With more than 150 shops Nordstan is said to be Skandinavia's biggest shopping mall. It is packed with all sorts of shops and stores as well as restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is also home to a large indoor square for entertainment events.
Goteborg's Tourist Information and the Swedish superrmarket chain "Hemkop" have a branch in Nordstan as well.
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?
Nordstan, right around the corner from the Central Station in Gothenburg, is north Europe's biggest shopping center indoor. There are more than 170 different shops in the building, and every day passes more than 70 000 people.
Thanks to the central venue of the center it's very easy to go there for a bit of shopping, and you'll also find more or less everything you might be looking for.
Clothes for both men and women, shoes, tecnhical stuff like tv:s, cameras, video, dvd, food, music stores, café shops, travel agencies, Systembolaget (only place where you can buy alcohol to bring home), gold, silver, banks and more and more.
Prices are normal, as in the rest of the city.
Here you'll also find restaurants for both lunch and dinner.
If you aren't looking for shopping I would advice you to don't get in. The streets are normally so crowded you'll just get tired if you don't have anything to look forward to.
And as in all shopping centers, watch out for pickpocket.
Some of the shops you'll here:
Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)
Always Tours (travel)
Bilia (Volvo och Renault cars)
Brother's (men clothes)
Dressman (men clothes)
Clas Olsson (technical stuff)
InterSport (sport clothes)
Sisters (women clothes)
Verner & Verner (kitchen stuff)
Team Sportia (sport shop)
Vero Moda (women clothes - and nothing else... ;))
Åhlens café and restaurant
Lydia's diner (recommended!)
City Kebab Alysa
What to buy: I'm quite sure you'll find more or less everything you're looking for here.
What to pay: Normal swedish prices, which unfortunately isn't that cheap as it once was. Cheaper than in Milano and London, more expensive than in Istanbul.
This is, as the title says, the biggest mall in sweden. Here you will find almost every mainstream store you can think of. It's only a couple of hundreds of meters from the trainstation. You can probably spend a whole day here without going to the same store twice. I myself get tired just walking in the door, but I am not a big fan of shopping. I know that roughly half of the worlds population has this as their first and foremost hobby though, so this tip is for them.
Hundreds of shops, everything from clothes to sportsgear to videogames to...anything really.
So...what's the limit on that creditcard again?
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.
It's a beautiful little fasion store with bothy men's and women's clothing. The staff is wonderful and next dorr you can but the best cappuccino in the city!
What to buy: cloths!
What to pay: It's a rather expensive store, about 50$ for a per of trousers...
This is a great store if you are looking for second hand vinyl records. They have a huge selection of music, and to pretty fair prices as well. Sometimes they have special releases as well, so check in on what's happening if you find yourself in the neighbourhood.
Apart from second hand vinyl they have new records as well, and CDs to. They often have some recordplayers for sale too, so that old excuse that you only have a cdplayer won't work anymore.
And now that I think about it I seem to remember that they also sell used DVD movies and musik DVD's.
What to buy: Vinyl Records
What to pay: I think a record is between 50-100 SEK, typically.
If you want to find unusual gifts, try browsing the shops of Haga. Here you find shops with a mix of Muppets handbags, Japanese stationery, Swedish antiques, wooden toys, books and much more. All the things you never knew you wanted!
Antikhallarna, as its name suggests, is not a shop but rather several halls full of small shops. You will find many specialising in watches and stamps, but also toys, china and art and naturally also maritime things.
What to buy: A very local thing would be maritime.
This place has the largest selection of music in town. And to the best prices as well.
Long tables full of cheap cd's in probably no order at all. So it's pretty fun to walk around and see what you find. And you will find something, or the beer is on me. Also, they have the usual A to Z group by group shelves.
They have music dvd's as well, and the usual movie dvd's. But it's the music you'll come here for.
You might feel it's a bit out of the way at first, but consider that it's not at all far from 2a Långgatan with it's pubs and stuff so don't write it off.
What to pay: It's cheaper than other music shops in sweden
The big street Kungsgatan (Street of kings) is situated in the very central parts of Gothenburg, and here you'll find all kind of shops.
Mostly clothes shops, but also other things.
The price level is quite high, you'll for sure be able to find cheaper places in Gothenburg. But it's a good street, where you can find a lot of shops, not only in one genre.
And when you need a break it's full of restaurants and cafés, or why don't you make a visit to the biggest church in the city, Domkyrkan (the cathedral) which is in the middle of the street.
Kungsgatan starts almost at Avenyn (the Avenue) and then goes on in the other direction for 1-2 kilometers.
What to buy: As in all bigger cities, the price level is a bit higher than in smaller towns. But the good thing is that you'll find most of the things you're looking for.
Nothing really special is made in Gothenburg, that can be bought, but Sweden is famous for it's glass industry for example.
Quite expensive normally though...
What to pay: Sweden was a quite expensive country before, but with the euro running crazy all over western Europe the price level has become quite equal.
No, Nordstan is not some newly created Central Asian republic but Scandinavia's biggest shopping mall. It's the kind of place that overwhelms you with figures: 6000 employees, more than 30 million visitors and 1.5 million vehicles in and out of the massive car park every year. And an annual turnover in the billions which would keep most third-world countries going for the next century or so. Old Cliffie was glad that he didn't take the female members of the Claven clan; they would have been tempted to make a solid contribution to the annual turnover.
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
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.
A while before seven in the morning is when you should trail down to the riverside from the hill above (you will soon notice the smell of fish) to enjoy the auction here in one of Sweden's biggest fishing harbours. As long as you keep out of the way of the mad rush around you so people can work in peace, you are more than welcome to study the auctioneer and the bidders who depending on season can pay a fortune for the season's first local lobsters, or a tuppence for prawns that were to meagre...Fishmongers and restauranteurs from all over the city come here for the catch of the day. As with most European fish establishments, it is closed Saturday to Monday.
What to buy: Fish :)