Everything You Need to Know About Shopping in Stockholm

Published by: Bounce15 September, 2022

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden is known for many things, the most famous being the '70s pop band ABBA, and while it is not necessarily a popular shopping destination (tourists don't usually go on a shopping frenzy in Stockholm) you won't be short of anything when it's time to spend some money.

There is an infinity of possibilities where to empty your wallet in the enjoyable and modern city of Stockholm – from antiquities, vintage and secondhand clothes, to very stylish furniture, not to mention the popular Swedish and international fashion, luxury brands, contemporary Swedish fashion labels and the big department stores – a whole world of alternatives, even for the budget-conscious travelers. And don't forget the nightlife in Stockholm too.

When it's time to do some shopping in Stockholm, you don't want to be wasting your time looking for the best deals, department stores, or flea markets. To make your life easier, we will guide you through the best shopping hotspots in the land of the Vikings.

But first things first, you'll want to leave your luggage behind (or stow your fabulous purchases while you shop more) and we have the perfect spot for you in one of our safe luggage lockers in Stockholm, Sweden. Who knows, you may end up needing an extra pair of hands to hold your shopping bags, so better bring a friend too.

Antique Shops

Gala Stan, popularly known as Stockholm's Old Town, is the heart of the Stockholm City Centre. This neighborhood exhales history. There are registers that state the first settlements in this region date back to the 12th century. So you'll be happy to come across museums, monuments and, of course, antique shops! Here are the most popular.

Brinken Antik

Located just a minute's walk from the Noble Museum, this cool little shop is well known for the variety of vintage items, unique jewelry in silver and gold, tin bowls dating back to the 14th century, and excellent customer service. Many say that stepping into this delightful antique shop is like a trip back in time.

Location: Storkyrkobrinken 1, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-6pml Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm

Medusa Antik

Not far from the Brinken Antik, you will come across one of the most popular antique stores in Stockholm, the Medusa Antik. Part of the antique scene for some time, the owner Gunilla Haag, makes feel every customer like a VIP.

Here you will find a mix of antique mid-century Swedish jewelry, crystal, antique silver, and other valuable items at reasonable prices and learn a little bit of history from the knowledgable and friendly Gunilla.

Location: Kåkbrinken 10, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12am-6pm; Saturday 11am-3pm

Moderna Magnus

“The fantastic world of design of the 20th century” – tempting, right? At this iconic store, the atmosphere resembles the famous European flea markets. From porcelain, ceramics, fabrics and glass from the 1950s to 1980s, exotic furnishing, lamps, books, vinyl records and toys, you won't leave this shop empty-handed. For lovers of retro shopping, this cute store will surely satisfy.

Location: Köpmangatan 9, 111 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: 12am-6pm; Saturday 12am-5pm

Department Stores

Swedish fashion has an astonishing reputation all over the world, maybe because some beloved brands, such as H&M have their origin in the country. Stockholm may not be remembered as a world-class shopping destination; but when it comes to department stores, the Swedish have some of the best.

Acne Studios

Acne Studios is not only an important department store in the Stockholm shopping scene but it is worldwide famous too with several stores in multiple capital cities in the world including New York City. This shop sells clothes from multiple Scandinavian fashion labels, always up to date with the latest trends. Furthermore, shopping in Acne Studios is a wonderful experience, as the store is gorgeous, boasting an inviting and vibrant atmosphere.

Location: Multiple locations

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm

H&M

Everyone today knows H&M. But what you may not know is that this is a Swedish brand. Opened in 1947, by Erling Persson, the H&M department store offers ready-to-wear fashion for men, women, teenagers, and children - some made even of organic and recycled materials. There are many shops spread around the city, one of them just a few steps from Stockholm Central Station.

Location: H&M, Drottninggatan 56

Hours: Opening hours differ-Check the opening times on their website

NK – Nordiska Kompanient

Undoubtedly, NK is the city's finest department store! Within six floors of pure style and luxury, this multi-brand boutique offers a collection of Scandinavian brands. Founded in 1915, it is not only the most iconic but also the oldest shopping mall in Stockholm.

It brings to memory the spirit of the Parisian Lafayette Gallery. Besides the flawless concept store, at this location, you will find many trendy restaurants to eat something in between shopping. NK is a must-visit on your trip to Stockholm, Sweden, even if it's just for a quick look or window shopping.

Location: Hamngatan 18-20, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Filippa K

Among the minimalist Scandinavian fashion brands, there is Filippa K in Stockholm’s shopping scene. From the classic and urban style to new tendencies, this shop counts on a unique and personal selection. This place is made for women and men who admire fashion, but in a simple and elegant way. Undeniably distinct from other clothing shops, if you need a new purse or new shawl, give it a shot.

Location: Biblioteksgatan 2, 111 46 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm

 Åhlens City 

Another mandatory pitstop among the department stores in Stockholm is Ahlens City. Different from other shops, this one presents a curious surprising effect – all the major brands in Sweden and a huge grocery store, yes, you are reading it right: a huge supermarket. Basically, you can find everything inside this place, from Swedish fashion to something to cook for dinner.

Location:  Klarabergsgatan 50, 101 29 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

Shopping Centres

If you are a big fan of shopping centres, you won't be disappointed finding good ones in Stockholm.

Mall of Scandinavia

Located just 4.34 miles from Stockholm City Centre, Mall of Scandinavia is the second biggest shopping mall in the Nordic area. More than 200 stores and 40 restaurants offering Swedish and international brands, including Michael Kors, Nike and Pandora keep customers coming back.

