Shopping in Copenhagen.
Seasoned travelers who have been to Denmark before and visited its most legendary sites may just decide to indulge in a bit of shopping during their next trip. If so, the place to head for is definitely Copenhagen.
Boasting a plethora of shops and boutiques, this dynamic city offers both the art and antique connoisseur and clothes horse alike, the experience of a lifetime.
Denmark isn’t famed for being the cheapest of countries to shop, though bargains can always be found by the seasoned expert.
Its currency is the krone, which currently has a conversion rate of around 7.43800 for every euro. This rate is always changing, of course, so bring your currency converting app when you’re shopping so you can compare the price of items to those back home.
The top districts to shop ‘til you drop include:
This is arguably Copenhagen’s best known area for shopping for antique and designer pieces of furniture. It extends from Kastellet to Kongens Nytorv and is famed for its elegance and aristocratic flare.
Look out for Queen Margrete’s Amalienborg castle while you’re there and find stunning items by Royal Copenhagen and designer pieces by Poul Henningsen or Arne Jacobsen.
Those after a bargain should head for Ravnsborggade instead, which has gorgeous antique shops with items that will undoubtedly steal your heart. For Royal Copenhagen at a low price, visit the famed brand’s outlet show at Frederiksberg.
This street is, quite simply, one of the coolest, most happening streets in Copenhagen at the moment. Featuring a host of hip cafés, the only caramel cookery in Copenhagen and a host of youthful bargain shops, it is a haven for the young shopper who likes to create new trends.
If avante-garde brands are your scene, try heading for the Latin Quarter along Larsbjørnsstræde, where young designers tend to sell their wares. Another trendy area is Vesterbro – head for Istegrade for unique boutiques selling alternative items.
Hey, big spender! This is the street you’ve been searching for since your plane touched down! Strøget is home to some of the world’s top designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada and is one of the best places for shopping in Copenhagen.
Budget design buffs fear not; there are a plethora of more affordable shops as well, including Companys Original ( a two-floor shop selling men’s and women’s clothing), and renowned department stores such as Magasin and Illum.
Just behind Strøget is Læderstræde, where you will find gorgeous jewellery by local designers.
The Grønnegade Quarter:
This area, comprising the streets Grønnegade, Pilestræde and Kronprinsensgade, features popular fashion brands such as Norse Store (famed for its laid back yet cool men’s clothing), Bruuns Bazaar (featuring elegant clothing for men and women, as well as trendier styles for younger buyers), and Wood Wood (featuring contemporary, cutting edge designs for men and women).
When you’re out and about, try to take home at least one item by a renowned Danish designer.
Step into boutiques such as Stine Goya (situated close to King’s Garden and designed in magnificent marble, coloured glass and velvet), specialising in items made with vibrant prints and subtle hues alike. In Krystalgade, you will find colourful knitwear and ultra feminine dresses by groundbreaking designer, Henrik Vibskov. The décor is as dynamic as the fashion so design lovers will have a field day in this gorgeous boutique. This store also stocks items by other Danish designers, including Stine Goya and Bibi Ghost.
Day Birger et Mikkelsen, located on Pilestræde 16, is famed for its modern clothing items, jewellery and accessories. The brand makes beautiful faux fur items, as well as stunning woollen jackets which can be dressed up or down. Leather jackets, studs and unique prints are some of their best-selling items.
A must-visit shop for fervent fashionistas is Mads Nørgaard on Amagertorv street. The designer creates items for women and men alike. Think sexy items for women that show off their silhouette, and bold, rough items for men that highlight their masculinity.
Copenhagen is certainly a melting pot of national and international designer boutique alike. Fashion, furniture and jewellery abound and there are a host of unique boutiques you likely won’t find back home – regardless of the size of your budget, make sure to take at least one item home with you.
Best Places For Shopping in Copenhagen written by Anne Hall.