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Content! Why is Copenhagen so great
Where to go for: A caffeine fix Tasty smørrebrød Fine dining A night out A stylish stay The best shopping Things to do & see The best souvenirs
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Local’s tip: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen! Meyer-Lavigne Rikke Graff-Juel Bjørn Agertved Anders Schønnemann
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Editor’s note! Copenhagen has recently been voted best city to live in by Monocle (yet again), and the Danes are consistently at the top of UN’s ranking of global happiness. It has an enviable quality of life, a strong focus on work-life balance, fantastic cuisine, cutting-edge designers, easy-going and fun-loving citizens, world-class architecture, lots of green spaces, and beaches. The city can be explored by bike in a day, and you’ll get a taste of its richness and glory. Copenhagen is lively, charming, clean, safe and all about ‘hygge’. There is something special about Copenhagen, and it’s hard to put it in words. A day in the city will convince you; you’d probably want to be a part of it, just like I do. And you’d wish you could call it home. Here, I made a selection of some of the best places in Copenhagen I believe every design and interiors fan should visit. This guide, I hope, will help you discover an amazing city, and inspire you to pack your bag, and go! Thanks to our locals, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Kristine Meyer, Sabine Lavigne, Rikke Graff-Juel, Bjørn Agertved and Anders Schønnemann for sharing their impressions and tips on this amazing city. I hope you enjoy the guide!
Catherine Lazure-Guinard Founder and Editor in Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
What makes"Copenhage Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Architect" “Happy people, low crime rates, many bikes, few cars, green areas, historic buildings, a high aesthetics, grey melancholy skies, great infrastructure, homogenic culture, New Nordic food.”
Meyer-Lavigne, Designers" “Even though Copenhagen is our capital, it is not very big. We love the fact that you can bicycle everywhere because of the small distances. The city is joined by beautiful old bridges and canals which open up the city. Copenhagen is situated by the sea. That means that you can reach the beach from the city center within 15 minutes on your bike that is awesome!!!!! Because of the sea the air just never gets to gray.”
Rikke Graﬀ-Juel, Stylist" “What makes Copenhagen stand out is the special feeling of coziness combined with great world famous architecture, Scandinavian design and culture. It is a capital but is not surrounded with skyscrapers and a lot of noise. In steed you see a lot cyclist, 5-storey buildings and a lot of greenery. In the summertime there a people hanging out everywhere. So cozy and homely. It also has a perfect size. If you have friends living in the other end of the city you just take your bike and go there within maximum 20 minutes… and there is actually a change that you meet someone on the way that you know!”
en so great?" Catherine L.azure-Guinard, Nordic Design Founder: “I lived there a few years back, and I truly hope I’ll have the chance to do so again some day. It is so effortlessly cool. Everywhere you look, you see functional, elegant and beautiful objects. It has the perfect balance between old and new. Its size is also perfect: you can bike around the city in a day. I love that it feels like a big village!”
Bjørn Agertved, artist" “It’s a big city, being a capital, but it’s at the same time a small historical city with lots of beautiful old buildings, it is very clean and water all around. I love its free spirit, the open-mindedness, and the creativity mixed with an old beautiful city.”
