COPENHAGEN | WHERE TO STAY

Hotel D’Angleterre
Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050
+45 33 12 00 95

Look up the word “plush” in the dictionary and I’m pretty sure you’ll find a picture of this hotel next to the definition. After undergoing a $110 million reno, the D’Angleterre, which dates back to 1755, is as luxurious and serene as it should be, and its location in the center of Copenhagen makes it a prime place to make your home base. 

Hotel SP34
Sankt Peers Stræde 34
+45 33 13 30 00

With daily wine hour, live concerts and DJ sessions on Friday nights, and a fully organic breakfast buffet, SP34 is definitely for the modern traveler. Located in Copenhagen’s Bohemian Latin Quarter known for its cafes, restaurants and design stores, SP34 is a great option for those looking for a more local experience.

The Nimb Hotel
Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577
+45 88 70 00 00

With only 38 rooms, you’ll have to plan ahead, but it’s worth it. The rooms are individually decorated and each boasts a view of the beautiful Tivoli Gardens (and bonus: you’ll get free entrance with your stay).

The Sanders
Tordenskjoldsgade 15, 1055
+45 46 40 00 40

The newest addition to the Copenhagen boutique hotel scene, The Sanders marries high-end luxury with quirky Danish design. Owned by former Danish Royal dancer, Alexander Kølpin, it’s no surprise that the décor is somewhat theatrical, with each of the 54 rooms modeled after the design you might have found on a luxury train back in the day (think Orient Express). All of the public spaces are equally as charming and dramatic and offer lots of outdoor options, which is huge draw in the long days of the Danish summer.

SKT Petri Copenhagen
Krystalgade 22, 1172
+45 33 45 91 00

Maybe I love SKT Petri because its housed in what used to be home to the Daells Varehus department store, or maybe it’s because even though it’s large (288 rooms) it still feels boutique-y. But whatever it is, it’s a hotel that has my heart. The rooms are well designed, bright and clean and the Garden Courtyard is an awesome spot to take lunch.

COPENHAGEN | WHERE TO EAT

Barr
Strandgade 93, 1401
+45 32 96 32 93

When Noma chef René Redzepi closed his doors to relocate in February 2017, he turned the space over to German-born Danish chef Thorsten Schmidt, and to say that my meal here was extraordinary would not even begin to do it justice. For starters, the restaurants’ design is nothing short of perfect: all warm and woody and modern-rustic farmhouse. It’s a room you want to spend the day in (and actually, we did). The menu is small enough to allow you to order everything (we did that, too). There’s not one thing I would suggest you skip, but there are a few you cannot miss: Hot Smoked Herring (and I don’t like herring), the Ribs for Two (first choice) and Glazed Cod for Two (second choice) and the thing you REALLY can’t miss? The Belgian Waffle with Lumpfish Roe and Sour Cream. It’s so good you might even order it twice (guilty). Come for lunch when the light is soft and perfect and you can spend a decent amount of time, because I promise you won’t want to leave.

Bæst
Guldbergsgade 29, 2200
+45 35350463

No matter how good it is, at some point, you’re going to need a break from Nordic food, and Bæst not only thankfully serves pizza, it serves what might be the best pizza you’ll ever eat anywhere. Lively, loud and packed at all times, the menu is great, simple Italian and you can’t go wrong with any of it. But I promise, the pizza is where it’s at. (PS: this is another spot by Christian Puglisi and Kim Rosen. See Manfreds + Relae, below).

Geist
Kongens Nytorv 8, København K, 1050
+45 33133713

Chef Bo Bech secured a loan to open his first restaurant, Paustian, by setting up a grill on the street outside a bank and making a leek dish for the bank manager. The next day he had the money. Paustian earned him a Michelin star and praise from the food world (Noma chef Rene Redzepi called him one of the world’s greatest chefs). Today he is in the kitchen at Geist, his sexy, urban eatery that checks all of the Copenhagen restaurant scene boxes: Great design? Got it. Beautiful staff. Yep. Inventive, New Nordic Cuisine? Of course. In fact, it’s the perfect marriage of modern cuisine with a hearty Danish twist. Don’t miss the Baked Silver Onions with Tamari, Ginger, Lime and Sesame or the Suckling Pig. Both are signature dishes and both are sublime. 

Geranium
8, Per Henrico Lings Allé 4, 2100
+45 69 96 00 20

With three (yes, three) Michelin stars and a Chef who won a bronze, silver AND a gold in France’s Bocuse d’Or cooking competition, Geranium might very well be the best restaurant in Copenhagen. And what makes the Modern Scandinavian eatery even cooler is its location on the eighth floor of the country’s national soccer stadium. 

Gro Spiseri
Æbeløgade 4, 2100
+45 31 87 07 45

Really good family-style dishes served on a green roof just outside the city. The setting is as romantic as it gets, and the menu focuses on organic and local products.

Hija de Sanchez
8 Slagterboderne København V, 1716
+45 53 73 95 10

When it’s time for lunch and you need a taco (and who doesn’t?), this is your spot. Chef and Owner Rosio Sanchéz, a first generation Mexican-American from the Southside of Chicago, knows her stuff. And Mexican food in Copenhagen is sort of like finding an oasis in the desert. Sidebar: Sanchéz was the pastry Chef at Noma.

Höst
Nørre Farimagsgade 41, 1364
+45 89 93 84 09

Höst has won several International design awards, including the Worlds’ Best Designed Restaurant from the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards and the World’s Most Beautiful Restaurant from Travel + Leisure. And if you can believe it, the design takes a backseat to the food. With a menu based on seasonal Nordic cooking and a dining room that’s at once cozy AND airy, you cant go wrong with a meal here.

