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Want to recreate overpriced pad thai (because, let’s face it, who can afford to eat out in Stockholm)? Want to impress your mates with a sushi party but don’t know where to find ingredients? YLC to the rescue!

Every self-respecting city has legions of Asian grocers. Stockholm is catching the trend like a hipster in heat, but the stores can be a minefield of pungent, slimy and scary textures for the uninitiated. Fear not, YLC’s guide will help you tick gochujang, shrimp paste and lemongrass off your shopping list like a pro.
 

First, mental preparation.

You need to be prepared before diving into the jungle of Asian supermarkets. You’ve got to have the right mindset. When you enter a store, remember:

1.  Be adventurous

2. Poke, prod, sniff and squeeze (politely of course). You’ve got five senses, use ‘em!

3. Ask advice from shoppers and staff about ‘thousand year old eggs’ or ‘vacuum packed jellyfish’

4.  Use Asian Market Shopper or Asian Ingredients 101 apps (yes, they exist) to decode mysterious ingredients

5. Giggle at hilariously translated English labels

6.  Buy something awesome sounding each time

 

 Mapping the Landscape

Most stores follow a basic format. The guide below helps you find stuff and prevent you from hyperventilation when confronted with jars of fermented anchovies that give surströmming a run for its money.

Dried Goods

You’ll find enough ramen brands to last you through a zombie uprising á la The Walking Dead. Also test your strength with 20 kg sacks of rice (under 200 SEK). Huge selections of pulverized, whole and semi-crushed flavoring agents – think ring-of-fire inducing chilies or the components for a seriously divine curry – all for a pittance.

Boost your health with fox nuts and wolf berries or buy tea in all its Asiatic varieties – just because you can.

Photo: Ting Yiu

Photo: Ting Yiu

Condiments
The backbone of Asian cuisine, what would we do without our bottles of witches brew? Stock up on curry pastes (Mae Ploy or Aroy-D), ‘Cock’ brand sriracha (I’m not joking), at least 10 varieties of soy sauce, anything by Lee Kum Kee for authentic Cantonese and fish sauce – the simultaneously icky smelling yet delicious concoction of fermented anchovy runoff (‘Baby’ or ‘Squid’ brand). Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Refrigerator
Dozens of soy incarnations from tofu (organic, silken, firm and fried) to tempeh, bean sprouts and soy milk.

Forget the additive laden, expensive concoctions from Swedish supermarkets, this stuff is cheap and fresh.

The only ingredients being water, beans and sugar (“osötad” means unsweetened). Ogle the Asian vegetables, fresh herbs, kimchi, green papayas, mushrooms, cured meats, spiky durian (doubles as both bludgeoning weapon or formidable sweet fruit) and dream up your next culinary creation.

Freezer
Want exotic species of fish or fowl to liven up your meal? Asia’s wet markets now come in frozen form. Prawns, octopus, mussels, fresh and saltwater fish, ducks and geese are available for prices that won’t make you sob hysterically. Also find wonton skins, dim sum and hot pot ingredients to help you survive Swedish winter. Or “spring”, for that matter.

Miscellaneous
Cleavers, chopsticks, steamers, pots, pestles, mortars and pretty porcelain all sold for peanuts. Pick up a proper wok and ditch your crappy IKEA one. There’s also incense, makeup, cleaning products and everything you never knew you needed.

Snacks
If you haven’t tried Asian junk food, you have not lived!Change that with wasabi peas, mochi, Pocky sticks, prawn chips, lychee juice and neon coloured drinks .

If the “inspired” flavors don’t entice you, the psychedelic packaging with doe-eyed anime characters will.

Buy Lotte, Nong Shim and Oishi brands.

Photo: Ting Yiu

Photo: Ting Yiu

The Jungle

Hua Xia, Herkulesgatan
Thai-China Supermarket, Fleminggatan 49
Sun Ai, Tegnérgatan 15
Japanska Torget Tegnérgatan 6
Korean Food, Luntmakargatan 76
…Plus don’t miss YLC’s Favourite Five

 

Now you are ready to tackle Stockholm’s slew of Asian supermarkets! But there are a lot of ‘em – why not start off with one of YLC’s TOP FIVE?

