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street musician copenhagen pedestrian shoppingShopping is serious business in Copenhagen, especially if you're hunting for antiques, porcelain or design items for your home. Popular buys here include Royal Copenhagen porcelain and Georg Jensen silver. If you're visiting from outside the European Union, you can get back up to 19 percent of the hefty 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) you pay on certain goods. You must spend a minimum amount per store and items purchased must remain sealed and unused while you're in Denmark. You will need to carry your passport with you and fill in a form at the time of purchase. Present the forms to Customs at the final departure from the European Union, but keep in mind the agents most likely will ask to see the goods.

Ground zero for shopping in Copenhagen is Stroget, Europe's longest pedestrian shopping area. It runs from City Hall in the west to Kongens Nytorv in the east; in between are major department stores, international brands, souvenir shops and the famous Royal Copenhagen Porcelain (see below). Don't forget to browse the side streets too.

Shoppers with upscale tastes should head to Bredgade, home to antique stores and the city's major auction houses. Another good street for antiques is Laederstraede.

Founded in 1775, Royal Copenhagen has been manufacturing Denmark's finest porcelain for more than two centuries. It's best known for its classically beautiful Blue Fluted pattern, which has been continuously in production for as long as the company has been in business. You'll find its flagship store at Amagertorv 6.

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