10 Best Copenhagen Antique Shops offer precious jewels and Danish design treasures

From 20th-century furniture design to antique silverware and precious stones, Copenhagen has a lot to offer antique collectors, in both high and low price ranges. Those on the hunt for a bargain can get stuck into Copenhagen's second-hand street markets, known locally as 'loppemarked', held on Thorvaldsens Plads as well as Nørrebrogade on weekends, though you're best getting there before noon. Good quality second-hand items and cheaper antiques can be found on Ravnsborggade, a great street that runs parallel to the Lakes in inner Nørrebro; stores include Ingerslev Antik.

At the other end of the scale, upmarket jewelers, antique furniture and art dealers gather on elegant boulevard Bredgade in Frederikstaden; from the contemporary furnishings in Klassik to the treasure trove of design pieces in Dansk Mobelkunst, a great place to find vintage lamps: Art collectors looking to spend some serious bucks meanwhile should find out when the next auction will be held at Bruun Rasmussen, Denmark's premier auction house for fine art.

Out of the downtown area, serious collectors of Scandinavian design pieces should check out Dansk Møbelkunst in Osterbro, Roxy Klassik in Frederiksberg and Green Square Antiques Copenhagen for a history lesson in Denmark's golden age of furniture design and, if you can afford it, the chance to take something really unique home: The high end stores all offer shipping.

Spoil yourself with exquisite jewels and unique antique necklaces, rings, and brooches at Kaere Ven Diamanthandel, or find some unusual silverware in the English Silver House.


Kaere Ven Diamanthandel
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One of Copenhagen's oldest diamond dealers, this antique jewelry store has been around for more than a century and specializes in 'jewelry with a history'; not just diamonds, but also gold, silver, and precious stones such as rubies, pearl and amethyst. Designer items such as art deco pieces are on display here, and one-of-a-kind brooches from the early 1900s: As the jewelry is unique, expect collectors' prices and serious service. With a rather noticeable pale orange shop front, the store is located on the corner of Store Kongensgade and Palaegade, between Kongens Nytorv and the Marble Church.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: The jewelry in this store is unique and really does come with a story.

Local Expert tip: Don't be distracted by the drab shop front: This place is very exclusive.

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Danish Classic
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Decorative arts, furniture and design is offered in this great antiques shop located on upscale Bredgade not far from Kongens Nytorv square. If you've got a long trip home, this small basement store sells plenty of smaller pieces, from cutlery, ceramics, and interior design pieces to vintage posters by well-known Danish artists, as well as Wegner chairs, Poul Henningsen lamps, Kay Bojesen toys (which continue to be popular in Denmark as christening gifts) and Royal Copenhagen porcelain, and its shelves seem packed with Scandinavian design treasures. Note the rather restricted opening hours.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: In contrast to the other antique stores in Bredgade, Danish Classic is dedicated exclusively to Danish design and includes many smaller pieces.

Local Expert tip: Note Danish Classic is closed on weekends.

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Bruun Rasmussen
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Family-owned auction house Bruun Rasmussen is located on Bredgade and is known for selling fine arts and decorative pieces, from paintings, sculpture and other works of art to porcelain, silver, coins, glassware, and jewelry. The auctioneers was founded in 1948 and enjoys a good reputation on the international market. Today, Bruun Rasmussen offers both traditional auctions and online auctions: While the traditional auctions are held eight times a year - four of them at the Bredgade address - online auctions run all year round. In both cases, it's strictly serious dealers only, frivolous flutters are not recommended.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: For those interested in the Danish art market, Bruun Rasmussen enjoys the reputation of being the absolute experts.

Local Expert tip: Bruun Rasmussen is closed in July; opening times around auction months only.

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Ingerslev Antik
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Ravnsborggade in Copenhagen's Norrebro district is known for its many antique dealers and second-hand shops, and Ingerslev Antik is one of the oldest. You'll probably have to rummage around a little as this store certainly isn't a typical minimalist design boutique, but if you're looking for a bargain vintage item - from furniture to smaller items - you may well find what you're looking for here amongst the cluttered shelves of treasure hunter Gitte Ingerslev. Great for framed pictures, crystal, china, silverware, old embroidered tablecloths and many other second-hand collectibles.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: While not Copenhagen's most exclusive, Ingerslev Antik is a good option for finding a real bargain.

