12.30pm // Torvehallerne
Food heaven! Torvehallerne is a covered market, similar to those you might find in Spain, Italy, or even London. But since this is Scandinavia, everything here seems a bit more organized – and well designed. More than 80 vendors sell their goods inside, so the selection is breathtaking. There is fresh fish from the Baltic Sea, tiny cupcakes from famous bakery Agnes, and tons of specialty items from different Danish regions, such as ox-meat sausages or rhubarb juice from Bornholm. A lot of the booths sell snacks and warm meals, too. But hold your appetite, we’re having lunch in the city!
Torvehallerne // Frederiksborggade 21 // Mon-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm // website
1pm // Henrik Vibskov
Head into the city, it’s time for some serious shopping. Danish fashion is world renowned for its simplicity, impeccable taste, and general style. One of the biggest names in that business is no doubt Henrik Vibskov. The Danish artist and designer is known for keeping his Avant Garde-vibe alive, while still pleasing the masses. His colorful knits and outlandish cuts are on display in his flagship store, as are affordable accessories such as his famous laptop sleeves or colorful socks. Also sold here: dreamy shoes from Minimarket and some items from Vibskov’s ex-partner, Danish fashion super star Stine Goya.
Henrik Vibskov Boutique Copenhagen // Krystalgade 6, Mon-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm // website
1.20pm // Atelier September
In the past years, Copenhagen has developed quite a reputation as a foodie destination. Restaurants like Relæ, Kadeau and Noma are on the forefront of a new Nordic eating trend, promoting locally sourced, traditionally Danish produce. For many critics, Noma is actually the best restaurant in the world right now. Although we would love to either confirm or deny this today, changes are you a) haven’t made a reservation there months ago, or b) Michelin star food and the hefty price tag that entails aren’t exactly in your travel budget.
No worries, there is another way! We'll have fantastic Danish food for dinner, and will go a bit outside the (Danish) box for lunch. At Atelier September, you'll get served light lunch fare in a great location. This used to be an antiques shop, and you can still see vintage details everwhere in the small room. Big windows let in a lot of light, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Atelier September has developed into a hang out for hip locals and members of the fashion crowd, a fact that maybe explains why their signature dish, toasted rye bread with sliced avocado, chives and chili, comes with a rather hefty price tag attached to it. This small splurge is definitely worth it, though, so dive right in.
Atelier September // Gothersgade 30 // Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm // website
2.15pm // City Center
Content, relaxed, and ready to go after lunch, we hit the streets of the city center for some serious shopping. Instead of giving you a route, we’ll just tell you the must-sees, and you conquer them in whatever order you feel best with. These stores are all in walking distance to each other, and each of them is worth a visit.
WoodWood has become somewhat of symbol for fashion made in Denmark. The label started out as strictly street wear, and has gotten more sophisticated over the years. You’ll still find plenty of hoodies, caps and backpacks in their shiny new flagship store, but you’ll also be able to buy items from more exclusive brands like Band of Outsiders or Barbour. Recently, they added their own line of women’s footwear to their portfolio.
Storm is going down that concept store road, too, with a stronger focus on high-end designer brands and big labels. Their book collection is great
The label Han Copenhagen became famous for their spectacle frames, and have since extended their range to beautiful menswear pieces. They offer classic cuts and shapes, and just the interior of the store is worth the visit.
Swedish mega-brand Acne has not one but three stores in Copenhagen. And judging by the amount of Pistol Boots and Rita leather jackets that you encounter on any regular day in the streets of Copenhagen, that is warranted. In their biggest store, they sell both their women’s and men’s collections.
Pictures // Acne
Stine Goya is the darling of the Danish fashion scene. In her tiny, brand new flagship store in Gothersgade she sells her current collection and a few accessories from her line. The former model designs clothes for women that she herself would love to wear. Stine Goya trademarks are pastel colors, vibrant prints and relaxed cuts.
