I found this charming map on my last visit to A. C. Perchs Thehandel. Here you find the story of Copenhagen’s Old City, the names of the streets and the shops in the old buildings. Here are my highlights of the map, but do seek it out, if you are planning on enjoying the history of the city.
In Lavendelstræde 7 you find Finnerups Antikvariat. Lavendelstræde, meaning Lavender Street is one of the oldest street in Copenhagen dating from the middelages. The street got it’s name from the Lavender Gardens, that was here at that time. The widow of Mozarts, Constanze, lived in No. 1 from 1810-1820 with her Danish husband, Georg Nicolaus Nissen. I the shop you find maps of Denmark and Copenhagen from 1500-1870.
Hvidberg Stoffer is a cloth merchant located in Løngangsstræde 25. The shop was founded in 1780 and is now owned by the 4. generation. The shop has been in Løngangsstræde since 1955. The name mean Secret Passage Lane and refers to a corridor from 1607 between Slotsholmen and the mainland ensuring that the royal family could get easily to and from the city.
A funny shop is Lars Jensen’s Billedleg, selling hardcarved and handpainted woodon toys from Scandinavian wood. You find the shop in Kompagnistræde 20, a building from 1796. It has housed one of the many breweries of Copenhagen as well as a bakery on the first floor from 1861.
I the cellar of Klosterstræde 16, you find the bookbindery Co’libri. The building is 280 years old and built from stones from the Friary from which the street has it’s name (Klosterstræde meaning Friary Lane). The street could also be names Shomaker’s street as in 1728, the year of the big fire, 22 og the 34 burnt houses in the street belonged to shoemakers. But when you visit Co’libri you should be thinking of the history of bookbinding and bookmaking, as a few steps from this shop, the first printing offices of Copenhagen were founded.
Skindhuset belongs in Skindergade 6, the Furriers Street, where furriers and tanners have lived and worked since 1495. The building is from 1730-34, but Skindhuset has “only” lived here since 1926.
And finally the shop where I found the map: A. C Perch’s Thehandel. The shop is situated in Kronprinsensgade 5, a street established by the carpenter Johan Boye Junge jr. in 1785. The shop were opened in 1835 and sold to the Hincheldey family in 1894, who still owns the shop. The only change since 1835, almost, is electric lighting. Upstairs you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea.