Shopping in Stockholm

The City area of Stockholm is where the big department stores are. Yippee. Everything under one (actually three) roofs – a lazy shopper’s paradise.
Drottninggatan is choc-a-bloc with small specialist shops, big stores like H&M and Zara, Swedish fashion brand stores and just about every type of retailer imaginable. Look out for Designtorget at Sergels Torg; it sells mostly household design/functional objects created by up and coming Nordic designers that you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

  • Design shopping in Stockholm

Design shopping in Stockholm

NK – Nordiska Kompaniet

NK department store on Hamngatan in the City area is where Stockholm’s well-heeld shop. Occupying four floors of one of Stockholms most imposing buildings, NK is a class act and stylishly fills its space with Swedish and international fashion, designer and household goodies, cosmetics, shoes etc.  Go to the basement here for uniquely Swedish and Nordic artglass, crystalware and kitchenware.  Well-known Swedish preppy unisex mainstays such as Gant and J. Lindeberg are here, as well Scandi favourites Fillipa K. Acne and Tiger.


PUB on Drottninggatan is Stockholm’s oldest  department stores with a history stretching back to 1882. There’s nothing 1882 about the store now though; it is thoroughly funky with a Swedish/Scandinavian design focus and totally Stockholm-style. On the 2nd floor you’ll find Swedish fashion designers Carin Wester, Dagmar, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Hope, Minimarket and Whyred. Head for the 3rd floor to R.O.O.M, for cool furniture, interiors and household objects.

Åhléns department store

Åhléns Stockholm City is at the intersection of Drottninggatan and Hamngatan and is one of those department stores that sells absolutely everything – from a bar of soap, to designer artglass. Åhléns is big in international and Swedish brand fashion, beauty and cosmetic products. Check out their own brand household goods for excellent quality and price. And lucky you – Åhléns is open until 9.00 every week day.

Drottninggatan is probably Sweden’s busiest, bustling street and in addition to shopping, is good for street side and courtyard cafés and restaurants in summertime.

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Stores usually open around 10.00 a.m. and close at 18.00 with later opening hours on Thursday and Friday. Larger stores open on Sunday.  Check store websites.

Getting around
Getting around Stockholm couldn’t be easier. It is a compact city with excellent, bus, rail and local underground connections between the main shopping and other districts. Walking around Stockholm is also a sheer pleasure, but remember those comfortable shoes and water bottle. The best way to see Stockholm though is by bicycle and you can rent at many locations around the city.

As regards money, lucky for you the Swedish crown has rarely been cheaper than it is now, especially against the Euro – so there probably hasn’t been a better time to shop in Stockholm.

Opening hours
10.00 am – 18.00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and most of Stockholm’s big stores are also open on Sundays.


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