Our guide to Copenhagen

Written by Tina Rydergård

Where to Stay

Nobis hotel

Our obvious first choice is Nobis, a five-star luxury design hotel set in a historic building from 1903—  transformed into a cutting edge contemporary place by Wingårdh Arkitekter. The 77 spacious rooms and suites include bathrooms covered in grey Bardiglio marble from Italy and with stuffed with toiletries by our swedish favourite Byredo and the most comfortable beds from another swedish luxury favourite, Dux. The hotel restaurant Niels offers quality modern Scandinavian cuisine, excellent service, and an breakfast buffet that feels both fresh and genuine and is the best we ever had. 

Niels Brocks Gade 1b @nobishotelcopenhagen

Skt Petri

Another great choice if you want to stay right in the city centre, is hotel Skt Petri, offering a refined sense of luxury. The hotel has just finished a fullrefurbishment, including a new extension and additional rooms and is now embracing a brand-new design that reflects a desire to offer a timeless sense of laidback luxury. Also this hotel has a great taste when it comes to toiletries, here you find the danish design studio Frama, and it is the perfect match! The location of the hotel is perfect and close to “everything”. Plus this is a big hotel and somewear that you can bring your whole family and relatives or your biggest group of friends along, you will all fit. Perfect for a large group!

Krystalgade 22 @sktpetri

Where to Eat

Ateliér September

Is open from early morning to late afternoon, here you find extremely photogenic and delectable food. The menu includes classics such as granola, avocado toast, and porridge, as well as innovative and creative options like yogurt with zucchini jam and matcha, that I hear should be a real treat, I will try it next time!

Gothersgade 30 @atelierseptember

Apollo Bar

One of Copenhagen’s trendiest establishments, a secluded spot by Kunsthal Charlottenborg, just off the busy canal sides of Nyhavn in an ivy-covered red-brick building. Its situated in the art space Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Nyhavn, and serves modern scandinavian cuisine all day long.

Nyhavn 2 @apollo_bar

Menu Space café and showroom

Menu Space is founded by Norm Architects as a creative initiative focused on bringing creative thinkers closer to the brand and encouraging them to share their idea and stories. The halls are filled with sophisticated and classic furniture from the Danish design brand Menu. The showroom is located in the new, industrial Copenhagen neighbourhood Nordhavn, and it has its own café, where visitors can relax and enjoy the inspiring surroundings.

Hamborg Plads 2 @menuspace

Sonny

A trendy hangout that attracts Copenhagen’s stylish crowd with their avocado sandwich (poached egg, chimichurri, beetroot spread, nuts, and greens on rye). Order their Sonny Combo to get the sandwich, a matcha granola bowl, and hot drink of your choice, as well as their Sonny juice (a blend of apple, ginger, turmeric, and spirulina). Here you also find the most delish banana bread, it chocolaty, and if you want you can have it toasted, with butter. The popular café and eatery has many other tempting offerings for breakfast, brunch and lunch of course, like matcha granola, bircher muesli, avocado toast, and salads, an to drink ofcourse there is, matcha and turmeric lattes too.

Rådhusstræde 5 @sonnycph

Mirabelle

Mirabelle has some of the best croissants and pain au chocolat that the city has to offer. Open from early morning to late night, the small bakery and restaurant is specialized in pastry and fresh pasta made on site with organic, seasonal and local produce. 

Guldbergsgade 29 @mirabelle_restaurant

Bæst

This is an organic, Italian-inspired restaurant in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen. Sustainability and ecology are key words - and all the produce used on the premises will be certified organic. The focus is on high quality meats. The family style menu consists of different cuts of chargrilled organic meat, house-made charcuterie and wood-fired pizza slices. Above the restaurant is a micro dairy where fresh mozzarella is hand-crafted on a daily basis - technically a “fior di latte” made by biodynamic Danish cows’ milk. Beside the dairy is a salumeria, where the chefs prepare different sorts of cured meats such as salami and coppa made from organic, free-range pigs from the famous Hindsholm-farm.

