Filled with the latest pieces from up-and-coming Swedish makers, Designtorget’s compact stores are the perfect place for gift-hunting. From decorative homeware to classic Swedish novels in English, artsy postcards to eye-catching wall-hangings, expect to walk away with a one-of-a-kind souvenir (sorry – present for someone else). The retailer’s relatively new but expanding fast, and there are now small outlets in several Stockholm shopping malls. The flagship is at Sergels Torg, on the basement level outside the giant Kulturhuset cultural centre.
You might know it as home of H&M and IKEA – and the Swedish capital doesn’t disappoint when it comes to affordable design with pretty much universal appeal. But in between the museum-sized furniture superstores and high street fashion outlets you’ll find in neighbourhoods worldwide, Stockholm has artsy corners brimming with one-of-a-kind gifts, homeware and clothes.
Garm-shopping in Stockholm? Frankly, there are few better things to do in this city – and that’s saying something. The vintage shopping scene is huge here, especially on Södermalm island’s village-like cobbled streets. Less budget-friendly (but incredibly charming) is Naturkompaniet, the city’s most renowned department store in opulent eastern Östermalm. The antique shops of neighbouring, restaurant-packed Vasastan also cater to the luxury-loving locals, but are worth anyone’s window-shopping time. For those who’d rather rummage for a bargain (then head to a food truck), try the flea markets on Hötorget or Hornstulls Strand, which bring these outdoor spaces to life from early spring weekends until the end of August. And in winter, head indoors for Christmas markets that take over medieval squares and, in one case, a former prison. So grab a tote and get ready to splurge – these are the very best places to go shopping in Stockholm.
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