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Shopping in Stockholm can be an expensive affair but savvy consumers know the classic adage, "you get what you pay for". Treasured souvenirs from Stockholm include Swedish glass products, wooden furniture in blond pine or birch and, of course, wooden and ceramic Swedish clogs. There are a number of shopping areas in Stockholm, some of the trendiest being Gamla Stan, Sergels Torg, Kungsgatan and SOFO. Other good shopping districts in Stockholm include Drottningsgatan, Harrngatan, Hotorget and Stureplan.

Västerlånggatan Street in Gamla Stan has good antique shops, while Kungsgatan is home to the Drottninggatan pedestrian mall. The renowned Gallerian shopping centre in Sergels Torg has a variety of high-street and brand-name outlets to browse through, and nearby department stores include NK and Åhléns. The PUB department store is located in Hötorget.

However, much of Sweden's pop-cultural influence is designed and sold on Södermalm Island, in a little area known as SOFO, "south of Folkungagtan". SOFO is home to some of the most impressive boutique and concept stores to be found anywhere in the world, where shoppers can delight in minimalist, edgy Swedish fashion, or find organic, local cosmetics. But don't be fooled by some of the high prices, SOFO is for the youth and is home to plenty of to plenty of well-priced vintage stores where some interesting classics can be had on the cheap.

Most shops in Stockholm are open 10am to 6pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am till lunch on Saturday.

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