 

Featured Image: Denna Jones/Flickr (file)

Ready to go shopping for your next Asian-inspired meal? It’s a jungle out there! The markets are almost innumerable. But YLC is here to help with our own Top Five favorite Asian supermarkets. Chow down!

Oriental Supermarket

Where: Sergelgatan 16-18/Sveavägen 17

What: This new kid on the block beats all competitors. Hidden in the Hotorget T-bana station (Sergelgatan exit), the unassuming glass doors hides a huge, well stocked and clean supermarket. Prices are higher, but their variety and quality makes it worth the trip. Mostly Chinese goods and expanding Korean, Japanese and south-east Asian sections.

Bonus: In-house roastery (Peking duck, roast pork, cha siu, dim sum, appetizers). Signs in English, Thai and Chinese. Labels indicate country of origin. Food documentaries on their flat screens to inspire your next meal.

 

 Asian Market

Where: Olof Palmes Gata 12

What: Two glorious floors stocking 70% Thai goods, the friendly owners speak at least 5 languages. Their shelves are never empty and the constant stream of people is a good sign.

Bonus: Fresh coconut juice. Ridiculous selection of eggplants (round, thin, berry sized, white, purple or green varieties). Ready-to-eat meals and desserts in the fridge. Hand-made rice dumplings on the counter.

 

Mai Mai 

Where: Holländargatan 9

What: Pinoy products galore! Run by a Swedish-Filipino couple, it’s a marvelous must for a taste of the Philippines.

Bonus: Jumbo bags of chicharrones that’s both cholesterol inducing AND addictive. Day-glow pandanus drink with basil seeds, more delicious and less toxic than it sounds.

Kina Li Trading

Hong Kong Trading

Where: Olofsgatan 5

What: Atmosphere, 20 year history, and low prices. The staunch boss-lady is straight out of a 90’s Hong Kong triad movie. Don’t be offended if she talks business on the phone while serving you.

Tip: Don’t commit a major faux pax by using the stacks of paper with orange and gold squares for home decor.  The Chinese burn them as money for the dead.

 

Kina Li Trading

Where:  Ringvägen 129 K

What: While the food offerings are not as comprehensive as the first four, this vast emporium gets honorable mention for its dollar-store kitsch and sheer volume of the weird and wonderful. You have to see it to believe it.

Bonus: Paper lanterns, dress up gear, cloth shoes, mahjong sets and the best selection of ceramics.

Ceramics at Kina Li Trading. Photo: Ting Yu

Ceramics at Kina Li Trading. Photo: Ting Yiu

 

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At YLC, we know how hard it is to buy a man something for Christmas. Luckily, we’ve teamed up with Suitopia to provide something really special: a tailor-made suit!

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Suitopia was set up in Sweden to fill a very under-provided for gap in the market. Aleksander Lund and his team have successfully provided trendy men with made-to-measure tailoring at a reasonable price. 

Just like a visit to a tailor, each suit is made to fit so that customers can create garments that have a personal feel and are unique. The options when designing the garments are many: the general shape, fabric type and colour, number of buttons, vents, pockets and so on. You can even get special stitching on the lapel or your own monogram!

Suitopia can even arrange sales events at businesses, schools and organizations. If you want us to come to you and show off our products and help with the measurements please contact us at sales@suitopia.com.

If all this has got you in the mood for a new look, please fill in our survey for the chance to win a tailor-made men’s suit for you or the man in your life. Once you have filled in the survey, you just need to write down a gift idea for men, with a link to it, in the comments area; you must do both for the chance to win!

If you have already filled in the survey to win something earlier, all you need to do is write down a gift idea for men, with a link to it, in the comments area* – easy-peasy!

 

This competition is now closed.

