Denmark, known for its Scandinavian design, is a great place for shopping. Here’s a list of stores in Copenhagen where you can find all sorts of fun, modern and functional things unique and exclusive to Denmark.
Although I’ve never done it, keep in mind that shipping your purchases back home is always an option.
Don’t avoid souvenir stores in Copenhagen like you would in other parts of the world. You can find some gorgeous and unique finds, for example but not limited to, merchandise by these two Danish talents:
- Bo Bendixen – You’ll find this artist’s colorful designs on clothing, accessories, homeware, and posters in a few souvenir stores in Copenhagen. If you’re visiting other parts of Denmark, check out Bo Bendixen stores and galleries.
- Ib Antoni – This illustrator’s art can be found on posters, paper goods, and homeware. In addition to Souvenir stores, you can buy his posters at Artposters’ shop or the Copenhagen Visitor Center.
The name translates to “The Old Drugstore”. They are a wholesaler of home accessories and Christmas décor. You’ll find at least two stores in Copenhagen, one on Strøget St. and one inside Tivoli. You’ll also find their products in various types of stores including Souvenir shops, but you won’t find any of their merchandise back in the states. They make the most adorable Christmas decorations and since Copenhagen is the Christmas capital of the world, make sure you bring home a Scandinavian Gnome of some sort.
Back in the 70’s, the Grene Sisters created this fun chain of retail shops in Denmark. You’ll find various locations through Copenhagen. They also have stores in some parts of Europe and even one in Japan but none in the US or Canada. They sell home accessories (think Ikea minus the furniture selection) as well as some gift and stationery items. And their products are extremely inexpensive.
Here you’ll find quirky little things and fun knickknacks. With a variety of affordable items from birthday candles to cheese graters, they have a unique and random selection of stuff. You may find it completely useless or totally special. For me it was the latter. They have locations throughout Copenhagen, many parts of Europe, some parts of Asia and even a few stores in New York, but nowhere else in the US or Canada.
This Danish interior design brand carries not only contemporary furniture but also accessories for the home and office. Be sure to visit Hay House on Strøget street even if you’re not in the market for a modern furniture piece. In addition to Hay House, you can also visit the much smaller store called Hay CPH or find their accessory products at Illums Bolighus (see below).
At this large multi level retail store located on Strøget street, you can find an endless variety of home articles by Danish and international designers. The overwhelming selection includes everything from tables to towels to dishes to decorative items as well as some apparel. Before you make a serious purchase and go through the trouble of hauling it back with you or shipping it home, check online to make sure that brand or product is not available to you locally. Since they carry a large variety of designers, some things may also be available at Macy’s or elsewhere back home. The store has wifi so you can conveniently check while shopping. If you miss your chance to buy your exclusive find at the main store, there’s a small Illums Bolighus store at the airport.
In addition to the above, I think it’s important to point out the two major department stores in Copenhagen: Illums and Magasin du Nord, where you’ll find fashion, beauty products, home decor, as well as various eateries. Depending on what you’re looking for and how much time you have, they might be worth a visit.
Anxious to shop at these stores and see Copenhagen? You can probably find great flight deals on Norwegian Airlines. If you don’t have much experience traveling abroad, you can find some general helpful tips I posted here.