A charming city on the water with a love of functional design, modern architecture, and innovative cuisine.
Stay: Hotel Guldsmeden Bertrams is a nineteenth-century townhouse nestled in the hip Vesterbro neighborhood.
Hotel Guldsmeden Bertrams, Vesterbrograde 107 (near Kingosgade); 45 33 25 04 05.
Shop: Simply Chocolate sells space-age candy bars covered in foil wrappers with bright graphic fonts and quirky names like Minty Cindy and Grainy Sue. For a more big-ticket purchase, know that the royals shop at Illums Bolighus for home goods. It’s also the perfect spot to pick up design-centric souvenirs like Iittala Vitriini Boxes and Normann Copenhagen whisks.
Simply Chocolate, Østergade 52 (near Nikolaj); 45 42 13 56 22; Ilums Bolighus, Amagertorv 10 (near Niels Hemmingsens Gade); 45 33 14 19 41.
Eat: You can’t go to Copenhagen without tasting smørrebrød, Denmark’s traditional open-faced sandwich. Aamanns is a local favorite and its more casual offshoot, Smørrebrødsdeli, is perfect for take-out.
Aamanns, Vester 12 (near Wiedeweltsgade); 45 35 55 33 44.
See: Tage Anderson Boutique and Museum showcases the Danish flower artist and interior designer’s otherworldly creations.
Tage Anderson Boutique and Museum, Ny Adelgade 12 (near Borgergade); 45 33 93 09 13.
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Photographed by René Riis