Stockholm may be known as the capital of Scandinavia but I have a serious crush on our southern neighbor. Copenhagen is a wonderful city with fashion and culture in spades. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and everyone has a sense of style. From fashion designers like Ganni to Henrik Vibskov, Copenhagen is a seriously fashionable place. But best of all, there is a laid back ease that feels amazing. Here is my guide to one of the Nordic’s best destinations.
Get ready for serious food heaven. This elegant hotel restaurant is decked out with hanging plants which gives a major greenhouse vibe. I suggest ordering the tasting menu, and vegetarian options are also available. Just be sure to alert you waiter to any allergies as they come out with a few surprises throughout the meal. The food is just as gorgeous as the décor so prepare ahead of time and charge your phone. While this could easily become an overpriced stuffy joint, the ambiance is cool, calm and collected.
Eat brunch here and order everything. From lemony ricotta eggs to lush salads– their brunch game is strong. And if you have a sweet tooth don’t miss their gorgeous waffles.
This laid back café has a hint of Japanese inspiration. Ideal for brunch or a coffee break, it has the low key cool of a trendy New York coffee shop. Don’t miss their avocado toast and matcha on ice.
I could drink matcha lattes all day long. But sadly for me the craze hasn’t hit Stockholm. This yummy matcha bar, located between touristy Tivoli and Copenhagen’s trendy Meatpacking district, features matcha infused fare for all. From green tea ice cream, drinks and salads, this is the place to satisfy your matcha fix.
Whether you sit in the restaurant, out in the beautiful garden, or on the street- grab any table you can. The food at Geist is fantastic and the plating is minimal. The exquisite menu of small dishes is designed to be ordered tapas style. The menu is rich in veggie friendly alternatives and the boiled cauliflower with black truffle sauce is an absolute must. Come hungry and order around three plates per person.
My friend Mads suggested Market and described it as ‘super chill Asian food’. He couldn’t have been more correct. The food is elevated and unexpected yet understated. I can’t recommend this place enough. Everything has amazing flavor. Don’t miss their edamame in homemade Thai sesame sauce.
This Copenhagen classic serves a mean omelet. There’s always a mix of older and younger clientele from posh business folk to trendy twenty-somethings.
Walk over the newly built bridge to food truck heaven. Food trucks of every kind of cuisine are packed into a dark warehouse. Raw food, vegetarian options and fresh juices are available as well. The dark and crowded warehouse is contrasted by the bright industrial looking harbor that offers a selection of seating options. Music blares while dinners enjoy themselves at picnic tables and deck chairs overlooking the sea. Even though we seemed to miss the best food truck, it was a fun and social spot to grab a drink, juice or quick bite.
If you are in the mood for splurging D’Angleterre is the place for you. The stunning hotel is located in the best part of the city, Kongens Nytorv. The service is impeccable and they pay attention to every detail. From the beautiful flower arrangements to their amazing spa and beauty products, it is worth every penny. While the food is tasty the restaurant can feel a bit stiff. I love to eat breakfast here ordering the food to my room so I can nibble after soaking in the tub.
For a less pricey option, the newly opened Hotel Skt Annae is wonderful. The rooms are small, but the location is perfect. If you are traveling with little ones you will need to upgrade to the larger room, which is what we booked. It is situated across from a beautiful park and is a block away from both the harbor and the shopping streets.
This tiny boutique is a must. Their accessories store features classic brands like Proenza Schoueler and has an impressive but limited accessories edit. I was psyched to see some pieces from Daniel Vila Vegas. I love her beautiful jeweled bugs. I interviewed her for a story a year ago and she is an absolute sweetheart—so it was great to see her things in the Nordics. I picked up a silk outfit on the sale rack at Holly Golightly’s clothing outpost. While I’m not typically enthusiastic about print, it was nice to reach outside my comfort zone.
The Danish mainstay is popular among tourists and locals. It feels like mini Colette. With mens and womenswear, accessories and books available it’s hard not to waste away the better part of an hour perusing the goods.
I stumbled upon this the indie label while on my way to Storm. It is hard to leave their store empty handed. From playful prints to sleek basics the store had a feeling of relaxed luxury. I imagined myself wearing their entire summer collection in St. Barts.
This street wear store has a great mix of hats, t-shirts and sneakers. The husband enjoyed it.
If only I had room in my luggage for a lamp. This interior store is a local favorite with amazing finds. Downstairs has lighting, candles, ceramics and table wear. The second floor has prints and pictures.