Where Copenhagen's retail and leisure facilities can be found under one roof

While it may be true that Copenhagen is full of cute streets with colorful shop fronts and fabulous basement finds, it's also true that the weather in Denmark is not always conducive to outdoor recreation. On cold winter days or rainy afternoons, indoor shopping centers located in or near Copenhagen offer shopping possibilities as well as cafes, bars, family activities and movie theaters.

If malls make you want to think big, big, big, head on over to Field's in Tårnby: Handy for both Metro and airport, it was the largest shopping center in Scandinavia when it opened in 2004. South of Copenhagen in the coastal suburb of Greve, Waves is similarly vast and ideally situated for the motorway.

Smaller, but more selective shopping can be done at Langelinie Outlet, located a stone's throw from the cruise port and a great place to find designer labels at trade prices. In downtown Copenhagen, Galleri K houses a number of exclusive, high street fashion stores, while Torvehallerne København is a gourmet food market with covered booths.

Not far from the Central Train Station and many of the city's hotels, including Copenhagen Island and Wakeup Copenhagen, Fisketorvet Center also has a multiplex movie theater. North of Copenhagen in Hellerup not far from the Experimentarium, Waterfront Shopping combines harbor views with good shopping possibilities.

For shopping further afield, check out Ro's Torv in Roskilde and last but not least, Emporia in Malmo, Sweden, which has garned much attention for its innovative and eco-friendly design.


Outside the city
Ro's Torv
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A rather stylish shopping center with a fresh, modern feel, Ro's Torv is located in the town of Roskilde, west of Copenhagen, approx. half a mile from the town's train station. It can offer its visitors 70 stores (including H&M, Noa Noa, Samsøe & Samsøe , Tamaris and Tiger), a variety of cafes and restaurants and a large supermarket: In addition, there is also a hairdressers, cinema and even fitness center. With this broad range of facilities as well as extensive opening hours, Ro's Torv is a popular shopping destinations with the town's local residents. Ro's Torv dates from 2003 and was extensively renovated and enlarged in 2009.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: With cafes, gym and cinema as well as shopping facilities, Ro's Torv serves the residents of Roskilde and surrounding area.

Jane's expert tip: Ro's Torv offers up to 4 hours' free parking as well as free WiFi.

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Outside the city

A huge out-of-town shopping center south of Copenhagen in the suburb of Greve, Waves can be reached by S-tog via Hundige Station (line A or E from central Copenhagen) or with a car on the Køge Bugt Motorway (E20/E47) - turn off at exit no. 27. Denmark's largest shopping center (with the exception of Fields), Waves boasts 110 stores ranging from high street fashion to shoes, computers, books and homeware, as well as a vast supermarket, Bilka. There are also restaurants, a branch of currency exchange bank Forex and even the local library. Parking is never a problem, as Waves has an extensive free parking facilities.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Waves may be a distance from central Copenhagen, but it's huge, and caters to customers who want value for money.

Jane's expert tip: Kong Neptun's Legeland is Waves' play area for children.

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Frederiksberg Centret
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Conveniently located next to Frederiksberg Metro Station and just a short walk from the Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel and Conference Center, Frederiksberg's shopping center is handy for public transport as well as for combining some shopping with a trip to nearby Frederiksberg Have. There is a good selection of familiar clothing stores for menswear, womenswear and children, as well as shoe outlets, bags and accessories. There are also stationary, toys, homeware and sports shops, as well as a large supermarket, three cafes (including a juice bar and branch of Ben & Jerrys), and electronics stores. Note that between 2013 and early 2015, Frederiksberg Centret is expanding, so some temporary facades can be expected.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Frederiksberg Centret is handily positioned for public transport and hotels, and offers a broad selection of familiar retail names.

Jane's expert tip: The Center opens on the first and last Sunday of the month: Some stores are open every Sunday.

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Waterfront Shopping
Photo courtesy of Kasper Thye/Copenhagen Media Center

A small but select shopping mall, Waterfront Shopping has an excellent location exactly where you'd expect - on the waterfront north of Copenhagen in the upscale Hellerup district, home to a fairly exclusive expat community. Retail chains represented here include Swedish fashion house H&M, gifts and interior store Kjølstad & Co. luxury knitwear at Pellicani and even a branch of super trendy Danish interior design firm HAY. There's also a number of cafes and coffee shops, a fitness center and two supermarkets. Free WiFi is available throughout all of Waterfront and free parking facilities are provided in the center's basement.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Waterfront Shopping has a select number of high-end stores: The view of the water is another plus.

Jane's expert tip: Waterfront Shopping is not far from kids' science museum the Experimentarium.

