Stockholm is a great place to shop as its home to mega brands and innovative boutiques for everything from fashion to home furnishings. Swedish design is renowned internationally for its simplicity and minimalism and the capital’s stores act as a window display for many of the country’s best designers to launch new product lines. The country is famous for its glassware, which is made and painted by hand, as well as clothing and interior decor and here is a guide to the best shops to find these speciality items.
This is the largest galleria in the city and was also the first. More than 80 shops are housed in this mall and the majority of places sell clothing which is aimed at a younger audience. Well known stores like Levi’s, Foot Locker and Esprit are all here and there are a good number of coffee shops and cafes serving food if you need to give your feet a rest.
Nearly everyone has stepped inside an IKEA store but not of the magnitude of the one south of Stockholm. The megastore is located in Kungens Kurva which is about 20 km outside the city and is the company’s flagship store as it’s the largest one in the world. Close by are also many other large shopping centres, supermarkets and electronics stores which makes the shopping here easy.
Another global brand which is loved by many for the continuously changing styles of men’s and women’s clothes. The main shops in Stockholm can be found where the Regeringsgatan and Hamngatan streets cross; these are huge and provide a wide selection of affordable fashion. As concept stores the styles are always changing with innovative displays and featuring the cutting edge of the brand’s designs.
If you haven’t heard of Acne it’s got nothing to do with facial creams or any other products that deal with getting rid of facial blemishes. The brand name is actually for a leading fashion house which specialises in jeans. Originally the company started out by making just 100 pairs of jeans which were given out to friends and from there demand was so strong that the company was created. Today it sells not only jeans but accessories and shoes and has now grown to be a global success. If you head downtown you’ll find the company’s flagship store in Norrmalmstorg square.
Yet another icon in Swedish fashion which is world famous. There are over 500 Filippa K stores worldwide which shows the popularity of the clothing lines as the company has only been established since 1993. What makes the clothes so popular are the simple lines and pure styles that are typically Swedish but individually Filippa K. The styles also don’t seem to go out of fashion and the store on Grev Turegatan is the place for fashion of the highest quality.
The biggest department store in Sweden is a well stocked shopping haven with clothes, beauty products and a fine selection of groceries in the basement.
Stepping out from Stockholm hotels a visit to the biggest handicraft cooperative in the city is essential for people looking for unique handmade items. Inside as well as the shop there is also a gallery displaying meticulously made glassware and pottery as well as textiles, wood, iron, silver and leather goods made by a large collection of skilled artisans.
NK – Nordiska Kompaniet
For luxury items there’s no place finer than NK which combines elegance with tradition in this grand department store. Inside shoppers can find designer labels from Sweden and international fashion houses along with cosmetics, finely cut crystal, jewellery, ceramics and gourmet foods.
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