Photo credits: Bryan Shields, Fluxwurx.com"
Where to go"
for a caďŹ€eine fix" Lagkagehuset! With a strong focus on taste and freshness, this bakery concept is very popular among locals, who will not hesitate to wait in line for freshly baked bread and delicious coffee. It has several locations around town, on StrĂ¸get and Versterbrogade among others. The interior by SPACE Copenhagen is beautiful, sleek and stylish, with dark wood and marble. lagkagehuset.dk
Photo credits: Space Copenhagen"
Coﬀee Co)ective" Coffee Collective is a specialty coffee micro roastery, with a goal to offer quality coffee from sustainable production and to improve lives of farmers in coffee producing countries. While the flagship store is in Frederiksberg, you’ll find their coffee at numerous stores around town. It has a simple Danish interior and furniture by Søren Ulrich. Enjoy your coffee while walking around in the nearby flowery Assistens Cemetery, where famous Danes are buried such as Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. Godthåbsvej 34B Coffeecollective.dk
Photo credits: Petitepassport.com / Maria P. via Politiken.dk"
Photo credits: Matthew James Harrison / HotSpot Media"
Central Hotel & Café! With only five indoor seats, this is Copenhagen’s smallest coffee shop. It is located in the hip neighborhood of Frederiksberg, and has a cozy and warm atmosphere. It serves delicious pastries, old-fashioned milkshakes and an awesome banana split. It is also the world’s smallest hotel, with one small, tastefully decorated room above the café. Tullinsgade 1 centralhotelogcafe.dk 9
Photo credits: Bryan Shields, Fluxwurx.com"
Where to go"
for tasty smørrebrød " Royal Café A perfect place to recharge your batteries after a shopping spree! Tucked between the luxurious Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen, the Royal Café serves a culinary treat: Smushi – Inspired by the attention to details of Japanese chefs, Rud Christiansen created this sushi sized version of the traditional Danish smørrebrød. The décor is fun, feminine, fairytale-like and unique. Amagertorv 6 royalsmushicafe.dk
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Aamaans " Make sure you try a smørrebrød at least once during your stay in Denmark, and one of the best places to do so is at Aamaans. Honoring good craftsmanship and traditions, with a modern twist, they have a great variety of ‘open sandwiches’, with fresh ingredients. They recently opened a venue in New York, so you can also enjoy a Nordic lunch if you happen to be in the Big Apple. Øster Farimagsgade 12 aamanns.dk
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Where to go"
for fine dining"
Photo credits: Anders Schønnemann / HolmbäckNordento- "
Radio" Owned by Claus Meyer, co-creator of world famous Noma, Radio offers creative small courses composed of premium plant-based seasonal ingredients, in a contemporary, but unpretentious, urban setting. Created by firm HolmbäckNordentoft and graphic designer Christina Meyer Bengtsson, the interior reflects the no frills philosophy of the place. It’s simply gorgeous! Julius Thomsens Gade 12 restaurantradio.dk 13
Geist" Firm SPACE Copenhagen worked closely with chef Bo Bech to create a unique, flamboyant and contrasting interior. It is both rough and yet refined; simultaneously modern and traditional There is no set menu, but a list of imaginative smaller dishes: Black lobster with mustard seed and pickled baby tomatoes, Jerusalem artichoke with poached egg and barley, or caramelized pear with sorrel and yogurt, to name a few. Kongens Nytorv 8 restaurantgeist.dk
Photo credits: Geist"
Relae" Rumor has it that Relae is the place “where the chefs at Noma eat on a day off.” Whether or not this is true, Relae is definitely worth a detour. Christian Puglisi’s creative kitchen and no-nonsense gastronomy has earned him a well-deserved Michelin star. The interior is stylish, warm and welcoming. Jægersborggade 41 restaurant-relae.dk
Photo credits: Relae/©P-a. Jorgensen"
