Opening hours in Denmark
The opening hours of Danish retail stores can vary depending on the type of establishment and its location. Generally, the following information applies:
Weekdays: Most retail stores in Denmark are open from Monday to Friday. The typical opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with some variations. However, larger cities like Copenhagen may have stores open until 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM on weekdays.
Saturdays: On Saturdays, stores usually have shorter opening hours than weekdays. They often open around 10:00 AM or 11:00 AM and close around 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM. However, some larger shopping centers or department stores may stay open until 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM.
Sundays: In Denmark, most retail stores are closed on Sundays and public holidays. This applies to both small local shops and larger chain stores. However, there are a few exceptions, such as convenience stores, gas stations, and tourist areas, where you may find limited shopping options on Sundays.
Places with opening hours outside school and office hours.
Pharmacy (Apotek 🇩🇰): In general, pharmacies follow other shops opening hours, but some pharmacies are open 24/7 (mainly found in bigger towns), and most towns have one or two pharmacies with a one-hour late opening for emergency purchases. Check their web pages.
Gasoline station (Tankstation 🇩🇰) and other kiosks: is open from 6 am til 21 - 23 pm. Some are open 24/7.
Most have a limited selection of essential foods, including diaries and bread. The most common brands with shops connected to their self-service are 7eleven, Circle K, Shell, DK-Benzin and Q8.
Food stores: Food shops are generally open from 7 or 8 am until 20 - 23 pm Most are open on Sundays and some on national public holidays. Check your local shops for their specific opening hours.
Brand names: Løvbjerg, Kvickly, Føtex, Bilka, Rema 1000, Netto. Lidl, Aldi etc.
Bakeries: Danes love their bread and pastry in the morning, and especially in the weekends and most open 6 am every day and closes on weekday around 5 pm and 3 or 4 pm in the weekends. In many bakeries you can get a coffee together with your morning bread, fx a buttered roll with cheese (smurt rundstykke med ost 🇩🇰)
Caféer and restaurants: The opening hours for cafes and restaurants may vary, but they typically operate within a certain timeframe.
Morning: Most cafes and restaurants in Denmark open in the morning, around 9 or 10 am, and serve breakfast until early afternoon.
Lunch service usually starts around noon and continues until mid-afternoon.
Dinner service typically begins around 5 or 6 pm and continues until around 9 or 10 pm. Danes eat generally quite early, so it is not unusual that the kitchen closes for last order at 8:30 pm.
Some establishments may have extended hours, especially in larger cities or popular tourist areas. However, it's always a good idea to check the specific opening hours of a cafe or restaurant beforehand, as they can vary depending on the establishment and the day of the week.
Builders merchant: Danes generally love to do things themselves, and therefore the builders merchants are open when the Danes are not at job. They generally open all days on 8 or 9 am, closes between 6 and 8 pm on weekdays, and around 4 pm in the weekends.
Brand names: Silvan, Bauhaus, XL-byg, Stark
Flowershops and Plantecenter: No expcuse not to bring a fresh bouquet of flowers or a plant for a friend. These shops are open till 6 pm on weekdays and til 2 pm or longer in the weekends.
Brand names: Billigblomst, Planterama
Doctor, dentist and other healthcare service: In general their opening hours follow “office hours” on week days. For emergency situations in evenings, weekends and national holiday you can always call the local “doctor on duty” service.
It's important to note that these are general guidelines, and there can be variations depending on the specific store, location, and seasonal factors. The opening hours might differ significantly during special occasions or holidays, such as Christmas or public holidays. Therefore, it's always advisable to check the specific store's website or contact them directly for accurate and up-to-date information on their opening hours.
Find more information about public holidays
National Public Holidays and School Holidays
Public Holidays: In Denmark, several public holidays are celebrated yearly, and most shops are closed. The following is a list of the public holidays in Denmark:
New Year's Day (Nytårsdag 🇩🇰) - January 1st
Maundy Thursday (Skærtorsdag 🇩🇰) - Thursday before Easter Sunday
Good Friday (Langfredag 🇩🇰) - Friday before Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday (Påskedag 🇩🇰) - Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
Easter Monday (Anden påskedag 🇩🇰) - Monday following Easter Sunday
Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag 🇩🇰) - 40 days after Easter Sunday
Pentecost Sunday (Pinsedag 🇩🇰) - 50 days after Easter Sunday
Whit Monday (Anden Pinsedag 🇩🇰) - Monday following Pentecost Sunday
Constitution Day (Grundlovsdag 🇩🇰) - June 5th
Christmas Eve (Juleaften 🇩🇰) - December 24th
Christmas Day (Juledag 🇩🇰) - December 25th
Boxing Day (Anden Juledag 🇩🇰) - December 26th
New Year's Eve (Nytårsaften 🇩🇰) - December 31st. Shops are open till 3 pm.
Please note that some holidays, such as Easter, are movable, and their dates vary yearly.
School holidays: Holidays varies a little regionally and yearly, therefore please check schools' webpages for holiday info also before booking flight ticket etc. In general, schools are closed like this:
Autumn holiday (Efterårsferie 🇩🇰) - Week 42
Christmas holiday (Juleferie 🇩🇰) - From 22nd of December to 1st of January)
Winter holiday (Vinterferie 🇩🇰) - Week 7 or 8
Easter holiday (Påskeferie 🇩🇰) - Monday before Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday.
Summer holiday (Sommerferie 🇩🇰) - Last week of June to 1st week of August