Nuuk has several supermarkets in the city centre including Akiki, Pisiffik and Brugseni. There are also smaller supermarkets (including Kamik stores) located in other parts of the city. Asian supermarkets are also available, of which Sawadee and Bolyn ministore are centrally located
The city is also the best place for all other kinds of shopping, with several clothing boutiques (some of which carry Greenlandic designer labels), electronics stores, and souvenir shops located in the Nuuk Centre (Greenland’s only shopping centre) and the main pedestrian street.
For a wide selection of souvenirs, your best options are Anori Art in the Nuuk Centre and also overlooking the Colonial Harbour, and Tupilak Travel. However, Nuuk also has several stores that focus on one type of souvenir: Qiviut for musk ox wool products, Dooit Design for glass products, Arctic Keramic for pottery, Kittat for sealskin products, Atlantic Music for Greenlandic (and other) music, and the Atuagkat bookstore. There are also many other artisans that do not have a shop front but sell directly if contacted. They are best discovered by checking out the souvenirs on offer at the Nuuk Art Museum and the Nuuk Local Museum, and also searching Instagram profiles. You can also visit Ajagaq, a workshop for bone, stone and wood carving and buy directly from the artists there.
Although Nuuk has a range of camping and outdoor equipment available, it is best to bring as much as possible with you. In town, the best places to shop are Ittu.net, Nuka Din Tøjmand and Pikkori sport for clothing, and downtown at NotaBene and Pikkori Sport. You can also find practical gear at Nuuk Marine Center, Qalut Vonin (by the harbour area) and Orsiivik boat centre (located through the tunnel in the harbour).
The biggest city in Greenland, Nuuk is unlike any other capital in the world. Its small population (Nuuk has less than 20,000 people) means there is little air pollution. Peak hour lasts for about 15 minutes. And from Nuuk’s modern city centre, you can walk for just a couple of minutes to reach the shores of the Nuuk Fjord – one of the world’s largest fjord systems, or drive less than 10 minutes to the base of the tall mountains that mark the entrance to an extensive backcountry. The views are unobstructed and unparalleled.
At the same time, Nuuk is home to gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques, award-winning architecture, and several museums – including the living museum of Nuuk’s Colonial Harbour, where history and traditions remain strong in this vibrant and rapidly-growing city.
The centre of Nuuk is quite compact and it is easy to walk to most attractions. However, for getting into town from the airport, visiting the suburbs, or hiking in the backcountry immediately surrounding the city, you will likely want to rent a bike or take a car, taxi or a bus.
Nuuk has several car rental agencies and two taxi companies: Taxagut (+299 32 13 21) and Nuuk Taxi Aps (+299 36 36 36). If you need a taxi at a specific time, it is best to pre-order – especially if traveling during peak hours.
For a cheaper alternative, travel on Nuuk’s bus system – Nuup Bussii. The five lines cover almost all of Nuuk (the No. 3 line goes to the airport, though is not necessarily timed with flight schedules) while also providing a comprehensive tour of the city. Timetables are available online and posted on each bus stop. You can pay with coins on board, or purchase a pre-loaded voucher card or monthly pass either online or at various places around town (easiest at the Pisiffik and Brugseni kiosks).
Excursions into the Nuuk Fjord are most commonly done via boat or helicopter. Tours are available all year round as the Fjord does not freeze during the winter. During the summer it is possible to hike all the way from Nuuk to Qooqqut and the settlement of Kapisillit.