You’ll find most of what you need in Åland, even though the shops and selection are not comparable with those of larger towns and cities. It’s more enjoyable, simple and quick to shop when the shops are small and close by.
In the centre you’ll find nautical charts and travel literature at Mariehamns bokhandel and sea fishing equipment at Fiskarboden, Jakt- och fiskebutiken Äventyret and Sunes jakt & Fritid. Boat accessories and tools are available from the Byggvaruhuset by the Rökerirondellen roundabout and you can get paint from Ålands färg&tapet on Skarpansvägen. You can get designer clothes from Martin’s and Zic Zac on Torggatan. Wickströms sell jewellery and glasses. Kitchen utensils and Åland design items are available from Fyndet in Sittkoffs Galleria. There is also an Alko outlet that sells beer, wine and spirits.
You can buy souvenirs from the Tourist Information Office and the museum shops round about.
The Sjökvarteret (Maritime Quarter) and Hantverkshuset SALT are located down in Österhamn. The sales and display counters showcase SALT craftspeople’s own designs and the works of Ålander craftspeople and artists by invitation. One of the craftspeople is always on hand. Also the goldsmith Guldviva has its shop in the Maritime Quarter.
Farm shops and food
Stickstugan in Lemland Järsö; Judys Hantverk & Inredning, which is now located in Jomala Gölby; Pettas organic bakery in Geta; Skarpnåtö handicrafts and Lugnets Keramik in Hammarland; Mercedes chocolate shop in Eckerö; Marskogens Lamm in Finström; Smakbyn in Sund; Annas shop in Vårdö as well as Peders Aplagård on Kökar all sell food and arts and crafts.
Maxinge shopping centre is located in Jomala. In addition to Sparhallen there are also several other large clothing chains, some smaller specialist shops and one more Alko. You can also buy food at Kantarellen next door to Maxinge, Mathis Hallen in the town centre, Mathis Punkten in Västernäs and Mattssons in Godby. S-market has large stores both in Mariehamn and Godby.
Vintage and second-hand
If you want to shop for unique items of clothing and all sorts of gadgets while at the same time making a contribution to the environment, you can look for bargains at flea markets and in vintage and second-hand shops such as are to be found all over Åland. Labelled on Torggatan sew new clothes from old fabrics.
Emmaus has the biggest selection: it has three different shops on Strandgatan, in Norrböle in Mariehamn and in Godby that sell everything from clothes and kitchen utensils to building materials and electronics. About 150,000 kg of clothes are received every year, of which half go to aid projects. Recycling also creates job opportunities for people who have difficulty getting on to the job market.