Taking a vacation in Europe during summer can be a tricky thing. Every place that has a beach is definitely crowded, I only had 5 free days in between jobs (so it couldn't be too far away) and a city trip with 35 degrees is also not the most amazing. So Copenhagen seemed to be the perfect match. It's been a while since the last time I visited the city (4 years in fact) so it was definitely time to go again. Different to my usual trip planing I actually made lists of stores and restaurants I wanted to visit. Maybe because I only had a few days, maybe because I actually planed to spend money on some of my favourite Danish designers and interior shops. Obviously I didn't mange to visit every store on my list so here's an overview of what I actually managed to do and would recommend checking out!
Aug. 26, 2019
Labels: On track, Sail the Seas
OUTFIT pants: weekday / shirt: asos / sneaker: adidas
Copenhagen is an interior design paradise! I had a list of places I wanted to check out before I arrived and about twice as many places when I left. I'm trying to only write down my highlights so it doesn't get too overwhelming. There's also a difference between interior and interioer accessories, the second one is obviously much easier to transport.
STILLEBEN (Niels Hemmingsens Gade 3, 1153 København, Denmark) - STILLEBEN NO.22 (Frederiksborggade 22, 1360 København, Denmark)
There are two of these shops and they mainly focus on interior accessories. Incredible pottery, glass (vases, bowls, objects etc.) posters, prints, towels, linen and so much more.
MADURO (Frederiksborggade 39, 1360 København, Denmark)
I just walked by this shop and was drawn in by a bunch of colourful carpets. Inside I had to stop my self from buying a whole bunch of things especially after they told me they would ship to Germany for less than 20 bucks. Little furniture pieces (chairs, sideboards, lamps, etc) and incredible, unusual decorative accessories.
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY (Borgergade 17B, 1300 København, Denmark)
Absolute favourite fashion store in Copenhagen. I kind of expected a vintage store from what I saw on social media and was really surprised when I arrived there. It's more like a concept store with a mix of danish designer brands, very beautiful art pieces and interior accessories. The whole store looks like an art exhibition and I seriouls started rethinking my intereior concept. On top of that, the team working there was super sweet and really helpful.
BERING HOUSE OF FLOWERS (Landemærket 12, 1119 København, Denmark)
Strolling through the concept stores of Copenhagen I noticed that most of them had incredible flower arrangements and I kept wondering how they always look so fresh. Until I noticed that they were in fact fake flowers. I've never seen artificial flowers of such a quality. Incredible! So I googled where to get them and Bering House of Flowers came up first. I spend a good hour there and spend a little fortune on the most beautiful flowers that now stand in my kitchen. Best investment ever. I'm seriously thinking about booking another trip just o buy flowers. This shop has a huge selection and they are super happy to help.
HAY HOUSE (Østergade 61, 2, 1100 København, Denmark)
Obviously an absolute design classic, and I've been a HAY fan for a while. But I think their recent collection is especially great (maybe because it's so colourful) so I definitely had to stop by there. It's a 2 floor apartment with interior pieces and loads of little thins as well. My favourite part was the kitchen area and hand luggage was the only thing that kept me from buying loads of plates, glasses and bowls.
ILLUMS BOLIGHUS (Amagertorv 10, 1160 København, Denmark)
This is probably the largest store I've been to and the one with the most actual furniture. They do deliver but as I'm really bad at making a decision on the spot without having it measured and visually imagined at home for at least a week, I photographed loads of danish labels to research later. Beautiful selection, really nice designs and a lot of combination ideas that give you major inspiration.
TIME'S UP VINTAGE (Krystalgade 4, 1172 København, Denmark)
I've been only to very few vintage stores (mainly because I had so many other stores on my list) but one of my favourites due to their selection (that was so up my alley) was Time's Up Vintage. Especially their dresses were incredible and I ended up buying the red one on top. They have brands like Chanel, Escada, Guy Laroche etc. to super fair prices.
MAGNOLIAS LUKSUS 2NDHAND APS (Købmagergade 5, kl, tv, 1150, 1150 København, Denmark)
The second vintage store was the biggest coincident on this trip. I was looking for a dress by the Danish brand ROTATE and it was sold out in every shop in Copenhagen. I walked by this shop after dinner and spotted something that reminded me of the dress, and damn it actually was the dress. I came back the next morning and got it cheaper (as it was 2nd hand, but in a perfect condition) and had to keep myself from buying three more pieces. The store has a lot of Danish brands from last season for a lot less money.
