Tuesday 7 June 2022

Faraos Cigarer – Copenhagen

Recently, I had the good fortune to spend a day in Copenhagen with my family. It was the first trip to this intriguing city for any of us. In the morning, we took the kids to the Aquarium, and they were entranced by the hammerhead sharks (among other things). After lunch, my wife wanted to take the canal tour, so we spent a relaxing hour floating along, going under bridges, and seeing lots of interesting sites. After that, it was my turn. I wanted to visit the local gaming store. While we managed to turn a 15-minute walk into a half-hour walk, not including the drink break, we eventually found it… our should I say ‘them’.

Upon walking into Faraos Cigarer, I knew I was walking into a special store. It was big, and positively crammed with games. My first stop was the role-playing wall. And I do mean ‘wall’. A giant shelf, fifteen-or-more feet high, and nearly the width of the shop, it had everything. The only downside is that I could only reach about 40% of the books on the wall! (In fairness, even their tallest customers are going to need a ladder for some items).

On the other side of the shop they had a section of discount games and used/collectable games, including more than a few rarities (priced appropriately). I took advantage of some of the cheaper options, picking up a couple of the out-of-print Fantasy Flight, Warhammer 40,000 RPG Books. I also found a 3rd Ed GURPS book that I have wanted for a while, in near-mint condition!

With my wife entertaining the kids, I knew I was on limited time, so I ran around the shop a bit like a headless chicken. I only skimmed the board games, knowing I didn't have space to carry any of them back, but soon I realized something was missing – miniature games! When I made my purchases, I asked the guy at the counter if they carried any mini games and he said – they were in their other shop, just around the corner!

Checking in with my wife, she insisted that I take a look at this new store, even though the kids were getting hungry and tired. I’m so glad she did. Although the second store wasn’t quite as big, it was just as crammed with goodies. One wing of the store was devoted to collectable card games, the other to miniature games. As expected, this was dominated by Games Workshop, but had a good selection of other stuff as well. They even had a chunk of my own games! I’m hoping that means they are popular and not that they bought in a bunch they couldn’t sell!

The store also had a downstairs gaming area reached by a spiral staircase in the middle of the shop. I picked up a few items from this shop as well, which I’ll talk about in later posts, and had a quick chat with the guy at the counter. It was Magic night, and he was a Magic guy, so he didn’t know much about mini-games played in the store, other than they happened sometime.

Amazingly, they also have a comic store in close proximity, but I didn’t have time to check out it.

Honestly, if you put those two shops I did see together, it might just be the best gaming store I have ever seen. I feel like I have a little unfinished business exploring them, and I know what I’ll be concentrating on next time I’m in Copenhagen (I do also want to check out the National Museum).

** Curiously, if you took a guess at the translation of the store name, you would probably be close. It apparently means 'Pharaoh's Cigars'. There must be a story behind that name.


  1. Re. The Name - see Hergé's Cigars of the Pharaoh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigars_of_the_Pharaoh

    There's something also of a gritty-fied Tintin in that motorcycle-straddling character on the bag.

    1. Yes, my guess is that it probably started as a comic shop, hence the name, then expanded into the other hobbies.

    2. Yup, comics are where they started. Also got a publishing wing, which mainly puts out danish editions of the european masters. Not Hergé, but I am sure they would love to.

      I still recall my visits to the then super duper uber cramped basement comic/merch/stuff store (now an unaffiliated tattoo parlor).
      Looking curious at their game store down the street and shaking my head.
      Fast forward 15 years.
      Standing in said game store and shaking my head at the tiny plastic army men.
      Fast forward 5 years.
      Reading this blog and wondering if I would have recognised Joe, while picking up painting supplies (probably not, I don't resupply that often).

  2. Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities to visit. I am glad you and yours enjoyed the trip. I have been in the bookshop you mentioned and it is indeed impressive and vast. I do hope you get another chance to visit and explore even more..
    Alan, Tradgardland

  3. What a lucky find; not just the games shops, but also the long-suffering wife.

  4. Sounds like an adventure! I love Looking for those stores in every city I get to visit.