Guldbergsgade 29 @baestcph

BEAU MARCHÉ
Nothing beats the magical combination of food and furniture. Beau Marché offers an eclectic mix of new and vintage furniture and home decor with a sort of modern-bohemian vibe. The kitchen and small restaurant space is located in the back courtyard and serves a classic French menu with morning croissants and omelets, and chèvre chaud, green salads and cheeses for lunch and dinner. 

Ny Østergade 32 @beaumarchecph

Where to Shop

Holly Golightly

Is a luxury fashion retailer who stock some of the most exclusive brands of the world, such as Proenza Schouler, Chloé, Marni, Gianvito Rossi, but I go  here for the local treasures like Saks Potts, thats one of the most trendy danish brands right now and Pernille Lauridsen, whos usage of pears is multifarious, and her eclectic taste is expressed through designs that can be graphic and geometrical, or extravagant and imaginative. This store is truly amazing in its style and I just want to stay in here for several hours and try everything. 

Borgergade 17B @hollygolightlydk

Jane Kønig

Jane Kønig's jewellery design occurs in the meeting between old and modern. She uses antique gemstones with modern materials. This provides her line of jewellery with a personal and unique touch. All the jewellery is handmade and travels are often the inspiration for the designs. During travels Jane Kønig discovers local materials such as leather and bone, which she incorporates in her jewellery along with diamonds and gemstones. Jane Kønig's philosophy is to challenge women's way of wearing jewellery and get them to experiment with their look.

Gothersgade 54 @janekoenig

Maria Black

Danish jewelry designer Maria Black is an international phenomenon. Today her pieces can be seen adorning the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jessica Alba. Black’s work is based on further development of the same shapes and styles, so you can combine pieces to create a jewelry wardrobe. Every piece is handmade, every surface filed and every part set in place by human hands.

Silkegade 13 @mariablackjewellery

Ganni

Dont think this bright shining star in Scandinavian fashion needs a further introduction but here is the basic version, Ganni is a Danish fashion brand, based in the heart of Copenhagen. It’s a family-driven business that thrives with Copenhagen’s casual but straightforward culture. Scandinavian at heart, it´s very inspired by Copenhagen women and even feature selected ’Ganni Girls’ as a tribute to independent women all over the world. It’s that kind of dress, or that printed t-shirt that’ll become your favourite go-to piece to avoid any outfit crisis. Thanks to the edgy designs that are super easy to wear, their items work just as well for the office as for a date-night.

Store Regnegade 12 @ganni

Stine Goya

At Stine Goya you can spend all your money on printed outfits, subtle colours, classic Goya pieces with gold, pastels and peach coloured goodies. Renew your wardrobe with both casual and party clothes. The interior in the flagship store is unique and exudes Stine Goya. The materials are primarily brass, marble, coloured glass, velvet and a colour palette consisting of peach, gold and orange. That way the collection and the interior go hand in hand to create a special universe in spirit of the Danish designer.

Gothersgade 58 @stinegoyastudio

ArtFusion

ArtFusion Copenhagen is a contemporary fashion brand based in Copenhagen, with sustainability as a natural part. It´s is essentially an expression of art through fashion. An aesthetic universe, where we strive to create simple, but original collections. Collections that transcend seasons and aims to surprise, inspire and compliment your personal style. The ArtFusion personality is feminine, with a bit of an edge, some sporty vibes and a lot of love. With a vision is to create slow fashion and be a positive influence in the industry as well as our society. Using high quality and sustainable fabrics, our garments are meant to last season after season.

Online only @artfusioncophenhagen

Hosbjerg pop-up

It´s a Danish fashion brand with its head office in the heart of Copenhagen. A brand with the purpose of making designs in good quality at affordable prices. The identity is based on sporty references that still manage to emphasize the feminine and modern woman.

Vestergade 11, 1 floor @hosbjerg_popup

Norgaard paa Stroget

Here you find the danish designer Mads Nørgaard's classics basic t-shirts, edgy denim and cool dresses with an edgy yet feminine touch. The prices are reasonable and the clothes wearable. This stores also contains brands such as Vilsbøl de Arche, Ann Demeulemeester, Paul Smith and Stine Goya. But as for me I go here for Saks Potts, what else?!

