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shopping couple stockholm swedenStockholm is full of fabulous finds for shoppers, though you'll have to prepare yourself for high prices. One of the most popular souvenirs to bring home is Swedish crystal (both traditional and contemporary). While Sweden's Orrefors and Kosta Boda are internationally renowned, there are many other lesser-known contemporary designers whose work is well worth exploring. You can get a refund of Sweden's hefty value added tax if you spend enough money in a particular shop; ask the store for a tax-free check when you make your purchase, and then show both the check and the item at customs when you depart Sweden.

Shopping in Gamla Stan is fabulous. The main commercial street is Vasterlanggatan, where you'll find a lot of tourist fare and funky boutiques. But the most interesting shops -- for travelers looking for beautifully made, original crafts ranging from clothing to ceramics -- tend to be located along Osterlanggatan.

Downtown, the shopping scene is primarily along Drottninggatan, which is pedestrian-only in many places. Highlights: If you're looking for Swedish-designed products, check out Svenskt Hantverk and the department store NK; both have fabulous selections of exquisite handicrafts and crystal.
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