Copenhagen
Overview

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.

Stay

Where to stay

Indulge

Indulge

DINING

On leisurely mornings, locals head to Atelier September for a much-needed caffeine boost in a laid back vibe. Think cozy neutrals (a Calypso cashmere scarf and your favorite JBrand’s would do you well) to blend perfectly with the simple, fresh ambience as you dive into their trademark avocado on rye toast, among other tasty and healthy delights. When it comes to fine dining, we’d be remiss not to begin with Noma, a frequent chart-topper as best restaurant in the world. Though we’d venture to say a reservation is as coveted as vintage Chanel, the aesthetic of this establishment is quite relaxed, rooted in its sleek, uncluttered Scandinavian style and set in the ground floor of a renovated warehouse. Head chef Rene Redzepi plans to close the famed restaurant by the end of 2016, so come while you can to experience a world-class, 20-course, innovative meal, inspired from every Nordic spot imaginable. Can’t make it to Noma in time? Former Noma chefs have spun off to open their own (more accessible) gourmet spots, starting with Amass. Come to this industrial-looking open kitchen for a fun lunch with a contemporary menu, or for a romantic 5-9 course dinner.  The aforementioned Marchal, set in Hotel D’Angleterre, is another stunning dining option inspired by French and Nordic cuisine (the steak is a favorite). We recommend dressing with classic elegance in mind, to compliment the polished décor.  If looking to experiment with a little quirk, both in trends and in taste, sport a bold look to Restaurant Geist, a hot spot on-the-rise serving up impressive and eccentric Nordic small plates (the lobster tartare and duck breast with raspberries are a favorite).

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Swipe a deep hue across your lips before sampling zesty cocktails at the dark and moody Llama Restaurant & Bar, a perfect spot for cocktails and tapas of South American flair. If you find yourself craving a taste of home and a break from nouveau Nordic cuisine, stop by Baest for lunch, a favorite pizza spot that should be included on any foodies itinerary (if you’re skeptical, it’s worth noting Beast was opened by the Michelin-starred Copenhagen chef Christian Puglisi). 

NIGHTLIFE

By evening or by day, the unique Kayak Bar floats, literally, in the heart of Copenhagen, nestled on the canal bank between Christiansborg, Børsen, and The National Bank. Cheers with a glass of bubbly or simply a coffee pick-me-up while enjoying whatever event that day has to offer, from concerts, to food courses, to various parties and festivals. A more luxurious scene for after-hours can be found at Curfew, owned by Humberto Saraviva Marques, a well-versed vet in crafting creative cocktails. Be sure to sample a cocktail made from Humberto’s own liqueur, bitter, or syrup as you sit at the bar or sink into the luscious green couches. For an upscale vibe head to 1105, named for its postal code, and known for its smooth mix of Motown and jazz playing amid the soft light. Dress with subtle sophistication in mind, to blend perfectly with the delicate ambience whilst sipping a cocktail crafted to perfection. Unmarked and unadvertised, Ruby is the hottest new addition to the Copenhagen bar scene, whose “hard to find” nature coupled with its chic décor gives it a sense of perfect exclusivity (though once inside, the attire of most clientele is broadly more casual). If you manage to find the sneaky hotspot, housed in a gorgeous old apartment building, be sure to sample one of their creative concoctions—we recommend the Burnt Fig Cocktail—while mingling under the high-ceilinged Scandinavian interior. Fellow wine-enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Ved Stranden 10, a wine shop as well-stocked and varied as your shoe collection. The wine bar divides into four rooms: three living rooms of modern décor, featuring inventory of natural wines from top producers across the globe, and a shop from which you can purchase your favorite samples. 

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Explore

Explore

To explore like a true local, abandon your favorite heels in lieu of flats or sneakers and hop on a good old-fashioned bicycle. You can usually borrow bikes for free from the hotels, or rent one by the day or week from Copenhagen Bikes in order to pedal along the canals and through beautiful gardens. On a rainy afternoon, the Design Museum Denmark displays famous international ceramics among other central tenets of Danish design. If visiting between July and September, indulge your inner princess and enjoy a stunning tour of Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish royal family and one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in the country. If you’re lucky, you may catch the Danish Royal Life Guard marching through the streets. Whether or not you have any sort of musical affinity, you’d be remiss not to visit the iconic Opera House, the most modern and expensive opera house in the world. Located on the island of Holmen, the Opera House contains an enormous main stage connected to five others, in addition an orchestra pit that seats 110 musicians. Finally, see the city from a leisurely river cruise on the Copenhagen Boat tour along the canal. Boats leave regularly from Nyhavn for hour-long tours during which you’ll enjoy unique views of the palace and the opera house without scuffing your Gucci Ace sneaks

SHOP

Where to Shop

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As we may have mentioned, when it comes to fashion, Copenhagen delivers. No need for Bergdorfs withdrawal when Copenhagen’s premium department store Illum boasts everything from delicate perfumes, to elevated attire, upscale home goods, and luxurious lingerie. The expertly decorated site particularly thrives in its offering of Scandinavian brands and cool concepts stores (insider tip: the rooftop restaurant serves a bomb Sunday brunch). On the corner of Store Regnegade sits Storm, an iconic fashion shop that radiates international coolness. A leader in trendsetting, Storm sells luxe labels like Givenchy, among a plethora of upscale accessories, shoes, and jewelry.  For further couture finds, Malene Birger is another must-shop on your high fashion journey, with new looks from mainline favorite brands and accessories. If names like Chanel, Hermes, and Lanvin are like a beckon call to you, head to Birger Christensen—complete with its own “fur lab” (you’ll have to see it to believe it). Because a girl’s shoe collection always welcomes new additions, claim a fresh new pair from Kassandra, the best shoe shop of the city, where leather scents from Prada, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney permeate the air. If seeking some Nordic flair to bring back home, the two-floored Hay House is filled with furniture and accessories by Danish Company.  Lastly, score stunning porcelain goods at Royal Copenhagen, a store of impeccable design that also houses a sweet café and a museum on the second floor. 

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