is a great place to visit and live in. It is one of the most Muslim-friendly countries in Europe
, and has a rising population of Muslims; the most recent consensus puts the proportion of Muslims at around 6%. Going on a Muslim-friendly trip
to Sweden is very possible, but you might need to do a little bit of research beforehand to keep yourself prepared. Let's start off by giving you this Muslim's guide to shopping
1. Clothes Shopping in Sweden
When it comes to fashion, you might have a little trouble finding Islamic clothing shops
in Sweden that cater to Muslims specifically. But the good news is, Swedish fashion is big on layering and not too focused on showing skin. So you will be able to find good pieces of clothing like loose tops, long pants, coats, etc. that you can mix and match to create the perfect trendy modest wear outfit.
- Of course, everyone's heard of the global fashion giant H&M, but did you know that it is a Swedish company? H&M is a great place to go shopping in Sweden for Muslim-friendly clothes, and if you're in the mood for some retail therapy, you never have to worry about finding nearby shopping places in Sweden because H&M has a total of 150 storefronts throughout the country! You can find the nearest one through their website or shop online.
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Monki is another popular clothing store in Sweden where you can find Muslim-friendly clothing. They have a good collection of stylish clothing of all types. Monki has 13 retail locations in Sweden and is also an e-commerce platform.
If you are looking for Islamic clothing shops where you can buy traditional-style Muslimah attire
, then you can turn to online shopping, because there are plenty of e-commerce stores with worldwide shipping that fulfills the needs of modern Muslimahs in Europe. Here are a few of them:
2. Shopping Malls in Sweden
Sweden has plenty of large shopping malls
that are great places to buy a variety of items from different shops and brands in one location. Many of them are also great for visiting with friends, family, and kids for not only shopping but for food and entertainment
as well. Here are some of the most famous shopping complexes in Sweden:
Mall of Scandinavia
This massive mall is situated in the town of Solna and is easily accessible by train. This is one of the best shopping malls in Sweden not just for some retail therapy, but also to bring people with you. The mall has a cineplex where the latest movies are streamed, it has a supermarket where you can get all your groceries, a food court (please check with individual outlets about Halal food
) and play areas to keep the little ones occupied.
Address: 2 Stjaerntorget, Solna 169 79, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 400 080 00
Nordby Shopping Center
The Nordby shopping center is situated in Stromsand in the Swedish countryside, right near the border of Norway, which is why you'd probably see more Norwegians here than Swedes. There are two large grocery stores in Nordby, along with many shops selling everything from clothes and beauty products
to furniture and décor. But it is almost always crowded, arrive early if you want to avoid the hordes of people!
Address: Nordby kopcenter, Stromstad 452 70, Sweden.
Phone: +46 526 407 90
Emporia Shopping Center
This is the biggest mall in Malmo and is definitely a place to check out if you're looking to find cheap shopping places in Sweden. The mall houses two supermarkets, plenty of play areas, and a variety of shops where you can buy things at affordable prices.
Address: 19 Hyllie Boulevard | Annetorpsvägen, Malmo 215 32, Sweden.
Phone: +46 40 36 36 00
Described often as the “shopping Mecca of Sweden”, you know this is definitely a place you cannot miss out on. There are two reasons to why this is one of the best shopping places in Sweden
: 1. It has everything you could ever want (and some things you didn't even know you wanted), and 2. everything is extremely cheap!
Address: Danish Road 13, 310 60 Ullared, Sweden
Phone: +46 346 375 00
Here are a few more notable shopping malls in Sweden:
- Kupolen Shopping Center
Address: Crn of highway 50 and 70., Borlange, Sweden.
Phone: +46 243 24 84 44
- Taby Centrum
Address: Marknadsvagen 15, Taby, Sweden.
- Erikslund Shopping Center
Address: 17 Krankroksgatan, Vasteras 721 38, Sweden.
