It’s the height of summer in Copenhagen and the city is in its element. It’s bursting cheerfully with tourists, maps and guides in hand, off to discover the best of Copenhagen.
Having lived in Copenhagen for over a year, I can attest to all the wonderful laurels showered on this wonderful city. Yes, it is a smart and green city. Its vibrant food scene makes it among the best cities for foodies and, as a city with the best work-life balance, it’s perfect for families with children. But, it’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world.
In the first couple of months after I moved here from India, I was constantly taken aback by the prices of things (it didn’t help that my mind was involuntarily doing some frantic exchange rate calculations!). So, what can travellers take home from Denmark that isn’t frightfully expensive?
Here are 5 delightful Danish souvenirs that won’t burn a hole in your packet.
Danish souvenir #1: Lotus candle holder
Have you heard of the Danish term ‘hyggelig’? Hyggelig essentially means cosy. Danes love spending time with friends and family in warm, cosy environments with good food, drinks and lots of candles. If you visit a Dane’s home, you are sure to find these elegant lotus candle holders in different colours. They cost $4.3 each. Go to a Søstrene Grene store to buy this; there are quite a few in Copenhagen.
Danish souvenir #2: Salted liquorice candy
Danes have a thing for liquorice, with salted liquorice being somewhat of a Danish speciality. In Copenhagen, it’s not rare to find liquorice in beer, ice-cream, chocolate and mints, in addition to addition to liquorice candy. Called lakrids in Danish, you will find liquorice candy in all the supermarkets and grocery shops. You can get 100 grams for about $2. Though I should warn you that liquorice is an acquired taste, might not appeal to everyone!
Danish souvenir #3: Viking ship postcard in 3-D
When you mention Denmark, can Vikings be far behind? Take along a bit of Denmark with this 3-D postcard of a Viking warship; it’s rather different from the normal picture postcards. Go to the National Museum’s shop (National Museet) in Copenhagen; entrance is free. These cost $6 a piece.
Danish souvenir #4: Danish butter cookies
I’m guessing you already know about the delicious Danish butter cookies. This one is my favourite (I’ve blogged about this one before here. While the cookies are sure to be devoured, the tin itself is a keeper with fun elements like the Dannebrog (Danish flag), a Danish royal guard, a sausage dog, facts about Denmark and the queen of Denmark holding a Danish butter cookie in her hand! Just hop into any of the Tiger stores in Copenhagen and get them for about $5.4.
Danish souvenir #5: Royal soldier tin
Now that we have the queen, it’s time to get the royal Danish soldier. This cake and cookie tin with the adorable Danish soldiers is sure to be a hit with your baker friends. Or get a tin for your kitchen shelf and you’ll be reminded of the royal Danish soldiers you saw in front of Amalienborg palace. This will cost you about $ 4.5.
So, there you have it, five delightful Danish souvenirs that will remind you of your time in Denmark. Souvenirs to me are a piece of a place and no traveller should go home without one. What do you think; tempted to visit Denmark?