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The Stockholm Guide

The Stockholm Guide

First settled in the Stone Age, Stockholm wears its ancient history well, deftly blending it with all the innovations of a modern city, from New Nordic cuisine to one of the most exquisite hotels, ever. Sprawling over fourteen islands in the Scandinavian archipelago—it sits where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea, making it a strategic harbor back in the day—it’s actually shockingly easy to navigate, whether by train, boat, car, or bike. There are ample opportunities to make use of all modes, though in warm months, we prefer getting around by bike, as there’s a city rental program with plenty of drop racks (you can buy cards at all 7-11’s). If you hail cabs, keep in mind that there is no standard fare, so check the car’s window before hopping in.

While Stockholm is the perfect destination for aimless wandering, it is dotted with must-sees to punctuate the days, including Moderna Museet, the Vasa Museum, Rosendals Garden, and a world famous amusement park and ABBA museum if so inclined.

Hilda Hilda

Hilda Hilda

Österlånggatan 21, Gamla Stan | +46.864.136.80

This little store, owned by three friends, is full of ridiculously cute, tongue-in-cheek textiles—all made in Sweden from organic cotton grown in Europe. Take your pick from tablecloths, placeholders, coasters, and towels in a myriad of colors and patterns—the perfect place to pick up a gift for a loved one or for yourself.

Svenskt Tenn

Svenskt Tenn

Strandvägen,5, Östermalm | +46.867.016.00

Svenskt Tenn is possibly the most famous design store in Sweden and it is easy to understand why. Designer Estrid Ericson initially needed a space to sell her pewter wares, but over time her interest turned to interiors. Ericson teamed up with Jewish-Austrian architect and furniture designer Josef Frank (who had fled to Sweden to avoid the Nazis), and their interior collaborations became renowned after the world expos of the late 1930s. Today the store’s inventory is in the thousands—bolts of beautifully patterned fabrics, Scandinavian furniture, cushions, throws, curtains, and pretty much everything else you could imagine for your home. There is much here that is both portable and giftable, and they also sell other brands like Fornasetti.

Acne Archive

Acne Archive

Torsgatan 53, Vasastan | +46.830.272.3

This space is not only Acne's flagship store and design archive, for all the true crime enthusiasts reading, it’s also the location of the 1973 robbery that coined the term "Stockholm Syndrome." Browse through pieces from past Acne collections and reminisce about those sculptural sweaters and perfect-fit jeans you wished you’d bought at the time. Alongside their latest collections, the store sells restored and re-sewn pieces for a great price.

Lisa Larsson

Lisa Larsson

Bondegatan 48, Södermalm | +46.864.361.53

While Stockholm is definitely better known for its vintage furniture than clothing, Lisa Larsson is the exception to the rule locals have been trying to keep secret forever. Occupying the same spot for more than twenty years, this store is a major treasure trove of designer collectibles and unlabeled vintage. Be prepared to dig through the racks for the best haul.

Jacksons

Jacksons

Sibyllegatan 53, Östermalm | +46.866.533.50

Founded by Paul and Carina Jackson back in 1981, Jacksons specializes in vintage Scandinavian design, sourcing everything from lighting to furniture to rugs. Paul and Carina often curate exhibitions to showcase their pieces, so a visit to the showroom inevitably results in a lesson in the history of design (and with a list of new designers to learn about). There's a satellite location in Berlin, too.

Smid Stockholm

Smid Stockholm

Blekingegatan 63, Södermalm | +46.812.449.045

This cool jewelry store stocks pieces from a few different Swedish designers. You'll find unique, delicate little pieces like architectural infinity bands, elegant gemstones clutched by ultra-thin prongs, and simple, streamlined bangles in yellow and white gold.

Oscar and Clothilde

Oscar and Clothilde

Birger Jarlsgatan 27, Östermalm | +46.086.115.300

With two full floors of new and vintage furniture, textiles, and lighting—plus, a rich, color-heavy aesthetic—Oscar and Clothilde is a trusted go-to for local interior designers. But unlike many of the other furniture galleries in the area, they also have a smattering of accessories, pillows, and gift-able items, meaning it's entirely possible to pick up something you could take home in your suitcase.

Grandpa

Grandpa

Fridhemsgatan 43, Kungsholmen | +46.086.436.081

Grandpa has a robust online business, so it's—blessedly—very easy to shop their selection from home, but there's no substitute for seeing and trying on in their Stockholm boutiques. While they mostly stock Swedish brands, you'll also find familiar names, like Levi's and Adidas, all at a refreshingly approachable price point.

