January 5, 2018

Outlet Shopping in Barkarby

I wrote about outlet shopping almost 5 years ago and, as I visited Barkarby this past weekend, I thought it was a good time for an update. Swedish fashion brands have become very trendy over the past few years, but shopping in Stockholm can be a bit expensive for visitors. A good option is to head out to Stockholm Quality Outlet. Here you can find great deals of up to 70% off the regular prices! If you are visiting from a non European Union country, you can also save up to 19% more by shopping tax-free with Global Blue.
You have a wide variety of labels/stores at Quality Outlet. Many of large Swedish fashion labels are there like Filippa K, J. Lindeberg, Acne Studios, JC Jeans Company, Björn Borg and Nudie Jeans. But they also have a lot of international brands like Benetton, Calvin Klein, Lexington, Guess and Tommy Hilfiger as well sportswear labels like Puma and Nike. While it is almost 90% fashion at the outlets, you do have a few stores that sell homeware like Le Creuset and Home & Cook. I  hadn't been there for the past six months and was pleased to see that they have expanded with a whole new wing. All in all, they have 70 stores carrying more than 160 brands.
The outlet area is set up like a village with streets. Keep in mind that these "streets" aren't covered so, if it is raining or snowing, have an umbrella with you just in case. You do have some casual lunch options there as well (cafés and fast food). There are several other larger stores in the same neighborhood; IKEA for example.
Barkarby is a small suburb, located northwest of central Stockholm. It is an area that is constantly growing with everything from new stores to new apartment complexes. I usually visit the outlets once or twice a year and often have a hard time recognizing the area. There are even plans to extend a subway line there. But until that is done, the best way to get there from town is a commuter train and then bus. It all takes about 40 minutes and is quite easy. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, you can easily pick up the commuter train at the nearby Stockholm Södra Station. Happy shopping!

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