourists alike! Good that I didn't have to worry about vehicles and could just spend my time concentrating on the numerous shops! I was looking for a souvenir, and there were plenty of those shops here. Don't expect anything cheap, prices in Stockholm are expensive to what I am used to paying. Still, I had fun looking!
Drottninggatan was the site of the 2010 Stockholm suicide bombings, when one person died, and two were injured.
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make your own teddy bear
Build-a-bear Workshop is a store where children can make their own teddy bears (and moose, rabbits, husky doggies, elephants, puppies, cats, cows and even a triceratops!), with or without clothes. Normally you don't need to book a time unless there's an activity going on, then you might.
The Workshop provides an alternative way to celebrate, for ex. a birthday, called a Build-a-party. On this kind of party you choose which stuffed animal the children want to do, then they get all they need to bring life to their new "pets". Each stuffed animal has a starting price of 129 SEK (about 20 US) - how high the price goes will depend on if the children want a lot of accessories for their new companion or not.
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Get your shop on
Not much else to say except have your plastic ready. A very stylish and sophisticated clothing city, both for boutiques and large stores. I enjoyed the Lindenberg store and some of the smaller boutiques. Plenty of people watching to do here while shopping on a busy day. But mind your wallet as there are plenty of teens sporting about.-
Hötorget - marketplace in the center
Hötorget (Hay Square) is the old marketplace right in the center of Stockholm. Mostly, you can buy fruits, vegetables and flowers here these days. Some cheap (ugly?) clothes, handbags, belts etc are also usually for sale on the racks.
Facing Hötorget is Konserthuset, the Concert house.
You can also check out Hötorgshallarna, a shopping/ restaurant complex with a great variety of food, at reasonable prices.
Actually a great tip for a lunch! There are several counters selling various types of food, but the eating area is common, so every taste can have their own way. It is a bit noisy, and not too chic though!
A great take-away coffee shop is directly to the right once you enter the complex.
Shopping at the Outlet!!!
A bit outside of Stockholm in Barkaby (next to IKEA) is a outlet that make your shopping dreams come true. I have been there on a rainy day and it was very succesful....
Brands like Hilfiger, Björn Borg, Diesel, Red and Green are offering bargains to you! Prices have been really good, the most expensive thing was the lunch in the Diner there ( but it was tasty!)....
Opens at 11 a.m.
Go shopping at IKEA and the Quality Outlet
Typical Swedish but they sell the same as everywhere else in the world. There's a free bus going there from the city centre (but I don't know from where, ask at the Tourist Information!).
Go shopping for hours and don't be broke afterwards here! Great shops such as Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Bjoern Borg, etc etc etc. Really good for bargains!!!
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CRAFTSAll over Sweden you can...
CRAFTSAll over Sweden you can see crafts - people at work and buy examples of their work at low prices.
In Gamla Stan (Old Town) there are a lot of galleries, gift shops. Worth visiting!!
Central City Shopping
Hötorget - a square in the centre of Stockholm with a market. Enjoy the sun on the steps of the Consert Hall or sneak in for a movie at the big cinema Filmstaden.
Drottninggatan - shop til you drop. Inexpensive fashion and lots of people. Åhlens has a huge multimedia store, where I always seem to end up. For more expensive shopping, go pass 'Sergel's Square' to Hamngatan, where you can find NK. Perhaps Sweden's most exclusive shopping center?
Stureplan - nice shopping, fine restaurants and great clubs. Visit 'Sturegallerian' or take a stroll down 'Biblioteksgatan'.
Lively atmosphere in summer
Commercial streets are crowded in summer, but with enough space to visit shops without pushing and no problems to get a free place in a sunny terrace and chill...
This is an old market hall in the center of Stockholm that is open daily and sells food and drinks. Everything looks delicious.
Love to shop? Then...
Love to shop? Then Åhléns-department store is the place. It is in the heart of Stockholm. You are able to find almost anything here.
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