Location: Stjärntorget 13 C, 169 79 Solna, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

Mood

Less than 10 minutes walk from Stockholm’s Parliament, nearby the luxury street Bibloteksgatan, you will find the upscale shopping centre, Mood. All the major brands, such as Club Monaco, Hobbs, Jascha, Valerie, Rodebjer, Posh Living and Ralph Lauren, L'Occitane are available at one shopping destination.

Location: Regeringsgatan 48, 111 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Farsta Centrum

A bit less overwhelming than the other options so far, this shopping centre is a little smaller. The area is divided into 3 main buildings and features over 150 retailers as well as a food court in a spacious, renovated 1960s-era indoor area. Inaugurated in 1960, this place carries a bit of Stockholm’s history and enchants locals and tourists every day.

Location: Farstaplan, 123 47 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Sturegallerian

Luxury shopping has also its place in central Stockholm. It is considered the most exclusive and fancy shopping mall in the city, hosting brands such as Zetterberg Couture, L’Occitane and Chamonelle. Besides the vast store’s repertory, it offers good bars and restaurants, everything wrapped in a quite interesting and elegant interior.

Location: Sturegatan 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm

Gallerian

Since 1976, Gallerian presents itself as a central option in Stockholm’s shopping scene. It is very close to the central station, making it extremely convenient to reach over 80 shops and excellent amenities. More than 60000 people visit this shopping centre per day.

Location: Hamngatan 37, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Shopping Streets

Biblioteksgatan

A place that has everything to do with luxury and famous designers. Remembered for literally rolling out a red carpet in December, during Christmas time, this street brings to the table Swedish and international brands united in only one place.

Birger Jarlsgatan

If luxury shopping is the target, this street is the right place to be. Beloved brands, such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel vie for customers' attention in this shopping area of Stockholm. Scandinavian brands, like Georg Jensen and Norrgavel, also place their names in this area.

Drottninggatan

A full day walking on this street would not be enough to visit the many shops distributed along the way. It is a long path, mostly pedestrian and full of life. Besides the stores, restaurants, street food places, bars, cafes and tourist shops are also part of the atmosphere.

Sweet Stores

For those with a sweet tooth, shopping in Stockholm can be a pleasure. This enjoyable and modern city delights its locals and tourists with cozy coffee places and chocolate boutiques almost everywhere.

Betsy Sandberg Choklad AB

This Swedish shop is a family-owned business, established in 1926. Nowadays, it is responsible for first-class chocolate on a small scale and handcrafted methods, in other words, a boutique chocolate store. Lately, the shop expanded its business also for ice cream production, giving customers one more reason to love this spot in Stockholm city.

Location: Östermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg, 114

Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-7pm; Saturday 9.30am-5pm; Sunday-closed

Polkagris Kokeri

If you are planning to visit the city, you can't avoid a pit stop at the touristic Polkagris Kokeri. Located close to the Noble Museum, this place's specialty is handmade Swedish sweets, very traditional inland and abroad. Candies and lollipops in the most diversified bunch of flavors, packed one by one inside the store, which is a trip back into Stockholm's history. More than sweets, this shop provides a premium touristic shopping experience, thanks to the confectioners who are doing everything just in front of you. Definitely a must-see! Take the family here after a day of fun in Stockholm with the kids. It's the best way to end the day!

Location: Stora Nygatan 44, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-8pm

Chokladfabriken

Led by the chocolatier Martin Isaksson, this boutique chocolate store sells basically the most famous and delicious pralines in Stockholm. The success of this unique brand is so huge that they are located at three different addresses around the city. The good news is that you can bring them home in practical storage boxes. This is going to become your favorite chocolate factory in Stockholm.

Location: Renstiernas gata 12, 116 28 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Lakrits Roten

For the big fans of licorice, Stockholm can also help. Lakrits Roten is a store with a focus on knowledge, craftsmanship and inspiration around the spice licorice. There, it is possible to have a chat with an expert and deep dive into the Lakrits world, not to mention the tasting sessions.

Location: Several locations in Stockholm

Hours: Opening times vary (check the website for updates)

Interior Design Stores

Thinking about Stockholm and not shopping for interior design is almost impossible. After all, IKEA has its roots in Sweden, and nowadays it is a reference in terms of home decor. This guide could not fail to bring you some options for shopping in Stockholm, even when it comes to interior design and niche brands.

Royal Design

The store's main strength is online selling, but for the ones who prefer the old-school way of shopping, Royal Design also has two physical stores around the city. There, you can find a considerable range of furniture – from very classic styles to cooler and trendier options. Prices are affordable, given the uniqueness and quality of the furniture.

Location: Kungsgatan 27, 111 56 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm

Asplund

A famous interior design store, it is also known for its exclusive and minimalist brand concept. This shop steps out of momentary trends to focus on timeless and clean design. Its portfolio includes furniture, in general, but decoration objects too. Usually, their items are the result of collaboration with Swedish and international designers.

Location: Sibyllegatan 31, 114 42 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11am-2pm; Sunday-closed

World Class Shopping Destination

Shopping in Stockholm, though not as popular as shopping in Paris, NYC, or Milan can be a wonderful experience if you know where to look. Whether you need designer items, affordable clothing, luxury brands, home goods, or sweets and souvenirs to take home, keep this guide handy for stress-free shopping. All you need to do is bring a friend because you might end up buying more than you need!

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