Phone: +46 21 448 01 40
3. Department Stores in Sweden
If you are looking for the best Stockholm shopping outlets where you can buy a variety of stuff in under one roof, but don't feel like going through the hustle of walking through a crowded mall and visiting shops one by one, then Sweden's department stores are the answer to your prayers. Here are a few of Sweden's most famous department stores:
Nordiska Kompaniet (NK)
NK is a more luxury-focused department store that has branches in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The prices might be a little steep here, but the quality of the products is unmatchable.
Address: (1 of 2): Hamngatan 18-20, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 762 80 00
Ahlens is another department chain store in Sweden, but unlike NK, it is one place you can head to for cheap and affordable shopping in Sweden. You can find everything from perfume and makeup to furniture, clothing, and household items.
4. Secondhand Shopping in Sweden
There are also plenty of secondhand shops in Sweden where you can find really cool things. Sodermalm is the best shopping street in Sweden
for those looking to find treasure in the form of used goods. The streets are lined with a variety of secondhand shops specializing in everything from clothes and vintage CDs to antiques and artwork.
Here are some of the shops to look out for:
Emmaus Vintage Shop (All Vintage Items)
Address: Peter Myndes Backe 8, Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 744 22 22
Myrorna (Variety of Items)
Address: Götgatan 79, 116 62 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 556 033 68
Rönnells Antikvariat (Books)
Address: 114 29, Birger Jarlsgatan 32B, 114 29 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 545 015 60
5. Flea Markets in Sweden
are a big deal in Sweden, especially in Stockholm. Known as loppis in Swedish, people love flocking to them whenever they get the time. You too can enjoy them with a bit of planning, as they can be a bit unpredictable as to when and where they exist at a certain time. Different loppis run on specific days of the week or at different times of the year. Our advice is to check up on local event websites to get a list of flea markets at the time you are visiting. Here is a couple that runs pretty consistently every year:
Hornstulls Marknad (On Weekends From April to October)
Address: 6, Hornstulls strand 4, 117 39 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 76 329 15 95
Loppmarknaden, Vårberg (All Through The Year)
Address: Vårberg Centrum, Fjärdholmsgränd 4, 127 44 Skärholmen, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 710 00 60
6. Souvenir Shopping in Sweden
If you're on a vacation or trip
, you might be wondering about what to buy in Sweden to take back home as souvenirs. One way to find unique gifts for those back home or even to have for yourself is to explore the secondhand and vintage shops as well as the flea markets that we've mentioned above. This is where you'll find unique things that are cheap and amazing.
There are also gifts and souvenir shop
s that you can check out, where you'll find things like wooden knives, Lovikkavantar mittens (famous in Sweden), cheese, artwork, artisan jams, and so much more. Below are a few best shops and stores in Sweden for souvenir shopping.
Indus The Gift Shop
Address: Västerlånggatan 34, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 21 92 92
Gustav Spel & Tobak
Address: Gustav Adolfs torg 8, 211 39 Malmö, Sweden.
Phone: +46 40 30 39 33
7. Other Shops and Stores in Sweden
There are also plenty of other opportunities for shopping when it comes to what to buy in Sweden. Here are a few stores that are worth checking out:
Papercut is an amazing stationery and bookstore where you can find all kinds of books (plenty of English titles), cool stationery and magazines.
Address: Krukmakargatan 24, 118 51 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 13 35 74
If you're interested in art and design, Design Torget is a great place to check out. The art here is definitely unique and innovative, and handpicked items are added to the store every week, so you'll know whatever you purchase is one-of-a-kind.
Grandpa is the ultimate cool shopping location in Sweden. The hipster store sells a variety of items from clothes, accessories, and handbags, to vintage art and furniture. They say their main goal is to inspire people, and that the actual product is more important than the name it carries.
Address: Södermannagatan 21, 116 40 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 8 643 60 80
How could we give you a Swedish shopping guide and leave out IKEA? This Swedish furniture giant is famous the world over, and it's reached its status by producing trendy, affordable, and practical furniture and home goods. And of course, there are plenty of outlets in Sweden, including the largest IKEA store in the world, situated in Skärholmen, south of Stockholm.