Stockholm is filled with shops and boutiques offering plenty of Swedish and Nordic products. The city is an excellent shopping destination with the latest and best Scandinavian design and fashion. The shops are open from Monday to Friday, from 10am to between 6pm and 8pm (for large department stores). On weekends shopping is possible between 10am and 5pm-8pm. Check the stores website for detailed information.
Biblioteksstan – City Centre
Stockholm’s most affluent shopping district is found in the downtown district named Biblioteksstan. Between the squares Stureplan and Norrmalmstorg, you will find the best of Swedish and international fashion and design, Acne, Filippa K, Cos, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Other Stories, Linderberg, Whyred, Rodebjer, Michael Kors, Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few.
Götgatan – Södermalm
Starting from Slussen going all the way through Södermalm, Götgatan is the most popular shopping area for street and hip fashion.
SoFo – Södermalm
Just off Götgatan the hipster area SoFo houses a lot of Swedish designer stores and up and coming brands in smaller boutique stores.
Supermarkets open generally from 07:00am to 8:00pm, some larger grocery stores open until 10pm. The most popular supermarkets in Stockholm are ICA, Hemköp, COOP, Lidl, PrisXtra and CityGross. Stockholm is an international city with various international food shops:
VATThe value-added tax in Sweden is called “moms” and is imposed on all products and services and usually is 25%, with exceptions for food and services like hotel room rental fees (12%), and for sales of publications, admission tickets to cultural events and travel within Sweden (6%).
CURRENCYThe currency in Sweden is called the Swedish Krona (SEK) and we don’t have the Euro in Sweden!
Stores, restaurants and other businesses in Sweden do usually accept any other currency than kronor (plural of krona).
PAYMENTMost Swedes only use credit and debit cards for almost all transactions. A very popular form of the fastest money transfer in Sweden is the local application called Swish. The money is sent via mobile phone directly into the recipient’s account, no matter which one of the banks you have your account in.
value added tax – moms
sale – realisation (Rea)
right to return an item – öppet köp
extra item for free – på köpet
cash – kontant
receipt – kvitto
change – växel
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