Each category below lists the major shops in Denmark in each of the various niches. I am not trying to recommend any particular place for you to shop or dissuade you from other places. These are just the places that I know to be the most popular or largest retailers in Denmark.
You can make your own personal decisions and opinions on each place. Often, you may have one of two of these places conveniently located near you.
I have included the website addresses of each chain, so that you can look at their webpage and get an idea of their prices and also type of merchandise that they sell.
If you have not already looked at shopping terms, you should check it out before venturing in to any store and purchasing goods. Could save you some aggravation and money too.
When we first moved to Denmark, we did not know where to look for certain items and if this list had been available it would have saved us some searching and maybe even some money and shopping mistakes. I hope this lists of shops in Denmark will be a benefit to those you need it.
There is also another page on FYI Denmark where I try to keep you up to date on some special shopping offers, discount clubs and promotions. So once you finish here, hop over to see some budget shops in Denmark.
Shopping hours in Denmark are from 10:00am to 5:30 PM as a general rule, but there are many many exceptions. Big chain stores are often open from 8AM to 10PM in the evening in major cities (for example Bilka) and some grocery stores also stay open late.
Always assume it is 10-5/6 until you know otherwise. Most stores are closed Sunday, except once a month where they can stay open on the first sunday of each month and every sunday in december.
In 2012, all grocery stores were first allowed to be open on Sunday to help cut down on food wastage. Supposively lots of food was being tossed on Saturday evenings and the government wants that to stop - so now they can stay open and sell that expiring food!
Since the "blue law" was revoked in October 2012, many stores have increased the hours in the evening to 8PM or 10PM. It is now much easier to get to the stores before they close. As one business owner told me recently, when talking about shops in Denmark hours. He said "When a competitor increases his hours than they have to do the same in order to compete. So more and more businesses are opening earlier and staying open later."
Home Furnishing Shops
Appliances and electrical goods
Other Shops in Denmark
Matas is a chemist or drug store, where you can find makeup, medicine and an assortment of health related items.
Bog og Ide is a stationary store (that is right it never moves around), which has a selection of books and stationary supplies (paper, pen, notebooks, etc.)
Inspiration and Kop og Kande are again two stores which seem almost identical to me. They sell upscale kitchen accessories and electrical goods. They are both great stores with some unique very Danish style designs.
THansen is a automotive style store which sells automotive parts and accessories, mopeds, bicycles, tires, etc. We got our electric bicycle there and were very pleased with the price and service.
There are also many other smaller shops in Denmark and independant stores like small local green grocers, discount chains like Søstrene Grene and Tiger and genbrug shops (charity and second hand stores. You will discover these as you meander around town, but at least now you know what stores to be on the lookout for when shopping for something in particular. You can find locations of these stores by just googling them.
TIP If you walk by a store that says "Isenkram", that is a type of hardware store. Sort of a catch-all type store. It has some hardware, lights, small appliances,kitchen accessories, home goods and all sorts of wonderful things . They are fun to go in, because they are just full of useful stuff. If you need something, stop in and ask. You might just be surprised.
Internet Shopping in Denmark
There are lots of great shops in Denmark on the internet and most of the major retailers have internet shops for example Bilka and El Giganten, where you can order online and get things delivered.
Here are some Denmarks top online retailers:
Here are some other popular sites:
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Jan 22, 15 06:48 AM
Hi Chris- what a great post - thank you! I often find that learning more about your new home quickly can really help alleviate Culture Shock. Taking walks
Jan 22, 15 05:50 AM
Hi, Generally speaking Denmark is very safe and serious crime is more uncommon than in the UK. There is brawling late a night after the bars close in
Jan 22, 15 05:33 AM
My daughter is going to be attending school in Copenhagen this year and wanted to know about security?