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Shopping in Denmark
 
 
 

Copenhagen

The centre of Copenhagen isn't big, but for inspiration per pavement meter it's hard to beat anywhere else in the world. The compact geography of the city centre is the major factor that makes shopping in Copenhagen such a relief. A stroll down Strøget and its surrounding streets is an easily manageable exercise in the art of window shopping and within just a few hundred yards the picture can change from large exclusive stores to curious speciality shops. Finding what you want couldn't be easier in Copenhagen. The city has loosely defined quarters which tend to attract trades and shops of a similar nature; Avant-garde, underground and up-and-coming in Larsbjørnsstræde, art and cutting edge design in the Royal District, major department stores and leading big-name stores on Strøget and the new face of Danish fashion in Kronprinsensgade.

Strøget

Strøget runs right through the heart of Copenhagen from Kgs. Nytorv to Rådhuspladsen and along its length, the dopplered sound of street performers fill the air. The stretch closest to Rådhuspladsen is mainly dedicated to young fashion and further along, several of the major fashion chains have their flagship stores. The stretch closest to Kgs. Nytorv is where you will find the more exclusive stores. In fact, this long pedestrian street could be considered as a series of architectural gems, punctuated with just about every shop conceivable. And in the unlikely event that you still haven't found what you want, there's the option of the multi-floored emporiums of Illum and Magasin (biggest in Scandinavia) to slake your shopping thirst.

Kronprinsensgade

A street situated a little down Købmagergade to the left when you are coming from the City Hall Square. Here you will find popular Danish fashion names like Bruuns Bazaar and the effortlessly cool Swedish designer Filippa K.

Adelgade, Grønnegade and Ny Østergade

If you take a slight detour from the Kgs. Nytorv Square end of Strøget into the Grønnegade neighbourhood, you will find charming, narrow streets lined with colourful half-timbered houses converted into shops. Fashion is this area's strong point, both hip street wear and classic clothing from leading Danish designers such as Munthe plus Simonsen (Danish super model Helena Christensen's favourite) and international names.

Second hand shops are also a great source of bargain clothes, and many of the best lie in the streets adjacent to Strøget in the 'Pisserenden' area.

More on shopping in Copenhagen at www.visitcopenhagen.dk

Århus

Århus features a wealth of fascinating quarters to explore, each with their own distinctive appeal and specialities. A trip down Strøget, the pedestrian street, is a shopper’s paradise. With its range of around 100 shops, you are bound to find what you are looking for. The pedestrian street gives onto Store Torv, a beautifully situated square with a splendid Cathedral. In the Latin Quarter behind the Cathedral, the heart of the city pounds to an altogether different beat: visit these quaint, old-world streets and soak up the special Scandinavian flavour as it blends with European style. Sip a cappuccino and enjoy the ambience of the cafés and the feeling of being part of the in-crowd, where it all happens.

At the centre of this happening city is an idyllic haven. The beautiful old street of Møllestien offers a diverse range of exquisite art and design articles. Whether you are looking for gear for your bike, a designer dress or a gift for a special friend, there is plenty of inspiration to find here. The area around the landmark City Hall also contains lots of tempting shopping opportunities.

Strøget

850 metres of fascinating shops tightly packed on both sides – some 100 shops in total. In this shopping paradise you can find anything your heart could desire. Århus' pedestrianised high street stretches from the Central Station to the Cathedral. Allow for at least a couple of hours, especially if you want to take in one or two of the adjacent pedestrianised streets.

More on shopping in Århus at www.visitaarhus.com


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