Magasin du Nord is the place to go for the best quality international food in Denmark. It is the country's best-known chain of department stores with its flagship store in downtown Copenhagen also Denmark's oldest department store.

It prides itself on its high quality grocery offer, which takes the form of a food hall in four of its six stores, and with sales of DKK325m (£29.5m) food and drink makes up 12% of group turnover.

The main food outlet at Kongers Nytorv covers 15,000 sq ft and includes a chocolate shop, a well-stocked wine cellar and an in-store bakery and delicatessen.

At the heart of the food halls is the fresh produce. Milk, veal, pork and lamb are sourced from a single farm in Denmark, which works exclusively with Magasin.

There is a definite southern European slant, with French cheeses, foie gras and Spanish and Italian antipasti. It also stocks a huge selection of 30 ­olive oils, balsamic vinegars and fresh and dried pasta from Italy.

It has been recently refurbished and access to the food hall is now possible directly from the metro station.

HQ: Copenhagen, Denmark

Established: 1868

No. of stores: 4

Fact: Runs its own chocolate factory and supplies the Danish royal family with their chocolates