Best Shopping



From all the shops and stores in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best offerings. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Stockholm shopping on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Best Shopping list for Stockholm. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.



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The One


 

"The" stands for Total Home Experience, a concept Stockholmers have been quick to embrace. The One was founded by a Swede, but before the Stockholm launch in 2005 the stores were only found in Middle Eastern countries such as Kuwait and Bahrain. The "One Thousand and One Nights" interior style – think tons of velvet, beads and Buddhas – couldn't be more different from the minimalist Swedish look, but there are also Japanese influences (sushi plates, Bonsai trees, bamboo curtains). Bar/café, restaurant. Metro T-centralen, exit Sergels torg.


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Airport - Bma


 

Svenskt Tenn ("Swedish Pewter") has actively promoted Swedish furniture design since 1924. Many of their objects, such as those designed by Josef Frank, are now modern design classics. The company has an unrivalled reputation for elegant home furnishings in Scandinavia. Although its furniture, textiles, lamps and china are rather expensive, some smaller items are moderately priced. If you do decide to splash out on a piece of furniture, Svenskt Tenn will pack, insure and ship your purchase anywhere in the world. Bus 62, 44, 47, 69.


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Life is Too Short Not to Wear Beautiful Things


 

With its gorgeous clothes, accessories and shoes, the boutique known to Stockholmers simply as "Life" gets away with what could be Northern Europe's most pretentious name. Everything is highly desirable: shoes by Beatrix Ong (the new Jimmy Choo according to fashionistas); bags by former head accessories designer at Chloé, Zoë Knight; and the stars' favorite rock 'n' roll jeans, Superfine. Metro Rådmansgatan, exit Tegnérgatan.


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Airport - Bma
Sivletto


 

Stockholm's only rockabilly boutique has been doing remarkably well since its launch in October 2005, selling everything '50s and restyling customers into Elvis or Doris Day in hairdresser Missy's little boudoir. It's nothing short of a time machine, with vintage and new retro-inspired fashion, a '50s-style café, and all the necessary accessories (pocket combs, James Dean-style leather jackets) for creating that Grease look. Bus 3, 76.


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Located at Stockholm's poshest area Östermalm, Saluhall, meaning "market hall" in English, is not your everyday food court – the gorgeous red-brick mansion provides a Harrod's or Saks Fifth Avenue experience of market dinning. The color, smell and ambience are truly Swedish. The main purpose of the 125-year-old venue is an upscale market for locals. Some 17 vendors, mostly family-run, sell a large variety of meats, cheeses, seafood and desserts – perfect destination for a summer picnic shopping. There are also quaint little restaurants, café and deli for a sit-down Scandinavian meal, "fika" or simply people-watching. Price for a main course starts from around SEK80 (USD12), a great deal in Stockholm and especially in this historic, elegant environment. Saluhall was rated "the world's 7th best food hall" by magazine Bon Appétit and is favored by famous chefs like Jamie Oliver. The market hall is under 15 minutes drive from both Värtahamnen and Frihamnen cruise port.


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Airport - Bma
Street


 

Stockholm's first design market opened in 2005 by the waterfront on Söder and was immediately hailed as a great initiative. Young Stockholmers love the eclectic London-style mix of vintage and new fashion, record shops, a critically acclaimed restaurant and club, second-hand books, and lots of bric-a-brac. The last Friday of every month is dedicated to fashion, featuring catwalk shows with the works of up-and-coming designers. Afterwards, you can buy the garments hot off the catwalk – how's that for a fashionable Swedish souvenir? Metro Hornstull, exit Långholmsgatan.


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Sturegallerian


 

Stureplan Square is dominated by Sturegallerian, an upscale shopping mall where Stockholm's it-girls shop till they drop at The Showroom, Dry Lake and Monroe. It's not just women's wear: Slipsgossen has an array of luxury ties; tailor Eric Skoglund caters to the city's gentlemen; and J. Lindeberg is Sweden's latest successful fashion export. Old-fashioned bookstore Hedengren's has a range of foreign-language books and Cordon Bleu is a must for all wannabe Michelin chefs looking for designer kitchen utensils. Also jewelers, shoe shops, bars, cafés, pharmacy, spa and health club, and more. Metro Östermalmstorg, exit Stureplan.


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Airport - Bma
Nitty Gritty


 

A trendy, all-in-one boutique for fashion-conscious men, Stockholm classic Nitty Gritty is always up-to-date. Books, furniture, interior objects, fashion (Miu Miu, Duffer of St. George, Prada Sport) – there's even a hairdresser to ensure your coiffure is as cool as your new clothes. Nitty Gritty is the only European retailer of much-hyped Oki-ni, a brand that develops limited edition garments by, for example, Paul Smith, outside of the UK. For bargains, try the Needy Greedy Outlet next door at number 24. Metro Mariatorget, exit Torkel Knutssonsgatan.


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Birger Jarlspassagen

 

Blink and you'll miss it: the passageway between Birger Jarlsgatan and Norrmalmstorg is the city's tiniest mall – and definitely the coolest. Ex-top-model Efva Attling designs modern jewelry for the likes of Britney Spears and Madonna, Sneakers 'n' Stuff is first with the latest trainers, Le Shop Too is the even-trendier sister store of Söder's Le Shop and is unbeatable for street wear, while Mrs H is your best bet for classy and quirky fashion from the likes of Eley Kishimoto and Marc Jacobs. Metro –stermalmstorg, exit Stureplan.


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Norrmalm/City


 

This six-story department store is your one-stop destination for shopping, dinning, people-watching or even history observing. Founded in 1902, Nordiska Kompaniet, or NK as the locals call it, is the most prestigious department store in Stockholm. It was through this Art Nouveau-style building that inventions that frozen vegetables, Barbie dolls, jeans and CDs entered Swedes' life. Today, some 110 traders sell a wide variety of merchandise from Sweden's hottest fashion labels to stuff your wardrobe, to a savory Swedish hot dog to feed your mouth, to swim suits and leisurewear to facilitate next leg of cruise journey. Its lower ground level features design and home décor shops, a good place to pick up practical souvenirs with sought-after Swedish designs; or head to the fourth floor for chilling out at the NK Champaign Bar.


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