DORA SHOP (Værnedamsvej 6, 1619 København, Denmark)
Cute little shop with furniture accessories but also great gift ideas. Everything is super affordable and I ended up buying those pastel boxes you see stacked up there!
DESINGER ZOO (1620 v, Vesterbrogade 137, 1620 København, Denmark)
This shop sells a large collective of artists, especially the ceramics are amazing.
AREA STORE (Store Kongensgade 73, 1264 København, Denmark)
This place has anything from larger furniture items, shelves, chairs etc as well as quirky interior goods. I also loved the books and magazines.
CASA SHOP (Store Regnegade 2, 1110 København, Denmark)
PAUSTIAN (Niels Hemmingsens Gade 24, 1153 København, Denmark)
This shop is mainly impressive because of the building it is located in. What used to be a bank and a vault has now been turned into an interior design shop. There are super many elements remaining from the vault (doors, lockers etc.) mixed with modern furniture from Danish designers. Definitely a must visit, even if you can't afford the furniture (like me).
BIRGER CHRISTENSEN (Østergade 38, 1100 København, Denmark)
Love their own label ROTATE, would definitely go there for that.
MADS NØRGAARD (Amagertorv 13 - 15, 1160 København, Denmark)
Great selection of brands, also love their own label Mads Norgaard.
LOT29 (Gothersgade 29, 1123 København, Denmark)
Small, cozy shop with a freaet selection of designers.
ANOTHER NUÉ (Krystalgade 3, 1172 København K)
The absolute tourist attraction that is worth doing is a canal tour around Copenhagen. We took the one hour tour and it gives you a great overview over the city and the architecture around it. Definitely worth it!
SPUNTINO (Vesterbrogade 68, 1620 København, Denmark)
The first place we went to and it was incredible. Italian Kitchen but with a Danish twist I would say. They also belong to a food collective called cofoco. We ended up going to three other restaurants that belonged to cofoco and they all were amazing! My favourite dish was the one with bell peppers and sweet / tangy drops (something I never ate before and absolutely loved).
THE UNION KITCHEN (Store Strandstræde 21, 1255 København, Denmark)
The only place we actually went to twice, mainly because of the 'chicken & waffle' dish that was topped with water melon! They also have incredible avocado breads and milk shakes.
OSTERIA 16 (Haderslevgade 16, 1671 København, Denmark)
My absolute number one place we went to for dinner! Italian kitchen with a Danish twist. The unusual thing is that you don't get to choose what you eat but htey serve you an 8 course dinner. They do ask if you have allergies or don't like something, and adapt their menue to that. I'm usually a picky eater but I loved every single dish and i was just the right amount of food! Just perfect!
MAD & KAFE (Sønder Blvd. 68, 1720 København, Denmark)
This breakfast place is great and popular, so bring a little time, especially on Sundays. I loved that you get to pick 3, 5 or 7 little dishes for a set price and can choose from a variety of little things.
LLAMA (Lille Kongensgade 14, 1074 København, Denmark)
Also part of the cofoco collective, Llama serves Mexican / South American kitchen. Not the typical tacos and burritos but a selection of really great dishes that I never tried like this before. They also cook seasonal so there is always a slight change of menu. My absolute highlight was the plantain ceviche.
SCARPETTA (Rantzausgade 7, 2200 København, Denmark)
The third restaurant of the cofoco collective, also Italian based and just as good. You also pick a lot of little dishes and share them. They have tiny pizzas (which I think is amazing because this way I can try super many things, and pizzas without getting too full). They also have a second place in case you don't get a reservation here. My favourite dish was the vanilla ice cream, with iced dark chocolate splinters, berries and olive oil... and guess what the olive oil was the best idea. It made it taste so special.
GRØD (Stand A8 17 Linnésgade København K, 1362 København, Denmark)
This breakfast place exists multible times, and the one we went to was probably not the most comfortable. Other than that the food is really yummy and super healthy.
SIDE CAR (Skyttegade 5, 2200 København, Denmark)
Incredible breakfast place... that breakfast plate you see above was for one person and it had everything on it from pancakes, to hummus, to scrambled eggs, to bacon, grapefruits, figs and so much more. Prices are absolute fair and I'm still dreaming of this place.