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Shopping and strolling in Strøget

Strøget is the longest car-free street in the world and the most popular shopping area in Copenhagen. But in addition to a large number of shops, Strøget also offers numerous other attractions and is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

In the 1960s, Copenhagen gradually became busier and more congested and the small streets were unable the handle the amount of traffic. The region was made a car-free zone and named Strøget. The zone runs from Radhusplads to Kongens Nytorv and encompasses various streets, alleyways and squares. The selection of shops ranges from expensive brand stores to small boutiques and everything in between. The great advantage of Strøget is that one can easily combine shopping with some sightseeing. The region boasts many fine examples of Danish architecture. A variety of street artists create a lively atmosphere.

Strøget in Copenhagen
Strøget in Copenhagen

Kopenhagen

Department store chain Illum

Shop ‘til you drop at Illum

Since its foundation in 1891, Illum has been the largest department store chain in Scandinavia and of course there is a branch in Strøget. Golden chandeliers and white marble pillars create an elegant ambiance in this shopping paradise filled with clothing, shoes, bags and cosmetics. Don’t forget to visit the third floor; a large part of this section is dedicated to interior design by Danish designers.

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Østergade 52, Copenhagen, Denmark

A look inside the cathedral

The Vor Frue Kirke, the cathedral of Copenhagen, is Denmark’s national cathedral. The current building dates back to 1829, but the history of this church already begins in the 13th century. Over time, the church burned down several times and was rebuilt again. The cathedral is famous for its sculptures of Christ and the Twelve Apostles, created by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen.

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The Copenhagen cathedral

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Nørregade 8, Copenhagen, Denmark
Smørrebrød is a Danish specialty

Eating at the pharmacy

Stop for an authentic Danish lunch or dinner at Det Lille Apotek, or the Small Pharmacy. Dating back to 1720, this charming eatery is Copenhagen’s oldest restaurant. As the name suggests, this used to be a pharmacy and the interior exudes nostalgia. The menu offers a selection of delicious Danish specialties, such as smørrebrød and roasted pork with plums.

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Store Kannikestraede 15, Copenhagen, Denmark

Photo credits

  • Department store chain Illum: Tupungato, Shutterstock