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An Independent Guide to Copenhagen

Thanks to its exciting foodie scene and reputation as the most fun date in the fashion month calendar, Copenhagen has long been the go-to city break destination for tastemakers with style. Once you’ve done ​​Edvard Eriksen’s The Little Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens, look beyond the landmarks and explore the city like a local. Read on for our independent guide to Copenhagen, from the boutiques to browse to the best place to eat smørrebrød.

Where to Shop in Copenhagen

Bongusta, Broste Copenhagen, Ganni, Baum und Pferdgarten - Copenhagen is home to some of our all-time favourite Trouva brands. Explore homegrown talent around the city and stock up on the best of Scandi style.

PLTY
@plty
Design prints and posters feature in every Scandi home we get inspired by on Instagram. Get the look by heading to PLTY, the Copenhagen design store where you’ll find their line of best selling typographic prints.
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TTLL
@ttll_store_copenhagen
When it comes to curated clothing stores in Copenhagen, TTLL should be on your list. The fashion and lifestyle boutique offers a great selection of new arrivals from Danish brands such as Levete Room, Dea Kudibal and Cras.
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STINE GOYA
@stinegoyastudio
Danish designer Stine Goya’s Copenhagen flagship is a definite must-see in the city. Browse the latest collections from the cult brand in a pastel pink gallery-like setting.
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Where to Stay in Copenhagen

In a city renowned for its design, it’s no surprise that the hotels in Copenhagen boast impressive interiors like no other. Read on for three of our favourite stays.

HOTEL SANDERS
@hotelsanders
With rattan headboards, freestanding tubs and peaceful green tones used throughout, Hotel Sanders is an oasis of calm inside the city. The hotel’s restaurant is a great spot for dinner or cocktails, whether you’re staying here or not.

NOBIS HOTEL
@nobishotelcopenhagen
Located right next to Copenhagen Central Station, the Nobis Hotel is the perfect base for all your explorations of the city. The historic 1903 building from 1903 has been given contemporary touches - think HAY’s Palissade garden furniture - that will give you lots of inspiration to take back home with you.

MANON LES SUITES
@guldsmedenhotels
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Manon Les Suites was a hotel on a sun-drenched island. This tropical oasis and eco-hotel is an Instagram hotspot - and the relaxing haven you need while making the most of your trip.

Where to Eat in Copenhagen

The Danish capital is known for its culinary scene, with three-star restaurant Geranium having just been named number 1 on the world’s 50 best restaurants list. Beyond the award winners, you’ll find local favourites and historic institutions alike.

SELMA
@selma_copenhagen
Ordering a smørrebrød is one of things you can’t miss out on while you’re in Copenhagen. Selma is the undisputed top spot, as the only smørrebrød restaurant to receive a Bib Gourmand in the Nordic Guide Michelin.

BARR
@barrcph
Located on Copenhagen’s waterfront, you’ll find the best of Nordic cuisine at Barr - from Danish meatballs to savoury waffles. Sit outside, try traditional dishes and order a cold beer - it’s the perfect people-watching spot.

JATAK
@jatakcph
Up and coming restaurant JATAK has already made a name for itself thanks to its exciting, ever-changing seasonal menus. Each dish is made from local ingredients and inspired by the cultural heritage of its team members, making it a dining experience you’ll never forget.

Where to Drink in Copenhagen

From natural wine bars to award-winning cocktails, Copenhagen’s watering holes have a lot to offer.. Add to your saved folder and enjoy an aperitif. Skål!

RUBY’S
@rubycph
In the mood for a cocktail? Head to Ruby’s, where you can order some of the best in town, while enjoying the unique atmosphere of the 18th century townhouse it’s located in. The drinks with names like ‘Lady Stardust’ or ‘Peaches and Dreams’ are even more delicious than they sound.

COFFEE COLLECTIF
@coffeecollectif
Copenhagen’s cool crowd gets their caffeine fix at one of Coffee Collectif’s six locations. The roastery takes you on a journey of exceptional coffee experiences, whilst helping to improve the living conditions of farmers around the world.

POMPETTE
@pompettecph
If you like natural wine, you’ll find your people at Pompette.Whether you sit outside on a sunny day or find a cosy corner next to the most Instagram-worthy window, you don’t want to miss out on trying some of their delicious wines and bar snacks.

What to See in Copenhagen

After you’ve done some shopping and enjoyed the best food and drink in town, it’s time for some culture. Round off your city break with these inspiring things to do in Copenhagen.

THE BOTANICAL GARDEN
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Top on our list of free things to do in Copenhagen is the botanical garden, aiming to reconnect locals and people visiting the city with the country’s nature. The impressive palm tree pavilion is the perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy photo op.

BIKE ALONG NYHAVN
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Nyhavn, the 17th century waterfront, is one of the city’s most iconic sights. Locals cycle along the waterfront, past the colourful buildings, and grab a post-work beer here. There are plenty of bike rentals (and bars) along the harbour, so saddle up and enjoy the iconic views like a Dane.

KUNSTHAL CHARLOTTENBORG
@kunsthalcharlottenborg
Housed in a Dutch baroque palace, you’ll find a contemporary art gallery, bookshop and art cinema in Kunsthal Charlottenborg. With both established and emerging artists showing in unique exhibitions, head to its seasonal bistro, Apollo Bar, after a day of culture.



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