Amass" Amass is one of the latest (July 2013) and hottest eatery in Copenhagen, and is the brainchild of Matt Orlando, former chef at Noma. His goal is to provide food that is â€œspontaneous, fresh, exciting and thought provoking.â€? The restaurant is situated in an old tool depot by the harbor. It was renovated into a one large, open plan dining room with beautiful Gubi furniture. The result is stylish, urban, industrial and trendy. Refshalevej 153 amassrestaurant.com
Photo credits: Martin Kaufmann"
Höst" Here you’ll get a quality meal at a great price, in a simple and tasteful interior created by firm Norm Architects, design house Menu, and Cofoco. Following a rustic and minimalist vision, the space is cozy, with raw materials like wood, concrete and wool. The blue, white and grey dinnerware pieces were exclusively created by Norm and Menu for Höst. It recently won two prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Award in London. Read more here. Nørre Farimagsgade 41 cofoco.dk
Photo credits: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen / Menu / Cofoco.dk"
Photo credits: Claes Bech Poulsen"
Geranium" Expect one of the best culinary experiences at the two Michelin stars Geranium. Bocuse d’Or medalist Rasmus Kofoed never seize to amaze with his inventive Danish cuisine, complex and elegant dishes, and fantastic details. The tasting menu will impress you – Ceps, heather, dried leaves, sheep butter… The Nordic terroir at its finest. Per Henrik Lings Allé 4 geranium.dk
Where to go"
for a night out" Mikke)er! A great bar in Versterbro, with a cool ambiance and trendy crowd. They offer about 20 carefully selected rotating microbrews on tap, as well as dozens by the bottle, so everyone finds its match. The interior is cozy, informal and stylish. Victoriagade 8BC & Stefansgade 35 mikkeller.dk/
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Lidkoeb! Located in a courtyard, this place is easy to miss…But don’t be fooled by the bar’s somewhat secret entrance – It is often very crowded! It is very cozy, with an open-plan bar, dim lighting, leather chairs, fireplace, sheepskins, etc. You’ll enjoy fantastic cocktails in a fab vintage chic interior! Vesterbrogade 72B lidkoeb.dk
Photo credits: politiken.dk / Lidkoeb"
Balthazar! The fancy champagne bar is located at Hotel d’Angleterre, which reopened in May 2013 after months of renovations. It serves over 200 sorts of bubbles, tapas-style cuisine and caviar. It’s definitely a great place to start the evening! Ny Østergade 6 balthazarcph.dk
Photo credits: SPACE Copenhagen"
Photo credits: Bryan Shields, Fluxwurx.com"
Photo credits: HBIHL via Flickr"
Where to go"
for a stylish stay"
Photo credits: Nimb"
Nimb" A memorable and upscale experience in the heart of Copenhagen! It is a five-star boutique hotel with an impressive marble Moorish faรงade, next to Tivoli gardens. It has beautiful and impeccably decorated rooms, filled with antiques. Refinement and sophistication at its best! Bernstorffsgade 5 nimb.dk 23
Hotel Fox" Decorated by 21 artists, each room at Hotel Fox has its own style and theme. Expect quirky, fun and unique - Not your traditional hotel. It is a good value for money and located downtown, so it attracts a cheerful, young crowd. The ambiance might remind you of an upgraded youth hostel. Jarmers Plads 3 brochner-hotels.dk
Photo credits: Brochner-hotels"
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel" A step back in time and a modern experience all at once! This hotel is a design icon that embodies perfectly what Arne Jacobsen was all about, and not much has changed in the last 50 years. Swan and Egg chairs, marble floor, rich wood paneling on the walls and the impressive staircase in the lobby set the tone for the quality and elegance of the place. If you are a fan of Mad Men or architecture, this place is for you! Hammerichsgade 1 radissonblu.com
Photo credits: Radisson"
Photo credits: Arthurhotels"
