One of the most famous shopping streets in Stockholm is Drottninggatan (literally: Queen street). You will find well known fashion chains such as H&M, MQ, Monki,…
The street is more than one and a half km long and runs from Riksdagen in Gamla Stan to Observatorielunden, a park in Vasastan. Drottninggatan also passes Sergels Torg (here you will find the large Åhléns store) and Hötorget (with Konserthuset).
The street is a historic street. The name dates back to 1639 and was a tribute to the young Queen Kristina. If you want to learn more about the history of this street, you should definitely check out this Wikipedia page (in Swedish).
At the beginning of Drottninggatan and at most intersections you can see lions standing on the side of the street. These types of sphinxes are intended to keep traffic out of the street. Drottninggatan is a pedestrian zone. It is the Swedish artist Anders Årfelt who designed the lions. The lions have been there since 1995. Since the attack in 2017, there are twice as many lions and also larger ones in the street to keep traffic out.
Since 1998, a quote from the Swedish writer August Strindberg has appeared in Drottninggatan, between the house numbers 67 and 85. By the way, at number 85 you can visit the Strindberg Museum. It is also here that the writer lived, during the last years of his life.
In 1994 quotes were written in paint over a greater distance for the first Strindberg Festival. When Drottninggatan became a pedestrian zone in 1998, some of the quotes returned, this time in stainless steel.
Shops not to be missed
I will skip international chains such as H&M and Zara that you find everywhere.
- Arket (also based in London) offers an answer to disposable fashion. They resolutely choose quality pieces that not only last a long time but are also made durable. They also have a webshop.
- Afound, an outlet store that I drop by every time. I bought one of my favorite dresses here.
- Lindex: my personal favorite. My nephews are also fans. Most of their pajamas come from Sweden. The “extended” sizes are ideal for their long legs and arms.
- Lagerhaus, a design version of our Action.
- Designtorget where you can buy Scandinavian design and gadgets.
- Indiska, a chain with Indian-inspired clothing and home accessories. It was Indiska who decorated Drottninggatan was temporarily with colorful umbrellas (in 2020).
- Stadium: shop with affordable sportswear.
- Some more shops: Bik Bok, Salt, Intersport, Clas Ohlson, Cubus, Happy Socks, …
Not to miss either
- Hotel Bentleys