Glass on shelf

The Latin Quarter

Photo: Knud Mortensen

In Svendborg’s old town, seven specialty shops focusing on high-quality goods and artisanal skill have joined forces under the name ‘Svendborg’s Latin Quarter’.

In an era where the tendency in most provincial towns in Denmark is that people do their shopping at large complexes built on a field outside town, Svendborg has chosen a different strategy, focusing on maintaining a vibrant town centre in order to give people an old-fashioned shopping experience with individual shops in a charming and varied townscape instead of chain stores in an anonymous mall.
Even though Svendborg is yet to have a university, the town has a Latin quarter. The neighbourhood is named the ‘Latin Quarter’ for its old-town charm, with small cafés, pubs, and restaurants, as well as the unique, self-owned artisanal shops.


These shops do not carry mass market products and therefore cannot afford to rent spaces on the town’s main shopping streets. The shops have instead found a home near the southern part of the harbour, in the oldest part of Svendborg.

The seven shops:

GALLERI NO 44

Located at the end of the pedestrian street Møllergade, close to the Harbour Stairs, GALLERI NO 44 welcomes you to 250 square metres of quirky art. Explore Ann-Kerstina Nielsen’s graphic universe, and discover Per Buk’s abstract birds and fable figures covering the walls of the four exhibition spaces. You can also experience the artists at work, as their studio is part of the gallery.

Møllergade 44
www.ann-kerstina.dk, www.perbuk.dk
+45 30 27 31 32
Opening hours: Thursday - Friday 12:00 - 17:00, Saturday 10:00 - 14:00, or after appointment

Glasblæseriet

On the 1st floor of the courtyard called Salig Simons Gaard, a splendid and colourful experience awaits you in Bente Sonne’s gallery exhibiting studio glass of her own design. On most days, you will be able to follow the production of glassware in her open workshop.

Brogade 37
www.glasblaeseriet.dk
+45 62 22 82 73
Opening hours Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 17:30, Saturday 13:00 – 13:00. In peak season they are also open on Mondays
 

Køkkenfreak

Køkkenfreak is an eldorado for those who are fond of cooking and baking. They specialise in kitchenware that used to be reserved for professional chefs and confectioners, such as iron skillets, copper pots, Japanese knives, equipment for making filled chocolates, and piping nozzles for making small roses out of whipped cream. Go have a chat with Line or Martin and get inspiration for fun baking experiences and all kinds of special dishes.

Korsgade 12
www.kokkenfreak.dk
+45 22 42 45 48
Opening hours Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 16:30, Friday 10:00 – 18:00, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00

Baunbeak & Lyn

At Baunbaek & Lyn, high quality workmanship is front and centre. The small and charming shop sells carefully selected leather goods, shoes, hats, and accessories. This is the perfect place to find a present for a loved one, or for yourself, with regular customers stopping by whenever they visit Svendborg. The small vinyl record shop Den Glade Plade, selling only new vinyls, is located within the same shop as Baunbaek & Lyn.

Brogade 27A
www.baunbaekoglyn.dk
+45 62 21 02 66
Opening hours Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 – 17:00, Friday 10:00 – 18:00, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00
 

Ulla Sonne keramik

Experience Ulla Sonne’s uniquely shaped and coloured pottery in her shop in Sankt Peder Stræde. The space serves as both art gallery and workshop, allowing you to follow her work process from sketch to finished product. 

Sankt Peder Stræde 7
www.ullasonne.dk
+45 51 26 79 16
Opening hours Wednesday - Friday 10:00 – 17:30, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00, Longer opening hours in peak season.
 

Galleri Q

The artist-managed Galleri Q is located at Havnepladsen 7, in the quaint harbour master’s building from 1837. The works of the artists affiliated with the art gallery include acrylic and watercolour paintings, graphic art, jewelry, and ceramic sculptures – a wide selection of interesting gift ideas in various price ranges.

Havnepladsen 7
www.galleri-q.dk
Opening hours Thursday - Friday 13:00 – 17:00, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00, Longer opening hours in peak season.

The tourist office

Located in the charming, old warehouse at the harbour front, the tourist office has got everything you need for your vacation, including town maps, leaflets of various local sights, cycling route guidebooks, and ferry timetables. The staff are ready to help you plan your trip on South Fyn and around the archipelago. If you want to book a trip on one of the old wooden ships, the tourist office can help you with that too.

Havnepladsen 2
www.visitsvendborg.dk
+45 62 23 69 51
Click here to se the opening hours