THE LUCKY WINNER OF A FANTASTIC TAILOR-MADE SUIT IS: RUMILA

Didn’t win? Be smart and order a swish suit at Suitopia today!

Fine Print:-

At Suitopia, the customer enters their own measurements. Use the clear photos on the site to understand exactly how to do this.

Suits take 3-4 weeks to be delivered.

For those unsure what the fabric will really look like, in daylight, on the bus to work, in the church, a pack of fabric samples can be ordered and the cost deducted when a suit is ordered.

Entrants must complete the survey and fill in the comments box to win.

Winners will be drawn at random by the YLC management

*Survey only needs to be completed once; then readers are entitled to enter all give-aways

 

The Stockholm Papercraft Map is a unique keepsake that forms a miniature globe – a fun activity kit for all ages! And we have 3 to give YOU!

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This map was carefully designed from the ground up by Hugo Ahlenius of Nordpil, a Swedish map design and GIS company, using data from the crowdsourced OpenStreetMap geographic database. The cartography was distorted to create a one-of-a-kind foldable design.

It’s easy to cut out and fold the map by following the step-by-step instructions. Next, glue or tape it into a 20-sided paper globe, about 12 cm (4.7”) in diameter. The assembly is easy, but adult supervision is recommended for kids under 8. The kit is sold as an A3-size sheet (29.7 x 42 cm or 11.7 x 16.5”). Available through resellers or by direct order. Cut it out and assemble it yourself with easy-to-follow instructions. The perfect gift for papercraft enthusiasts, tourists or friends of Stockholm.

Assemble this Stockholm souvenir just for the fun of it, or mark the places you’ve visited and the sites you’ve seen!

 

If this strikes you as an ideal gift for someone, please fill in our survey for the chance to win one of Hugo’s fantastic papercraft map for Christmas. Once you have filled in the survey, you just need to write down your favourite Stockholm location or ‘hidden gem’ in the comments area; you must do both for the chance to win!

If you have already filled in the survey to win something earlier, all you need to do is write the name of your favourite Stockholm ‘hidden gem’ in the comments area* – easy-peasy!

 

This competition is now closed.

THE LUCKY WINNERS OF THIS FANTASTIC GIFT ARE: MMMARZIPAN, RACHEL AND CEZAR

Didn’t win? You still have a chance to purchase your map through a direct order with Nordpil!

Fine print:

Map will be posted direct to the winners.

Entrants must complete the survey and fill in the comments box to win.

Winners will be drawn at random by the YLC management

*Survey only needs to be completed once; then readers are entitled to enter all give-aways.

YLC has scoured the motorways and traversed the retail parks for the best south of-the-city retail plazas that will ensure you stay warm and cosy while you shop. Retail therapy just got even better – and winter-proofed too!

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Freezing temperatures, snow and icy winds are but a breath away and before you know it, thermals are tattooed to your body and it takes a hour to head out the door because of the mammoth task of wrapping countless woolly items around your head and torso. If it wasn’t so life-alteringly important – i.e. you need an LBD for Saturday night and little Rosie really would look cute in a new padded onesie – you probably wouldn’t even bother.

If battling against howling Arctic winds just to get your shopping fix seems beyond unbearable, it may be time to turn to the city’s indoor shopping malls. Where everything is under one roof and toasty indoor car-parking cuts down your shiver-time to a mere few seconds – to nil if you have a garage.

So whether it’s an underpants shortage, you have a hankering for handkerchiefs or you’re just potty about pot plants, Stockholm’s out of city shopping plazas have it all. And, if you thought all shopping malls are the same, think again. We’ve found smaller independent brands, eclectic charity shops and a wealth of wonderful dining experiences for your delectation and delight.

 

Nacka Forum

Top highlights: Lucky kiddie-winks; Nacka Forum is home to one very famous toy store, Hamley’s. The London-born toy shop is over 250 years old – the flagship in London’s Regent Street opened in 1760 – has a subsidiary branch right here in Stockholm.