Amagertorv 13 - 15 @madsnorgaard

Birger Christensen

Step into the large shop where some of the world 's most beautiful and valuable furs is made. This is also the place where Jens Birger Christensen, who is the fourth generation of the company, has decorated the store with carefully selected designers from the desire to represent the best in each segment. In both men and women you’ll find a large price-span to serve the many different customer profiles. The store's interior is characterized by the love of the sublime and the passion for uncompromised craftsmanship. Some of the many designers that are to find in the store are: Céline, Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent , Valentino, Marni, Forte_forte, Jimmy Choo, Birger Christensen, Balmain, Lanvin, Monclear and my favourite, yes you had it right, Saks Potts. 

Østergade 38 @birgerchristensen

Another Nué

As the name might reveal, another nué is the second store in the nué universe that originates from Gammel Kongevej in Frederiksberg. As an addition to the small nué boutique in Frederiksberg, another nué offers a bigger selection of the great brands that are part of the fashionable nué universe. The exclusive experience of shopping in nué is well-kept at the new store, where all items are carefully handpicked by the owners according to their personal style – a perfect combination of rock chic and femininity. You’ll find a mixture of elegant workwear, grandiose statement pieces and stylish sneakers. The shop is light and open while the racks are filled with colours and prints trying their best to overshine eachother. There’s something for every occasion, whether you’re looking for high-end design or everyday favourites. The selection includes prestigious international designers, but also a lot of great, Danish design such as nué notes, Lovechild 1979, Anni Lu, Saks Potts and Sophie Bille Brahe.

Krystalgade 3 @nue_group

Illum 

This is Copenhagen's premium department store. A skillfully decorated shopping paradise, offering everything from fashion and beauty to home décor and design. You will find many in store shops in ILLUM and many of the local danish designers like Stine Goya, Blanche, Baum und Pferdgarten, and also local jewellery designers like Jane Kønig, Maria Black and Pernille Lauridsen. The beauty department is full of all the international brands as well as a large collection of organic skin products. The basement is home to the Italian food chain, EATALY which is perfect for grocery shopping of the finest, Italian food and produce. You can also feast on their authentic pizza, pasta, wine and other specialties.

Østergade 52 @illumcph

Illums Bolighus

Illums Bolighus is the premier centre in Scandinavia for Danish and international design. Furniture, lamps, kitchen and bathroom articles, ceramics, porcelain, silver, and glassware.

Illums Bolighus is part of the George Jensen chain of Royal Shopping stores at the Amager Torv Square. Other Royal Shopping stores include George Jensen Silver, Holmegaard, and Royal Copenhagen Porcelain. A browse through this temple to modern design will provide imaginative ideas for gifts to those back home. You get the best in Danish design, materials, and craftmanship, known all over the world for its unique beauty and simplicity of style.

Amagertorv 10 @illumsbolighus

Hay house

Hay creates contemporary furniture and design products with an eye for modern living and has a great stake in Copenhagen's position as a city of world-class design. The Danish interior design shop Hay House is located on the second floor in Østergade street, also known as Strøget pedestrian shopping street, in central Copenhagen. Here you will find straightforward and functional furniture and design pieces in unconventional shapes, but even smaller often funny things for the home - from designer pillows and towels to wall clocks and vases - can be found.

Østergade 61, 2. @haydesign

Poppykalas

Poppykalas is a Copenhagen based creative studio specialising in styling, consultancy and art direction. It stages floral concepts in an original way that challenges the traditional way of arranging flowers and the sensual interaction with them.

Tullinsgade 5 @poppykalas

Studio Oliver Gustav

Is located in a neoclassicist building, the stunningly beautiful locale holds the designer’s own line of made-to-order sofas and armchairs in hemp or linen, perfectly paired with unique vintage or antique objects and designs by other contemporary artists.

Kastelsvej 18 @studioolivergustav

Frama

On a quiet street in the royal quarter around Nyboder, Frama Studio Store lies nestled in the old space of St. Pauls Apotek, dating back to 1878. Frama operates in various creative fields and produces beautiful designs in furniture, lighting, kitchens, books and apparel. Frama Studio Store in Copenhagen is Frama’s creative headquarters. The store showcases their timeless, modern and simple designs in beautiful contrast to the classic interiors of the old pharmacy. Being in the old pharmacy goes well with Frama’s creative line of combining the classic with the contemporary. Frama’s designs are known to focus on the use of natural materials, quality and simple geometrics. This is how they maintain the timeless yet modern look they’re known for. Frama has stores in seven cities around the world, with locations in both Mexico City and New York. Their straight-forward and extremely graphic approach to design is what makes their style so captivating and aesthetically beautiful.

