When you visit the 10 best shopping spots in Stockholm, you'll find everything from bargain clothes to luxurious home decor. Sweden's capital has always been a shopping Mecca in every sense of the word, often set against enchanting scenery like the cobblestone streets of historic centre Gamla stan.

    With more and more people streaming into the city each year, the Stockholm shopping experience has grown to encompass everything from luxury boutiques to retro stores. Not to mention all those huge, out-of-town shopping centres. It's a bit of a cliché but worth repeating: Stockholm is in a league of its own in almost all arenas of shopping, especially fashion, design, interior decor, handicrafts and vintage goods.

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    Mall of Scandinavia

    Shop a wide range of stores in a single outing

    The Mall of Scandinavia is a sprawling shopping centre with plenty to fill an entire day of shopping across 175 stores, 43 eateries and 15 cinema screens. In order to pack everything in under one roof, this huge shopping Mecca was built in the out-of-town district of Arenastaden in the satellite city of Solna. It can be reached by commuter train and tram, or you can arrive by car and park for free for the first few hours in one of the centre's more than 3,700 parking spaces. If you love luxury brands and creative designs, then be sure not to miss the exciting Designer Gallery.

    The Mall of Scandinavia is not just a shopping experience – it is also the setting for many special events, and it boasts a baby lounge and even its very own app. What's more, the Mall of Scandinavia also has a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a spot of table tennis.

    Location: Stjärntorget 2, 169 79 Solna, Sweden

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +46 8 4000 8000

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    Gallerian

    Treat yourself to some retail therapy when exploring the city centre

    Gallerian boasts a fantastic location in central Stockholm, making it the perfect destination for a shopping spree while visiting the Swedish capital. Gallerian enjoys an excellent location right in the heart of central Stockholm's major shopping quarter. The centre even has its very own metro access at the Kungsträdgården Station. It is also easily reached on foot.

    Gallerian is an easy place to spend a couple of hours among the many shops selling everything from fashion to electronics. Renovations and new arrivals are a testament to the fact that Gallerian is in constant development. Moreover, there is ample focus on pit-stops, lunch and dinner with a whole 25 cafés and eateries to choose from. And just how many shopping centres do you know with their own health centre, bouldering venue and rooftop terrace on the 14th floor?

    Location: Hamngatan 37, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 7 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +46 72 200 45 49

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    NK

    Draw inspiration from a top-class department store

    NK is a world of scents, sensations, flavours and knowledge – a department store that's simply teeming with inspiration and personality. The grand and baroque-inspired building in the middle of the city centre resembles a castle and is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of something bubbly as you shop. Exclusive launches and celebrity visits have been regular occurrences throughout the store's prestigious history.

    Browse exclusive brands or treat yourself to a touch of everyday luxury. At NK, you'll be sure to find all the latest fashion for both men and women, as well as enticing home decor, the latest trends, sports accessories, high-quality dining experiences and plenty more.

    Location: Hamngatan 18–20, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +46 8 762 80 00

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    Åhléns City

    Explore a big-city spin on a Swedish high street staple

    Åhléns City is the impressive flagship store of this beloved Swedish department store, featuring its own confectionery counter and florist's department. Åhléns has stores all around Stockholm but it's hard to beat their biggest store when it comes to range and location, situated right in the city centre next to all major transport links.

    At this award-winning shopping hub you can easily shop the day away, exploring everything from fashion to interior design products. And if you fancy a break, simply take your pick between a healthy juice, a Neapolitan pastry, some wholesome health food or a spot of sushi. Or alternatively, pick up some prepared meals and fresh ingredients from the store's well-stocked grocery department.

    Location: Klarabergsgatan 50, 111 21 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +46 8 676 60 00

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    Sturegallerian

    Indulge in some luxury shopping and trendy nightclubbing

    • Couples
    • Shoppers
    • History
    • Nightlife

    Sturegallerian is a honey pot for true connoisseurs with its leading brand names, renowned eateries, trendy nightclub and its public bathhouse which dates back to the 19th century. It enjoys a fantastic location on the vibrant Stureplan square in the trendy district of Östermalm. The metro and buses stop right outside the shopping centre's doors so it is fairly easy to make your way down.

