Achingly cool Copenhagen leaves little to the imagination. Always one step ahead of the game, in the capital, the Danish creators and curators impress with cutting-edge architecture, coveted design and culinary masterpieces. Tour the river or cycle the canal towpaths. Passing beneath the footbridges and tree canopies, it’s easy to enjoy the city’s leafy green, expansive spaces. Offering so much to do, to see and – local produce – to eat, your first visit won’t be your last.
Stay – Carlton Guldsmeden
A warm, personal welcome sets the scene for a place with real soul. Inside Persian rugs, original artwork and dark timber abound. Championing the Danes’ sustainable approach to living, the Guldsmeden eco-warriors – the hotel holds the Green Globe seal of approval – provide own-brand shower products and fair-trade towel sets. Pamper yourself some good karma. The four-poster beds complete with down pillows, fill comforters and colourful throws are the perfect precursors to a good night’s sleep.
Stylish and full of character, the building itself is divided into two: the original hotel, at the front, and the annex at the back. This recent addition, converted from a cinema, boasts rooms of wooden flooring and intimate balconies. Sitting pretty in the middle, a semi-ski lodge-like-café lounge connects the two edifices. Light, bright and airy, here mornings are all about the fresh organic breakfasts: spelt bread, organic porridge and eggs, any-which-way-you-want-them. A sure-fire path to nourish your body after a big night out in Vesterbro. A contemporary boutique stay, charming and full of compassion, you don’t get more Copenhagen that this.
Eat – Höst
Nouveau Nordic food sees local produce and traditional recipes combine at this artisanal restaurant. Lace it with a lot of innovation and you have an ‘Evening at Host’, a three-course set menu that will delight and surprise you.
From the Hake with frozen smoked cheese and blue mussel sauce to the Norwegian Lobster with juniper and hazelnut, each plate is diligently paired with the perfect partner in crime: wine. The sommelier certainly has his job cut out for him – and he delivers. Opposing taste profiles work harmoniously together, each new pour more sublime than before. The degustation menu encourages you to trust your meal to chef Jonas Christensen’s design. As Copenhagen’s perennial go-to-gourmand – previously of favourite 1.th – locals know they’re in good hands.
Down below in the basement, a careful curation of reclaimed timber, soft-hewn cloth and moody candles, lend warmth to exposed natural brick and concrete facades. It’s the ideal fitting for experimental dining. From the undeniably faultless Scandinavian aesthetic to the impressive, and not-at-all conventional menu, prepare for a highly sensory experience.
Drink – Norrebro
There is certainly no shortage of drinking spots in the Danish capital, and night haunt Norrebro is a fine example. Spirited and casual, in the hip Nørrebronx you’re never too far away from your next favourite drinking spot. From dodgy dive bars, bodegas and basement spots to chic cocktail caves. Hidden among shops and amongst 19th century homes, a leisurely crawl through the edgy district – don’t miss Jægersborggade – will always do well to quench your thirst.
At Dupong Play ping pong with strangers then leave as friends. Try 40 different types of draft beer at the popular Mikkeler and Friends or if you’re looking for something a little more swish, discerning cocktail connoisseurs can indulge at the Oak Room. Offering a menu built on one rule: sip to savour, watch the talented mixologists in action before tasting their creations. From intimate booths to terrace seats, make the night your own.
Copenhagen City Guide, words Jasmine Phull – a writer by day, an imbiber by night, sipping sours at the bar is all in a day’s work for our resident bar reviewer and travel writer @f_reshprince
Picture credits – Morten Jerichau