Lately, Stockholm has become a kind of paradise for shoppers. After all, Sweden is home to big brands like IKEA, and H&M. It is also known for its minimalist style. Scandi style is the name for cool around the world.
But the Swedish capital is more than just the big brands. It is also home to one-of-a-kind shops, independent designers, and more. Swedes love design, handmade crafts, and everything vintage. The 15 best places to go shopping in Stockholm cover all budgets and tastes. From luxury boutiques to flea markets, chocolates and books, there is something here for everybody. So let’s start shopping!
The 15 best places to go shopping in Stockholm
What is the main shopping street in Stockholm?
Drottninggatan is the main shopping street in Stockholm (see photo above). It is a long, mostly pedestrian street, with many shops, restaurants, bars, and cafés. Located on the northern side of Stockholm, it goes from the old town to the Stockholm Observatory park. The big department store, Åhlens City, and the T Centralen metro station are in the middle.
Drottninggatan actually means “Queen’s Street”. It is named this way in honour of Queen Christina, a famous Swedish queen who ruled between 1632 and 1654. In fact, her life was made into a film in 1933 with the great Greta Garbo in the role of the historic queen.
In Drottninggatan you’ll find all the major Swedish and international brands, such as H&M, Zara, Monki, and more. Also, several hotels are located nearby, including the one I stayed in. As a result, this street is also popular with tourists and quite busy.
Closest Metro stations: T Centralen, Hötorget
Best luxury shopping street in Stockholm
That said, for a more luxury shopping experience, you can go instead to Biblioteksgatan. It is Stockholm’s most exclusive shopping street, in the elegant district of Östermalm. Also, it is a pedestrian street, which makes it easy for window shopping. In Biblioteksgatan, you’ll find luxury designer brands such as Mulberry, Filippa K, Karen Millen, Tommy Hilfiger, and others.
Moreover, in this area are located many department stores, such as Nordiska Kompaniet, MOOD, and Sturegallerian. In particular, Sturegallerian is probably Stockholm’s most glamorous shopping mall. It houses top-end brands, restaurants, cafés, and even a small food hall.
Finally, just off Biblioteksgatan, there is Birger Jarlsgatan. This is an even more exclusive shopping street, with flagship stores of the likes of Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
Closest Metro station: Östermalmstorg
The Best Department Stores & Shopping Malls in Stockholm
NK Stores (Nordiska Kompaniet)
This is Sweden’s oldest, and finest, department store. In the same vein as Harrods in London, NK Stores is a landmark of Stockholm. First opened in 1915, it hosts famous, high-end international brands on its 6 floors. The building itself is certainly beautiful, and worth a visit anyway. In fact, inside, it will remind you of the famous Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Moreover, it is located near Biblioteksgatan, the best luxury shopping street in Stockholm, Needless to say, it is also a popular shopping spot for the Swedish Royal Family.
Address Hamngatan 18-20 – Web: www.nk.se
In contrast to NK Stores, this is a recent arrival to the shopping scene of Stockholm. First opened in 2012, this upscale shopping centre is very close to the luxury shopping street, Biblioteksgatan. Here you’ll find niche brands like Rodebjer and Posh Living, as well as more mainstream ones. For example, Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, and Hobbs.
Address: Regeringsgatan 48 – Web: moodstockholm.se
Åhlens City is a huge department store in the heart of Stockholm. For instance, it has all the major brands in fashion, beauty, decor, design, and more. Prices are budget-friendly, so it attracts large crowds. There is even a huge grocery store in the basement!
Address: Klarabergsgatan 50 – Web: www.ahlens.se
Mall of Scandinavia
Similar to the well-known “Mall of America” in the USA, this is Sweden’s largest shopping destination. It is in Solna, just outside Stockholm. In fact, it is the second biggest mall in the Nordic countries. It has a total of 224 shops, from homewares to clothing and more.
As well as a big range of shops, here you will also find great eating options and the newest trends. Although it’s outside Stockholm, it takes just 7 minutes by train to reach it.
Address: Stjärntorget 2, Solna – Web: mallofscandinavia.se
The best unique and vintage stores in Stockolm
Located in the cool neighborhood of SoFo on Södermalm, this iconic store is simply the best place in Stockholm for vintage and retro shopping. It has everything retro, from Victorian-era items to 90s grunge styles. A sister store can be found in Drottninggatan.
Address: Åsögatan 144, Stockholm – Web: www.beyondretro.com
With its big variety of quirky items on offer, this shop is the epitome of cool. So it should come as no surprise that it is located in the cool district of SoFo on Södermalm. In addition to well-made clothing, Grandpa also offers unique products like wooden toothbrushes, vintage decor items, notebooks, and more.
Address: Södermannagatan 21, Södermalm – Web: grandpastore.com
Another well-known jeans brand and success story. Their specialty is jeans made of 100% organic cotton. In addition, every piece of clothing is made of sustainable materials. These jeans are famous for their unique back pocket design. Also, the brand has specialised shops where you can repair your old jeans.
Address: Skånegatan 75 – Web: nudiejeans.com
This is a unique brand of handmade raincoats. It is brainchild of Alexander Stutterheim. He was inspired by the ones his grandfather used to wear. Worth mentioning that he sold his first 200 items from his home, on the small island of Arholma.
The idea of the brand is to celebrate the melancholy of Swedish weather and turn this simple, practical piece of clothing into a stylish, fashion item.
Address: Åsögatan 136 – Web: stutterheim.com
One of the cooler Swedish brands, these re-imagined clogs are a homage to the iconic shoe of the Seventies. The story goes that the brand’s founders discovered about 300 of their mother’s favourite wooden shoes in a forgotten basement. As a result, they got inspired to recreate this iconic Swedish shoe. With a 15-year history, nowadays these handcrafted and sustainable wooden shoes and clogs can be found around the world in high-end stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Urban Outfitters, among others.
Address: Nytorgsgatan 36A, SoFo, Södermalm – Web: www.swedishhasbeens.com
Created by Paris-trained chocolatier Martin Isaksson, this chocolate boutique sells some of the best pralines in Stockholm, and I can attest to that from personal experience. There are three boutiques in Stockholm, namely in Södermalm, in the City centre and in Vasastan.
Address: Renstiernas gata 12, Södermalm, Stockholm – Web: chokladfabriken.se
Hötorget Flea Market (Haymarket)
A charming square with elegant art deco buildings is host to a daily fruit and flower market, but also a weekend afternoons flea market, selling everything from books to antiques. In addition, just across the market, on Kungsgatan, there is the excellent Kungshallen food court, with food stalls and restaurants of both Swedish and international cuisines.
Closest Metro stations: Hötorget, T Centralen
The English Bookstore
If by now you are thinking that most of the cool shops of Stockholm are in the SoFo district on Södermalm, you’d be correct. So here’s another one for you, called The English Bookstore, an oasis for book lovers in the city. True to its name, it offers books exclusively in the English language, including English-translated Scandinavian literature.
Address: Södermannagatan 22, Stockholm – Web: bookshop.se
Gamla Stans Polkagriskokeri
Finally, while you visit the old town, Gamla Stan, you will probably stumble on this candy maker. The traditional red and white striped candy originates from the town of Gränna. It is a candy-lovers paradise, with candies of all shapes, colours, and sizes. Moreover, the candies are made in-store, so you might be able to see them as they’re made.
Address: Stora Nygatan 44, Gamla Stan, Stockholm – Web: www.gamlastanspolkagriskokeri.se