A trip to Copenhagen feels like a date with the perfect guy - it’s charming and sophisticated enough to introduce to your parents without forfeiting an ounce of that captivating edginess that keeps you on your toes. The capital of the ‘friendliest country in the world’ pulls off this duality effortlessly, recently becoming the cooler cousin of other Nordic hotspots. In many ways, Copenhagen remains rooted in classic Scandinavian appeal—sleek, simple and streamlined. However, a rush of modern, eclectic eccentrics has infused the city with contemporary trends, a captivating mix of creative cuisine (think the world’s most buzzed about resto, Noma), bustling nightlife, and a distinct design aesthetic that has motivated the fashionable and fabulous to make their pilgrimage (Rihanna chief among them).
Fashion week reigns twice yearly, hosting over fifty thousand industry professionals (not to mention key celebrity attendees) and spawning enough drool worthy street style shots to fill your Instagram feed with envy. But it’s not all modern pursuits here. Walk (or bike) along the Nyhavn canal, an elegant waterway lined with sherbet-hued houses, and you’ll feel as though you’ve entered the set of a storybook. When the sun sets you’ll swap your jeans and trainers for structured shifts and moto booties (Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, please) to hit the industrial-chic clubs, remembering that this historical town is at the cutting edge of cool. In spite of it all, Copenhagen has not let the attention go to its head; the city maintains its laidback lifestyle, enhanced by the Danish denizens’ welcoming spirit. A date with the perfect guy may be a fairytale waiting to happen, but a week in Copenhagen is a fairytale come to life.