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Strøget information

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The pedestrian shopping street Strøget runs through the city centre from Rådhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv. Strøget is the city's main shopping thoroughfare and consists of five continuous streets.

It's always busy and packed on Saturday but we can't help feeling it has begun to stagnate in recent years. While the rest of the city usually moves ahead of the times, Strøget seems a decade behind them, offering the same old international brand names at its posh, eastern end (designed entirely, it seems, to separate cruise-ship tourists from their money), and a scrappy mix of budget clothing stores, tourist shops and kebab houses to the west towards Rådhuspladsen. If something isn't done fairly soon, Strøget could be heading towards Oxford Street-style 'national disgrace' status. Our verdict? Walk down it once, but after that you'll find the side streets far more productive in terms of independent shops and more interesting design.

It is a fun place to stroll, it's broad squares bustling with street musicians, tourists and urbanites who play off each others energies. It's a particularly vibrant scene on sunny days, when people seem to pour out of the woodwork.