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SHOPPING

The Local’s guide to shopping in Stockholm

Whatever you’re shopping for, the Swedish capital has something for you. An achingly fashion-conscious city, Stockholm is the perfect place to while away the hours drifting from trendy boutique to trendy boutique. For aficionados of sleek, minimalist Scandinavian design, there are great finds to be made. For foodies, Stockholm’s historic market halls are gourmet heaven. This guide will be constantly updated and expanded –if you know of an establishment you think we should include, tell us!

DESIGN AND FURNITURE

Modernity

If you’re looking for the kind of Scandinavian chairs that look painful to sit on, but which actually incorporate years of research into ergonomic design, then head to Modernity. A specialist in 20th century Nordic design, the store stocks models designed by luminaries including Bruno Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto. Located on Sibyllegatan in Östermalm, the store stocks ceramics, lighting, glass, jewellery, textiles and art, as well as furniture.

Sibyllegatan 6

114 42 Stockholm

Sweden

Tel: +46-8-20 80 25 – shop

+46-708-39 34 31 – mobile

www.modernity.se

Svenskt Tenn

Most famous for Josef Frank’s stylised floral textile designs, Svenskt Tenn’s distinctive style makes it one of Sweden’s greatest gifts to interior design. The furniture – which graces many a posh Swedish drawing room – continues to reflect the company’s mid-20th century modernist roots. Svenskt Tenn has had massive influence around the word, but if you want to see the real thing, head to the store on Strandvägen.

Strandvägen 5,

Stockholm

Furniture

Tel. : +46 8 670 1600

E-mail: [email protected]

www.svenskttenn.se

R.O.O.M

This store, on a quiet street in Kungsholmen, is where well-heeled, design-conscious Stockholmers spend their hard earned kronor on sleek sofas, fancy coffee tables, ceramics, lighting and textiles. The shop is light, airy and determinedly modern and bourgeois, and bears more than a passing resemblance to London’s Conran Shop. If you’re not in the market for a sofa, the accessories area has lots if funky kitchen items and gift items. R.O.O.M also has a splendid little restaurant, Ett Litet Kök – it’s worth stopping for lunch if you’re in the area.

Alströmergatan 20

112 47 Stockholm

tel.+4686925000

www.room.se

London W8

If Swedish minimalism is too discreet for you, London W8 is the perfect antidote. Started by British-Swedish duo Simon Davies and Tomas Cederlund (well-known in Sweden thanks to their TV home makeover series), London W8 aims to put a dash of colour into Swedes’ homes. You won’t find much of Swedish origin in the store, but Simon and Tomas’s have a rare flair for identifying fabulous pieces, making London W8 well worth a diversion.

London W8

Odengatan 26

www.londonw8.se

Design Torget

The perfect place to get a quirky Swedish present for the folks back home, Design Torget (literally ‘Design Market’) takes in newly-created pieces from local designers. The store’s range changes weekly, with new items hand-picked from work by both established and up-and-coming designers. With everything from jewellery to kitchen utensils, it’s hard to leave Design Torget empty-handed. Branches are located across Stockholm. See the website for details.

www.designtorget.se

FOOD

Östermalms Saluhall

For the best Swedish fish, cheeses and meats, chocolates, breads and patisseries, the Östermalms Saluhall (market hall) can’t be beaten. The grand brick and glass structure on Östermalmstorg has housed the market since it was built in 1888. Treats on offer include Swedish favourites such as crayfish, reindeer and cloudberry jam. If you don’t want to take food home with you, try stopping in one of the excellent seafood restaurants housed in the hall – the perfect way to sample local produce while surveying the hustle and bustle of the market.

Östermalmstorg, 114 39 Stockholm.

www.saluhallen.com

FASHION

NK

The grandmother of Stockholm department store, Nordiska Kompaniet opened in 1902 to be a ‘commercial and cultural theatre’. The elegant and distinctive building ensures that shopping at NK is always a pleasure. All the major international brands are represented in NK, including big Swedish names such as J Lindeberg, Gant, Sand, Tiger and Filippa K. Smaller Swedish designers are also present in the NK Svenska Designers and NK Nordiska Designers sections.

