Shopping is an important part of the tourism industry. Today shopping is considered an attraction, an experience and a joy. In Värmland you will find a wide selection of everything from cosy street shops to large shopping centres and personal boutiques in the town centres.
There are large galleries in the town centre but also shops, cafés and restaurants. Karlstad has a good reputation with its many outdoor cafés both in the centre and around the harbour during the summer months. You can also shop at the Town Square (Stora torget) three days a week when it becomes the market place with everything from fresh flowers, vegetables and fish to clothes and arts and crafts.
Just outside of Karlstad there is an IKEA and the Bergvik shopping centre. Bergvik with its 60 shops and about 10 cafés and restaurants is one of the largest shopping centres in Sweden.
Town centre with high cosiness factor
The centres of the towns of Värmland are vibrant and welcoming with fewer shops and a high level of personal service. Don’t miss out on any of the Värmland coffee shops that serve delicious pastries with a long tradition.
In addition to the smaller shops in the border area, there are two major shopping centres in Charlottenberg and in Töcksfors. The latest shopping mecca that came into being thanks to the border shopping is the Långflon Shopping Centre in north Värmland.
Genuine arts and crafts, local experiences and street selling
There are plenty of food producers in Värmland who often sell their produce in the street. You will find street shops and local craftsmen around the whole of Värmland.
Classic Värmländ patterns from the countryside are given a new lease of life in the Klässbol linneväveri collection. The pattern “The Zoo” (Djurgården0 is inspired by an old hand-woven pageant pattern by the designer Josef Edvinsson. He ran his weaving mill with his wife in the first half of the twentieth century and since 1991 his loom has been standing in Klässbols Linneväveri. Sold at Sahlströmsgården, Rackstadsmuseet, Arvika Konsthantverk, Värmlands Hemslöjd, Fryksdals Form and Klässbols Linneväveri. Urban Johansson produces patterns according to customers’ wishes.
Bastion of watercolour
Lars Lerin’s stand-alone watercolour art can be seen at Sandgrund for viewing by the public. His award-winning books and posters of his paintings of watercolours motives are on sale in the art hall shop.
Mindfulness of the Wermlandian
Klas Hallberg teaches the art of controlling life and releasing it. “You could say that it’s about mindfulness of the pure Wermlandian. That is to say awareness of what is important in life”.
Glimmering Arctic Starflower
In the collection “Värmland Unique” (Värmland Unik) Chatrine Rinman returns to her home town and the Värmland county flower, the Arctic Starflower. Only one or a few copies of her silver jewelry is produced and sold to Konsthantverkarna Karlstad and konsthantverkcentrum.se., among others.
“The flowers must stand beautifully in the vase, the mug must be good to drink out of and the pie must easily come out of the pie tray”. Function and a simple, timeless design is what characterises the items from Fryksta Krukmakeri, just north of Kil. You can also observe the noble art of stoneware or try to turn one yourself.
Colourful and personal
Ann-Britt Skogström creates colourful and personal linen clothes under the brand Mimmi Design. “I get my inspiration form the stillness in nature; the twitter of bird, the fmily, the colours and the joy in being able to create using my own hands”.
Beauty from Sahlströmsgården
In the shop at Sahlströmsgården in Torsby you will find hand-woven curtains and mats and Värmland ceramics, clothing and jewellery. You can also go to one of the popular displays and learn about strange artistic fate and Swedish cultural history. For example, one inspired by the nature of the Rrykan Valley, woven by Stina Hellquist according to Ida Sahlström’s, “ Fryksdalsmoras”, pattern.