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Shopping in Stockholm

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SOFO stands for “South of Folkungagatan” and has become on of Stockholm’s trendiest ares. Located south of Folkungagatan and east of Götgatan on Södermalm, here you will find a huge selection of stores and cafés. GAMLA STAN is home to many small boutiques and is the place to head for if you’re loking for Swedish handicrafts, souvenirs or a cozy café: Chokladkoppen on Stortorget square is a good starting point. ÖSTERMALM is the neighbourhood for fashion and international brands like Kookaï, DonDonna, Filippa K, GUCCI, ARMANI and RIZZO. On Biblioteksgatan you will find the city’s most exclusive boutiques gathered in one place. Antique shops and art galleries abound in this discrict and the pleasant stroll down Strandvägen is recommended. The UPPER EAST area is one of Stockholm’s most fashionable and stretches along the entire Karlavägen, as well as two blocks in every direction. It’s full of shops and cafés. Chic clothes and interior decorating are two of this neighbourhood’s trademarks.

BRUNO on Götgatsbacken is Södermalm’s newest mall and houses stores such as Filippa K, Ljunggren, We, Whyred, Munteh Plus Simonsen, Way, Stuk, David Design, and Homerun. Thirty-nine stores, including Paul & Friends, SOLO, SAKS, Face Stockholm and Granit make up VÄSTERMALMSGALLERIAN on Kungsholmen. The old NK department store on Hamngatan has been a fixture since 1902 and is worth a visit. But PUB is Stockholm’s oldest department store, on Hötorget square. The newly renovated GALLERIAN on Hamngatan offers many stores, salons, and restaurants.

Swedish design

For typical Swedish design head for ASPLUNDS, Sibyllegatan; 10-GRUPPEN and DAVID DESIGN on Götgatan; and SVENSKT TENN and CARL MALMSTEN on Strandvägen. Swedish glass is world famous and highly sought-after internationally. At BLÅS & KNÅDA on Hornsgatan you will find a large selection of contemporary Swedish pottery and studio glass – utility items as well as original art objects. ORREFORS KOSTA BODA on Birger Jarlsgatan is both a store and a gallery; it specializes in exclusive art glass by Swedish designers. PUKEBERG on Sibyllegatan sells both everyday glass and art glass in contemporary and classic styles.


If you’re into antiques you should go to AFRODITE ANTIK, Odengatan 92, which has a wide selection of glass, porcelain, silverware and cut-glass chandeliers. ALLA TIDERS MODERNA & ANTIKA, St. Göransgatan 67, is a huge shop selling furniture, pianos, record players, art, china and bric-a-brac. The jewellers BOLIN W A ,Stureplan 6, are purveyors to the Royal Court of Sweden. JACKSONS, Sibyllegatan 53, is something of an institution for the sale of vintage twentieth century design and decorative arts. KREUTER ANTIKHANDEL, Köpmangatan 18, specializes in helmets, uniforms and guns used in the army. KUNGSHOLMEN ANTIK & KURIOSA, Hantverkargatan 47, is an excellent antique store, MODERNITY (Sibyllegatan 6) has a wide selection of post-war designed furniture. MORMORS SPEGEL, Odengatan 84, is the right place to look for crystal or porcelain, and RAGNAR ZEDELL K & A, Köpmangatan 3, sells model ships, ship ornaments, and all things maritime.

Second hand clothes

If you’re on the look out for second hand clothes here are some good ideas:

SECOND LÄDER Odengatan 86, for leather garments.
CHANESSE FIRST & SECOND HAND BOUTIQUE Grev Turegatan 1, Stockholm. For designer clothes and accessories.
LA PRINCIPESSA Rosenlundsgatan 1, women’s clothes, bags and accessoires.
LISA LARSSON SECONDHAND Bondegatan 48, clothes from the 50´s, 60´s and 70´s.
OLD TOUCH Upplandsgatan 43, clothes and textiles from 1800 -1960.
TVÅ TRE GÅNGER Karlavägen 36, classic designs, party clothes, bags and accessories.

