Best Shops in Stockholm for Cruise Travelers

Stockholm is not a typical shopping city to travelers, but Swedes win their hearts with distinctively minimal and innovative designs. The city is compact and east to navigate, so cruise travelers will have a smooth shopping spree during the whistle stop.

Each island in Stockholm's city center has its own style, resulting in different pockets for types of shoppers. Östermalm is the most affluent and fashionable quarter and is home to high-fashion and glitzy designer brands. The area is under 10 minutes drive from cruise port Värtahamnen, Frihamnen or Stadsgården. Try Nathalie Schuterman, the most exclusive multi-brand boutique in town, or Stockholm Market, a fashion store with both international and domestic labels.

Some 10 minutes away by subway, Södermalm in the south feels like a world apart from white-bread Östermalm. The island which is home to Stadsgården port is hip, trendy and bohemian – a treasure-chest for boys and girls with dragon tattoos troving for alternative gifts and threads.

Norremalm, which houses the Stockholm Central Station is a melting pot of kitsch emporium, such as Designtorget, and comprehensive shopping malls, such as Nordiska Kompaniet and Åhléns. Gamla Stan, or the Old Town, provides a poetic background for a souvenir hunting in the heart the archipelago city.

Old Town (Gamla Stan)


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