An insider's guide to Copenhagen
Who can resist Copenhagen? It's known to be the happiest place on earth, the land of minimalist contemporary design, the birth of New Nordic Cuisine, and above all — a city teeming with good lookers. It is not difficult to fall head over heels in love with Copenhagen and feel hygge all over.
Gothersgade 30, 1123 København K
You know you shouldn't miss this when our Airbnb host declares this place as the best spot for breakfast in Copenhagen. The food at Atelier September is fresh and deceptively simple, but the combination of seasonal produce and interesting flavour profiles elevates each dish to greatness. Start your day right with their matcha yogurt with candied zucchini or the 'avocadomad' — essentially kickass avocado on rye bread topped with chives, lemon zest and chilies.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk
Take a day trip north of Copenhagen and immerse yourself in a sea of contemporary art. Besides the impressive permanent collection of over 3,500 works, tons of carefully curated exhibitions are presented annually at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This fall, one of the headlining exhibitions draws you into the world of famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The museum is also located right by the coast, so take the chance to graze on a Nordic lunch (they have really good smørredbrød) and take in the sea breeze while gazing across the Sound of Sweden.
Ordrupgaard & Finn Juhl's House
Vilvordevej 110, DK-2920 Charlottenlund
Originally a private manor, the Ordrupgaard is one of the more understated museums in Copenhagen that have intrigued architectural enthusiasts for its neo-futuristic extension by Zahad Hadid — Finn Juhl's House and the Art Park. Sit by the park and contemplate art installations by internationally acclaimed artists that have created spatial pieces that relate to the museum's surroundings.
Copenhagen Street Food at Papirøen
PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København K
Street food is pretty much a byword for comfort food. With a democratic selection of cheap yet excellent food, this place has taken the city by storm. Papirøen proffers food from all over the world that's made with fresh, quality ingredients and served straight to you by the person who made it. It reminds me of the food trucks in Portland, but here, they are all conveniently housed in a huge warehouse. Expect to find plenty of food options ranging from vegan soups to classic surf-and-turf grub. There's even Japanese street food and greasy Chinese dishes to be had.
2 - 3 Østergade 61, 1100 København K
The Danish interior design shop is the epitome of modern living. You'll find an enticing array of contemporary furniture pieces, trays, and even decorative textiles housed under one roof. But what got us excited was their new houseware collection — HAY Mini Market. Expect to find all sorts of bric-a-brac ranging from pillows to marbleware, all designed by the HAY team or sourced from designers whose work complement theirs. They are simply irresistible and come in a spectrum of colours to suit every interior.
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