GUIDE: Weekend in Copenhagen
A quick tip – book tables. If you’re going out on weekends, it’s often crowded and thus necessary to make dinner reservations where possible. For breakfast as well as dinner.
This is definitely on the expensive side – book your nights at The Apartment. Run by Tina Seidenfaden, who was with Sotheby’s for over a decade, Copenhagen’s perhaps most exclusive boutique / gallery is full of activities and rarities. This place has without a doubt inspired a splash of colour in our interior design (to all of those who’ve got red book cases and blue walls – The Apartment started it). Tina has now taken it one step further and opened a small apartment that you can rent like a hotel room – in close proximity to the original The Apartment. Insta worthiness guaranteed!
If you want it small and sweet, go ahead and make a reservation at the smallest hotel in the world. In Tullinsgade, in my hood, you’ll find Central Hotel & Café. A tiny micro two-storey house, with a cafe that does good toasts and milkshakes on the ground floor and a small room to rent for the night upstairs. The area is delightful – check out my Værnedamsvej guide here.
H15 (Halmtorvet 15)
Hotel Sanders (Tordenskjoldsgade 15) ^^^
Apollo (Kongens Nytorv 1)
Sonny’s (Rådhusstræde 5) ^^^
Hart Bageri (Gammel Kongevej 109)
Lille Bakery (Refshalevej 213) ^^^
In the middle of nowhere, but definitely worth a visit. Rustic bakery with really good pastry and bread. They also do a really lovely breakfast serving; yoghurt with compote, bread with cheese and jam, etc. Again, on the simple side, but good! Their coffee is on the boring side, though; just filter, the last time I went. Don’t travel for that.
Banchina (Refshalevej 141A, below)
This is a really special spot. Facing the water and thus full of swimming guests in spring, summer and autumn. Banchina is a fun little place; pretty much just a shed and, like all other modern Copenhagen breakfast places – simple. Good croissants. Good bread roll with cheese. Good coffee. A really good place to hang out in the sun with a book – find your own spot on a jetty, on a flight of stairs or on the boardwalk.
Acacia (Gammel Kongevej 171) ^^^
Are you vegan – or a fan of breakfast full of (veggie) flavour, you have to check out Acacia. Heavenly organic breakfast. Their waffle (sides change according to season but are typically apple-based) is SO delicious. The coffee is made on beans from Coffee Collective and the chai latte is homemade. The service is among the best in town!
Les Trois Cochons (Værnedamsvej 10) ^^^
I’m a regular consumer of their avocado toast, reliable coffee and light citrus salad. It’s not that the food is out of this world, but the service is always delightful and the place beautiful with its green tiles and French rattan chairs outside.
Rist (Værnedamsvej 4) ^^^
Prolog (Høkerboderne 16)
Coffee Collective (various locations, such as Godthåbsvej 34B)
They’ve got outlets around town – the cosiest one is in Godthåbsvej, where they also serve up a simple breakfast. They’ve been instrumental in starting the third wave coffee trend in Copenhagen. They are passionate and know what they are doing.
The Corner (Strandgade 108)
If you find yourself downtown, around about Kgs. Nytorv, please do make sure to cross the bridge near The Royal Danish Playhouse and visit 108’s cafe, The Corner. They do decent donuts, cookies and, again, bread rolls with whipped butter. It’s apparently the thing.
Cub (two outlets, one of which is at Strandlodsvej 48)
They’ve got two coffee shops and sell their beans as well. Super delicious coffee and great croissants! One is in Strandlodsvej, which is convenient if for instance you’re going swimming at Helgoland.
Rapha (Kristen Bernikows Gade 7)
Andersen & Maillard (Nørrebrogade 62)
Great coffee in Nørrebro? This is the place to go. The last time I was here, I had this feeling that their croissant game wasn’t as strong as it used to be, but it’s always worth a shot, right? The place is beautiful, near the Lakes and spacious enough for there to always be a spot for you and your newspaper – and your good coffee.
Restaurant Alouette (Sturlasgade 14)
Perhaps one of the best places to eat in town? Everything about it is a small surprise, and the entire experience was just so insanely good the last time we were there that we almost didn’t dare going back for fear of being disappointed. Most beautiful spaces, raw location, wonderful service, great wines. Altogether a plus, plus!
Hidden Dim Sum (Nytorv 19)
Italo Disco (Oehlenschlægersgade 5) ^^^
A local favourite. Really good experience – every single time. No nonsense Italian food, great wine, cool spot that’s sort of off the grid in Øhlenschlägergade. The servers are always mega sweet, and the kitchen staff know what they are doing as well. The facade is rather iconic, what with the red chairs and white tiles.