Manfreds
Jægersborggade 40, 2200
+45 36 96 65 93

Run by Chef Christian Puglisi and front-of-house head, Kim Rossen, who met at Noma years ago, this is the more laidback cousin to their high-end Relae. Part organic wine bar, part veggie-focused family-style restaurant (that also serves meat, to be clear), it’s cozy, intimate and super hearty. 

Mother
Høkerboderne 9-15, 1712
+45 22 27 58 98

Super casual pizza spot (with a Danish twist, obv). A great lunch option. 

Noma
Refshalevej 96, 1432
If you have heard anything abut dining in Copenhagen, you’ve likely heard about Noma, one of the most famous restaurants to ever grace this Earth. I won’t bore you with the details since I’m sure you know them already (and if you don’t, it’s been written about so many times I’d hate to even try to compete), but when we visited in January 2018, the new Noma was not yet open. We did tour the site, but alas missed eating there. All of this to say that I’ve included it not because I have first-hand knowledge of Chef René Redzepi’s brilliance, but because I firmly believe that every person who sets foot in Denmark should make a pilgrimage there. We did eat in the restaurants of many of Redzepi’s disciples, and the Noma movement is one that should not be missed. All of the food we had was extraordinary and inventive and worthy of all of the praise its been given, so I can only guess that the actual Noma will be even more spectacular.

Relae
Jægersborggade 41, 2200
+45 36 96 66 09

Choose from 4 or 7-course tasting menus that are chock full of sustainable ingredients and won’t break the bank. Run by Chef Christian Puglisi and Kim Rossen, two of Noma’s disciples, the feel is decidedly so. And while the cuisine is mostly New Nordic, it’s also something more with some Italian and even Asian inspiration.

Torvehallerne
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360
+45 70 10 60 70

One of the best food halls I’ve seen with over 60 stalls, it’s perfect for a stroll and a great, casual lunch. 

Sanchez
Istedgade 60, 1650
+45 31 11 66 40

She may have started with tacos, but Chef Rosio Sanchéz moved on to something between casual and fine Mexican dining and you should be glad she did. The perfect spot for a break from New Nordic. 

108
Strandgade 108, 1401
+45 32 96 32 92

Another of Noma’s siblings, this one with one Michelin star, the only way I can describe 108 is that it’s super cool. All steel and glass and concrete, the design is modern as is the menu. And it is GOOD. And yes, it’s New Nordic.

COPENHAGEN | WHAT TO DO

Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257
+45 33 12 21 86

The home of the Danish Royal Family, Amalienborg Palace is all Rococo goodness. 

Designmuseum
Bredgade 68, 1260
+45 33 18 56 56

This is a must-do. Follow Danish design from the beginning of time through present day, including fashion. It’s a great first-stop for a crash course in what you’ll see for the rest of your trip.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk
Located 35km from the city, this museum is well worth the trip. From Picasso to Giacometti, there are over 4000 pieces in the permanent collection, so make some time. And don’t miss a walk through the incredible Sculpture Park.

Glyptoteket
Dantes Plads 7, 1556
The personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the Carlsberg Brewery family, it’s primarily a sculpture museum (you can see Rodin’s The Kiss here) and the collection focuses mostly on Ancient Greek and Roman works as well as art from the Danish Golden Age. 

COPENHAGEN | WHAT TO BUY

The Apartment
Overgaden neden Vandet 33, 1st floor, 1414
Enter this fully shoppable apartment, and you’ll want to just grab your bags and move in. Honestly it’s chock full of everything that makes Denmark the design capital of the universe.

Cinnober Bookshop
Landemærket 9, 1119
+45 26 13 98 33

If you’re into paper and stationary and desk accessories, Cinnober is for you. There’s a beautiful selection of coffee table books as well.

Dansk Made for Rooms
Istedgade 80, 1650
+45 32 18 02 55

More great Danish design.

Designer Zoo
Vesterbrogade 137, 1620
+45 3324 9493

There are 7 in-house designers over 7 workshops, all selling very cool and unique handmade goods.

Dora
Værnedamsvej 6, 1619
+45 32 21 33 57

Classic design on a super cute corner.

Georg Jensen
Brigade 12, 1260
+45 3311 5252
Because, George Jensen.

Hay
Østergade 61, 1100 (2nd + 3rd floors)
+45 42 82 08 20

Designer tech pieces alongside dishware and every other home accessory you can imagine.

Herrernes Magasin by David K
Nørregade 20, 1165
+45 33 11 06 23

Men always get the short end of the shopping stick, so let him loose in here and he’ll forget all about the bags you’re making him carry. From bowties to blazer, he’ll walk out looking like a real Danish Gent.

Illumes Bolighus
Amagertorv 10, 1160
+45 33 14 19 41

Copenhagen’s version of a department store is a mecca for modern design.

Rue Verte
Ny Østergade 11, 1101
+45 33 12 55 55

High-end interior design in a building almost as beautiful as what they’re selling.

Stilleben
Niels Hemmingsens Gade 3, 1153
+45 33 91 11 31

The best of Danish design (because EVERYONE needs a glass teapot. Not kidding).

Storm
Regnegade 1, 1110
+45 3393 0014

It’s easy to forget about clothing when you’re surrounded by so much home design, but don’t miss a visit to Storm, where you’ll find cutting edge men’s and women’s brands alongside great local skincare and makeup brands.

Summerbird
Kronprinsensgade 11, 1114
+45 33 93 80 40

When you need some energy to keep going on your shopping excursion, head to this amazing chocolate shop where all of their chocolate is from Valrhôna and has zero additives or preservatives.