Although Stockholm is our beloved home, we have to say that Copenhagen comes real close to being our favourite Scandinavian city. We like to think of the Danish capital as the bridge between Scandinavia and continental Europe. It is a city rich in cultural opportunities that welcomes visitors with its great food. Perhaps best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to enjoy all of its charms – making it a great weekend retreat. Below are some of our personal favourites.
Copenhagen is home to Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world. Its setting is the essence of industrial Nordic cool – a moody quayside warehouse overlooking a harbour skirted by iconic architecture. Guests wrap themselves in soft bearskins, lean back in gorgeous handcrafted chairs and welcome a new dawn of innovative Scandinavian feasting – with not a meatball in sight.
At Noma, the hip sit happily beside the been-there-forever; the buzz is wholesome and the people appear to possess a collective calm. Here lies the appeal of Copenhagen; while the city has fabulous designers, chefs and architects, you’ll find little that’s tiresomely trendy or overly self-conscious.
When it comes to hotels, Copenhagen continues to deliver. Our personal favourite, Nimb, is possibly Copenhagen’s most outstanding boutique address, with impeccable service, 13 beautiful rooms and suites – dressed with hand-woven fabrics, antique furniture and an abundance of fresh flowers – and a ground-floor organic dairy and bakery. The bar is great for after-dinner-drinks.
If you prefer a less extravagant hotel, the Skt Petri is about the size of a cathedral, with sparse but vibrantly colourful rooms designed by Per Arnoldi. And if you’re looking for a casual bite (or simply forgot to book a table at Noma more than a month before your visit) Manfreds is a great choice.
For shopping check out Magasin du Nord and Wardrobe 19, and to get your hands on some cool Danish design make sure you head over to Hay – which is also the place to find a gift for someone you love.
If you’ve got time, make sure you visit The National Museum, which features Matisse, Picasso and Munch, as well as The Danish Museum of Art & Design, where you’ll find all-stars such as Arne Jacobsen, Jacob Jensen and Hans Wegner. If the weather is nice, there are plenty nice parks, such as King’s Garden, which was laid out during the reign of King Christian IV in connection to his pleasure Palace. It’s not big, but it’s beautiful – much like Copenhagen itself.