Local Expert tip: Don't be afraid to hunt through the piles of goodies in this rather cluttered store.

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Roxy Klassik
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Roxy Klassik specializes in mid-19th-century design furniture pieces from the golden period of Danish design: This specialist store stocks furniture, carpets, lighting, ceramics and interesting arts and crafts pieces from Danish designers such as Kaare Klint, Hans J Wegner, Finn Juhl, and Arne Jacobsen. This is a great store that, while a little off the tourist path, is used by serious collectors, and considering the historical value of many of the pieces, the prices are often a steal.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: Roxy Klassik is one of Copenhagen's most respected dealers of antique furniture, particular Golden Age Scandinavian design pieces.

Local Expert tip: There's another shop location in Frederiksberg.

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English Silver House
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This downtown store has existed in Copenhagen since 1910, first from a location on Strøget and later at the current Pilestraede address. Inspired originally by the old Sheffield silver - a Sheffield plate is a layer combination of sterling silver and copper used for household items and originating in the English city of the same name - the English Silver House continues to specialize in antique silverware, much of it kitchenware such as trays, water jugs, and cutlery, but also candlestick holders, cuff links, and jewelry boxes. The items are exclusive and prices are not cheap.

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Klassik Moderne Mobelkunst
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Having been established for more than 20 years and with a premiere location on Bredgade, Copenhagen's central and upmarket street of antique shops and art dealers, the products in Klassik are exclusively Danish and certainly exclusive, though in addition to pieces from Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Poul Kjaerholm, Kaare Klint, and Hans Wegner you can also find high quality mass-produced items, from dining tables and chairs to lamps, vases, and even smaller items such as watches and cuff links. The store also offers shipping to countries outside Denmark and new products are added daily.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: Klassik is one of Copenhagen's premiere antique shops for collectors of classic contemporary Scandinavian design.

Local Expert tip: Klassik will ship to almost all areas of the world.

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Dansk Mobelkunst
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Part store part design gallery, Dansk Mobelkunst ('Danish Furniture Art') is certainly worth a visit despite moving from its downtown location on Bredgade further afield, to Aldersrogade in Osterbro. The store specializes in original Danish furniture created during the period 1920-70, when the distinction between art and the functionality of everyday life was blurred by a movement of Scandinavian designers and craftsmen. Established by Ole Hostbo in 1992, the gallery's range includes both hand-crafted masterpieces and iconic works of industrial design, including works by Arne Jacobsen, Werner Panton, and Finn Juhl.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: The pieces in the Dansk Mobelkunst store are worthy of being considered museum pieces.

Local Expert tip: You might not manage a chair, but the store also sells design books.

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Green Square Antiques Copenhagen
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If you're visiting Copenhagen with an eye to bringing back a little piece of Danish art or design history, this place should be top of your itinerary list, and well worth a trip out of downtown and out to suburban Amager, an island neighborhood not far from Copenhagen Airport. In a vast 10,000 sq.m showroom, antiques are presented with soul and originality - not only furniture, but also textiles, wall hangings, and lamps, all beautifully refurbished: Basically, thousands of unusual, one-off items can be found here, including Scandinavia's largest selection of Chinese antiques. Green Square's expert staff are trained in art history, speak English, and are happy to guide you through the store. Shipping to your home country is available.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: Green Square offers the largest collection of antiques in Copenhagen collected under one roof.

Local Expert tip: Green Square is also open on the first Sunday of each month from 11am until 3pm.

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Norrebro's Ravnsborggade is a great street for more offbeat antique shopping, and you've a far greater chance of finding a bargain here than on downtown Bredgade. Along Ravnsborggade itself as well as nearby streets Sankt Hans Gade and Sortedam Dossering, antique stores run the gamut from second hand bric a brac and retro designs to upmarket dealers, and there's a number of excellent cafes and restaurants in the area if you feel in need of a refreshment break. Should you feel in need of green space, the picturesque Lakes are also close by. Street market on Sundays from 10am March to November.

Recommended for Antique Shops because: A great starting street for antiques collectors not about to blow the kids' college fund.

Local Expert tip: Offbeat antiques and a great Sunday morning street market.

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