Sep 18-19_Copenhagen

Insider’s guide to Copenhagen

Explore Design Matters’ favorite spots

Originally, Copenhagen was a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century. Today the vibrant city is known for creativity and design. It has grown into being the epitome of Scandi cool. It’s a city filled with New Nordic design, high-quality food, beautiful bridges and lots of cycling commuters.

The Design Matters team is in love with the city. Below you can find our personal recommendations to experiences in and outside of Copenhagen.

Enjoy the city and send us your recommendations and favorite places.


Indreby (City centre)

Whether you fancy museums, amusement parks, shopping or just wandering the beautiful streets – Indreby (Copenhagen city centre) has it all. Julie from Design Matters lives in Vesterbro, which is the former working-class area, but now one of the most fashionable places in Copenhagen. Ingrid’s insider tips top Vesterbro.

Shop in Pisserenden.

Drink wine at Bibendum and beer at Mikropolis.

Taste the Danish “Bøfsandwich” at Guldgrillen or check out the food market “Torvehallerne“.

Visit the beautiful SMK (National Gallery of Denmark), take a walk in Kongens Have (Kings Garden) or experience Nyhavn.


According to Lonely Planet, this is among the coolest neighborhoods in the world. Ingrid from Design Matters lives in Vesterbro, which is the former working-class area, but now one of the most fashionable places in Copenhagen. Ingrid’s insider tips top Vesterbro.

Shop at Gammel Kongevej (Old Kings Street).

Drink beers at Mikkeller.

Taste the Danish “Smørrebrød” at Dyrehaven, look for a budget, value-for-money or gourmet dinner at Kødbyen (Meatpacking District). For example our new favorite H15.

Visit the exceptional and alternative Absalon Church or the inspiring V1 Gallery


Ditte and Giorgia from Design Matters live in the vibrant, casual and young Copenhagen quarter – Nørrebro. Their insider tips to Nørrebro are:

Shop at Elmegade and Jægersborggade.

Drink beers at Props at Blågårdsgade, high-quality-low-budget wine at Pompette or find many other good bars at Ravnsborggade.

Taste the best pizza in town at Bæst or the Danish classic ‘flæskestegssandwich’ at Grisen (literally “The Pig”).


Julius from Design Matters lives just across the bridge from Downtown. Christianshavn is well known for the world-famous Freetown Christiania and Noma. Enjoy the unique maritime atmosphere, cobbled streets, and small local cafes along the canals. Their insider tips to Christianshavn:

Drink beers at Sofie Kælderen and listen to Jazz music or at the houseboat Kontiki

Taste delicious sustainable food at “Grønsagen” (the vegetable) or at the old classic “Kanalen

Visit the alternative art gallery “Galleri Overgaden” or “The Danish Architecture Center

Experience beautiful Copenhagen and rent a Kayak at Kayak Bar


Trips from Copenhagen

Michael lives just outside Copenhagen. Here you’ll find lots of cool art and culture, so don’t forget to venture out for a day or an afternoon.

Taste delicious gourmet food with an ocean view at Restaurant Sletten.

Visit the unique Lousiana – Museum of Modern ArtArken (Contemporary Art Museum) or the Maritime Museum of Denmark (beautifully designed by BIG).

Experience the nature and visit the historic UNESCO listed “Stevns Klint“.

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