Ronald and I were in Stockholm last week. After two-days of dancing and walking at Awakefest, a techno-festival in Amsterdam, we visited Stockholm to recuperate – and for some relaxing.
Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a beautiful, green and authentic city. In the summertime, the days are longer. The sun rises around 4 AM and sets around 11 PM. With temperatures around 24 degrees and no rain, we had good weather to explore the city by bike. We bought a 3-day pass for the city bikes. You can buy this pass in the 7Eleven shops or ask at the reception of your hotel. It‘s an easy system. Once you learn how to find the spots where you can drop or take the bike, it is very convenient.
We were staying in the neighbourhood Sodermalm. This area became more popular over the last ten years, flooded by hipsters and full of nice restaurants, pubs and, best of all, a lot of vintage shopping. So, after Dubai, this was a shopping paradise for me. When you’re a fan of the Swedish brand Filippa K., as am I, the shop at Hornsgatan 77 is a must see. They offer carefully second hand garments from Filippa K., but also samples. I bought a blue pair of trousers and a new blouse.
A little bit further in this street is the shop ETC (Hornsgatan 64). ETC is a small Stockholm located chain and they sell other Scandinavia brands like: Samsoe Samsoe and Mad Norgaard from Denmark, but also the Swedish Brand Dr. Denim.
Are you a sneaker fan? Then don’t forget to step in the shop Shoeline (Hornsgatan 66). It’s a small shop but with a really friendly staff. They sell brands like Converse, Adidas Originals, Puma and Reebok.
For more shopping we cycled to SoFo, the name relates to the New York area SoHo. SoFo is the area around the streets Nytorget and Mariatorget and is full of boutiques. Here you can find a second-hand master piece for a decent price, if you’re lucky.
We went to Kerber (Skanegatan 83), where we met the designer Marielle Kerber and her friendly staff member Linda. Because it was Sofo night, which takes place on the last Thursday of each month, the shops stayed open till 9pm and we received a glass of prosecco. My husband took place in the chair and gave his opinion about the clothes that I presented. Kerbers clothes are fashionable, wearable and not too expensive, so I felt like a child in a candy store.
If you would like to take a break from shopping, there are more than enough possibilities. You can buy some food at Urban Deli (Nytorget 4) and have a picknick in one of the parks or just get a lunch in the large industrial restaurant next to it.
After spending just one afternoon in SoFo I already felt completely happy, SoFo is the place to be for exploring Scandinavian brands and vintage shopping.