    The gorgeous Sturegallerian is set in an elegant building featuring courtyards and basements, all finished in a refined style where nothing has been left to chance. Stroll around in the company of award-winning and exclusive clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as beauty products and chocolates.

    Location: Stureplan 4, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

    Phone: +46 8 611 46 06

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    Leading design stores on Birger Jarlsgatan

    Discover world-renowned Scandinavian designs

    • Couples
    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    Birger Jarlsgatan is where you'll find all of the capital's most important flagship design stores lined up neatly like a string of pearls, adorning a street that separates the districts of Östermalm and Norrmalm. Exclusive fashion stores are wall to wall in this luxurious shopping area which is known locally as the Library Quarter (Biblioteksstaden). The storefronts of design and home decor shops display the proud creations of skilled Swedish artists and companies, aimed mainly at the many tourists who visit each year.

    As a visitor to the country, you will be amazed to find more exclusive and luxurious versions of the classic products you may already know and love from cheap and cheerful IKEA. Draw some inspiration from timeless, nature-inspired or progressive designs and discover all the latest trends within Swedish and Scandinavian design.

    Location: Birger Jarlsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden

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    Exclusive boutiques on Biblioteksgatan

    Satisfy your cravings for luxury in world-class extravagance

    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    Biblioteksgatan and the surrounding area has recently emerged as an exclusive shopping district in Stockholm. All around the streets of Biblioteksgatan, Birger Jarlsgatan and Stureplan square, luxury boutiques have swung open their doors and the district can now compete with many of the world's bustling metropolises.

    Previously, Swedish shoppers had to travel to Copenhagen or London to satisfy their cravings for luxury and to stroll among the world's leading fashion houses. Now brands such as Chanel, Prada and their more relaxed Swedish counterparts compete in arenas such as window displays and personal service. The area is also home to many more affordable stores which happily stand shoulder to shoulder with the big shots.

    Location: Biblioteksgatan, Stockholm, Sweden

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    Vintage stores on Södermalm

    Enjoy that retro vibe, bag yourself a bargain and discover unique antiques

    • Shoppers
    • History

    For an alternative shopping experience, stroll around the many unique and independent stores on Södermalm. The hilly district of Södermalm is an expansive neighbourhood and located a good bit away from all the major hotels and the more touristy, crowded shopping streets. You can reach it by foot from Gamla stan, take the train to Stockholm South Station or arrive by metro.

    Bohemian Södermalm, or Söder as it's known to locals, boasts a relaxed and self-aware atmosphere where you will find a fantastic range of edgy stores with a focus on vintage, eco-fashion, charm and personality. Don't miss the second-hand Mecca of Myrorna on Götgatan or the vinyl treasure trove that is Pet Sounds on Skånegatan.

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    Location: Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden

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    Unique stores in Gamla stan, Stockholm

    Go on a shopping spree with a medieval touch

    • Shoppers
    • History

    Gamla stan is home to winding cobblestone streets and charming shops and is a must-visit location on any trip to Stockholm. The capital's historic, medieval heart beats between the bustling transport hub of City and the district of Södermalm and is easily reached over one of the bridges or by metro. This picture-perfect 'city between the bridges', as it is known to locals, is by no means huge, but its many listed buildings will catch the eyes of curious visitors.

    Switch on your internal quality radar and set your sights on genuine handicraft stores, antique shops and sure-fire winners like the bookshop Science Fiction Bokhandeln and the vinyl record store Sound Pollution. Veer away from the main stretches of Västerlånggatan and Österlånggatan to discover hidden gems and unique finds.

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    Location: Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden

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    Stockholm Quality Outlet

    Go bargain hunting at a brand Mecca north of the capital

    Stockholm Quality Outlet is the place to go if you want to bag a bargain, with 30–70 % discounts on brand-name goods at just a 20-minute drive away from central Stockholm. Stockholm Quality Outlet is located at Barkarby Handelsplats just off the E18 motorway, and offers free parking and a relaxed shopping experience.

    Pick up a good deal on more than 50 different popular brands such as Barbour, Acne, Hugo Boss and Levis. The range on offer is enormous with a firm focus on clothing, home and beauty. Or if you'd rather visit design giants on their own turf, you'll find Swedish home stores such as IKEA and Bauhaus just around the corner.

    Location: Flyginfarten 4, 177 38 Järfälla, Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +46 8 522 182 41

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