February 20, 2022
The most unique things to buy in Copenhagen

The most unique things to buy in Copenhagen

February 20, 2022

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Copenhagen is an amazing place for shopping. Stylish designs and the high quality of their products are some of the reasons but there's much more! Probably, the most famous things to buy in Denmark are decor and household items. You can actually find craftsmanship, decor stores and art galleries on every corner.

If you travel to Copenhagen, be sure to devote some time to shopping. You can't leave without a proper shopping spree! Whether you are looking for the best Danish gifts for family and friends, souvenirs or unique Danish designs to decorate your home, I've got you covered.

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Shopping in Copenhagen: useful info

  • The main shopping street in Copenhagen is Stroget. The longest pedestrian street in Europe is full of fashion and decor shops. From world famous brands to Denmark designers, you can find anything you need here.
  • Located right off  Stroget, Pistolstræde is a unique passageway with intricate rooftops and typical Danish constructions.
  • If you are looking for second hand bookshops, take a walk around Filostraede
  • Sales tax is called MOMS and is 25%

So what products is Denmark famous for? Let's take a look at the best things to bring back from your trip to Copenhagen.

pistolstraede copenhagen shopping

pistolstraede copenhagen shopping

What to buy in Copenhagen: home decor

With a focus on craftsmanship, materials and clean lines, Nordic design has achieved an amazing popularity since the 1950's and will never go out of style. Taking home decor items is a wonderful idea. Some of the most famous decor shops in Copenhagen are:

Hay is a furniture and decoration Scandinavian design shop. Their success lies in bringing well constructed, high quality and affordable design to the marketplace. Check out their colorful candles and plates below.

Illum is considered Scandinavia´s most spectacular luxury department store offering everything from fashion and beauty to home décor. Once you're tired of shopping, check out their spectacular rooftop cafe.

Bodum aims to bring high quality coffee and tea household accessories to everyone. They create great designs at affordable prices while keeping an eye on sustainability.

Danish porcelain is one of the most traditional gifts in Copenhagen. Juliane Marie was known as a modern queen and a strong supporter Denmark. Back in the 18th century, it was the task of the reigning monarch to safeguard the country’s economic health with the development of domestic products and services. So she founded the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory in 1775. Don't leave Copenhagen without taking a look at their exquisite designs and unbeatable quality.

Danish glass. In Denmark you can find glass of the highest quality. Each piece of mouth-blown glass is unique and hand-made by the glass blower, who carefully blows the right amount of air through the narrow tube. This is why air bubbles in the glass are unavoidable, adding to the charm of mouth-blown glass.

Similar to Illum, at Magasin du Nord -an impressive department store- you can find anything you need. It is instantly recognizable in Kongens Nytorv: a large Victorian building with all imaginable shops and cafes where you can relax in a setting that is more than 100 years old. We could say that the Magasin du Nord is to Denmark what Harrods is to London or Bloomingdales to New York. 

If you like home decor, I'm sure you've stumbled upon Kay Bojesen's designs at some point. Kay Bojensen was a Danish silversmith and designer. He is best known for creating wooden animals, especially his wooden monkey which was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert museum in London in the nineteen-fifties, and which today is considered a design classic.

hay house store copenhagen nordic design decor

hay house store copenhagen nordic design decor

hay house store copenhagen nordic design decor
Last but not least, the cute store at the Botanical Gardens -botanisk have- is a must for garden and vintage lovers alike. Located in a small red-brick building at the entrance, this shop offers a seasonal selection of plants, flowers and seeds. If you are looking for a gift, the shop can offer a variety of inspirational items such as the tasty Bybi ('city bee') honey, luxurious cream and oils, beautiful cards, posters, and calendars with botanical design, a wide selection of plant literature – and much more.
botanisk have shop botanical garden copenhagen

botanisk have shop botanical garden copenhagen

botanisk have shop botanical garden copenhagen

What to buy in Copenhagen: technology

Bang & Olufsen is a Danish high-end consumer electronics company that designs and manufactures audio products, television sets, and telephones.

What to buy in Copenhagen: toys

Did you know that Legos are from Denmark? The most amazing Lego stores await you in Copenhagen. There's one located in the main shopping street, Stroget and another one at the entrance of Tivoli Gardens.

Here are some fun facts of the brand:

  • The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”. 
  • The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.
  • The LEGO brick is their most important product. It has been named “Toy of the Century” twice.

lego store copenhagen

lego store copenhagen

What to buy in Copenhagen: jewelry

There's nothing better than a gift that lasts forever to remember your trip, right? If you are looking into buying a piece of jewelry to remeber your trip to Copenhagen, you should remember these two names: Georg Jensen and Janina Smykker.

For a more affordable option, Pandora is the way to go. The world famous jewelry manufacturer and retailer was founded in 1982 in Denmark. In Copenhagen you can find exclusive charm designs featuring some of the city's most famous landmarks.

I hope you enjoyed this shopping guide to Copenhagen. Which shop would you like to check out first? Let me know in the comments below!


This map will help you plan your visit to Copenhagen. It includes all the sites to see, cozy cafes, wonderful restaurants and best shops for a shopping spree. To take this map with you simply click on the star next to the name.


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