Isbens" Probably one of your best budgetfriendly options in Copenhagen, Isbens is a true gem. It is homey and cozy, hip and full of character. The communal spaces are inviting, the staff is very friendly, and you’ll find “the best gin and tonic in the world”, or so they say (we confirm: they are pretty good indeed!). Most rooms are small, but functional, and tastefully decorated. Isbens is also very well located, a few steps away from the food hall Torvehallerne (see p.37) and Nørreport Station. Vendersgade 23 arthurhotels.dk
STAY Copenhagen" Located in an up and coming area of Copenhagen, this industrial chic hotel is ideal for longer stays. It offers super stylish XL rooms and service apartment furnished by Danish brand HAY. Several conveniences are available on site, such as a fitness center, grocery store, gourmet bakery, hair salon, panorama lounge, and more. Islands Brygge 79 staycopenhagen.dk
Photo credits: STAY Copenhagen"
Hotel d’Angleterre" D’Angleterre is the oldest hotel in Denmark, built in 1755. It reopened this year and was completely revamped, with a brand new décor, spa/fitness center and a champagne bar (see Balthazar, p.21). This place is true luxury in a classic setting, with numerous historical elements. You’re likely to spot dignitaries, heads of state and celebrities. Enjoy the splurge! Kongens Nytorv 4 dangleterre.dk
Photo credits: D’Angleterre"
Where to go"
for the best shopping" Strøget" Running through the heart of Copenhagen, Strøget is the city’s largest shopping area and Europe’s longest pedestrian street. You’ll find everything from souvenirs to clothing, from home accessories to jewelry. Make sure to stop by Royal Copenhagen, Illums Bolighus, HAY, Georg Jensen and Bang & Olufsen for some luxurious Danish goods, and branch off Strøget to discover smaller independent designer shops and art galleries. stroget-kobenhavn.dk
I)ums Bolighus" Even if your time in Copenhagen is limited, make sure to plan a visit to Illums Bolighus. It is one of the best design stores you’ll ever visit! You’ll find four floors of fabulous home accessories, lighting, furniture and more, by the best Scandinavian and international designers. Make sure to grab their latest catalogue, for a great dose of inspiration. Amagertorv 10 illumsbolighus.dk
Located in a stunning 1986 art nouveau building, HAY House offers a very cool shopping experience. Not only are each room perfectly styled, but most showcased products will end up on your wish list… You’ll discover HAY’s collection, along with some other carefully selected furniture and home accessories. Østergade 61 hay.dk
Designer Zoo" A vibrant store with an interesting retail concept! It consists of two floors of changing exhibits of selected Danish design, art products and crafts. It also has eight resident artisans and designers who create and display their work at this gallerymeet-store. Vesterbrogade 137 dzoo.dk/
Normann Copenhagen" Built in a former cinema building, this is an impressive and innovative 1700m2 showroom. The store sells it’s own collection as well as a selection of other products by highend brands. It has won several awards as one of the coolest retail store in the world. Østerbrogade 70 normann-copenhagen.com
The Apartment" An amazing gallery curated by Tina Seidenfaden Busck and Pernille Hornhaver, located in an 18th century residential building in Christianshavn. It is set up to feel like a private home, filled with beautiful objects, furniture, art and antiques. Overgaden neden Vandet 33 theapartment.dk
Vipp" Since its creation in 1939, the Vipp pedal bin has become a classic household item. The iconic design brand now has a flagship store, where youâ€™ll discover their beautiful assortment of bins, bathroom accessories and kitchens, among others, in a sleek and stylish retail concept. Ny Ă˜stergade 34 vipp.com
Sti)eben" Just off StrĂ¸get, this is a lovely boutique with 1001 treasures for your home: Ceramics, prints, jewelry, glassware, and so much more. It is a must for those interested in interior design, graphic design and unique products from selected artists and designers. Niels Hemmingsensgade 3 stillebenshop.com
…and some more!"
