If Tokyo is considered the mecca of shopping, then Copenhagen is the Bethlehem. Famed for its beautiful ceramics and scandinavian furniture, the city has an unparalleled wealth of independent shops and showrooms.
The centre of Copenhagen is littered with vibrant, colorful harbours, impressive government buildings, upsettingly beautiful scandinavians and most importantly big design shops. For someone new to the city this is the ideal first stop for any visitor. This is where you’ll find the best contemporary furniture design and high priced giftware. Amongst the areas inhabitants is HAY House, the flagship store of the Danish brand making a lot of nocie globally with its stationery, furniture and fun collaborations.
Vesterbro, in contrast, is where you’ll find the cool, independent boutiques and art studios. Once the meatpacking district, Vestebro has gone down the rotue of most meatpacking districts in major cities and transformed into the hip and trendy neighbourhood where a coffee shop is never more than five steps away in any direction. Designer Zoo is a fantasic example of what Vesterbro has to offer its visitors. Containing a unique and varied selection of Danish design, craft and art products created by the house’s own 7 designers and 20 -40 invited designers the shop also serves as a dynamic exhibition space.
The third and final of the major shopping districts is Østerbro. Known as North of the Lakes this area has long been an affluent and family-friendly part of Copenhagen. Considered the city’s most diverse and multicultural area, it has become not only one the best places to shop but the best place to eat and drink in Copenhagen too, with an amazing selection of bars and restaurants, a number of which have been set up by former Noma talents (a restaurant regularly voted the world’s best). All this makes it a fitting home for Normann Copenhagen flagship store. Normanns modest shopfront is very misleading, because as you walk through the doors you’ll discover a beautiful airy and confident space filled with some of Scandinavia’s best offerings.
So whether it’s the big brands and Scandi classics you’re after, or if you’re in the market for new products from emerging talents designers, you’ll find all of it and more in Copenhagen. If in the unlikely circumstance you have time and energy left, the city also offers great architecture, an amazing bar scene and one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, but if you’ve given time to the city’s many design stores then you’ve seen it at its best.