The Best Shops in Copenhagen for Sustainable (and Stylish) Souvenirs

Robert Hundley

When it opened in Copenhagen in 2010, Gågrøn (Go Inexperienced) put the the moment-dodgy stretch of Jægersborggade on the map with its neatly developed homewares and cleverly intended natural beauty supplies. Now the shop continues to be a haven of eco-mindful day-to-day items, like disposable plates designed from biodegradable palm leaves. Nearby, B Corp–certified strategy retail outlet Res-Res carries only responsibly minded brands—including Nørrebro’s personal Kintobe, whose common bum bags are developed from recycled supplies. 

Among the the greatest of a new breed of forward-pondering bakeries in the city is Collective Bakery, from regional roasters Coffee Collective. The connoisseur patisserie is fully commited to reinventing—and elevating—what would normally be discarded: Treats like the greatest-advertising lemon wave are manufactured from leftover croissant-dough trimmings, while unsold breads are repurposed in hardy rolls. Guests can also get totally free sourdough starters or purchase the exact same natural regional flour utilized in the bakery. 

The chic secondhand shop Tú a Tú

Line Klein

Contemporary prints at Knast

Line Klein

Structure shop Knast (“knot in wood”) is all about major craftsmanship, stocking only handmade items—from modern wooden coffee tables and shelving units created by owner Anders Andersen to ceramics by co-proprietor Carla Jørsum. (Jørsum’s colorful “weather cups,” which are painted with primitivist photographs of rain clouds, suns, and rainbows, have become collector’s goods among the locals.) Andersen also operates common workshops on crafts this sort of as stool carving. 

With its little plates, craft beers on faucet, and java brewed from domestically roasted, eco-licensed beans, corner café Arrebo is breathing new existence into The Black Square, a much less frequented portion of Superkilen— the urban park made in collaboration with superstar local architecture company Bjarke Ingels Team. Cafe and bar Friheden (“Freedom”), in the meantime, sits at the heart of the district, between partitions of street art and skate ramps. On supply: specialty coffee and a neat listing of normal wines you can get pleasure from indoors and out. 

Down the avenue from Gågrøn, sleek secondhand store Tú a Tú stocks pre-loved, expertly curated womenswear, solely deciding on garments in around-perfect situation and unworn merchandise from modern day Scandinavian makes this sort of as Ganni and Acne Studios. There are unusual finds to be snapped up, like Danish knitting phenomenon Lærke Bagger’s handcrafted sweaters, produced completely of yarn scraps. New extras are scattered close to the store, from vivid socks to hair clips in delicate pastels. 

A collection of principle menswear merchants has popped up on charming Elmegade, every presenting a distinct acquire on modern Scandinavian menswear: Grocery carries superior-finish labels with timeless silhouettes, like sustainable Danish brand An additional Part, although local streetwear preferred Packyard handpicks merchandise that marry practicality with style—from The North Deal with puffers to Newline Halo’s activewear, influenced by the Danish distinctive forces. 

For imbibing, Steffi, a organic-wine shop on the corner of Stefansgade, chooses its offerings primarily based on whether or not they “taste well”—be they pink, white, orange, or alcoholic beverages-cost-free. This unpretentious solution is mirrored in the entertaining tennis-ball symbol (the title is an homage to the two the avenue and the German tennis legend), rose-painted floors, and a choice from predominantly modest European wineries. Purchasers can borrow eyeglasses and head to close by Nørrebroparken to imbibe. steffigraf.dk

This posting appeared in the December 2022 situation of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the journal below.

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