The English Shop: English delights
This shop is a must for English expats and everyone else who like English things - or just want to try something new. Besides food and drinks, there's also toys, books, gift articles, football merchandise, etc.
What to buy: You will find all your favourite chocolate bars here. There is a big selection of tea, from everyday kinds to more luxurious ones. Why not try my faves, salt and vinegar crisps. You can also find biscuits, soft drinks, sausages, bread, malt vinegar, canned food, cereal, jam, etc. You can also order from their website.
What to pay: For obvious reasons, it costs a bit extra compared to in England, but it's not too bad. Regular sized chocolate bars cost 10 kr, crisps 6 - 7 kr, tea bags 40 - 50 kr... just to mention a few things.
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La Mélodie Du Chocolat: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
Mmmm mm chocolate mmm mmmm, mmm m mmm mm Neuhaus chocolate mmmmm mmm! Mm mmm m mmm Maxim's chocolate mmmmm mm mmmmmm, mm mmm mm mmm mm chocolate mmmmm mm mmm.
What to buy: Mm mm mmmm mm mmm, mmm mm m Mozart Kugeln chocolate mm "mmm m mmmmm-mmm" mm mmm. Mmm, mm mmmm m mmm mm, chocolate chocolate chocolate!
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Nordstan Shopping Center: Everything under the sun!
What more could you ask for?
Around 150 businesses in total! In fact, it's Sweden's largest mall apparantly. How could you NOT at least pay it a visit?
What to buy: Personally, I liked the originality of the little kiosk "village" found on the main floor, run by independant artisans and retailers, like Bifrost Silversmide or Form och Fantasi by Cornelia, for example.
Avi & Lena Design: One Of A Kind Wonders
Just imagine: it's soon Valentine's Day, you've already chosen the right flower shop to visit and purchased the obligitary chocolate heart, and you've made reservations at a gorgeous restaurant for later in the evening but you realize that she has nothing new to wear around her beautiful neck that night, so what do you do? Well, you sneak away for an hour and visit the little jewelry shop of Avi & Lena Design where you're bound to find a very special and absolutely unique little gift that she'll love. How do I know? I'm you, my friend.
What to buy: Since we had watched our first moon together the night before, I chose a Sterling chain with a similarly shaped moon pendant in Sterling and rough Amber.
I think it was the right choice.
What to pay: I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you; she reads this you know. ;o)
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Bifrost Silversmide: Handsome Handicrafts
What to buy: Purchase some sort of Swedish handicraft. I bought my Sterling Bronsåldersring (SEK 250 or $28.00 USD) at a little kiosk run by Bifrost Silversmide in the center of the Nordstan shopping complex, (opposite the Brunnsparken Tram stop) and my authentic Northern Swedish 'Same' (or Lapp) double pewter bracelet was a gift bought for me in a tiny shop in the Haga district. The ring is just cool; covered in tiny Viking symbols from the Bronze Age but the bracelet is absolute art: Reindeer leather with a horn clasp, embroidered with pewter wire all bound together by hand with a special 'sen-tråd' thread: a beautiful piece of handicraft.
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Shoppin' For Pop Culture
What to buy: Walk into any little shop which sells cigarettes, dig deep into your pocket for a 50 Öre coin, and bodly purchase a pack of Solstickan matches. Why, you ask? Well, because by doing so you'll not only have the solution to that extinquished pilot-light for your gas stove, but more importantly you will now be the proud owner of one of the most widely reproduced works of art in the world. That's right; I'm talking about the 'Solstickan Boy' created by celebrated Swedish artist/illustrator; Einar Nerman who was commissioned by the Swedish Match Co. to design this graphic with the idea that a percentage from the sale of each pack will go towards local organizations concerning children and the Aged. So,...how about that? A piece of socially aware Swedish pop-culture, for less than 10 cents. Cool huh? It sure is a helluva lot easier than trying to finance a Volvo.
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Where to buy souvenirs
IFK Göteborg: You’ll find their new supporter-shop at Berzeligatan, close to both the Avenyn and Scandinavium (the icehockey-stadium). There you’ll find all kinds of souvenirs, books, videos, tickets and more. You can also book your place for the away-games.
For souvenirs it’s also possible to buy them inside the stadium on matchdays, and in some sport shops as Stadium and InterSport. There is also an online-shop at www.ifkgoteborg.se
Örgryte: They don’t have a shop as big brother IFK, but it’s possible to buy souvenirs inside the stadium on matchdays, and in some sport shops.
Gais: Sell their souvenirs on matchdays inside the stadium, and in some sport shops.
Häcken: You’ll find their souvenirs inside the stadium on matchdays, and via their homesite www.hacken.o.se
Frölunda: Also Frölunda sells their souvenirs inside the stadium, and via their homesite: www.vfif.o.se
What to buy: Scarves, matchshirts, flags, hats. Everything you want for the football game.
What to pay: Unlike in Italy, all the souvenirs here are official. That means they cost much more. For scarfe you'll have to pay 10-13 euro, for a matchshirt 50-70 euro. For a flag 10-15 euro.
For a t-shirt 15 euro.
Kvibergs Marknad: Swedish Sungei Road
If you are familiar with Singapore's Sungei Road, you'l love this place, only it is 5 times bigger. The place to buy 2nd hand goods, from electronics to shirts (good or bad, is for you to find out yourself).
This place is mainly run by Arabs. Be careful about the prices. If they know you're not from around town or don't speak Swedish, they'll tend to rip you off. Best you have a Swedish friend or Arabic friend to help you in negotiation. A friend of mine, Pak Mat, knows the place and people very well, so we had quite a bargain.
Flickorna Kanolds: Yummy!!!
Kanolds was once a big chocolate maker, the old building is right by the Liseberg amusment park. The manufacturing stopped but in the end of the 90's, Jeanna Kanold brought the old memories to life again. It's a small shop with a lot of character and plenty of chocolate and other yummy things.
It get's very crowded around the holidays so if you can't stand the crowd plan on getting your shopping done early in the morning.
What to buy: Personal favourites are: pear-, white vanilla- and blackcurrant truffles. The caramel "mushrooms" is a favourite as well.
They sell Valhrona chocolate with different percentage of cocoa and big chunks for baking.
Around Christmas try the marsipan. Chocolate dipped pigs or miniature fruits. And at Easter look out for the handmade eggs made out of sugar. They are truly beatiful!
What to pay: As any speciality store prices tend to be a little bit on the expensive side, but the quality is what you pay for. You can buy one piece for about SEK 6 or a big box with two layers for SEK 500. It is easy to get a bit carried away.
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Jarl Sandin Ur & Guld: Swiss is best? The Devil you say!
What to buy: In 1986, Christer Sjöö and Mikael Sandström got together and formed the watchmaking company: "Sjöö Sandström".
In 1989, the idea for the "Chronolink" is born, and development is begun.
In 1993, Sweden's first wristwatch; the "Automatic" is introduced.
In 1997, The "Chronolink" is finally produced, followed in 1998 with the "World Timer" model. Then in 1999, the worlds most technologically advanced racing watch, the "CW-3 Racing Chronograph", is created followed in the year 2000 with two new models: the "Swedish Blonde" and the "Blue Metal Chronograph" (pictured here). The year 2002 was also the year of the Volvo Ocean Race, for which the "Ocean Race Chronograph" was introduced.
Why am I telling you all of this? Simple. The Sjöö Sandström line of wristwatches are true masterpieces of Swedish engineering and Scandinavian design, and are for sale right here in Göteborg at Jarl Sandin Ur & Guld.
What to pay: Prices start at about $2,600.00 USD
IKEA: I know, I know,...but it MUST be mentioned.
If you're like me, it's hard not to put the words IKEA and Sweden together in the same sentence every chance you get and yes, we all know they sell very good quality home furnishings at more than fair prices, but I'm including them here simply to help shed light on the "myth" of the IKEA name. No,...it's not the squeal of joy a Swedish child makes when Jultomten arrives with presents on Christmas Eve but in fact an acronym created by adding the first initials of the founder's name with the same of two towns near where he lived when he created his mail-order furniture business in 1950.
So,...are you ready for the key to unlock this timeless mystery? Here you go:
Ingvar Kamprad + Elmtaryd + Agunnaryd.
Now,...aren't you glad you read this?
What to buy: Whatever you like,...it's all good.
What to pay: Much less than you'd ever expect, but then,...you already knew that, ja?
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Nordstan is one of the biggest shopping centres in Scandinavia. There are tons of great stores here! My faves are Indiska & H&M. It's by the train station and quite huge, so you won't miss it!
Weekdays: 10 - 19
Saturday: 10 - 17
Sunday: 12 - 16
What to pay: Not too expensive stores here.
H & M: Trendy dressing style
Quoted from a TV report in Italy, while H&M is opening its 1st shop "Each and every swedish as at least one from H&M at home".
True ? False ? bah ....
I went there and I bought a nice scarf for me (my passport pic) even if this was a women shop :-))
What to buy: Trendy and cheap stuff
What to pay: Nothing, JP Silke put her money there for meeeeeeee :-))))))
BillHalls supermarket: Supermarkets
You can learn a lot of a foreign country simply visiting supermarkets ... and Sweden was a confirmation.
What I mainly noticed: no alcohol of course, no drinking water (!!!!!!!!!) - they rely more on soft drinks instead of mineral water, good care about different kind of bread.
Fresco Italia: Italian food
I'm not a big fan of italian restaurant or shops abroad ... this is an exception; stuff from Italy in a fresh mood, nice pizza and wonderful focaccia.
You can buy a lot for cooking yourself.
What to buy: Try the focaccia ... it's simply wonderful !!!
And mineral water !!!!!!
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