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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | December 29, 2015 1:00 PM ET

    Swedish Chic: 5 Places to Shop in Stockholm (Besides Ikea)

    Swedish Chic: 5 Places to Shop in Stockholm (Besides Ikea)

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    The stylish Swedish capital of Stockholm is noted for eye-catching fashion and design finds. Stroll down any neighborhood street, from the old town district of Gamla Stan to the hipster haven of Sodermalm, and you'll spot locals in impeccably designed gear. Although Sweden is famous for Ikea and H &M, Stockholm boasts a big selection of shops with loads more style. Check out these  Stockholm stores for impressive Swedish swag:

    Design Torget

    These cute shops stock innovative Swedish design pieces at affordable prices. It's basically like a high design version of Ikea with carefully curated offerings. I found great souvenir ideas like Swedish cookbooks, toys and housewares but there's also funky jewelry, tote bags and art. A jury selects new products every week so there's always a fresh batch of goodies to buy.

    Nordiska kompaniet

    An iconic Swedish department store that has served Stockholm since 1915, this retailer is worth a visit just to view the historic architecture. Inside you'll find five floors of high-end goods including local faves like Filippa K and international brands like Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent. This is the store for celeb and royal sightings—the royal family and various Swedish celebrities are reportedly big fans  of  Nordiska.


    This popular store highlights the latest in emerging Swedish fashion. Despite the name, Grandpa features both men and woman’s fashions as well as housewares and accessories. The pieces lean toward clean lines and classic silhouettes and include hip brands like Hope and Carin Wester. Grandpa attracts a trendsetting crowd who appreciate well-made Swedish designs.


    A personal fave, this non-profit design studio features one-of-a kind, Swedish creations created by immigrant woman who learn about Swedish language and culture through design principles.  Browse the shop and you'll discover colorful, hand crafted pieces including tablecloths, totes, dresses and scarves. The shop adjoins the studio where women create embroidered or hand dyed pieces at great prices.

    Judits Secondhand

    Swedes are famously well dressed but that doesn't mean they spend all of their money on clothes, which explains why thrift shops are a common sight in Stockholm. Judits is one of the most popular, with two stores in the city.  A large selection of vintage from the '50s through'70s  are mixed with new trends for an eclectic shopping experience. They also feature a constantly updated collection of consignment pieces.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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