Magasin du Nord" Kongens Nytorv 13 magasin.dk
Fil de Fer" Store Kongensgade 83 Fildefer.dk
Dora" Værnedamsvej 6 6hopdora.dk
Casa Shop" Store Regnegade 2 casashop.dk
Sacré Coeur" Jensløvsvej 6, Charlottenlund sacrecoeur.dk
Han Kjø benhavn" Vognmagergade 7 hankjobenhavn.com 32
Henrik Vibskov Boutique" Krystalgade 6 Henrikvibskov.com
Tortus Copenhagen" KompagnistrĂŚde 23 tortus-copenhagen.com
Playtype" VĂŚrnedamsvej 6 playtype.com
Storm" Store Regnegade 1 stormfashion.dk
Royal Copenhagen" Amagertorv 6 royalcopenhagen.com
Georg Jensen" Amagetorv 4 georgjensen.com
Photo credits: Housesittingtravel.com"
do and see" Danish Design Museum" Bredgade 68 Designmuseum.dk
Danish Design Center" H. C. Andersens Boulevard 27 En.ddc.dk
Blue Planet Aquarium" Jacob Fortlingsvej 1, Kastrup Denblaaplanet.dk
Louisiana Musuem of Modern Art" Gl. Strandvej 13, HumlebĂŚk Louisiana.dk
Copenhagen Ceramics Ga)ery" Smallegade 46 Copenhagenceramics.com 35
Carlsberg Glyptotek" Dantes Plads 7 glyptoteket.dk
Danish Architecture Center" Strandgade 27B Dac.dk
Royal Playhouse by Lundgaard & Tranberg" Sankt AnnĂŚ Plads 36 kglteater.dk
Black Diamond by Schmidt Hammer Lassen" SĂ¸ren Kierkegaards Plads 1 kb.dk
Copenhagen Opera House by Henning Larsen" Ekvipagemestervej 10 kglteater.dk
Harbour Bath by Bjarke Ingels & JDS Architects" Islands Brygge
Skovshoved Petrol Station by Arne Jacobsen" Kystvejen 24, Charlottelund
Torveha)erne Market & Food Ha)" Israels Plads torvehallernekbh.dk
Tivoli gardens" Vesterbrogade 3 Tivoli.dk
Copenhagen Fashion Week" Usually in August & February. Copenhagenfashionweek.com 37
Finn Juhlâ€™s house" KratvĂŚnget 15, Charlottelund ordrupgaard.dk
Canal Tours" To enjoy the city from another point of view. Stromma.dk
Defining Scandinavia" Biannual trade event promoting Scandinavian design & living. Definingscandinavia.com
Photo credits: David Barber"
souvenirs" Prints Playtype, Værnedamsvej 6 Playtype.com
Flødebo)en, a classic Danish treat!" Summerbird, Magasin du Nord Kongens Nytorv 13 Summerbird.dk Scarf" Emdal Colorknit, Donn Ya Doll Istedgade 55 Emdalcolorknit.dk
" Porcelain " Royal Copenhagen, Amagertorv 6 Royalcopenhagen.com
Scented Candle" Karmameju, Illums Bolighus Amagertorv 10 Karmameju.com
Soap dispenser" Vipp, Ny Østergade 34 Vipp.com 39
Cotton napkins" HAY, Ă˜stergade 61 Hayshop.dk
Kay Bojesenâ€™s monkey" Rosendahl, Illums Bolighus Amagertorv 10 Rosendahl.com Jewelry" Lone Kejser, Stilleben Niels Hemmingsensgade 3 Stilleben.dk
Miniature chair" 1:6 DESIGN, Illums Bolighus Amagertorv 10 Danishminiatures.com
Photo credits: punkrockparti"
a local: "Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen!
