Hamngatan 18-20, Norrmalm
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.
Upplandsgatan 43, Vasastan
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.
Oscar and Clothilde
Birger Jarlsgatan 27, Östermalm
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.
Blekingegatan 63, Södermalm
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.
Nybrogatan 40, Östermalm
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.
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.
Drottninggatan 94, Norrmalm
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.
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