I am a huge fan of independent book shops as I love the fact the someone has taken the time to handpick books. Thiemers bookshop on Tullinsgade just off Værnedamsvej (Little France) is my go-to place to get my copy of Kinfolk and Oak Journal. But I also love looking at the wonderful selection of books both in English and Danish, the children’s section including lovely puzzles and of course the coffee table book selection.Thiemers, which calls itself a delicatessen bookshop, was bought by a new owner, Rikke, last year and I love it even more now. Rikke, is a literary firebrand and is inspired by bookshops she herself enjoyed whilst living in New York. The shop has a cosy feel that makes you want to sit down, enjoy a coffee and have a serious browse. Rikke has introduced a number of literary events in the shop and the adjacent premises. They are usually in Danish but well worth checking out her calendar. One of the her inspired ideas was to offer a small but well selected selection of critically acclaimed Scandinavian novels in English to introduce the non Danish speakers to Nordic literature. Nearby Værnedamsvej is popular with tourists and locals alike so this seems a very wise move.
The shop reflects her passion for both literature and her desire to be part of the local community and it is one of my favourite bookstores here in Copenhagen.
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