Definitely one for fashion-lovers, Nacka Forum has top fashion brands in abundance. Send your hubby to check out the newest techy-stuff at Media Markt or sporting goods at Stadium while you check out Mango, Vero Moda, Thernlunds and Zara.

Eateries: Head to Neko Sushi or Soup Time for fresh, nutritious shopping-fuel or Forums Pizzeria for family-friendly lunch deals.

Opening times:

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00, Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 11:00 – 18:00

Parking: You’ll be happy to know the car park is totally gratis for 3 hours. That’s free! And with 1,900 parking spaces, getting in quickly and easily is bound to be worry-free.

Transport: Nacka Forum is located about 5 miles south-east of Stockholm. For those who travel by car: Take Värmdöleden – Route 222, exit toward Nacka C. Buses run from Slussen.

For all you seafarers and marina-types, Nacka Forum is even accessible by boat from Lindingo, Slussen and Nybroplan. Check http://www.nackaforum.se/W/do/centre/hitta-hit for more information.

 

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” Bo Derek

 

Liljeholmen 

Liljeholmen offers city shoppers three floors of shiny, modern retail to explore. Even the car park is an exciting discovery. A mix between a cave and a disco, this underground provides 900 parking spaces, hidden away from the nasty winter weather.

Highlights: ICA’s deli is well worth a visit for its well-thought out design and wide range of sumptuous, high-quality preserves, cheeses and meats.

“We try to make it cosy, to have an atmosphere,” ICA’s Deli Manager told YLC. “We’ve also got plans to serve warm foods here.”

With Jul just around the corner – as if you needed reminding. Check out fine cosmetics company Stenders, which sells a plethora of luxurious pampering products such as massage oils, scented candles, essential oils and hair care for “the ultimate at-home spa experience.”

Also check out French chain Oliviers & Co. which sells a fantastic range of Mediterranean products including olive oils, truffle products, authentic pastas and vinegars sourced from family businesses in Italy.

Eateries: Liljeholmen caters for international taste-buds with lesser-known Thai, Asian and Indian outlets alongside popular restaurant chains Zócalo and Forno Romano.

Opening times:

Weekdays 10:00 – 20:00, Weekend 10:00 – 18:00, Food 08:00 – 22:00

Parking:

Two hours free parking every weekend (when shopping in Willes and Kvantum with a minimum spend of 100 kr) and 900 secured parking places. During the week: 10 kr per hour.

Accessible by tram, bus and tunnelbana. Check: www.sl.se for more travel information from where you live right to the front door of the shops.

 

Skärholmen

A little further afield is this relative oldie (but still a goodie) shopping galleria. This year, Skärholmen or SKHLM celebrated its 45th anniversary and with ample parking and all the obligatory brands in one accessible shopping hub – ICA, Coop, System Bolaget, H&M and Ahlens are all here – there’s plenty more reasons to celebrate.

Highlights:

Eurekakids (www.eurekakids.se ) is a Spanish toy brand that offers play and learning: a carefully selected range of fun, good, secure and stimulating products for young ‘uns.

A big plus for bargain hunters is the Myrona just outside of the main mall. This popular charity store sits on two floors and has a large furniture section for the discerning bargain hunters and collectors.

Check out two-floors of bookworm heaven at En Anna Bokhandel and Skärholmen library (The library has about 60,000 books and other media for children, youth and adults.)

Eateries: Jensen’s Bøfhus, Forno Romano, and Asian Pong as well as cafes, ice-cream and juice bars sit together in one central food court, so there’ll be no arguments as to who wants what; perfect for keeping the whole family happy.

Opening times:

Weekdays 10:00 – 20:00, Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 11:00 – 18:00

Transport:

By car it takes about 20 minutes from downtown Stockholm or Södertälje to reach SKHLM. There are  3,000 parking spaces, and here you can park for free for five hours . Take the T-Bana red line towards Norsborg or if you’re travelling by bus, several bus lines stop right outside SKHLM. Check www.sl.se for customised route planning.

