Copenhagen

By now you’ve heard the Danes can cook. Sixteen years ago chef René Redzepi sparked a gastronomic revolution when he opened Noma—birthplace of New Nordic cuisine and training ground for cutting-edge talents. (After a yearlong hiatus, the restaurant relocated last year to a stunning waterfront compound designed by Bjarke Ingels Group in collaboration with Studio David Thulstrup.) If local hotels have struggled to keep up, a new wave of accommodations has filled that gap. Alexander Kolpin, a onetime principal of the Royal Danish Ballet, opened Hotel Sanders, a 54-room gem with a rooftop solarium, candlelit lobby lounge, cozy bar, and restaurant. In a residential building in Christianshavn, meanwhile, former auction specialist Tina Seidenfaden Busck has expanded The Apartment, her pattern-happy gallery, to include a neighboring two-bedroom flat that can be rented by the night or week. And Danish kitchen company Vipp has opened two boutique lodgings—one a loft, the other a converted water-pumping station—designed by Thulstrup. Sweet dreams.

Hotel Sanders
Hotel Sanders
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Sanders
Georg Jensen’s Koppel pitcher.
Georg Jensen’s Koppel pitcher.
Photo: Courtesy of Georg Jensen

Where to Eat

Noma (noma.dk) is well worth the hype, but if you can’t snag a reservation, don’t fret. Its innovative alums have opened their own hot spots, from Danish-Mexican mash-up Sanchez (lovesanchez.com) to organic pizzeria Bæst (baest.dk) to tasting-menu tours de force like Amass (amassrestaurant​.com) and 108 (108​.dk). And the unerring hipsters behind Café Atelier September (cafeatelierseptember​.com) and Apollo Bar (apollobar.dk) continue to expand their empire, having unveiled Kafeteria, designed by artist Danh Vo, at the Statens Museum for Kunst (smk.dk).

The Apartment
The Apartment
Photo: Courtesy of The Apartment

Where to Shop

After requisite stops at Danish heritage brands Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Louis Poulsen, be sure to hit up Hay’s two-level furniture showroom (hay.dk); Studio Oliver Gustav, with its array of unique finds (olivergustav.com); and Etage Projects, a showcase for pieces by leading lights like Sabine Marcelis and Soft Baroque (etageprojects.com).