Home to H&M and IKEA, Stockholm has become sort of a shopper's paradise during the past few years. The Swedish capital hosts from several major retailers, like H&M, to niche boutiques that deliver a unique shopping experience. With that being said, shopping in Stockholm is not a trivial thing to do, as its streets offer each a respectively different experience. Let's explore the best places in Stockholm to go shopping!
An Exceptional Hotel in the Center of Stockholm to host your Shopping Experience
Located in the hip Sodermalm area, Hilton Hotel Stockholm Slussen stands out for its stunning views over the water and Stockholm's Old Town. It's just a few steps from the top attractions and shopping areas of Stockholm, so it's naturally the best hotel to stay during your shopping experience in the city.
All rooms are spacious and clean, but the King Executive Rooms with View and the Suites stand out. Among the rooms, we particularly loved the Riddarholm Suite, whose exquisite design brings forth the Design aficionado in you.
This is Stockholm's Main Shopping Street and it stretches north from the bridge Riksbron at Norrstrom, in the district of Norrmalm, to Observatorielunded in the district of Vasastaden. Most of it is pedestrian-only, creating a premium shopping experience within the center of Stockholm. Among the numerous stores and shops, there is also the Ahlens City Department Store known for its excellent selection of books, home-wares, makeup and more.
02. Mall of Scandinavia
Open all-week-round from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and with over 224 different shops ranging from homeware, clothing to electrical and more, the Mall of Scandinavia is proudly the second biggest mall in the Nordic Countries. To fully explore it, you will need an entire afternoon, but don't fret, as it's home to several great restaurants and cafe to take mini breaks at during your shopping hunting.
The mall is located at the northern suburb of Stockholm and it takes only 10 minutes to get there by train from Stockholm's central station. Keep in mind, however, that as it is right by the national stadium Friends Arena, it gets pretty busy during match days.
Gotgatan is a lesser known shopping street that stretches across the southern part of Stockholm. The diversity of vintage and quirky shops on this street has given it the name of the hipster-mecca of Stockholm. And, who could argue that? At the same time, Gotgatan is also a perfect choice for bar-hopping, as it offers a plethora of cozy coffee shops to chill through the day, on top of some of the best restaurants in Stockholm.
Mainly popular for its elegant NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) department store, Hamngatan offers a well-respected shopping experience to its visitors. It's home to various popular shopping stores, including H&M and Zara. Across NK, Gallerian is home to 28 thousand square meters of both Swedish and International Shops. Of course, along the street, you will also find a wonderful assortment of cafe and restaurants, where you can enjoy your coffee while watching the city on the move.
Fancy an Evening Cocktail? Check out Eken Bar!
After a day of shopping, you will most probably need a cozy atmosphere to relax and have fun. Well, when you stay at Hilton Stockholm Slussen, you don't have to look further than the hotel's grounds, as it's home to one of the best bars in the city.
Its menu consists of fruity cocktails, a selection of wines, as well as delicious International dishes with a Scandinavian touch. We should note that all dishes are 100% free of genetically modified ingredients and are locally sourced.
Last but not least, the stunning views of the Old Town further adds to the relaxing atmosphere of the bar, making it the perfect hotspot to spend your evening.
Sturegallerian is home to an abundance of stores, from fashion, footwear and accessories to health, beauty and homeware. This lavish galleria is located in the heart of the city, easily accessible on foot and by public transport. At the same time, it's home to wonderful cafes, restaurants, and a small food hall where you can munch on delicious goodies. However, keep in mind that you won't find any H&M or budget stores in this mall, as it is more about high-end shopping.
To sum up, as you may have understood, Stockholm's shopping opportunities are plenty and diverse. The best season to go shopping in Stockholm weather and tourist-wise is early to mid-spring. If you are budget travellers, we recommend visiting Stockholm in late January/early February, as this is when the flights are the cheapest. However, you will have to put an extra sheet of clothing on you!