Together with Kasper Rønn, Jonas founded NORM Architects in 2008 and created award-wining interiors, architecture and products. He lives just north of Copenhagen (see his house here!), in a small old fisherman’s village called Vedbæk. The town is a quite and calm little place with woods, water and fields around it overlooking the Island of Veen and Sweden. His studio is located near Nørreport, one of the main transportation hubs in Copenhagen, on the top floor of an old printing company, overlooking the rooftops of the old city.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Copenhagen?! I love that it city is so connected, harmonious, homogenic and clean without being boring. There is both a conservative approach to guard the historic elements of the city and at the same time a creative and innovative approach to city planning. It is indeed a city for walking and biking and I really appreciate all the initiatives to get the cars out of the city center. It is also filled with green areas and the city is interesting for foodies, fashionistas and design lovers. I also feel that in the recent 10 years the city has become more centered towards the water (the harbour) and the different boroughs and areas have become more intertwined and connected with new bridges, biking lanes and pedestrian streets. The city is definitely most fun in the summertime and there are so many great cafes, restaurants and bars – more popping up all the time. Also new areas as Jægersborggade and Elmegade on Nørrebro, Istedgade and the Meatpacking district (Kødbyen) on Vesterbro, and Værnedamsvej between Frederiksberg and Vesterbro, are really cool with small independent shops. Shops that are really worth a visit in the small bookshop Cinnober – close to my studio and Playtype - a font store on Værnedamsvej selling typefaces and the Normann Copenhagen design store in Østerbro. And then of course the Höst restaurant that we designed for Cofoco and Menu, that just won the main prize in London last week for best looking restaurant in the world. Q: Iconic buildings in the city:! There are new attempts to make Iconic and large scale buildings in Copenhagen, even though we are pretty conservative – but most of them are not that well designed and executed, unfortunately. One building that is interesting however is the new Playhouse which is a spectacular building in a quite way and very tactile. In opposition to many of the other new buildings along the waterfront, where some of them a nice too, they areas around the playhouse actually attracts life. I really like it. Then of course you have the Arne Jacobsen SAS Royal hotel and the National Bank – both of them modernist buildings in high quality materials. There is the WM bjerget by BIG, where the wooden part of the building with all the terraces is quite interesting. You have all the old historic building like the nice little tower – Rundetårn – that I can see from my studio rooftop. Q: What are your MUST SEEs in the city?! Besides the places mentioned above, here are a few more: DAC, Design Museeum of Denmark, Louisiana, Thorvaldsen Museum, Church of our lady (the exterior is pure, simple and beautiful), Christians borg, Gammel Strand, HAY, Søren Rose Studio, Stilleben, Butik for Borddøkning, Illums Bolighus, Dansk Made for rooms, Amass, Balthazar, Noma, Oyster and Grill, Toldbden, The Standard (soon to be open), Nimb Hotelbar, Geist, Kødbyens fiskebar, Langelinje Pavillion, and Knippels Bridge for the very interesting houses on the bridge. 41
Photo credits: NORM Architects"
Meyer-Lavigne is a Copenhgagen-based duo composed of Kristine Meyer and Sabine Lavigne. They mainly design a wide variety of products for the home, all in different materials. Besides their own line of ceramics, they take on assignments from other companies such as Stilleben. Meyer-Lavigne is situated in the old Meatpacking District of Copenhagen that is now a melting pot of designers, architects, photographers, galleries, gastronomic trendsetters, etc.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Copenhagen?! Copenhagen is a beautiful old city, filled with old houses, towers and squares. A summer night in Copenhagen is very magical, maybe because the winter period is so long and dark. We all love the light and every year the first spring light transforms the city to a giant wave of positive vibration. Beautiful girls on their bicycles in summer dresses, couples in love kissing along the canals and kids having fun in the open air swimming pools in the harbor. Q: Describe your perfect 24hrs in the city.! First of all, rent some bikes. Morning coffee at the Coffee Collective in Jægersborggade. Explore the street, and buy some good bread at Meyers Bakery also on Jægersborggade. Bike through the Assisitents Cemetery where H.C Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard are buried, go to Elmegade for nice clothes, bike along Vesterbro and explore the coolest part of the city. Lunch at PatePate. Take your bike with the harbor bus to sail to Christianshavn and take a tour on Christiania. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the Café Månefiskeren. There are free concerts sometimes in the afternoon, so check that out! Go back to Vesterbro via Islandsbrygge and Bryggebroen (the Brygge Bridge). Eat your dinner at Fiskebaren in the meatpacking district, go to the bar Mikkeller in Viktoriagade for some really good beer and finish the night at Vega Nightclub. Q: What are your MUST SEEs in the city?! Copenhagen has a good mix of both old and new. For old buildings, we recommend the Danish Exchange built in 1620; Amalienborg, where the queen lives (yes we have a castle and a queen in the middle of the city); take a walk especially in Christianshavn, with its charming old houses by the canal. For modern architecture go and see the new royal Danish playhouse, situated by the waterside. Don’t miss the Black Diamond, the VM Mouantain, 8Tallet. And for crazy alternative houses built with fantasy, take a walk in Christiania! Q: Any other info about Copenhagen or Denmark you would like to share?! Don’t miss the Art Museum Louisiana, the Deer Park in Klampenborg, the North of Sealand for excellent beaches ( Tisvilde, Hornbæk, Gilleleje……), and Møns klint for beautiful nature. Visit Sweden for a day. If you really got time to explore Denmark, a visit to Skagen is a must. Incredible, beautiful light that has inspired many Danish painters and a sea where Skagerak and Kattegat meets. Denmark is full of small, cozy islands worth visiting.……. We could go on, and on, and on....!