 

Kungens Kurva

Kungens kurva has everything with a capital E: in fact, there are 400 companies in the area including 150 shops, as well as countless restaurants, cafes, hotels and a cinema. Toys ‘R’ Us, Media Markt, Elgiganten and XXL all have stores here.

With many of Kungen’s biggest stores outside, it might be worth a sharp blast of wintery winds from car to store, especially when considering the bargains to be had. If you don’t fancy braving the weather, head to Heron City for indoor shopping.

Top highlights: The MQ Outlet store is definitely worth a visit when considering clothing and accessories here are priced at a budget-saving 30 – 70% discount.

Arken Zoo at Kungens kurva has for hire a dog bath equipped with an ergonomic shower, professional blow dryer and trim tables, where you bathe and blow-dry your dog in peace and quiet.

Eateries: Find chargrilled delights at Greek Kolgrill in Heron City, or watch your lunch being freshly prepared by Thai chefs at Bamboo South.

Fancy making a day of it? Heron City even has a bowling alley, children’s playground and 5D cinema.

The need to know details:

Heron City opening times:

Monday – Thursday 06:30- 00:00, Friday 06:30 – 01:00, Saturday 07:30 – 01:00, Sunday: 07:30 – 00:00

All car parking here is free. Should you be arriving on alternative transport, you’re in luck. The big IKEA here offers free bus rides during the week from Central Station to IKEA every hour starting at 11:00. Or take the T-Bana to Fruängen and then bus 173 to Skärholmen.

 

So, there you have it. YLC’s guide to warm and toasty indoor shopping for the whole family in Stockholm’s outer metropolitan area. And no need for thermals.

Happy shopping!

 

Victoria Hussey

A self-confessed country-girl, Victoria swapped English village life for city-living in Stockholm in April 2013. She has spent the last five months swotting up on Swedish fashion and grappling with an increasingly Stockholm-influenced (namely black) wardrobe. Victoria enjoys travelling to far-off lands, alternative music and wishes someone would invent some kind of socially-acceptable breakfast ice-cream.

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The time of sinister spirits and ghostly ghouls is upon us! At YLC we have a trick (and a treat) up our sleeve for costume-shopping Stockholm style!

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Whether you’re planning on joining the Shockholm parade, heading to Skansen for a flicker of Folklore and Magic or just popping out with the kiddiewinks for a spot of trick or treating, you’ll need a killer costume.

There are a handful of options if you’re planning a Halloween costume for you or your children. Buy brand new, customise or start from scratch. Here’s the YLC pick of the bunch, starting with the original and arguably still the best, Buttericks on Drottningatan.

 

Buttericks

This brilliant fancy dress and party shop opened in 1903 and has been providing crazy costumes and party decorations for every conceivable festivity ever since; it’s a veritable treasure trove of dressing-up goodies, party must-haves and ghoulish delights.

With complete costumes including kids zombie (299 SEK), zombie bride for teens (249 SEK), men’s Robin Hood (from 499 SEK) and women’s pirate captain (399 SEK) as well as Halloween favourites witches, wizards and ghosts for earthly spirits of all ages; Buttericks has it all.

Need a stylish Halloween alternative? Buttericks sells Lady Gaga favourite, Violent Lips Lip tattoos, available for 49 SEK. Perfect for little girls and women alike, these temporary tattoos provide an easy way to make-up your face in a variety of dazzling patterns and colours.

With affordable accessories such as bloody hand gloves for 49 SEK, black, glittery roses for only 20 SEK (a perfect accessory for a make-shift zombie bride) and eye-popping wigs on display, a trip to Buttericks is an experience as much as a shopping expedition.

Where: Drottninggatan 57 

 

Beyond Retro

If pre-packaged costumes aren’t your thing and you fancy something more unique, head to one of the city’s many second-hand stores. One of the best, Beyond Retro, has stores on Drottninggatan, Brännkyrkagatan and Åsögatan and is a perfect go-to for upbeat, eclectic fancy dress for every occasion.