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Fisketorvet is a spacious, centrally-located shopping mall situated on the waterfront in the Vesterbro district, across a footbridge from Dybbolsbro S-toget station. In addition to more than 120 stores and 15 cafes and restaurants, there is also a 10-screen movie multiplex, CinemaxX. One of Copenhagen's handful of harbor bathing spots, Copencabana, can be found directly in front of the movie theater. The mall is named after the site's history as a market place for fishmongers, who plied their trade here between 1958 and 1999, and has been in operation since 2000.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Fisketorvet is the nearest mall to downtown Copenhagen and ideally situated for the harborfront hotels and Central Train Station.

Jane's expert tip: Bryggebro footbridge connects Fisketorvet with the Islands Brygge district on the other side of the harbor.

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Galleri K
Photo courtesy of The Lot

Formerly a rather tatty shopping mall known as City Arkaden, thorough renovation has witnessed the center reborn as Galleri K; a small but exclusive collection of shops in an internal square bordered by Ostergade, Pilestraede, Antonigade and Kristen Bernikows Gade. Some of the hottest names in Danish fashion have flagship stores here, like Samsoe and Samsoe, Sand, By Malene Birger and Day Birger et Mikkelsen: International brands meanwhile include G Star, Adidas, Urban Outfitters and hot London lingerie store Agent Provocateur. Should you feel the need to take the weight off your feet after all that shopping, cool cocktail bar and restaurant The Lot is onhand to provide a pick-me-up.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: This small mall just off Strøget boasts some of Copenhagen's most exclusive fashion retailers.

Jane's expert tip: Find Galleri K at the corner of Pilestræde, Antonigade and Kristen Bernikows Gade.

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Outside the city
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The vast but also architecturally innovative Emporia shopping center opened in the Malmo suburb of Hyllie in Sweden in fall 2012. It's easily reached from Copenhagen by train or car using the Øresund bridge: the journey time is approx. 30 minutes (and only 10 minutes from Copenhagen Airport). Across three floors, Emporia is as much about restaurants and eateries as it is shopping areas. It's also the first shopping center in Sweden to be environmentally certified, and its rooftop park is open to the public. Emporia's architecture is highly unusual, especially the glass facades of its two entrances, the Amber Entrance and the Sea Entrance.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Sweden's Emporia is as fascinating to those interested in modern architecture as to those looking for a day out shopping.

Jane's expert tip: Those traveling from Copenhagen by train should get off at Hyllie Station, the first station after Copenhagen Airport.

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Nansensgade Quarter
Torvehallerne Kbh
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Copenhagen's covered food market on Israels Plads by Norreport Station is a must for foodie travelers. The purpose-built marketplace opened in September 2011 on the site of the city's old produce market, which moved out to the suburbs in the 1950s. In their design, architects looked to the bustling markets of France and Spain, as well as to Seattle's Pike Market, for inspiration. Local restaurateurs and food producers have stood in line to grab a stand in this new gourmet edition, where take-out versions of some of the city's finest cuisine can be purchased. In addition to the fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese and bread, other stalls offer fresh coffee, ready meals, cupcakes and even high-end kitchen utensils. Outdoor booths complement the two covered areas.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Rebuilding the old public market as a gourmet marketplace was an innovative move by city planners that has proven its success.

Jane's expert tip: Great coffee and pastries provide a break in market browsing.

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Ideally suited for visitors just docked on Langelinie Quay--as well as Copenhagen's other cruise terminals--the stores at Langelinie Outlet cater for those on the hunt for brand name clothing and footwear at discounted prices. So long as you don't mind buying from older collections, you can save at least 50 percent on Danish as well as international designers including Levis, Quiksilver, Noa Noa, and Geographical Norway. There are also gift and souvenir shops, an ice cream parlor and a sandwich seller. Free parking is offered along the quay from October to April.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Langelinie Outlet offers great discounts on designer labels and is within walking distance of Copenhagen's main cruise port.

Jane's expert tip: In contrast to other malls around Copenhagen, Langelinie Outlet is open 365 days of the year.

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Photo courtesy of Field's

If you thought malls were very un-Danish, take a visit to Field's, which opened with much fuss and ado in 2004. One of Scandinavia's largest indoor shopping centers, the Nordic take on the mall experience is a stylish, relaxed affair. You can simply take the Metro from downtown Copenhagen (the shopping center has its own Metro station) and once here enjoy more than 140 shops, dozens of restaurants and cafes and a variety of entertainment (food and leisure are all handily located on the same floor). A good bet for a rainy day.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Field's is Scandinavia's largest indoor shopping center and situated close to the airport, Metro, and several hotels and conference centers.

Jane's expert tip: Ørestad Metro Station is located just outside Field's.

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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