I am a huge reader and my son is fast taking after me with his love of books. After eight years of living out of the UK I still really miss being about to pop into a bookshop of a good browse. The good news is that books shops offering a good selection of English language books are on the increase in Copenhagen. So here is a short guide of the places I know that sell English books but please do leave me a comment if you know of others and I will add them in.
Books and Company – Sofievej 1, 2900 HellerupI have written about this bookshop before here and I still maintain that the selection here is outstanding and the assistance they give is amazing. Well worth the trek to Hellerup from the city.
ARK books – Møllegade 10, 2200 København NAgain this is a place I have written about here and if you are looking for more usual books or to try something new this is the place. Their motto is “Home of the best stories you’ve never heard”. Run by passionate volunteers who love literature its a great place to visit. They also run a selection of courses and events in English. There are other bookshops in this street which are also worth a visit if you can read Danish.
Palermo Hollywood – Jægersborggade 31, 2200 Copenhagen N
This is a little quirky boutique on the trendy Jægersborggade that carries an interesting selection of books by female authors. I have made some great discoveries here.
Thiemers Magasin – Tullinsgade 24, 1618 Copenhagen VThis is another little independent bookshop with a small selection of English books, they also have book readings and events. Here is my post about this bookshop, located off Værnedamsvej.
Arnold Busck – Købmagergade 49, 1150 Copenhagen K
This Danish bookshop chain has a huge shop on Købmagergade and carries probably the largest selection of English books, fiction and non fiction, in the city.
Rasmussen the book trader – Skindergade 23, 1159 Copenhagen K
This second-hand book shop has been around for years and if you have the patience to poke around its busy interior you may come out with a treasure.
Næste Runde at Riccos – Sluseholmen 28, 2450 CopenhagenThe Riccos coffee shop in Sluseholmen is home to a second-hand bookshop run by Næste Runde as well as selling great coffee. The books are sold by a separate business but you can pay for them at the counter. Again some interesting books here.
The library system in Copenhagen has a central website where you can search for specific titles and either reserve them (if they are out on loan) or order them to be delivered to your closest library (if you have a CPR number). You can also return them there. The main library at Krystalgade 15 has a large English language section if you want to browse including a number of books for children and young adults.
If you are looking for Kindle books then you may not be able to buy them from the UK Amazon store but you can from the German one.
And thanks for my readers for the following suggestions:
Academic Books – online and at various University locations in the city.
Owl Books – this is a book rental scheme that you need to sign up to.
Book Swap in a Pub monthly meet up – details here.
Facebook group – Free your books
Cinnabar close to the round tower – The shop presents a handpicked selection of international, visually inspiring books on graphic design, illustration, architecture, street art, fashion and industrial design.
St Albans Church summer fete – check their website for details but it seems it takes place in June.