Unleash your inner drama-queen and let your imagination run wild amongst a dizzying array of sequinned and bejewelled eighties cocktail dresses. Mix theatrical gowns with scary masks or rip apart second-hand sheets and adorn yourself with long-gloves, crazy make-up and fantastical wigs.

Boys are catered for here too. Dress up your partner in a country-gent tweed suit, bow-tie and crazy hair for a frenzied professor look.

Beyond also has in stock military-style jackets for the men or vintage, lace wedding dresses that are just screaming out for a jot of Halloween customisation. Make tears, splash on some paint or glue on beads to a boudoir bodice or dotty dress for a ravishingly dark and mysterious outfit.

Stuck for ideas? Beyond Retro has its very own Halloween costume inspiration folder.

 

BR

Kids will love choosing their own ready-made costume in Sweden’s favourite toy store. There are four BR shops in the capital so with one probably just around the corner, Halloween costume shopping doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

Little girls will love the cute witches and Skeleton bride costumes (199 SEK); while boys will howl with delight at the thought of wearing the BR fiery skeleton (199 SEK), Frankenstein’s monster (229 SEK) or werewolf (299 SEK) for All Hallow’s Eve.

For younger kids, BR also stocks toddler-friendly pumpkins and rather cosy-looking spider web costumes; and a small selection of costumes for grown-ups too.

Top tip – look out for BR’s light-up and glow-in-the-dark ranges, including nail varnish, vampire teeth, masks and even a top-to-toe glowing skeleton outfit (249 SEK or 186 SEK with a BR membership card).

Where: Gallerian, Hamngatan 37 or PUB, Drottningatan 63

 

A few more devilishly easy tips and ideas:

For adults: Buttericks has a fantastic selection of masquerade masks – either choose one or make your own from cardboard and get crafty with beads, glitter, glue and feathers – and match with a second-hand gown for an original, grown-up Halloween outfit.

Remember that costume you spent hours making for your kid’s dance show? Recycle old hand-made costumes with a spot of bloody-red paint and new shriek-making accessories for a cheaper alternative.

Kids will need a hefty-sized bag to carry all their trick-or-treat godis  in. Take a regular sturdy paper-bag bought from any supermarket, spray or paint black and add some scary details such as a big spider-web in white paint or a big laughing pumpkin in bright orange.

Don’t miss the YLC guide to Höstlov and Halloween in the city here including a list of other costume boutiques in Stockholm and where to go for a fun and spooky time for all the family.

Happy Halloween!

 

Victoria Hussey

A self-confessed country-girl, Victoria swapped English village life for city-living in Stockholm in April 2013. She has spent the last five months swotting up on Swedish fashion and grappling with an increasingly Stockholm-influenced (namely black) wardrobe. Victoria enjoys travelling to far-off lands, alternative music and wishes someone would invent some kind of socially-acceptable breakfast ice-cream.

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Tired of queues and snarky checkout clerks? Just want to peruse in peace? YLC’s Kirsten Smart finds that an app a day keeps the shop assistants at bay, so she presents five fab shopping apps to keep your credit card warm and make your life in the city easier.

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As we have already established before here on YLC, apps have become part of our everyday life. In one fell swoop of your second little piggy you can now purchase just about anything directly from your phone. You can do your grocery shopping whilst on the loo, buy a pair of shoes in a budget meeting and browse for wedding dresses on a first date. This not only makes life easier, but also minimalizes direct human contact; two things Swedes seem to appreciate most.