Photo credits: Meyer-Lavigne"
a local: Rikke ! Graﬀ Juel!
Rikke is a talented stylist, decorator and visual merchandiser. She is passionate about design, art, illustration and graphic design. She grew up in a small town in Jutland and always knew she would eventually live in Copenhagen. When she made the move a few years later, she fell in love with the city and felt at home immediately. Fourteen years later, she is still inspired and she is “here to stay”. She recently bought a house in Frederiksberg where she lives with her husband and daughter. Check out her blog Ellens Album for loads of inspiring images.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Copenhagen?! What I love must of diversity and versatility. The city is divited into areas that are all very different. Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Østerbro, Frederiksberg, Christianshavn, Holmen a some of the areas and the feeling and street environment really changes within a few blocs. I it almost impossible to choose a favorite area because they all offers so much. Q: What are your MUST SEEs in the city?!
As a Interior stylist I must recommends some of the in my opinion top design stores in Copenhagen: • Beau Marché: New timeless industrial design and french vintage objects and furniture. They also have the nicest little café inside the alley where you can have a glass of wine and a shopping break. • Hay house: Flagshipstore for the Danish design brand Hay. Scanniavian furniture and a lot of accessories with prices starting from 2 dollars. A must see for first time visitors. • Stilleben: The most beautiful ceramics, posters etc. carefully chosen. Epitome of good taste. • Illums Bolighus: A big department store that will give you a good idea of what Danish design is all about. • Normann Copenhagen flagship store: Flagshipstore for the Danish design brand Normann Copenhagen and they also have a lot of other brands. Huge store with a lot of inspiration. • Dansk Made for Rooms: Danish design Store with more nice little shops in the area. In the other end of the street there is some good second hand shops and if you travel with children a big playground called Skydebanehaven. Ask for way, it is hidden! • Dora: A VERY nice shop with a special mix of Danish design classics and a lot of vintage objects. The hole street is a must see! Great atmosphere, so many nice shops, cafés and nice people. Try the Granola café just across the street, they have the best breakfast/lunch in a 50´s atmosphere. • Bob Noon: A little hidden gallery and art shop with drawings from talented Danish illustrators and artists. Originals as well as prints so it is not expensive. • Designer Zoo: Ceramics, ceramics, ceramics from some of the best Copenhagen ceramists. • Rabens Atelier: An Asian inspired home décor and furniture store with a twist of an industrial roughness to it. • NORD: A Interior shop with all the latest trends and traditional design objects in a lovely mix. Mumuland: A little shop with nice design accessories in porcelain, wood and textile. • Corfixen: More ceramics, but worth a visit if you are in the area. • CMYK: A basement filled with Illustrations and drawings with prizes that everyone can afford. Jægersborggade has a lot of small shops and cafés and there is a green area with a big playground at the end. • Munk: Hand-picked design, who matches that special Nordic feeling we love.
Photo credits: Rikke GraďŹ€ Juel!
a local:"Bjørn Agertved"
Bjørn Agertved is a Danish artist whose style is characterized by the use of bright colors, vivid strokes, lettering and prints on canvas. His “minimal yet explosive graphical style” has made its mark on the international art scene. For the last 16 years he has been living in Christianshavn, a “bohemian part of town, where all the sailors and the boat builders used to live.”