Svenska Rum

Svenska Rum

Nybrogatan 40, Östermalm | +46.702.131.371

Swedish furniture design in the 18th and 19th centuries was dominated by a painted-wood style, and pieces with original paint are increasingly difficult to find. Svenska Rum has one of the best selections we've encountered (plus plenty of antique accessories, like chandeliers and small wooden figures)–the dealer, Leif Jansson, has been in the business for more than 30 years.

Anna Holtblad

Anna Holtblad

Grev Turegatan 13, Östermalm | +46.854.502.220

A slew of interesting, young Swedish designers have opened up shop in the past few years, but Anna Holtblad is actually part of an older (and much smaller) generation of designers–her brand has been around for more than twenty-five years, and she's thought of locally as a pioneer in her field. Inside her shop (designed and decorated by her husband, architect and designer Thomas Sandell), you'll find cozy knits, drapey tops, and perfect-fitting wide-legged pants.

Nathalie Schuterman

Nathalie Schuterman

Birger Jarlsgatan 5, Norrmalm | +46.861.162.01

This beautiful boutique (right in the middle of Norrmalm) houses a thoughtful edit of designers like Phillip Lim, Marchesa, Ulla Johnson, and Lisa Marie Fernandez. Though the brands are familiar, the shopping experience here is decidedly Swedish–the entire operation is set in a stunning, black-and-white, minimalist space where shoes, bags, and even dresses are displayed almost as though they were pieces of art.

Nordiska Kompaniet

Nordiska Kompaniet

Hamngatan 18-20, Norrmalm | +46.876.280.00

The quintessential Swedish department store first opened its doors in 1915, in a dramatic Art Nouveau building that was built specifically for this purpose. The store houses five full floors of merchandise ranging from fashion to tabletop, to books and music, with a buy that manages to celebrate Swedish brands while maintaining an international perspective. Don't miss the top floor, where you'll find their selection of children's clothes and toys, a bar, and a full restaurant.

Nordiska Galleriet

Nordiska Galleriet

Nybrogatan 11, Östermalm | +46.844.283.60

If you go to one furniture store in Stockholm, make it Nordiska Gelleriet, where the tags read like a who's-who of contemporary Scandinavian design–with a healthy dose of modernist influences from abroad, like Charles and Ray Eames and Le Corbusier. Carl-Magnus Heigard, who laid the foundation for the company's aesthetic (and its rise to prominence in the '50s and '60s), pioneered the concept of curating furniture galleries like art exhibitions, which the company still practices in its carefully considered merchandising.

Whyred

Whyred

Drottninggatan 94, Norrmalm | +46.820.950.1

Founded in 1999 by Roland Hjort, Whyred takes its inspiration from the founder's grandfather, painter X-et. Hjort is known for mixing tailored pieces with casual, slouchy fabrics, and for the similarities between his men's and women's lines (which often share shapes, fabrics, and even styles). If you're visiting in the winter, come straight to the store from the airport to pick up one of his signature super-warm parkas.

Mrs H

Mrs H

Birger Jarlsgatan 9, Norrmalm | +46.867.802.00

This eclectic little boutique stocks great pieces from some of our favorite brands, and is nicely spaced out over a few rooms. Expect flowy Ulla Johnson vacation dresses, architectural Ganni sweaters, Nili Lotan trousers, plus great jewelry and a thoughtful edit of beauty products including Eve Lom, Kai, and Swedish brand Björk & Berries.

Old Touch

Old Touch

Upplandsgatan 43, Vasastan | +46.834.900.5

Come here for antique and vintage clothing from practically every era, with a particularly extensive selection from the '20s. Many of the pieces are conveniently available for rent as costumes. A true emporium, you'll also find vintage lingerie, jewelry, and even homewares; the kids' clothes and linens are particularly spot-on.

Modernity

Modernity

Sibyllegatan 6, Östermalm | +46.820.8025

Owned and operated by Scotsman Andrew Duncanson since 1998, this showroom-slash-gallery collects and sells rare, impossible-to-find 20th-century Scandinavian furniture by the likes of Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, and Alvar Aalto. Aside from their Stockholm space, Modernity often sources and supplies pieces to MoMA and LACMA, as well as being a constant feature on the international art circuit. One of the few places in the world where iconic pieces by the aforementioned Scandinavian design heavyweights are actually available for sale, you'll also find antique textiles, ceramics, and light fixtures.