So if you haven’t got with the times and bought something from your phone yet, but you’d like tentatively to explore the option, hold on to your hats (and wallets) because the following list will revolutionize your shopping experience:

 

The ‘Up and comer app’: Creddly

If you enjoy browsing Pinterest for aspirational pictures of gorgeous stuff, but want actually to be able to buy it, or like to share your most recent purchase on Facebook but get grief from your friends who frankly don’t care what you’ve spent your money on – then this newly released app is worth downloading. Bolivian-born Ivan Daza founded the Stockholm-based company, describing the app as virtual browsing, but “real shopping”. With an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-use interface, Creddly allows you to like, comment, search for, save and share what you’ve found with friends and followers, making it a social shopping experience. The app also has a barcode feature, so when you’re in a store and spot that perfect French bulldog figurine, you scan the barcode with your phone (providing the store is one of the 100 stores who are in on the Creddly action already) and add it to your wish list. A Facebook for shopping enthusiasts it is jolly good fun and a great (if not unsubtle) way to hint at what you want for your birthday. Oh, and did we mention it is all in English?

 

The  ’Expat Go-To App’: Amazon

If you’re an expat in Stockholm, chances are you’ve ordered something from Amazon. From books to pacifiers, you can find just about anything on Amazon. The mobile app is similar to the website and it’s just as user-friendly. There is minimal setup required as the app synchs with the website so your shopping lists and details are automatically transferred. The nifty thing about this app is that you can snap a picture of whatever you so desire and the “Amazon Remembers” feature will do its best to identify and find the product for you.

One downside, though, is that not all retailers deliver to Sweden, so don’t set your heart on that Buddha fountain until you know he can reach you.

 

The ‘Highly Practical App’: Mathem

If you’re tired of traipsing to the grocery store with your granny wheelie-bag, always choosing the dud trolley with the ADD wheels, having fights with your three-year-old in the candy aisle and getting stuck in the queue behind the guy that pays in coins for his month’s groceries, then this app, my friend, is for you.

As with the website, you can choose from a wide selection of produce, you can save previous purchases in your history and browse for recipes to inspire you. One advantage of utilizing the app instead of via computer is that there’s this handy little feature, which enables you to order more of your favourites by scanning the barcode of whatever you have in your fridge or pantry, putting the fun in functional. There are also often two-for-one deals to take advantage of and, when you’ve ticked off everything on your grocery list and finished funking around with the barcode scanner, all you have to do is select the delivery time that suits you and pay. Your groceries are then delivered straight to your abode. Of course if you’re particular about choosing your own meat or fresh produce, then you’re better off hopping to the shops, but the app is still great for those bulky household items… as well as for those of us who don’t want to be seen trundling through Östermalm with a family value pack of toilet paper.

 

The ‘Bargain Hunter’s app’: Groupon

Groupon is a favourite worldwide, but is particularly popular here in Sweden. It offers deals of the day in everything from dentist appointments to trips to Turkey (perhaps even dentist appointments for your turkey). It’s fun, easy to use and you really can find some great bargains. The problem comes in when you, who lives in a third floor apartment and suffers from a severe grass allergy, suddenly find that you absolutely, positively cannot live without that bargainous pair of purple gardening gloves…. Simply put, it’s the arbitrageur’s meth.

 

The ‘Cheat the system app’: Prisjakt (aka Price Spy)

Speaking of bargains, this is award-winning app is all about finding you what you want for less. Addictive in a different way to Groupon (and to meth), you can spend hours fooling around with this app. If you’ve ever um’d and ah’d over a pricey product and wondered if it was sold for less in a different store, then this is the app for you. All you have to do is scan the barcode of the product you’re deliberating over (or enter its name into the search bar) and Prisjakt will reveal to you the prices at which the very same product is being sold in stores near you. You can then compare prices, check out reviews and even look for similar alternatives. You cannot, however, purchase the products online, nor is there a guarantee that the spy will actually find any alternatives to what you scan. But it’s still fun to try!

 

Happy shopping!

 

Kirsten Smart

Kirsten blindly followed her husband from South Africa to the land of snow and snus in 2011 and proceeded to procreate. When she isn’t discovering the 101st use of the humble wet wipe, she can be found writing adjective-laden articles for YLC.

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The summer flea-market season is upon us with outdoor markets re-opening across the city. Whether you’re looking for a place to tout some of your castoffs or searching for a good bargain on some vintage treasures, visiting one of Stockholm’s many loppisar is the best way!