Bæst (Guldbergsgade 29) ^^^
In the mood for pizza? You have to try their #1 with stracciatella. It doesn’t get any better than that! Bæst really is a lovely spot – despite its growing age, it keeps a high level. The kitchen is Italian, and if you’ve never been there before, you gotta go for their ‘Lille Bæst,’ which lets you get around on the menu (they’ve also got a ‘Store Bæst’ – but that’s almost too much). Besides the insanely good pizzas, they make delicious cocktails and store good wines.
Sanchez (Istedgade 60)
Cichetti (Nørrebrogade 56)
Another food pearl in Nørrebro. A small place with small Italian dishes (hence the name). Super tasty and always down to earth. They’ve had these insanely good risotto balls on the menu several times. It’s totally relaxed and a great place to try ‘a glass of this and a glass of that.’
Pompette (Møllegade 3)
Stilleben (Frederiksborggade 22)
Best decor boutique in town, IMO. The small outlet by Strøget has a particular focus on accessories (small bags, jewellery etc.), while the outlet by Nørreport is more spacious and focusses on interior design, and it’s also where you can see their beautiful kitchens.
Edition Copenhagen (Strandgade 66)
If you’re looking for art, Edition is a wonderful place to go. A small lithography workshop with proud traditions, which for decades has invited artists to use their machines to produce special prints. They’ve got SO many wonderful pieces – and they also do framing, if you’ve got the time to spare. Their prices range from DKK 500 and upwards, and you’ll find artists such as John Kørner, Eske Kath and Erik A Frandsen in house.
Etage Projects (Borgergade 15E)
Sort of related – please check out Etage Projects, if you’ve got the time and resources or just are a keen dreamer. A quite different gallery with lots of edge and incredibly beautiful pieces of furniture.
Holly Golightly (Borgergade 17B)
After moving to a bigger space it has just become the craziest store in town. But, my gosh, is it expensive! They’ve got gorgeous, gorgeous stuff – for the home and for the body. Creams, clothing, shoes. Enter with a loaded wallet and you won’t be disappointed.
Torvehallerne (Frederiksborggade 21)
This could be filed under eateries, coffee shops and shopping as well. Whether it’s a bit of tea for your suitcase, a special French pot or quality chocolate – Torvehallerne is the place to find it. No obligations, well-functioning, buzzing. Full of great places to eat, coffee, cakes, baked goods, butchers, fish stalls. They keep a high level, and the space between the two halls is the most wonderful area to find a spot on a bench in the sun.
Paustian (Niels Hemmingsens Gade 24)
Okay, second after Stilleben comes Paustian in terms of favourite interior haunt. They just opened the wildest, biggest and most beautiful store in a side street off Købmagergade. To me, it’s the space itself in particular that’s worth checking out. An old and really well-maintained bank, where they’ve made such good use of the old setting; from the safety-deposit box to the waiting area. A must-visit!
Arket (Købmagergade 33)
Maybe my favourite clothing store? The space is gorgeous, and Arket in itself is fantastic. And hard to find anywhere else. Part of the H&M family, they specialise in classic items with a good-quality twist. They look after gentlemen, women, children and interior.
Shop Dora (Værnedamsvej 6)
A true knick-knack gem! Super good and fun – vintage things in the overpriced department. If you’re a native, you’re likely to frown at the price point. But I love this place. Funny lamps, beautiful mirrors and always something new and shiny to behold.
Prik (Gammel Kongevej 127)
Helgoland (Øresundsstien 11) ^^^
The Glyptotek (Dantes Plads 7)
National Aquarium Denmark (Jacob Fortlingsvej 1)
Tivoli (Vesterbrogade 3)^^^
SMK (Sølvgade 48-50)
Frederiksberg Have (e.g. The Cisterns) ^^^
My favourite park in the city. What with the lakes, Frederiksberg Castle, the view of the zoo, the various winding paths and small bridges and secret benches. And if you continue into the bordering Søndermarken, you’ll get to experience a ‘forest’ rather than a ‘park’ vibe. This is where The Cisterns are located – the old underground water reservoirs, which are worth experiencing. They also often run special exhibitions.
Louisiana (Gl Strandvej 13)
If you’re up for a short northbound train ride, you’ll reach Humlebæk Station in about 45 minutes, which is walking distance from Louisiana. I know it doesn’t really count as Copenhagen, but it’s just the loveliest museum. They always have interesting, boundary-breaking exhibitions and a splendid Øresund panorama.