We love the cool Scandi chic of wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, from its hot Danish design to its effortlessly fashionable locals. We’ve got the insider scoop on shopping in Copenhagen: where to buy Scandianvian style must-haves, sip creative cocktails and snack on traditional smørrebrød sandwiches.
One of the top names in Copenhagen’s design directory is Georg Jensen, the high-impact silversmith that lends sleek Danish style to everything from elegant candlesticks to show-stopping jewellery; Smith reviewer Heather Cowper picks the brains of Georg Jensen’s Anne Mette Müller-Krogstrup for her guide to the best design shops and snack stops.
I’d meet them at at Amagertorv (above), Copenhagen’s central square, and we would drop in at Illums Bolighus, which sells a variety of accessories, furniture and lamps. Then we’d go next door to the Georg Jensen flagship store to see the beautiful selection of art nouveau silver (left).
Further down the street is Hay House (right), an innovative store with Danish design at its best – original, humorous and colourful. They also have one of the best views in town, so we’d take a five-minute break by the window. For lunch, we’d go to The Royal Café: the decor’s both funny and stylish, the food’s inspired by the traditional ‘smørrebrød’ (open-faced sandwich) and the service is charming! From here, we’d head to Lot #29, where the designer brands are cooler than a Danish winter day. Finally, we get an indulgent treat from Agnes Cupcakes — my favourites are the red velvet and liquorice flavours.
Let’s start with a visit to the newly renovated Rosenborg Castle to admire the original Flora Danica dinnerware collection (left), created in 1790 as a gift to Catherine the Great. In the Kings Garden, we’ll walk among the roses, sculptures and handsome royal guards (they’re not supposed to smile, but sometimes they do.)
After, we’d check out the work by emerging and established artists at Galleri Christina Wilson on Esplanaden. For lunch, we’d go to Gitte Kik, founded in 1797; the mix of good food and good people makes for a great buzz. Next door is Amazing Space spa, where we’d get the ‘Day in Heaven’ treatment. Newly detoxed, we’d to Ruby’s, one of the hippest bars in town, to start our evening…
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