Fredericiagade 57 @framacph

Where to Visit

Glyptoteket

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in the heart of Copenhagen displays ancient and modern art in truly unique surroundings. Neighbours to Nobis hotel. Its founded in 1888 by the brewer Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914), the art museum contains two main departments combining art in impressive architectural surroundings. The Department of Antiquities houses excellent collections of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art, providing a delightful stroll through 3500 years of art and history. The Modern Department focuses on Danish painting and sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as French art of the same period. Enjoy paintings from Denmark's Golden Age, and experience French Impressionism as well as more than 40 works by Gauguin. It is also possible to see the complete series of Degas' bronzes and 35 sculptures by Rodin. In the beautiful and spacious Winter Garden, you can take a breather and refresh yourself at Café Glyptoteket where you can enjoy a piece of cake, a light lunch or maybe just a coffee in the peaceful surroundings. Remember, on Tuesdays entrance is free.

Dantes Plads 7 @glyptoteket

SMKThe National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst)

Is Denmark’s largest art museum, featuring outstanding collections of Danish and international art from the past seven centuries. SMK is located just off of Copenhagen's Nørreport station. Here you can experience special exhibitions, the royal collections, guided tours, performances, art talks, concerts, workshops and much more. At  the SMK you can enjoy the grand masters of art history along with cutting-edge contemporary artists and the rising stars of the art scene. No other museum in Denmark shows such a rich and varied selection of art – from the European classics of the Renaissance to the overwhelming diversity of modern and contemporary art. Here you will find gems by artists such as Mantegna, Nolde, Anna Ancher, Derain, Rubens, Matisse, Hammershøi, Munch, Abramovic, Danh Vo and Elmgreen & Dragset. The SMK is especially famous for its beautiful collection of Danish Golden Age art, the country’s most comprehensive collection of Danish contemporary art – and one of the world’s best Matisse collections. See it all, or just what you feel like. Spend five hours or five minutes.

Sølvgade 48-50 @smkmuseum

Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand

This is a modern exhibition hall with an extensive history. Gl Strand was renovated in 2010 and has reopened its doors for a newly refurbished and future exhibition space. The goal is to stay abreast of the newest tendencies within Danish and international contemporary art, the key objective being the support of young artists. They aim at propagating the understanding of art in general through exhibitions of contemporary art. Thus, the visions today are no different from when Gl Strand was founded in 1825. As an exhibition hall, Gl Strand does not have a permanent collection. This gives Gl Strand a great deal of freedom and allows us a curatorial openness and experimental flexibility that is different from that of the traditional museum. Throughout history Gl Strand has had a tradition for presenting the Danish audience with new art, and for putting art into new contexts and different framesets. His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Denmark is the patron of Gl Strand.

Gl. Strand 48 @kunstglstrand

Louisiana

The beautiful museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is located 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen and it has gained a reputation as a museum in touch with the zeitgeist of the contemporary art world. Experience international artists, concerts and lectures. This should be at the top of your list among cultural attractions to visit in the city. Stroll among French paintings from masters like Monet, Cézanne, and van Gogh, and ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. Come on Tuesdays when admission is free, and don’t miss their café and boutique as well as the roof terrace open during the summer.

Gammel Strandvej 13 @louisianamuseum

Things you shoud always bring back home, after a trip to Copenhagen

Skincare from the leeding danish brandsFor example Instant Hydrating Mask, Super3 Booster, Enriched Moisturising Body Lotion from Beaute Pacifique. Lip Cure, Enrichment Leave On Mask, Baked Mineral Silk from Tromborg. Handwash and lotion from Frama. Multipurpose calming balm; a redness-reducing face mist; a three-in-one micellar water that cleanses, tones, and hydrates, as well as dry brushes from organic Karmameju.

Liquorice from the famous danish brand Lakrids by Johan Bülow, which contains a whole range of different flavours of chocolate coated liquorice.