April 10, 2018

Åhléns City Department Store

Press image from Åhlens.
I was visiting the Åhléns City department store the other day and it struck me that I have never written an article about this popular Stockholm shopping landmark. These days Åhléns is actually a chain of department stores around Sweden with 30+ stores in the country with 13 in the greater Stockholm area alone. But Åhléns City, located in the downtown area, is the large flagship store of the chain and definitely worth a visit when in Stockholm.
Main entrance.
Åhléns started as a post order company in 1899 and the Åhléns City store was first opened in 1964. When I was a youngster back in the 1980's, Åhléns City was looked upon by locals as being less glamorous than the nearby NK department store. While NK had designer labels, Åhléns had its own clothing label. These days, however, Åhléns City has upped its game and transformed itself into a department store of note. While their own fashion label does still exist in a limited version, they have expanded and brought in many other labels... especially local ones like Filippa K, J. Lindeberg, Acne, Nudie Jeans and more.
Filippa K
The department store takes up an entire city block and has several floors, both above and below ground. You can find almost everything you want to shop for at Åhléns City. Besides Swedish and international fashion, they have textiles, interior design, cosmetics, Swedish crystal, luggage, accessories, souvenirs and they even have a large grocery store on the lower level in case you wish to purchase some Swedish delicacies to take home with you. Speaking of food, they have a few dining options in the store... like a juice bar, café and even an Italian restaurant on the top floor called Pane Fresco (with outdoor terrace).
Tourist information
Another point of interest for visitors within Åhlens City is a tourist information center where you can get help with tours, restaurants, advice, tickets and shopping. If you are a non European Union resident, you can also purchase items tax-free at Åhlens through Global Blue. Just make sure you follow the rules in order to receive your tax refund upon departing the EU.
Nudie Jeans
Åhlens City is very centrally located, right on the pedestrian street Drottninggatan and adjacent to the Sergels torg square. There is quite a lot of construction ongoing on the street in front of the store as well as around the square. This is due to the fact the city is extending the popular Djurgård tram line past Åhlens to Kungsholmen. The easiest way to get to Åhlens City from the Hotel Rival is by subway. The main entrance to the store is actually located right at an entrance to the main subway station called T-Centralen (all subway lines).
Orrefors Crystal
Items for the kitchen 
J. Lindeberg




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