Denmark — Shopping and Leisure
Much of Denmark’s retail industry is located around Copenhagen, although other cities like Aarhus and Aalborg play host to fascinating shopping malls and pedestrian quarters. Items to look out for include Georg Jensen silverware, Lindberg eyewear, and original LEGO building blocks. But it is perhaps the cool designs of furniture, clothing and home goods that make Denmark a unique, albeit pricey, shopping destination. Yet the price tags equate to unsurpassed quality, and visitors can reclaim some of the whopping 25 percent sales tax as they leave the country.
The premier shopping district in Denmark, Stroget is also one of Europe’s most renowned. The longest pedestrian mall on the continent is regularly filled with jostling consumers and Copenhagen locals. Many of the world’s best fashion labels can be found and the mall links several famous landmarks in the capital including City Hall and Norreport Station. Around Stroget lies a plethora of tiny, narrow alleyways and streets that are filled with restaurants and boutiques. The Latin Quarter is also a must-see shopping district just a few steps from Stroget’s main mall.
Norrebro is a fascinating shopping area in itself, but one of its most alluring features is Ravnsborggade. This is Copenhagen’s, and Denmark’s, premier antique district, displaying many different products for purchase, including silverware, furniture, porcelain, and glass. Bargaining is the best way to save money in Ravnsborggade, so try negotiating with the dealer for a better price.
Norrebro Flea Market
The Flea Market of Norrebro is the center of Denmark’s market culture. It is found in the city of Copenhagen, and opens between the summer months of April and October every Saturday. Despite junk to sort through, there are also plenty of gems to be found including furniture, ceramics, porcelain, and souvenirs, a bargainer’s paradise which shouldn’t be overlooked.
Outside of Copenhagen, Bruun’s Galleri is the next best shopping landmark in the country. It is found close to the railway station in Aarhus and contains around 100 shops, making it the largest mall in Denmark with plans to be expanded even further in the near future.