It seems to me that most cities have an ‘old town’ of sorts and Stockholm is no exception.
I love Stockholm’s old town. Situated on its own island there is no denying which part of the city it is. Like any capital city it is also a huge tourist-magnet. Much like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile it is stuffed full with tourist shops selling tourist tat. There are also a lovely mix of craft and specialist shops and wonderful places to eat. Smack bang in the middle is the Noble Museum which I have yet to visit – waiting for an excuse to go! And right at the edge, overlooking the water is the wonderful Palace where you can watch the changing of the guard.
A few weeks ago I had a rare free day and went for a mooch. I wandered around looking at all the beautiful buildings and peering into all the wonderful shop windows. I could easily spend a fortune there, if I had a fortune to spend 😉
I took a load of photos and thought I would share them with you so you too can get a taste of Gamla Stan.
So first up – one of my passions – knitting. There is a lot of knitwear for sale in Gamla Stan, both mass-produced tat and beautifully hand-crafted artisan pieces. Prices naturally reflect the quality of the work:
Some of the knitwear available in Gamla Stan
Beautiful knitwear and woollen goods available in Gamla Stan.
Child’s knitted jumper
This shop was stuffed full of handknits
Woolly hats and jumpers
The Science Fiction Bokhandeln is in Gamla Stan. For science fiction fans it is heaven. There are manga books, memorabilia, comics, games, Warhammer and even a full size alien.
There’s an alien above you!
Shelves stuffed full of Manga books
A selection of wands to ensure you get the correct one.
Gamla Stan is full of beautiful craft shops. Especially jewellery shops, I could spend hours drooling in the windows..
Love this window display
More beautiful jewellery
The tourist shops are full of ‘traditional’ goods for you to buy – some more authentic than others:
Printed tea towels and a red horse
Printing and candlesticks
Fabulous print based on Gamla Stan
Traditional Swedish dress
Felted shoes and clogs and trolls oh my!
There is a wealth of clothing available. Oh how I would love to be able to afford some of the clothes in the shops, maybe if I sold a kidney…
Beautiful designer coats.
Stunning work on that jacket
Just look at those boots!
Some odd bits and pieces..
The Swedish are rather good at sweets and chocolate
Semla – divine lent cakes
Balls or light shades?
Glowing Squirrel anyone?
And finally some of the buildings. Glimpses up alleyways, a taste of Gamla Stan.
Good to know
Infamous Buildings, Stortorget
Tempted to come and visit us?
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