The very last thing we had to do before we depart Stockholm was to experience its shopping streets.
From the Royal Palace of Stockholm, we hopped right back on bus 76 (what a useful bus this was!) towards Ropsten. Our destination – Kungsträdgården which was 2 stops away.
A relaxing short walk through the “King’s Garden” towards the shopping streets from the alighting bus stop.
The main shopping zone along Hamngatan between Kungsträdgården and Sergels Torg is lined with big departmental stores, something very much like our own version of Orchard Road. And that was exactly where we were headed for.
Nordiska Kompanient (NK Stockholm) is one of those pricey and stately ones – those kinds that are nice to browse and touch, but not too nice on the wallets. One thing good about Stockholm malls are that they sometimes provide free wi-fi, and although the bandwidth is nothing to celebrate about, it is still occasionally sufficient enough for us to clear some emails – which is something that we will never get to do on board the Caribbean Princess, unless you are willing to pay an arm and a leg for their internet access.
We decided to do our shopping at some place more affordable, at H&M which is right across the street from NK Stockholm. No doubt H&M stores are readily available in Singapore, but do you know that it actually originated from Sweden, and is known in Swedish as Hennes & Mauritz AB Even if we didn’t actually plan on buying anything here, we definitely needed to pop by for a feel.
Along the same stretch as H&M, you will find a fun chain store called Design Torget which carries the works of local designers and receives a commission for it, This is the place you go to for some innovative stuff, many of which you will never be able to see anywhere else. My favourite section is the home section, where designs are so minimalist and uncomplicated. It actually looks very much like a mini-IKEA, except that the designs and make here are much better (and obviously not mass-produced), but of course, prices are also correspondingly much higher.
One of our favourites are these key holders. Actually we’ve seen something quite similar at Tangs, but this looks so much more simplistic and cute.
Being on a low shopping budget, the only thing that I could afford was a small 3-D puzzle which we’ve never seen anywhere else before. Great for passing time on our balcony on board the Caribbean Princess while we watch the sea whisk by.
Look how prettily they wrapped it. I almost couldn’t bear to rip it off when I got back.
Along the same stretch of shops, we found a clothing store called KappAhl that was worth a look.
I even managed to find a pair of sunglasses to replace the one I broke on the trip, at half its original price, and which after the discount cost me only about SGD$5. That’s about the cheapest thing we could find in Sweden.
We managed to wander as far as the Swedish metro station T-Centralen, which is considered the hub of the Swedish metro line, because this is the only station where all the 3 lines intersect. If you manage to get here, you will find plenty to shop here as well.
Managed to grab a cuppa coffee at Espresso House on our way back to the ship – too sweet for our liking though..
The bus stop where we take the bus (Yes – you guess it – it’s bus 76 again!)
There is a bazaar at the cruise terminal for last-minute buys before you board the ship.
You could also grab some last minute coffee or free wifi at the cruise terminal.
For us, it was time to have a good rest back in the comforts of our cabin after a long day out.
Some last views of Stockholm as we prepare to sail off.