No matter how many people I told that I was visiting Copenhagen, Denmark for a few days in June, I was met by the same response: wide eyes and a huge grin, followed by the excited exchange of a long list of things to eat, see, and do. Design-obsessed friends told me to pack light in anticipation of the incredible shopping, foodies told me to make the most of every meal, and my backpacking friends told me the bars and live performances are second-to-none.
It seems that no matter your interest or travel style, the Danish capital casts a spell over everyone. Now, having returned from a few days in Copenhagen, I can see why. It takes just five minutes traipsing along the cobbled streets to fall for Europe’s fairytale city and a few days to declare that you’re going to move there and become an honorary Dane. Contemplating a trip to Copenhagen? Follow this list of things to eat, explore, and more to fall for the city like I did.
Hay House: If you can only make it to one decor store during your visit, this should be it. Hay’s flagship store sprawls across two stories in the heart of Copenhagen’s shopping district. Press play on the video above to see the stunning view from the top floor of the boutique.
Illums Bolighus: I felt like a kid in a candy store in this incredible department store. The home section has every Danish brand you love as well as a ton of lesser-known but equally exquisite new ones. This store alone is a reason to pack light.
Illum: This premium department store is steps from Hay House and stocks great fashion and beauty products, as well as home décor on the top floor.
The Apartment: This artfully curated furniture store will make you wish you could literally buy an entire room and have it shipped back to the U.S. Housed in a restored 18th-century apartment in Christianshavn, it features one-off commission pieces by international designers and a ton of gorgeous home accessories and art.
Normann: It wouldn’t be a trip to Denmark without stopping by the flagship of one of its most famous décor brands, Normann Copenhagen. This is Danish design at its best.
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