When you have Paris, Milan and London close by you with 1 hour flight, will you think about Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Reykjavik for shopping?  Maybe not. When you think about you could get over 20% tax refund, great opportunities to have outlet, unique Nordic design and brands that you can’t get anywhere else, you might give a try?

Here’s a little taste of true Nordic.


In Copenhagen, you will find anything to satisfy your shopping urges. Many of the leading Danish fashion brands have their own flagship store in the city centre, but you should also take the time to discover upcoming Danish designers located in small boutiques around the city.

CIFF FALL-WINTER 2014-2015 Edition – 30 January – 2 February 2014 from CIFF

Where to begin?

MAGASIN DU NORD / LINGERIE AW14 from Hugo Jozwicki

Then, Malmö

Malmö makes for eclectic shopping. It’s got a 16th century shopping market square, a beloved flea market, a catalogue of shopping centres and new up-and-coming shopping areas. Davidshall is the newest funky area of Malmö with a horde of vintage and independent/own-design boutiques. Go to Lollopard for edgy patterns and shop inTjallamalla for Swedish designers. And go to Fersens väg and surrounding streets for vintage.

Malmö has shopping centres all over the city centre. Triangeln is the largest with everything under one (glass) roof. Much in the same vein is Entré, Hansa andCaroli city shopping centres. A little outside of the centre is the large Mobilia with a comprehensive selection of shops.

MALMÖ MODENATT SS2012 – TRAILER from Ugly Duckling

Torg is the charming cobbled square with half-timbered post-medieval houses where you can shop for Swedish handicrafts as well as designs from the indigenous Sami people of Swedish Lapland. Check out Form/Design Center for shops and exhibitions specializing in Scandinavian design.

Olsson and Gerthel do everything from interiors and fantastically functional but sleek Scandinavian modern furniture to bags and accessories. David Design concept store is inspiring for colourful interior ideas and Liebling does pretty design from fashion to interiors to gift items.

 Helsinki is also putting effort! Late Night Shopping

Late Night Shopping event organized by Design District Helsinki is an extended shopping hour evening within the Design District that is taking place six times per year. The event provides all design enthusiasts a wonderful opportunity to find great design bargains and take part in special events during the evening.

The participating small businesses will stay open later than usual, organizing different types of special programme – e.g. music, workshops and designer meet’n’greets – as well as offering unique products, services and experiences in their stores.


Moomin by Ivana Helsinki summer 2015 collection from paola suhonen