Scandinavian style is famous around the world for its simplicity, functionalism and, most of all, its elegance. As the self-styled capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm is a wonderful place to shop for clothes that are uncomplicated, clean and chic. The city has a thriving fashion scene, with stores to suit a variety of tastes. The city is home to a wealth of brilliant vintage shops, and there are so many it can be hard to know where to start. With that in mind, here are our ten favourite places to find vintage clothes and accessories in Sweden’s capital.
Myrona is a Swedish institution with secondhand shops spread all over the country, as far South as Malmö and as far north as Lulea. Myrorna puts its money towards good causes both in Sweden and abroad. They have a brilliant collection of clothes as well as homeware and furniture. It really is a fantastic place to bag a bargain, and each Myrorna has a lively and friendly atmosphere. There are four stores in Stockholm, with the Fridhemsplan and Adolf Fredriks Kyrkogata being the largest and most well-stocked.
Away from Sodermalm, on the leafy and well-to-do island of Kungsholmen, is 59 Vintage, another store whose collection dates as far back as the 1920s. They pride themselves on having an impressive collection of exclusive vintage items from high-end brands such as Dior, Hermes and Chanel, saying that their focus is on, ‘dresses, glitter and glamour’ . If you’re searching for something exclusive with real pizazz, 59 Vintage is the place for you.
Beyond Retro is a big name in the vintage clothes game, with shops in London and Brighton as well as two in Stockholm. They opened their doors in Sweden in 2005, so they have loads of experience and knowledge about the vintage clothing scene here, and their stock just cannot be beaten. They keep their selection very wide and don’t focus on any particular era, preferring to offer something for everyone. They have one store in the north of the city, on Drottninggatan(one of the best shopping streets in Stockholm), and another in Sodermalm very near to Mariatorget and Zinkensdamm T-bana (metro) stops.
Pop is a favourite of many Stockholmers and has a really retro vibe, from the logo to the interior of the shop. Stepping into Pop feels like travelling back in time. Their range begins in the 50s and ends with some pieces from the 90s, so they don’t limit themselves to just a single decade. The store has extra-long opening hours on Thursdays when they stay open until 9pm, so you can grab some late-night bargains. Occasionally they invite DJs to come in and play, too. The store is located in Sodermalm, right by Nytorget, which is one of the coolest parts of this already fashionable area.
Stockholm’s Stadmission is a not-for-profit organisation that works with homeless people in Stockholm, helping them with a range of different issues, from finding housing to supporting them with education. They run a number of different shops, including a bakery, an antiques shops, a café and thrift shops that include large assortments of clothes. The Stadmission shops on Hagagatan in northern Stockholm and in Nytorget are arguably the best for vintage clothes, but check their website to see the range at individual shops.
A really classic Stockholm store favoured by true fashionistas, Lisa Larsson is an incredibly elegant shop that specialises in items from the 1930s to the 1970s. It is open only from Tuesday to Saturday, and while it is not one of the biggest vintage stores in Stockholm, its collection is extremely well curated and the staff are very knowledgeable. As with Pop and Stockholm’s Stadmission, it is very near to Nytorget, so you could easily check out all three stores in one enjoyable afternoon.
Modern Retro has been in Sodermalm since 2003. It is a huge store that is full to the brim with classic clothing and is a real goldmine for those willing to spend a little bit of time trawling through the fabulous but slightly sprawling collection. The clothes available range from the 1920s all the way up to the 1980s. The store is very near to Mariatorget, on a street called Wollmar Yxkullsgatan, which also has an excellent magazine shop that is well worth visiting.
Humana have four shops in Sweden, including two in Stockholm, and pride themselves on providing a relaxed and fun environment while ensuring that the shopping experience is professional and well organised. They have one shop in Mariatorget and one further South in Skanstull (which, like Mariatorget, is on Sodermalm). Their Instagram is an excellent peek at their stock, while their Spotify page has a number of playlists curated by DJs with whom they collaborate on in-store music. They will even rent out clothes with 48 hours’ notice.
Ostermalm is one of Stockholm’s most upmarket neighbourhoods, and Studio Vintage is one of the city’s most luxurious vintage stores. Their collection features only high-end designers such as Dior, Chanel and Balenciaga, plus modern items from local luxury Swedish designers. The stock is individually sourced by skilled in-store experts, ensuring that everything is of high quality and in excellent condition. The nearest metro stop is Ostermalmstorg, but make sure not to go on a Sunday as the shop is closed.
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Siv and Ake was opened near Mariatorget in 2015 by a brother and sister who wanted to create a vintage shop with a hand-curated selection that was small but well thought through and stylishly presented. Unlike other vintage stores, where there are racks and racks of clothes to flick through, Siv and Ake is focussed and simple. They have excellent accessories, and there are even artworks for sale. It is a real hipster’s paradise.