With high-end fashion stores, stunning eighteenth century buildings, opulent restaurants and a harbour packed with luxury boats, Östermalm is the most exclusive district in Stockholm.
Walk down Biblioteksgatan and its side streets to find global brands including Mulberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton as well as high-end stores flying the flag for Nordic fashion such as H&M-owned &Other Stories, Filippa K and Tiger of Sweden.
To feel most like a queen, head down Hamngatan to the iconic department store Nordiska kompaniet – Stockholm’s answer to London’s famous Harrods – which is frequently visited by celebrities and the Swedish royal family. The store opened in 1915, and much effort has been made to keep the original details of the striking building which features five levels of high quality fashion.
Want to toughen up your style? Then head over to BLK DNM on Regeringsgatan and browse through the high-quality leather jackets and denim ware.
Plus don’t miss Östermalm’s Mood Gallerian, a fashionable indoor mall designed to make you feel like you’re strolling down cobbled streets outdoors, complete with speakers playing out birdsongs.
How to get there: From T-Centralen you can walk here in less than 20 minutes. Alternatively, take the red metro line and get off at Östermalmstorg, or the blue line to Kungsträdgården.
One of Stockholm’s most chic streets. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT
Voted the coolest place in Europe by Vogue magazine in September 2014, the island of Södermalm or “Söder” as it is known by locals has a cool, stylish and creative vibe. The neighbourhood SoFo, south of Folkungagatan, offers wide variety of interesting stores and cosy cafés.
The perfect mix of all the latest in Swedish design can be found at Grandpa, which features hip emerging brands including Carin Wester, Minimarket, Hope, Sandqvist and Rodebjer. If you’re looking for real avant-garde fashion Jus is the place to go with some of the edgiest clothes on the island, with designers such as Comme des Garcons, Helmut Lang and Maison Martin Margiela crowding the hangers.
For bargain hunters, second hand is the way to go and Södermalm has some really good vintage stores including Emmaus, Beyond Retro and the brilliant Smiley Vintage concept store, where used garments are brought back to life with new cuts and innovative designs. Don’t forget to read The Local’s guide to our 15 favourite vintage shops in Stockholm.
For foodies, the street Renstiernas gata has some really cool organic grocery spots. At Cajsa Warg you can find Swedish treats including black truffles from Gotland, Lingonberry jam and gingerbread.
For amazing views of Stockholm make a stop at Södra Teatern, in the Slussen district, where you can eat, drink and mingle with the island’s hip locals.
How to get there: Take the green or red metro line and get off at Slussen, or have a look at public transport operator SL’s app for bus lines that will take you to various parts of Södermalm.
Beyond Retro vintage store in Södermalm. Photo: Tuukka Ervasti/Image Bank Sweden
The hidden gem in Stockholm, Vasastan is often overlooked but offers some great options. The area’s relatively new shopping district offers plenty of high street brands alongside more original stores and a growing selection of tranquil coffee spots to take a rest in.
One of the most unusual shops in the area, Old Touch sells vintage ware from the 1800s to the 1970s at decent prices. Look no further if you’re after a corset, a petticoat or a pair of platform shoes. Vasastan also has some first class antique stores, including Heinz Spindler Moritz Antik which specializes in vintage globes.
On Torsgatan you’ll find Acne Archive, where you can score clothes from hipster denim and clothing brand Acne’s previous collections at bargain prices. Vasastan is also home to Plagg, which also sells classic Swedish womenswear brands including Filippa K, Odd Molly and Nudie Jeans