Strøget is the longest pedestrian area in the world and the main shopping zone of Copenhagen. In addition to an endless number of shops, Strøget has many sightseeing attractions and is a great place for an afternoon stroll.
In the 1960s, Copenhagen was becoming increasingly busy and overcrowded, and the narrow streets could no longer handle the traffic. A pedestrian zone was established, running between the squares Radhusplads and Kongens Nytorv and consisting of several streets, alleys and squares. Shops here range from expensive brand stores to small boutiques and everything in between. The main advantage of Strøget is that it allows an excellent combination of shopping with sightseeing. The area contains some stunning examples of Danish architecture, and the many street artists make for a lively atmosphere.
Ever since opening in 1891, Illum has been the largest department store chain in Scandinavia. There is, naturally, also a branch on Strøget – a shopping paradise full of clothes, shoes, bags and cosmetics. The golden chandeliers and white marble columns create an elegant atmosphere. Make sure you don’t miss the third floor, a large part of which is devoted to Danish interior designers.
Address: Østergade 52
more information on: www.illum.eu
The Church of Our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke), or Copenhagen Cathedral, is the national cathedral of Denmark. While the current building dates back to 1829, there has been a church here since the beginning of the thirteenth century. Over time, the building burned down and had to be replaced several times. The cathedral is most famous for its sculptures of Christ and the Twelve Apostles made by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Address: Nørregade 8
Stop by the authentic eatery Det Lille Apotek, i.e., Little Pharmacy, for lunch or dinner. This charming establishment is the oldest restaurant in Copenhagen and dates all the way back to 1720. As the name suggests, it was initially a chemists. The entire interior here radiates a nostalgic ambiance. The menu features a range of genuine Danish specialities such as smørrebrød and roasted pork with prunes.
Address: Store Kannikestræde 15
More information on: detlilleapotek.dk