Shopping in Stockholm: 4 Central Department Stores


Don’t even think about leaving the city without taking in some Swedish design and handicrafts. Shopping in Stockholm is a varied experience, the city has a large range of shopping areas from exclusive designer brands along Biblioteksgatan in the Östermalm district, to the more everyday brands on Norrmalm.

In order to maximize your experience of shopping in Stockholm, be sure to visit these shopping malls where you can find everything under one roof, including Swedish brand names like Filippa K, J. Lindeberg, Acne Jeans, and Björn Borg.


You’re sure to find everything you’re looking for and more in Stockholm’s new trendy district, MOOD. A two-story high statue of a female model welcomes you to the elegant, vast galleria, which stretches over an entire block, bordered by Jakobsbergsgatan, Regeringsgatan, Mäster Samuelsgatan, and Norrlandsgatan. Inside you can find big names like Victoria Beckham, Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, and Royal Copenhagen, as well as plenty of Stockholm’s celebrities. Take a break from your shopping in Stockholm for a truly tasty lunch at hamburger spot Vigårda Barbeque, enjoy mouthwatering Spanish tapas at Bouqueria, or get stuck in to Asian-inspired bistro meals at EAT.

Nordiska Kompaniet

Stockholm’s oldest department store, Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) was founded in 1902 and has always been a byword for luxury. NK was established in its current location on Hamngatan in 1915, and since then has been the place to go for exclusivity and trendy product and services launches.


More down-to-earth and in more modestly priced is Gallerian, also on Hamngatan. It was the first shopping mall of its type. It was located right in the city center when it was founded in 1976, and is still one of Stockholm’s largest, glittering shopping malls. Gallerian also houses over 80 cafés, clothing stores, restaurants, and other specialty boutiques.


If you’re looking for homewares, furnishings, women’s fashion, men’s fashion, kitchenwares, makeup, and lots more, you’ll find all of that at Sweden’s most popular department store chain, Åhléns (pronounced Ohr-leans). It has everything from bathroom accessories to children’s toys, and also houses the company’s own brands, like This is Sweden, which honors traditional Swedish design and patterns.

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