Stationary books and magazines

For stationary books and magazines check out:

AKADEMIBOKHANDELN, Mäster Samuelsgatan 32, large section of English literature
ALVGLANS, Folkungagatan 84, for comics
HEDENGRENS, Sturegallerian, classical literature in both Swedish and English
KARTCENTRUM, Vasagatan 16, Stockholm. Maps from around the world as well as guide books
KONST-IG, Åsögatan 124, Stockholm, specializing in books about design, art, architecture, photo and media
LJUNGGRENS PAPPER, Köpmangatan 3, in the old town, sells all kinds of paper
ORDNING & REDA, Drottninggatan 82, Götgatan 32, Sturegallerian, St. Eriksgatan 46, Mäster Samuelsgatan 61, contemporary designed stationery and paper products
POCKET SHOP, at the Central station, specializes in soft cover pocket books and
PRESS STOP Hamngatan 37 (Gallerian), Götgatan 31, magazine specialists
SCIENCE FICTION BOKHANDELN Västerlånggatan 48, for fantasy and role playing literature
SWEDEN BOOK-SHOP Slottsbacken 10, next to the Royal palace, for everything about Sweden

Music stores

Looking for music stores? PET SOUNDS, Skånegatan 53, is reputed to be one of Stockholm’s finest. BEAT GOES ON, St. Eriksgatan 67, specializes in reproductions on CD. FADE, Skånegatan 78, sells vinyl records. GOT TO HURRY RECORDS, Hamngatan 37, mostly sells records from the sixties and seventies, and MELLOTRONEN, Kåkbrinken 16, in old town Stockholm sells both new and second hand CDs. RECORD HUNTER, St. Eriksgatan 70, has around 20,000 records on sale, the latest albums are on the top floor, older ones in the basement. SKIVBÖRSEN, St. Eriksgatan 71, is a good choice for second hand discs of all styles as well as a lot of vinyl records. SKIVHÖGEN, Högbergsgatan 32 a, has a large and varied selection of titles.

Fashion, make-up and accessories

If you’re into fashion, make-up and accessories, be sure to check out:

ACNE JEANS SHOP, Norrmalmstorg 2, PK-Huset, for designer jeans.
AGENT PROVOCATEUR, Birger Jarlsgatan 9, for lingerie.
ANNA HOLTBLAD, Grev Turegatan 13, top Swedish design for women.
BRIC À BRAC, Swedenborgsgatan 5 a
C/O STOCKHOLM, Götgatan 30, for perfume.
CARIN RODEBJER, Jakobsbergsgatan 6, one of Sweden’s new and successful fashion designers.
DESIGNTORGET MODE, Götgatan 31, Stockholm, .clothes by up-and-coming Swedish designers.
FACE Drottninggatan 65, Biblioteksgatan 1, Sturegallerian, Götgatan 24, healthy and animal-friendly cosmetics.
GRANDPA, Södermannagatan 21, for the retro look.
GROWINLIFE, Karlavägen 47, Blekingegatan 48, for the pregnant woman.
GUDRUN SJÖDÉN, Regeringsgatan 30, Götgatan 44, Stora Nygatan 33, women’s clothes store.
J LINDEBERG, Grev Turegatan 9, Birger Jarlsgatan 7, designer clothes for men.
KNITS Österlånggatan 12, in the Old Town, wide variety of materials and styles.
MARIA WESTERLIND Drottninggatan 81 a, young Swedish designer fashion.
MORI & MIMOSA Högalidsgatan 34a, unique clothes and jewellery.
MRS H Drottninggatan 110, Birger Jarlsgatan 7, fashion and accessories for sophisticated women.
NITTY GRITTY Birger Jarlsgatan 7, Krukmakargatan 26, trendy shopping.
NUDIE STORE Skånegatan 75, Jeans specialists.
PAUL & FRIENDS Hamngatan 18-20, NK-huset, clothes from DKNY, Helmut Lang and Paul Smith.
RIZZO Kungsgatan 26, Biblioteksgatan 20, Biblioteksgatan 10 and Gallerian, Stylish and trendy shoes at reasonable prices.
SO YOU STOCKHOLM, Linnégatan 31, Concept store.
TAKEUSCHI, Birger Jarlsgatan 8, designer clothes for men.
URBAN OUTFITTERS, Biblioteksgatan 5, fashion, accessories, interior decor, books, cd’s etc.
WHYRED Mäster Samuelsgatan 5 / Götgatan 36, Swedish designer.
ZARA Hamngatan 8, Sturegallerian, Stockholm. Fashion and shoes for women.

Update 15/05/2008


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