10 Unique Souvenirs to Pick Up in Stockholm

Hasbeen boots & shoes | Photo courtesy of Hasbeen
Hasbeen boots & shoes | Photo courtesy of Hasbeen
Photo of Judi Lembke
25 May 2017

When you visit a new city or country, you naturally want to bring home a momento that will remind you of the fabulous time you had, but not all souvenirs are created equal. Lucky for you, Stockholm (and Sweden in general) prides itself on providing both the expected and unexpected, so you’ll have no trouble finding that unique yet perfectly Swedish item to show off to all your friends at home.

Nobel Dinnerware

The annual Nobel banquet is full of pomp, ceremony and supreme elegance. The table settings are matched only by the food, and while you can buy the unique ice cream that is created each year, you can’t bring it home with you. Instead, you can scoop up the dinnerware: everything from the cutlery to the wine glasses to the glasses for aquavit; a welcome addition to any dinner table.

Nobel Museum, Stortorget 2, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 (0)8 534 818 00


Come summer, there is a special day in Sweden, when people hold their noses and crank open a can of fermented herring. The smell! The taste! The covering it up with potato and sour cream and anything else you can think of! Some Swedes profess to love this incredibly stinky treat, and they love to try it out on visitors as a rite of passage. Bring home a can and open it at your peril, and definitely open it outdoors. Restaurants that host annual Surströmming parties actually close for several days afterwards to fumigate. Seriously.

Östermalms Saluhall, Östermalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden

Hand-Carved Wooden Utensils

Swedes do love a good wooden utensil, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a Swedish kitchen that doesn’t have at least four or five variations ready for cooking. They’re hand-carved and often come with hand-painted traditional designs, and the best bit is that they’re fit for purpose: you can use them every day and they’ll last for years.

Iris, Västerlånggatan 24, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 (0)8 698 09 73

Design Torget

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Design Torget | © Design Torget
This unique design shop, which has expanded into several shops, highlights up-and-coming designers and shifts its stock regularly. You can find everything from one-off jewellery pieces to unique glassware and Swedish games, and pretty much anything else the creative Swedish mind can think up. It’s a treasure trove of unique items that the people you know are very unlikely to have come across.


While kids in other countries have their favourite blanket, perhaps made of wool, Swedish kids have a lambskin. It’s an oddly shaped piece of lambskin that is thrown over kids in their pram or under kids when they’re lying on the floor, and is also good for kids to cuddle as they fall asleep at night. Soft, soothing, and very traditional, it looks just as good thrown over the back of your sofa.

Every Swedish child has his or her own lambskin | ©psyberartist/Flickr


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Hasbeen has been taking the country by storm | © Hasbeen
Swedish shoe manufacturer Hasbeen has been (see what we did there?) making what look like vintage shoes and putting a modern spin on them. Even better, they’re all about sustainability. Handmade and respectful of the environment, this is the perfect way to get that Scandi look while knowing you’re doing some good in this crazy world of ours.

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