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One of the biggest flea markets in Stockholm and perhaps in Sweden is called Loppmarknaden (The Flea Market in English). It is a permanent type indoor flea market, located in Vårberg. It is an ongoing flea market and is open 7 days a week, between 11 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, and is several thousand square meters in size.

Another good ongoing flea market, takes place on Sundays at Hötorget; there are a variety of vendors, selling items from fresh produce to small trinkets and clothing. It is great place to get a bargain.

From the end of May to the beginning of October, a car-boot sale takes place in the parking lot outside Stockholm’s horse racing tracks Täby Galopp on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 4pm. Aficionados of the Täby Galopp Drive-in Loppis say there is no better place to get a good bargain!

However, there are also a variety of flea markets, both indoor and outdoor, that occasionally pop up around Stockholm. To find out when and where – check out the following links: 

www.svenskaloppisar.se is a really great place to find different flea markets around Stockholm and all around Sweden. Just plug in whatever area you are looking for, if you want to see if there is a flea market in your area at the time.

Another great site is www.stockholmsmarknader.se which shows a calendar of upcoming and ongoing flea markets and even several drive-in flea markets, as well as courses that you can go to to learn about the flea market and how you can even learn how to find a great bargain.

You can also check out www.gratisistockholm.se for more upcoming flea markets.

A few tips for Stockholm flea markets:

* Get there early to get first pick of the best wears.

* Don’t be afraid to barter.

* Bring cash and your own shopping bags, most tables will not have bags for  you.

* There are usually big crowds, so be prepared for this if taking children.

* If you are planning on setting up a table, reserve a spot in advance. Most flea markets will have a phone number or website where you can do so. Usually you are required to pay a moderate fee for a spot.

 

Stil feel out of your comfort zone? Never fear, there is help at hand! If you want to learn how to pick out a real bargain (and feel comfortable enough in your Swedish) Stockholmsmarknader have been arranging weekend courses in how to pick out the gems from the tat. For those that want to make a holiday out of it, Loppissafari might be just the ticket. Three hours drive from Stockholm guests are treated to a guided tour of the nearby markets: a total of 2-3 days of loppis-shopping and a stay in a traditional Swedish cottage to boot.

Happy hunting!

 

Stefanie Lundberg

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Wild about vintage? Batty for a bargain? All set for some Stockholm second-hand spending? Then don’t miss the YLC guide to vintage shopping in the city!

Swedish second hand shops are mostly well stocked, and although they are not the cheapest in the world, you can definitely pick up some very funky pieces and the odd bargain here or there!

The main four second hand shop chains in Stockholm are:

Stockholm also offers three branches of the popular UK chain Beyond Retro, one located in the centre of town and  two in the trendy corners of Södermalm, south of the water.

For real bargains however, it may be worth it to venture off the beaten track. A real gem in vintage Stockholm is independent vintage boutique Old Touch, a brisk walk from the centre of town in Vasastan, which boasts a bijou store brimming with garments dating from 1890 to 1970, at mostly reasonable prices. On Södermalm, the exclusive Judits Second Hand and Lisa Larssons Second Hand are well worth a visit for those who crave carefully selected vintage pieces as well as newer labels.

Nu och Då Second Hand near  Odenplan is another gem off the beaten track, where it is still possible to make a real bargain.

However, Stockholm is home to vintage stores aplenty and to avoid losing out on a bargain –  check out this link for a list of other second hand shops in the city

 

Second Hand Shopping Tips:

  • Keep an eye out for real vintage items that has been underpriced or overlooked!
  • Don’t pay too much for mainstream brands that you can buy new in the sales!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment  - that’s what it is all about, isn’t it?
  • Venturing further out from the city centre generally means better bargains and less competition for the more exciting vintage pieces!

In the summer, vintage markets & fairs pop up everywhere so stay tuned for a guide to these on YLC in the near future!

Happy Hunting!

 

Rebecca Martin

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