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Let's talk about Copenhagen, shall we. Even though it's been almost 5 years since I moved abroad, Copenhagen still feels like home to me. Every time I go back I'm reminded of how laid back this city is. From its people to its galleries, shops and restaurants. 

I recently returned to London after a short trip to Copenhagen. It was the shortest stay ever and it made me think of making this guide.

I always plan ahead to make the most of the city while I'm there. It's kinda like being a tourist, I guess. However, this guide won't include all the big attractions.

No, instead this is a short gathering of my own favourites but also recommendations from my dear friends, who walk (or bike to be more precise) the streets of Copenhagen every single day. 

 

24 Hours in Copenhagen | A city guide for interior and design lovers | Magstræde

Magstræde, Copenhagen K

 

Make sure you check out our comprehensive article Everything You Need to Know About Copenhagen. You can find it by clicking here.  

This guide is perfect for you if you're into interior, design, art, and small carefully curated shops.

Since 24 hours isn't long so all places on this list are in walking distance to each other. 

OK. Let's get to it.

If you're lucky to have 24 hours in Copenhagen here's how to spend it. 

 

24 Hours in Copenhagen | A city guide for interior and design lovers | King's Garden

The King's Garden, Copenhagen K

 

9AM breakfast at Atelier September. This spot is a cute little cafe on Gothersgade. It can get crowded on weekends (thank you Cereal City Guide) but it's worth a visit if you come early. Food is simple, coffee is great and the interior is spot on. Take a window seat and look out on the street as Copenhageners pass by on their bikes. 

 

 
 
10.30AM after a slow breakfast it's time to be a little arty. Luckily there are many places around the corner from Atelier September, but the one you should head to is Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Not only is this a very beautiful building, it's also home to some of the best curated exhibitions and events in the city. There's always something interesting going on especially if you're in the city during one of the festival weeks (CHART Art Fair for example). Kunsthal Charlottenborg is also home for the yearly graduation show for The Royal Danish Academy of Art where you can do some interesting discoveries. Grab a cup of coffee from Apollo Bar before you leave.

 

24 Hours in Copenhagen | A city guide for interior and design lovers | Charlottenborg Kunsthal

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen K

 

12PM OK, so now it's time for resting your mind and browsing some shops. 

Here are some (!) of my favourites in central Copenhagen:

The Apartment, Frama, AIAYUStilleben, File Under Pop ShowroomCinnober, Mads Nørgaard, Wood Wood, Nue Notes, Lubarol & Filippa K and they're all within walking distance to each other. 

They're all carefully curated shops, and I promise you, you will not leave empty-handed.

 

24 Hours in Copenhagen | A city guide for interior and design lovers | Cinnober

 Cinnober, Copenhagen K

 

2PM Lunch at Sonny. By now you'll probably start wondering where to eat lunch. You've already walked by a whole lot of great places but the one you should pop into is Sonny. It's simple, healthy and Instagram friendly (but who cares about that...)

4PM OK, now it's time for a little zen and a break and for that there's no place like Copenhagen Botanical Garden. Make your way to the Palm House and take the stairs all the way up to the top of the green house. The view of all the green plants is spectacular. 

 

24 Hours in Copenhagen | A city guide for interior and design lovers | The Botanical Garden Copenhagen

 

6PM From the Botanical Garden make your way to BRUS in Guldbergsgade on Nørrebro. It's a 20 minutes walk but you'll pass The Lakes, Dronning Louise's Bridge and a lot of independent shops on your way there. And the destination will be worth it: a playful venue for beer-lovers. 

8PM dinner at Fleisch, a butcher, bar and eatery in the Meat Packing District. 

10PM ...And the beauty of it all, if you fancy going out after dinner you can stay in the Meat Packing District till dawn. 

 

24 Hours in Copenhagen | A city guide for interior and design lovers | The Royal StablesThe Royal Stables, Copenhagen K

24 hours isn't long if you want to experience Copenhagen. But if you're interested in art, design, interiors this guide is a very good starting point. 
 
 
Make sure you check out our comprehensive article Everything You Need to Know About Copenhagen.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you decide to stay for a couple of nights I recommend staying locally. Renting a flat through AirBnB is perfect (since most Danes have cozy homes), but if you're more the hotel-kind of person you should check out Hotel Guldsmeden. They have cute boutique hotels in different locations in central Copenhagen.  

I hope this guide was useful. Let me know in the comments below if you'd be interesting in a longer guide to Copenhagen or a guide on a specific topic. 

 

x Christina

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