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Copenhagen is known for its classic Danish homeware designs and avant-garde clothing designers and you’ll likely want to shop for those during your trip. But to find them Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend that you leave the popular Strøget, Europe’s longest car-free shopping street, and head to the city’s two venerable department stores to find items that are uniquely Scandinavian.
Start your day of shopping at Copenhagen’s two department stores: Magasin du Nord and Illum. Magasin du Nord is the more upscale of the two and stocks many Scandinavian labels you may not find at home, like By Malene Birger and Filippa K, as well as Danish design items; Ilum tends toward an edgier selection of brands, including Acne, known especially for its jeans and stylish basics.
For shopping in a more intimate atmosphere, you’ll find unique Scandinavian boutiques by wandering the streets that branch off of Strøget in the Indre By neighborhood. A couple of boutiques to keep your eye out for are Wood Wood and Marimekko.
Looking to bring home some examples of Danish design? Check out Illums Bolighus for four floors of furniture, lighting, housewares, gifts and more from leading Scandinavian brands. Or head away from the city center to Paustian, a design store reminiscent of an upscale IKEA where you’ll find everything from lamps to knickknacks to decorate your home in Danish style.
To avoid disappointment, note that, with the exception of department stores, most Copenhagen stores are closed on Sundays and many keep earlier hours on Saturdays, closing by 2 or 3 p.m.