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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Retro in Stockholm


3. What to Do

Modernity stocks an unbeatable selection of high-end, midcentury furnishings.  

Go people-watching and vintage shopping in the busy bohemian district of SoFo (South of Folkungagatan). Stop by Sneakersnstuff for funky limited-edition sneakers and running shoes, then wade through rows of vintage clothes at Beyond Retro, from Victorian-era attire to nineties grunge-rock threads. Also in the area you can pick up Rockabilly-inspired clothes from Sivletto and a pair of Cheap Monday jeans at Weekday.

For antique furniture and designer shops like Prada, Swarovski, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, head over to ritzy Östermalm and stroll along Biblioteksgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan to drop a couple thousand kronors. Two blocks from Birger Jarlsgatan, you’ll find Modernity, which sells valuable ceramics and glassware. Drop into Lundgrens Antikhandel to find antique chandeliers, and then browse vintage leather armchairs at Jacksons.

Travel back in time at Skansen ($15), the world’s oldest open-air living history museum, around since 1891. Explore exhibits showing how locals lived before Sweden’s industrial era; observe artisans at work crafting traditional jewelry, accessories, and attires; and stop into its zoo to see Nordic wildlife like moose, wild boar, and seals. Nearby, visit Vasa Museum ($16), home to a fully salvaged warship of the same name that sank twenty minutes into its maiden voyage in Stockholm's harbor in 1628.

Published on May 3, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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