The best stores in Copenhagen for quality souvenirs and keepsakes

Despite the vast array of stores, it can be hard to find small, take home gifts in Copenhagen, especially if one is on a tight budget. Department stores Magasin and Illum are among the largest in Scandinavia and are a pleasure to shop in, with excellent service and a wide range under one roof; while the flagship stores of Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen emphasize the timeless sense of style and quality--not to mention prices--associated with Danish products the world over.

Remember that souvenirs don't need to reference mermaids, trolls or Vikings; Danish design is so nifty it seems to be never out of fashion and is well-represented in high-end as well as budget-oriented stores in Copenhagen. Another great gift idea is to celebrate Copenhagen's culinary reputation with a little jar of something from gourmet market Torvehallerne København.

For more thrifty shoppers, we advise taking a wander off the main drag, Strøget, and into the side streets: south, towards the canals and the excellent taste of shop owner and collector of all things delectable Susan Liebe, or north towards Nørreport and stores such as Notre Dame and Maduro. Alternatively, you could forget about shopping and grab some inspiration at Designmuseum Danmark; which also happens to have a great little shop filled with some highly affordable copies.



A Viking helmet, a T-shirt emblazoned with 'I love Copenhagen', or a snow globe replica of The Little Mermaid possibly isn't what you really wanted to remind you of your weekend break in Copenhagen, but at the Viking Gave (Gift) Shop on walking...  Read More

Designer Zoo
Photo courtesy of Morten Bjarnhof


Part shop, part gallery, Designer Zoo in the hip, urban Vesterbro district is a melting pot of eight young designers and their collective creative vision. It's a great place to see some examples of the very latest Danish design ideas and take a...  Read More

Notre Dame
Photo courtesy of Notre Dame


In a very central location next to Copenhagen's Cathedral Vor Frue Kirke and just a short walk from Nørreport Station, Notre Dame has a great selection to suit most budgets, and while not quite as bargain-conscious as Tiger, is packed with...  Read More

Georg Jensen
Photo courtesy of Cees van Roeden


The Georg Jensen brand has been synonymous with expensive Scandinavian design and quality craftsmanship for more than a century. What started as a small store to showcase the designs of a talented silversmith is today a brand of exclusive...  Read More

Nansensgade Quarter
Photo courtesy of Maduro


In premises west of Nørreport Station toward Dronning Louises Bridge and Nørrebro, Maduro is packed with knick knacks, handicrafts, homeware and children's toys of originality and quality. With no connection to Venezuelan politics, the store...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Susan Liebe


An extremely cute, very Nordic homewares boutique crammed with original-looking homewares, things for the children's room, bags and jewelry. From quirky butter dishes, cups and other porcelain items to the craziest-looking knitted animals, Liebe...  Read More

Designmuseum Danmark, shop
Photo courtesy of Designmuseum Danmark


The store of Designmuseum Danmark, located in a beautiful old former hospital building on Bredgade, is a great place to find small-scale design objects and rather more original gifts to take home than can be found in the more tacky downtown...  Read More

Royal Copenhagen


The flagship store of the world-famous Danish kitchenware design house is worth a visit even if you're merely window shopping, and includes a small museum floor following some of the most influential of the royal blue porcelain designs....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Bernard Goldbach


Located centrally on pedestrianized �stergade, Illum is a classic department store that - with Magasin du Nord - a Copenhagen landmark that dates from the end of the 19th-century. Everything here is wonderfully arranged and can be packed...  Read More

Magasin Du Nord
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This historic department store is the oldest (and largest) in Scandinavia and sits grandly on Kongens Nytorv square. Established in 1890, Magasin du Nord was previously Hotel du Nord - writer H.C. Andersen once rented a couple of tiny attic...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane