We are all on a constant quest for that ever-elusive life balance, which seems to remain just out of reach. Cue Copenhagen: the coastal capital of Denmark, a country that often tops happiness surveys. It’s easy to see why. Renowned for its minimal, utilitarian aesthetics, and art and cultural awareness, here even rain puddles are photogenic thanks to reflections of colourful houses and cobbled streets aplenty. Steeped in Scandinavian traditions, yet brimming with forward-thinking design, here’s a few insider tips on places not to be missed.
Copenhagen is one of the best cities to cycle thanks to its myriad cycle paths - the perfect place to explore on two wheels. Rent a bike and head due South for just 5km to Amager Beach for little white sand dunes and long grasses swaying in the breeze. You’ll even see a lifesaver flag up in the summer, reminiscent of our homeland.
Based in the five star Hotel d’Angleterre, this is the original Amazing Space (there are now two others). Their focus is slow living, making the most of every minute. They personalise your treatment to you, and only you. With a whole menu of indulgence, you can also buy the products to take home and continue your slow living journey.
Ipsen og Co., Gammel Kongevej
Copenhageners love their coffee. And we mean love, but just coffee won’t do here. When in need of breakfast inspiration, the Ipsen og Co breakfast board provides all the answers. A perfectly put-together timber platter of minis: rye toast, cheese, boiled egg, mini granola with compote. From the warmth of the natural timber floors and shelving to the top of these high ceilings, you won’t want to leave.
Acne Archive, Elmegade
You might have wandered past Acne along Sydney’s King St, but this store is something a bit special. Missed out on a dress you were longing for? Fear not, you may well find it in the Acne Archive, nestled on a cosy corner in Nørrebro - a great excuse to visit this neighbourhood of independent stores and antiques.
In summer, murmurs of ‘skål’ (cheers) float across the air, as friends sit outside clinking cocktail glasses under the late northern sun. But even in the darkest depths of Scandinavian winter, Pluto is a perfect dinner destination. Warm low lighting and cosy timber tables tucked close together allow for easy dining and sharing. Opt for the divine tasting menu, and be sure to save space for cheese and dessert.
A destination in itself: lose yourself (and track of time) as you wander and wonder around heavenly art and sculptures (there are around 10 special exhibitions each year). Look out on the luscious grounds through floor-to-ceiling windows and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views across the water to Sweden. It’s even open late, so there’s no excuse.
Designed by duo Lind and Almond and opened in 2017, Hotel Sanders is a centrally-located boutique hotel. A gentle nod towards iconic Danish design, mixed with a colonial and British feel. We’d be more than happy to call Hotel Sanders home, even if only for one night