Hamngatan 28-20, Stockholm

www.nk.se

PUB

If you’d walked into the PUB department store some 90 years ago you might have found yourself served by one Greta Gustafsson, who later went on to become a film icon as Greta Garbo. Today, PUB has been transformed into Stockholm’s hippest department store, stocking Sweden’s most creative brands. The first floor is devoted to street and casual wear brands like Acne and WeSC, the second floor includes formal clothes from Oscar Jacobsson, while the top floor stocks the latest and most innovative Swedish fashion from independent designers.

Hötorget, Stockholm

www.pub.se

Grandpa

While essentially a clothes store, uber-trendy Grandpa is so much more besides. Grandpa sells both men’s and women’s clothes, many by Swedish designers. It also sells an eclectic range of accessories, plus furniture and gadgets. The vibe is pretty alternative, which suits its location in Södermalm’s bohemian SoFo area (so named, in a conscious homage to New York’s SoHo, because it lies South of Folkungagatan). Grandpa’s funky image is bolstered by its regular live music and DJs. Grandpa recently opened a second branch on Fridhemsgatan on Kungsholmen.

Södermannagatan 21, Stockholm

and Fridhemsgatan 43, Stockholm

www.grandpa.se

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‘Harryhandel’: Is the return of cross-border shopping in Norway really a good thing? 

The pandemic cut-off Norway from its neighbours, putting a temporary end to border shopping. Now ‘harryhandel’ trips are allowed again businesses in the country fear they will lose out as shoppers look abroad for cheaper groceries. 

Pictured is Norway and Sweden's border on the old Svinesund bridge.
Will the return of border shopping have a negative affect on the country? Pictured is Norway and Sweden's border on the old Svinesund bridge. Photo by Petter Bernsten/AFP.

In eastern Norway, particularly along the border with Sweden, cross-border shopping has long been common for residents looking for cheaper groceries and a better selection of products. 

Norway’s Covid-19 rules effectively put a stop to that until this summer. The closed border meant a record year for food and beverage sales in Norway. 

“Due to the fact that there was little action and that people did not travel, we noticed that our sales increased greatly during the entire period,” Øyvind Berg, production manager at Norwegian dairy firm Synnøve Finden, explained to public broadcaster NRK.

Now producers and supermarkets fear the impact of cross-border shopping being up and running again. 

“Our challenge is that we see that more than half of the food and beverage producers, i.e. the industrial companies, fear that they will lose market share because cross-border trade will return in full,” Petter Brubakk, director of food and beverage at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), informed NRK. 

The majority of those who go shopping across borders in Norway will do so in Sweden. However, in the north, some will also venture into Finland or Russia.

Further south people will also travel to Germany or Denmark. 

Why do people go to other countries for shopping? 

Overall the main appeal of cross-border shopping is that its much better for consumers than shopping domestically. 

Norway’s EEA agreement with the EU means that most foods, drinks, tobacco products, alcohol and other agricultural products are more expensive than they are within the EU as custom duties are required to import them into Norwegian supermarkets. 

Not just that, but there is a much wider selection of products than in Norway due to laws that protect Norwegian products. For example, cheeses such as Cheddar are more readily available, cheaper and generally of better quality in other countries than those found in Norway. 

READ MORE: What is ‘harryhandel’, and why do Norwegians love it so much?

Is border shopping a bad thing for Norway?

Norwegian businesses argue that crossing the border to shop affects the whole value chain, negatively impacting everyone from Norwegian farms and producers to supermarket employees, not just companies profit margins. 

“My advice is to encourage Norwegians to buy Norwegian food, and help secure Norwegian jobs throughout the value chain,” food and agriculture minister Sandra Borch told NRK. 

In addition, shopping domestically means more tax revenue for the Norwegian system to use to fund its generous welfare state. 

While shopping domestically protects domestic jobs, shopping abroad protects jobs there, which rely on people hopping the border to get their groceries. 

Coronavirus pandemic restrictions left a black hole in some of these economies reliant on shoppers from the Norwegian side of the border. For example, in Strömstad, a Swedish town close to the border where many travel to shop, unemployment rose by around 75 percent after Norway closed its borders with Sweden. 

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