Stockholm has become, in recent years, something of a shopper’s paradise. From major retailers like H&M to niche boutiques the city is overflowing with great clothes, designer items, homewares, and pretty much anything else you might need or have to have on your visit.
Like most Stockholmers we here at View Stockholm love to hit the streets and find that perfect item. Here are our favourites places to do this.
Drottninggatan – Photo credit: © Stefan Holm / Shutterstock.com
You could spend an entire day making your way through the many shops that line Drottninggatan and still not visit them all. While it sometimes seems there is an H&M every few steps don’t miss out on the other gems along the way. Åhlens City, right at the corner of Drottninggatan and Klarabergsgatan, is one of the best department stores in the city, with not just an excellent selection of fashion but also books, homewares, makeup, and much, much more. The street is also home to plenty of tourist shops, as well as some great restaurants and cafés.
Götgatan – Photo credit: © Anastasiia Petrych / Shutterstock.com
Götgatan runs from one of hip Södermalm to the other. Head to the Slussen subway station and start walking south. The first part of the street, known as Götgatsbacken, is pedestrian (although watch out for cyclists!) and has a serious amount of great boutiques, including such top end designers as Filippa K. In addition all the little side streets have tons of great shops, including some of the best record shops in the city. Cool cafés and hip bars will take care of your need to rest before you head out with your credit card once again.
NK on Hamngatan – Photo credit: © Tommy Alven / Shutterstock.com
The star of this street is Stockholm’s most elegant department store NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) but it’s also home to plenty of other names that pack a punch, including H&M and Zara. There is also the excellent Gallerian just across from NK, which has 28 thousand square metres of both Swedish and international shops spread across three floors. Happy Socks, Tshirt Store, and Björn Borg are just a few of the names you’ll find here.
Sturegallerian – Photo credit: © Holger Ellgaard / Wikimedia
While technically not a street Stockholm’s most glamorous galleria is found at Stureplan in the heart of the city and is loaded with top end boutiques. You won’t find H&M here – instead you’ll find amazing shoe shops, one of the best handbag shops in the city, and tons and tons of gorgeous clothes for both men and women. There are also several good cafés and restaurants, and a small food hall.
Biblioteksgatan – Photo credit: © Stefan Holm / Shutterstock.com
If designer tat is your thing then make Biblioteksgatan your first stop. This pedestrian street (which literally rolls out a red carpet during the Christmas shopping season) is nearly all high end designer wear, with both Swedish and international brands and designers represented. Dress well for this excursion because with tony Östermalm just around the corner you’ll be brushing shoulders with the city’s most glamorous shoppers.
Louis Vuitton on Birger Jarlsgatan – Photo credit: © Tupungato / Bigstock
Just one street over from Biblioteksgatan is Birger Jarlsgatan, which, if anything, is even more exclusive. All the big names are here, with Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton having their Stockholm flagship stores on this street. There are also some great Scandinavian names, such as Georg Jensen for designer products and jewelry, and Norrgavel for designer goods for the home.
Mood Stockholm on Mäster Samuelsgatan – Photo credit: © Arild Vågen / Wikimedia
With the opening of the new galleria Mood Stockholm Mäster Samuelsgatan has taken its spot as a shopping destination. While it’s always had its fair share of great little boutiques and shops this past few years has seen this street explode. Close to Stureplan make it part of your high-end shopping experience.
Bondegatan – Photo credit: © Johan Fredriksson / Wikimedia
If offbeat, quirky, and vintage are your thing, take the time to walk this long stretch of road, where hip Stockholm is on full display. Stockholm’s legendary vintage shop Lisa Larsson is found here, along with Acne Studio and Kult & Design. Just around the corner on Södermannagatan you’ll find Grandpa, possibly the coolest shop in the city.
Rörstrandsgatan is full of hidden gems – Photo credit: © Jp/Flickr
Vasastan has often been overlooked, being seen as decidedly middle class – but in recent years, as designers and shop owners look for new space, the area known as ‘Little Paris’ has come into its own. Rörstrandsgatan in particular has become that always elusive hidden gem, with designers such as Carin Wester making it her home. The surrounding streets are also filling up with tiny boutiques, which has become the hallmark of the area.
Stora Nygatan in Old Town – Photo credit: © Roman Sigaev / Shutterstock.com
We can’t forget Gamla Stan, now can we? While most of Old Town is crawling with shops Stora Nygatan is where you want to start. While you won’t find any big designer names here you will find some great vintage shops, the best comic book store in the city, and all the tourist tat you could possibly want. There’s also a truly excellent shop for scarves – something that might come in handy during the colder months.
Happy shopping on the best shopping street in Stockholm!