Sweden specialises in a lot of things: one of them is quirky, personality-rich shopping. From cool-cat Stockholm to the dinky sweet-town of Gränna, the country’s cultural hotspots provide all the retail therapy you could dream of. Up-and-coming designers, boutique stores, unique homewares and Scandi handicrafts you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
1. For a serious fashion frenzy: Stockholm
Where to stay: A 20-minute taxi from downtown Stockholm, Högberga Gård is a historic destination stay that allows you to enjoy peace and serenity in a stately mansion. From the Tuscan-style winery to the dazzling China Room, you’ll photograph it, gush about it, and try to copy it back home.
2. For local and luxury wears: Malmö
Where to stay: Just a few miles away from Malmö is a magnet for city dwellers craving Swedish countryside. Möckelsnäs Mansion is a warm, bright, timelessly stylish stay plonked right on the edge of Lake Möckeln. With nature parks, beech woods, enclosed pastures, spiralling paths and heartstopping ravines – it’s an earthy, glorious escape from the day-to-day grind.
3. For real-deal rock candy: Gränna
Where to stay: Chateau Västanå revels in blending the old and the oh-so-now. Each room has its own personality: homages to the original 16th-century style of the manor house hotel, with a historic riot of features, fabrics and art. Don’t eat too much candy in town – the restaurant’s locally sourced three-course menu is proper lick-the-plate-clean fare.