Lastly, and right next door, there’s Norse Projects. This one is strictly for the boys as well. The little brand has seen some crazy hype around their baseball caps and shirts lately, and is sold in hip boutiques from Paris to New York. Their Copenhagen flagship store features all of their collection, plus some hard to find designer collaborations.
Wood Wood // Grønnegade 1 // Mon-Thu 10.30am-6pm, Fri 10.30am-7pm, Sat 10.30am-5pm // website
Storm CPH // Store Regnegade 1 // Mon-Thu 11am-5.30pm, Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm // website
Han Copenhagen // Vognmagergade 7 // Mon-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm // website
Acne // Pilestræde 40 // Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm // website
Stine Goya // Gothersgade 58 // Mon & Tue 12pm-6pm, Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm // website
Norse Projects // Pilestræde 41 // Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fr 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm // website
4.20pm // Sightseeing
You’ll notice that we’re a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping streets now. This is the representative part of Copenhagen, the area with the Royal Palaces, churches, and the old harbour. Although our 12hrs guides tend to stay far away from the tourist-y parts of town, today we’ll make an exception.
From B56, we can already see the beautiful Marmorkirken, the church also known as Frederiks Kirke. Turning right, we are approaching the Royal palace Amalienborg. From here, we can access the waterfront and take a long stroll, soaking in some Scandinavian sun and sights, including the spectacular new opera house, the National theater and finally Nyhavn. This old part of the harbour is a magnet for tourist, but it’s also mighty pretty. Take a look at the Lego-like colored buildings, but don’t be tempted to enter any of the restaurants around here. Instead, walk back to you hotel to rest those tired legs a bit and get ready for the night.
6.15pm // Hotel SP34
Hotel SP34 opened not too long ago (previously this place was called Hotel Fox) and this place gets so many things right. The design inside is distinctively Scandinavian, the rooms are airy and bright, and its location close to the city center is unbeatable. Add a daily 'wine hour' in the afternoon, free and fast wi-fi and organic breakfast to the mix, and you understand why this is our pick.
Hotel SP34 // Jarmers Plads 3 // website
Pictures: Brochner Hotels
8pm // Höst Restaurent
After a hot shower and some rest we’re ready to jumpstart our night in Copenhagen with a great dinner. Höst is a restaurant from the owners of super popular food destination Cofoco and eight other restaurants in the city. The interior looks as if it was taken straight out of an catalog for Scandinavian minimalist furniture, the walls are washed white, and the tableware rustic. All this is supposed to make you feel as if you were at a Scandinavian farmyard that somehow has been transported into the city environment. And it works! The food goes with this theme, focussing again on local ingredients and simple preparations. Go for the affordable three-course menu, which costs 275 DKK (36 €/47 USD) and showcases what’s fresh on the market that day. Höst is the hottest dinner ticket in town right now, so to be sure to get a table, reserve one online on their website. Watch out: They close early on Sundays!
Höst // Nørre Farimagsgade 41, Mon-Wed 10am-9.15pm, Thu-Fri 10am-9.30pm, Sat 11am-9.30pm, Sun 3.30pm-8.30pm // website
10pm // Meatpacking District
Take a bus or taxi to Vesterbro and head into the Meatpacking District. This is the former red light district of Copenhagen, that has slowly been claimed by the hipsters as their nightlife Mekka. You might still see the occasional prostitute pass by, but behind the run-down facades, there are lofts and office spaces of media companies and fashion labels. This mix makes the Meatpacking district the most coveted nightlife area of Copenhagen, with tons of cool bars right next to each other in the old market buildings.
Pick one of the many bars or clubs. We suggest Jolene, Bakken or Kødbodderne 18, all very close to each other. Spotting which party looks like the most fun tonight should be easy, people tend to hang out outside. If you want to prepare, check the club’s websites before you leave the hotel. Skål!
Jolene // Flæsketorvet 81 // Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am // website
Bakken // Flæsketorvet 19 // Thu 9pm-3am, Fri-Sat 11pm-5am // website
Kødbodderne 18 // Kødbodderne 18 // see website for opening hours // website
Pictures: Polina Vinogradova