Århus is the biggest shopping venue in Jutland, with some 400 specialty stores, each of them tightly clustered within an area of about 1.3 sq. km (1/2 sq. mile). The centerpiece of this district is the Strøget, whose terminus is the Store Torv, dominated by the Århus Domkirke. You might try a large-scale department store first. One of the best is Salling, Søndergade 27 (tel. 86-12-18-00), with some 30 specialty boutiques, all under one roof. A wide range of articles for the whole family is sold here, including body-care items, clothing, gifts, toys, music, and sports equipment. Magasin du Nord, Immervad 2-8 (tel. 86-12-33-00), is the largest department store in Scandinavia, in business for more than 125 years. The staff will assist foreign visitors with tax-free purchases.
"The greatest silversmith the world has ever seen," is the praise often used to describe Georg Jensen, Søndergade 1 (tel. 86-12-01-00). A tradition since 1866, Georg Jensen is known for style and quality, producing unique silver and gold jewelry, elegant clocks and watches, and stainless steel cutlery, among other items. A leading goldsmith, Hingelberg, Store Torv 3 (tel. 86-13-13-00), is the licensed Cartier outlet, and offers a wide selection of top-quality designer jewelry.
Galleri Bo Bendixen, Store Torv 14 (tel. 86-12-67-50), offers the brilliantly colored designs of Bo Bendixen, the famous Danish graphic artist. The shop also sells a wide range of gifts and garments for children and adults. Volden 4 Kunsthåndværk, Volden 4 (tel. 86-13-21-76), specializes in top-quality applied art, and glass made by some of the leading artisans of the country. Silver, copper, and brass ornaments are for sale, as are exclusive bronze candlesticks.
Bülow Duus Glassblowers, Studsgade 14 (tel. 86-12-72-86), is a working glass-blowing shop open to the public. At an attractive old house in the heart of the city, you can watch the fascinating work of glass blowing. Drinking glasses, candlesticks, bowls, and other items are for sale. For traditional Danish pottery, head for Favlhuset, Møllestien 53 (tel. 86-13-06-32).
If you haven't found what you're looking for after all that, head for Inspiration Buus, Ryesgade 2 (tel. 86-12-67-00), which sells top-quality gifts, kitchenware, tableware, and toiletry articles, much of it of Danish design.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.