Q: Describe your perfect 24hrs in the city.! A perfect Saturday, I would get up early and make some breakfast for my son and girlfriend, then go to the local playground to play for an hour. Then we would go to Sweet Treat for a coffee and to read the newspaper, followed up by an hour drive to the Louisanna museum of modern of art. I would spend a few hours there, and then I’d go back to the city for a late lunch, maybe at café Victor. I’ll walk around and visit some of my favorite shops like Rue Verte. At night, after my son is put to bed, I would call a babysitter to look after him so my girlfriend a I would meet up with friends and go to a nice restaurant like Falernum, followed by some cocktails… Q: Iconic buildings in the city:! Børsen (former Copenhagen stock exchange), the new Opera house, the black diamond (the national library), the Blå planet (the national aquarium) and Vor Fralser Church at Christianshavn. Q: What are your MUST SEEs in the city?! For restaurants, I recommend Noma (voted 3 years in a row as the world’s best restaurant), Kadeau, and Kong Hans, MASH, HØST, Falernum, “LeLe” for Vietnamese, “Mother” for Pizzas. In the summer-time go for “Bådudlejningen” at Christianshavn right on the canals or “Morgenstedet” at Christiania to sit in the restaurant’s garden and eat organic and vegetarian food. People are often singing or dancing around you! For hotels, if you want something classy and stylish, go for Skt. Petri or Nimb. If you want something different and unique, go for CPH Living at Islands Brygge (a former ferry boat). For shopping, try Rue Verte, 2 great shops in the streets Studiestræde and Larsbjørnsgade. Make sure to visit Louisiana and the DAC. I also love coffee at Sweat treat, Christianshavn, and the Newgallery. Q: Any other info about Copenhagen or Denmark you would like to share?! The best time to visit is in the summertime or around Christmas where the is light and snow a around. A beautiful sign with a peaceful atmosphere…
Photo credits: BjĂ¸rn Agertved "
a local:!Anders Schønnemann !
Anders Schønnemann is a well-known Danish photographer. He lives 10-15 minutes north of Copenhagen, near the sea, and commutes to the capital city everyday for work. “I love that just after a short drive it gets more quiet and calm.” Make sure to check out his fab portfolio!
Q: Describe your perfect 24hrs in the city.! I would start with breakfast at Granola with my wife and to small girls, then we would take a walk to Torvehallerne and buy food for the perfect Sunday lunch. Then we would buy a coffee at Coffee Collective and drink it in kings garden followed by a little nap in the sun while the girls are playing. Lunch would be enjoyed with good friends at Aamaans Smoerebroed. In the afternoon I would take a long run by the ocean. Dinner would be enjoyed at my favorite Italian resturant ‘Enomania’ with my friend and food writer Matthew Fort. Q: What are your MUST SEEs in the city?! There are SO many to choose from: Take on your best shoes go for a walk. Vesterbro, Oesterbro and Noerrebro are the most interesting parts of Copenhagen with a very different feel to it. Q: Iconic buildings in the city:! The Black dimond ( public library ), The round tower, and the newly build operahouse and Amalienborg castle where the queen lives Q: What makes Copenhagen stand out from other capital cities?! It’s such a small city with only 1mil people living there. You can walk to almost everything and the restaurants are amazing… We have 13 Michelin stared restaurants including Noma with was the worlds best for 3 years in a row (now at nr 2 ). Q: What is your favorite thing about Copenhagen?! Torvehallerne is a fairly new food marked located in the city, and we go there in the weekends to shop for the best meat and vegetables. Q: Any other info about Copenhagen or Denmark you would like to share?! Take the train to Humlebæk station ( 45 min ) and visit Lousiana Museum.
Photo credits: Anders SchĂ¸nnemann/ Lucid !
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Published on Oct 1, 2013
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