Where to Shop in Copenhagen

Department Stores, Shopping Malls, and Flea Markets

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There are a number of shopping districts around Copenhagen, Denmark, where you can find high-end fashion houses, department stores, shopping malls, as well as bargains from flea markets. No matter your tastes or budget, you should be able to find what you're looking for in Copenhagen.

Department Stores

In the center of Denmark's capital are two large department stores: Det Ny Illum and Magasin du Nord.

Det Ny Illum is situated half-way down Stroget at Amagertorv. This department store is well designed and well stocked and has everything from perfumes to prêt-a-porter fashion on its premises. It is particularly great if you are looking for Scandinavian brands to bring home.  

Magasin du Nord can easily be found across from the Royal Theatre. This grand department store has had a presence on Kongens Nytorv since 1879, and it is still one of the best addresses for shopping in Copenhagen.

Shopping Malls

Copenhagen has two popular, large shopping malls. One of them is Fisketorvet, situated beside the harbor, on the outskirts of the city center. There is a multitude of shops and restaurants, and a movie theater that offers entertainment as well.

Situated in the Copenhagen area called Frederiksberg is the Frederiksberg Centret Shopping Mall. It is approximately 10 minutes by bus from the City Hall Square.

Frederiksberg Centret is a fun, modern mall with a variety of boutique shops with clothes, shoes, and accessories. While in the area, you can head to the nearby Frederiksberg shopping district to grab a bargain on Royal Copenhagen Porcelain at the Royal Copenhagen factory outlet shop located in the old factory from the late 1800s.

Strøget and Købmagergade

Strøget, Copenhagen's main shopping street is the longest pedestrian street in the world, where you can pick up big brands, both Danish and international, like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Cerutti, Mulberry, Chanel, and Boss.

For lower prices, head to clothing stores like H&M or other small independent shops with clothing and eyewear along Købmagergade.

Flea Markets

In Denmark, you should check out the local flea markets. No matter if you are stopping in a large city like Copenhagen or walking through a small town, you are unlikely to miss one on summer weekends. In Copenhagen, there are three major markets. Frederiksberg and the Israels Plads flea markets offer great value. Gammel Strand, however, is unique with its canalside setting and outdoor coffee shops. The flea market season in Denmark starts in late May and ends in early October.

Common Shopping Hours

As is common in most European countries, time is displayed using a 24-hour clock, commonly known in the United States as military time. Most stores operate Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, which is the same as saying 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturdays, stores should be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (9:00 to 15:00).

On Sunday, only a few stores might be open, primarily bakeries, florists, and souvenir shops.

Malls and department stores may have longer opening hours.

With special permission, shops and stores have been granted eight Sundays during the year on which they are allowed to open for business. They are usually April 2, May 4, June 15, as well as December 3, 10, 17, and 21 (the last four Sundays before Christmas).