Street Smart: Pedestrian Only Shopping Areas


Copenhagen, Denmark


Shop without having to worry about getting mowed down by passing vehicles on pedestrian shopping streets that are closed to vehicular traffic. In Copenhagen, shop Strøget, the world’s longest pedestrian shopping street. Popular shops include Illums Bolighus featuring Danish design, and the flagship stores of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain and Georg Jensen silver.

In Helsingborg, stroll the pedestrian street Kullagatan for department stores and boutiques. Shops to make you stop: Stenströms, Royal supplier of Swedish men’s shirts; Carl Hof, jewelry designer; and Sigurd Persson, featuring Swedish design.


Malmo, Sweden


Malmo’s main shopping area runs from Stortorget, along Södergatan, across Gustav Adolfs Torg and then along Södra Förstadsgatan to Triangeln and Möllevångstorget. Most of the area is pedestrian walkway. Be sure to stop in the popular Form Design Center for Scandinavian design.

Oslo’s Karl Johans gate is a pedestrian shopping street with boutique stores, fine shops and internatinal chains such as H&M and Benetton, while Karlskrona’s popular pedestrian street, Ronnebygatan, features Åhlens department store and Kronan shopping arcade, with 20 shops.

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