Start with a splurge
Just off Hamngatan Street and set in the heart of Stockholm’s upmarket shopping area is the luxurious Nordiska Galleriet, better known as NK department store (below) – Sweden’s version of Galeries Lafayette, Harrods or Saks Fifth Avenue. Step inside and you’ll find a world of fabulous fashion and beauty brands, gourmet offerings, interior design and more. It’s a great place to begin any sumptuous shopping spree. Pop across the road and you’ll find the new Mood Stockholm, filled with a number of high-end boutiques and good restaurants.
If your style is more hipster than haute couture, head to the southern island of Sodermalm, especially the SoFo (south of Folkungagatan Street) neighbourhood. There, you’ll find a good selection of men’s and women’s fashion outlets – Grandpa (below) is a must-visit – as well as stores for music, design and books. For vintage shopping, Lisa Larsson (not far from Grandpa) is perhaps Stockholm’s most famous venue. Otherwise, head west to Hornstull in search of fashion havens such as Herr Judit or Ruth & Raoul.
For local fashion brands, your best bet is on the streets of Master Samuelsgatan and Biblioteksgatan near NK. Acne Studios (below), arguably Sweden’s most trendy name, has set up its flagship shop alongside labels such as Filippa K, J. Lindeberg, Wesc and Whyred.
Flea markets abound across Stockholm but, if we have to pick one, it would be Hornstulls Marknad (below), which is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from April to the last weekend in September. From antique collectibles and art to books and clothes, there’s something for everyone. The food trucks that pull up there serve tempting treats too.
Ikea’s popularity worldwide has brought Swedish design to the forefront of the interiors scene. As much as we love its affordable Scandinavian-style fixtures and furnishings, we’re also fans of Stockholm’s other homeware stores. The Ostermalm neighbourhood boasts a number of cutting-edge design stores such as Snickarbacken 7 (below), but perhaps one of the best lifestyle spots in Sweden is Svenskt Tenn, which is renowned for its textiles and regular exhibitions by leading local creatives.
Ostermalms Saluhall (below), Stockholm’s century-old indoor food market is the first place to go to snap up Swedish specialities to sample or take home. At urban hangout K25, you’ll find traditional fine food and a huge range of international fare.
Stock up on souvenirs from Stockholm on the island of Gamla Stan (below), the medieval heart of the city. From Swedish flags to fridge magnets, Viking-horned helmets to moose stickers you’ll find it all. But don’t forget: ABBA memorabilia or bottles of Absolute Vodka are options too.
– TEXT BY TIFFANY ESLICK
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