Stockholm is a must visit: a relaxed city centre vibe, the most effortlessly stylish people, great bars, interesting food (once you get past the price of things) and the interiors shopping is like nothing else, HEAVEN!!
There are two main shopping areas to Stockholm I would recommend having been a few times now.
This is the more typical city centre with pedestrianised streets and high street shops you will recognise like H&M.
The interiors shops to look out for here are:
H&M home – the original version! Amazing gorgeous home accessories that we all know and love. Shopping H&M online and in UK cities is great, but the Swedish stores are just so beautifully laid out and much bigger, they are a must see, you won’t come away empty handed..
Lagerhaus: an even bigger store than H&M home and more of a mix of products here, great for shopping on a budget, can get anything from a Aesop inspired bottle of hand wash for £5 to lighting and plant stands.
Indiska- a clothing and home accessories store- think a Swedish Anthropolgie.. this has a much more boho feel than other interior stores, but worth a look.
Iris Hantverk – functional scandi home accessories – these guys have great cushions and throws and also kitchen accessories.
Ahlen department store- at first it feels a bit like a Debenhams when you see the clothing floors, but head up to the homeware floor, and it’s just another piece of heaven!
This is the central part of the city, and full of culture along the way, with lots of stylish hotels. It has more high end interiors shops here, but worth browsing for pure inspiration alone.
Some of my favourites are :
Granit- a gorgeous store full of beautiful neutral vibes, they focus on sustainable functional pieces that still have lots of beauty to them- and they sell online now shipping to the UK from www.granit.com (you’re welcome!).
Designtroget- yet more gorgeous Scandi homeware and accessories. The range makes me thing of a Swedish La Redoute, which in my book is perfection.
Aplace- more of a lifestyle store with men’s and women’s clothing, but also stunning accessories for the home, great for little gifts to take home.
There are so many other great lifestyle stores and boutiques in this area too.
I’ve mostly tried to stay interiors focused in this post as it would be easy to go on forever , but here are a few other things I would highly recommend if you’re there for a weekend break.
Where to Stay:
If you have a higher budget, find the coolest Airbnb or hotel you can. For somewhere really reasonable – the Scandi hotel chain is very stylish for a decent price. (there are at about 8 of these hotels in the city).
Where to Eat:
Budget friendly: Nalen restaurant – in Normalm, great Swedish food at a good price.
Traditional: Gastabud in Gamla Stan- a tiny cosy pub in the old town.
Break the bank: Nisch (used to be called Smorgastarteriet) they do a really good tasting menu here, it’s a tiny restaurant where everyone is served at the same time, and the local ingredients explained to you throughout. (Its rated 4 out of 2000 restaurants in Stockholm on tripadvisor so you can check out reviews there!).
What to See:
Gamla Stan – the old town of Stockholm is so pretty – do a free walking tour there, it’s the best way to see a city.
Fotografiska- the photography gallery is brilliant and I highly recommend.
Enjoy discovering this lovely city.