I enjoy getting recommendations from locals before I go on a trip, but they are not always easy to find, and thus I decided to write recommendations for my own country, Denmark, in this series, Guide to Denmark.
In this post I will give you my recommendations for things you can take home from Denmark, other than a figurine of the Little Mermaid and a troll with a viking helmet. You will have no problem finding those items on your own!
In Inspiration, Imerco or Kop & Kande you will find kitchen accessories, vases and other design items for your home. These stores are in almost every Danish town. Popular brands are Royal Copenhagen, Rosendahl and Stelton. Here you can also find a Kay Bojensen wooden figure. Besides the original monkey, you can find a range of animals and other things. You can also find the hugely popular Hoptimists in a host of variations.
Danish Make-up and Hair:
Try the brand GOSH for cheap and cheerful; try Nilens Jord for natural make-up with no perfume and no parabens. For hair care and styling choose between Gun-Britt and Dennis Knudsen, both celebrity hair stylist.
Nilens Jord is found in Matas, a Danish drug store, while the other brands are found both in Matas and in grocery stores like Bilka, Føtex and Kvickly.
Brands like Mads Nørgaard, Day Birger et Mikkelsen, Gestuz, UTZON, Stine Goya, Stella Nova, Rosemunde, Stine Goya, InWear, Samsøe & Samsøe, Matinique and Noa Noa are all Danish designers that you can find in fashion shops around Denmark. Danish fashion at a cheaper price you find in Vero Moda.
Looking for jewellery there’s a few to choose from: Troldekugler (Trollbeads), Pandora, Ole Lynggaard, Julie Sandlau and Georg Jensen are classic and to be found in most jewellery stores. Julie Sandlau has made a collaboration with Vero Moda’s younger brand Pieces to be found in the Pieces’ stores at fraction of the price. From Georg Jensen you can consider a piece from the classic Daisy collection. Queen Margrethe often uses the brooch and her nickname is Daisy. Less expensive brands are Arena Copenhagen, Louise Kragh, Maria Black, JEWLSCPH and fashion jewellery brands like Pilgrim and Dyrberg/Kern.
We also do shoes in Denmark! If you want comfort try Ecco, Angulus and Duckfeet. For fashionable ladies shoes try Lise Lindvig, Billi Bi Copenhagen and Yvonne Koné.
Seeing as I am a handbag addict, I have to mention a few handbags to look at: Decadent does very simple handbags in nice leather. Adax also do nice leather bags and have something for every taste.
Bring home some liquorice. Danes love liquorice and we put it in everything. Buy a pack of GaJol, the favourite breath “mint” of the Danes, before venturing in to something more expensive. The blue and red are the originals from 1933, but the yellow (salt lakrids) is the most popular.
Beer. Danes drink a lot of beer and thus we make a lot of beer! The grand old man is of course Carlsberg, closely followed by Tuborg. Try a beer from some of the smaller independent breweries like Svaneke Bryghus, Amager Bryghus, Braunstein and Thisted. If you want to taste an old Danish speciality, try a Limfjordsporter from Thy and Porse Guld from Thisted. The latter is beer brewed on bog-myrtle, and is not to everybody’s taste!
And lastly for the children or the child in you: LEGO
Grocery stores are as a general rule open from 8 or 9 – 8 pm. Sundays they may close earlier.
Other shops are 10 am – 5 or 5.30 pm, and close earlier on Saturdays. Most are closed on Sundays except the first Sunday of the month.