© Christoph Mack for Collecteurs

With just half a million people, the little city of Copenhagen packs a heavy punch. On the occasion of CHART and CODE Art Fairs, we've put together a list of some of our favorite things to do in the vanguard of art and design.

We also asked Copenhagen-based private collectors, Sara Lysgaard and Peter Ibsen, as well as CODE Art Fair's Executive Director, Kristian W. Andersen, to fill us in on the best places to eat, sleep, and see during our stay in this capital of cool. 


Apollo Bar & Kantine @ Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen  K

Life-size classical sculptures dot another of chef Frederik Bille Brahe’s ventures, within the Kunsthal Charlottenborg gallery. This super-stylish canteen offers one lunchtime dish, while the more intimate bar serves three meals a day. 



Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen

Now in its 6th year, and with a new director, CHART ART FAIR  brings together the most prominent Nordic art galleries with the aim of increasing their impact on the international art and cultural scene. This year brings an expanded lineup that is sure to impress.

Show runs: 31 Aug - 2 Sept, 2018


CODE Art Fair

Bella Center
Center Boulevard 5, 2300 Copenhagen S

As the only international art fair in Scandinavia, CODE brings some of the best contemporary art, not only from the Nordic region, but around the world for the third year in a row.

Show runs:
 30 Aug – 2 Sept, 2018


Frama CPH

Fredericiagade 57, 1310 Copenhagen

Frama Studio is known for its gorgeous designs in furniture, lighting, apothecary, books, and apparel. Their showroom in central Copenhagen is sure to leave you feeling like you need to redecorate your entire place.


Superkilen Park

Nørrebrogade 208, 2200 Copenhagen N

Superkilen is possibly the world's most surreal public park. A collaboration between the artist group Superflex, Berlin-based landscape architects Topotek1 and Danish architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, this large open space aims to support the diversity of local inhabitants by showcasing globally-found objects which symbolize the home countries of those who live in the area. A bit off-the-beaten path, but definitely worth a visit.


@ National Gallery of Denmark (SMK)


Statens Museum for Kunst
Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 Copenhagen K

Danish and Japanese influences merge at this new cafe designed by artist Danh Vo and run by Copenhagen-based chef du jour Frederik Bille Brahe. The ambition for Kafeteria was to create synergy between food and art, and that's exactly what they succeeded in doing by combining Italian designer Enzo Maris’s do-it-yourself furniture and Noguchi-esque lamps with Bille Brahe's green kitchen.

If you're a fan of architecture, you'll enjoy checking out a few of iconic architect Arne Jacobsen's works scattered around Copenhagen:


Arne Jacobsen's


Strandvejen 451, 2930 Klampenborg

In the 1930's, shortly after opening his architecture office, Jacobsen won a competition for a masterplan for the Bellevue area in Klampenbor just north of Copenhagen. The complex consists of a theater, residential block, and beach and was, at the time, seen as a manifestation of "the dream of the modern lifestyle".  Make a day out of it and go see what is considered one of his most important architectural works and exemplar of Danish functionalism for yourself.


Arne Jacobsen's

Kystvejen 24, 2920 Charlottenlund

This simple and fully functioning gas station called Paddehatten (or Mushroom) is located just north of Copenhagen and is considered one of Jacobsen's finest functionalist masterpieces.


Copenhagen Contemporary


Refshalevej 173A, 1432 Copenhagen K

This summer, Contemporary Copenhagen (CC) reopened its doors in a massive industrial complex on Refshaleøen that previously housed the welding hall of the B&W shipyard. It quickly became the most visited arts center in Denmark.

Now boasting 7,000 m2 of industrial space, CC will focus on showing large-scale and technically demanding works by some of the world's most acclaimed artists.

Photo: © Katrine Jungersen Hansen


Doug Aitken \ SONG 1
@ Copenhagen Contemporary

Within the framework of the classic song “I Only Have Eyes for You,” Doug Aitken has created a compelling and spatial video work called SONG 1.

For this work, Aitken invited different musicians to record their versions of the song, echoing tits own history and various interpretations through the decades. 

Photos: © Anders Sune Berg


One Two Three Swing! 
@ Copenhagen Contemporary

Where swings are normally made for individual use, SUPERFLEX’ swings are designed for three people to swing together and experience the potential of collaborative participation.

One Two Three Swing! is both an aesthetic and a conceptual installation engaging with the power of play and the collaborative entities people can create together.

Great Danes


Etage Projects

Borgergade 15E, DK 1300 Copenhagen

"This Copenhagen-based design gallery will make you want to redesign your home immediately. I love to come here for inspiration. Every exhibition they put on is outstanding and Maria, the owner, really has impeccable, fun and edgy style!"


Gasoline Grill

Landgreven 10, 1300 Copenhagen

"The best burgers in town are without a doubt Gasoline Grill. It's situated in an actual gas station right in the city center. You'll have to be patient though, because there will definitely be a huge line. But it's worth the wait - trust me!"


Holly Golightly

Borgergade 17B, 1300 Copenhagen

"Shop till you drop! Bibi, the owner of this gorgeous designer shop, just moved into a new huge space in Borgergade. It's a really and up-and-coming street in Copenhagen. Holly Golightly is every shopper's paradise. When I need something truly unique I always stop here. You're guaranteed to find something you'll adore. They've got everything new and vintage that your heart desires."



Bagerstræde 9, 1617 Copenhagen

"Pasta pasta pasta! I love to come here to get my carb overload. They make the simplest and tastiest Italian food. Make sure to book ahead, since it's a crowded spot. There's always such a good vibe here."



Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen

"Marble statues, masterpieces and mummies. This place is truly one-of-a- kind with a blend of unique art and beautiful and alluring architecture. See and experience centuries of art or sit in the amazing winter garden. This is a place for quiet contemplation and to shake off the business of the city."


The Apartment

Overgaden neden Vandet 33, 1st floor, 1414 Copenhagen K

"Tina Seidenfaden Busck is the owner of the most amazing design gallery called The Apartment. It's located in an 18th-century apartment here in Copenhagen and she designed the space to make it feel like a private home. But the best thing is that you can bring everything home. But now you can truly make yourself feel at home, because she just launched a hotel concept called The Apartment Accommodation. It's stunning. I am sure you'll sleep like a baby here!"


1. Grab a bike

Queen Louise’s Bridge, 1371 Copenhagen

"The best way to experience Copenhagen is by bike. There are many options for renting one and most hotels provide them as well. Bike around the lakes in the center of the city - especially in the early morning when the sun rises above the rooftops, it's very beautiful. Queen Louise’s Bridge over Peblinge Lake and Sortedam Lake is always a vibrant place with laid back attitudes and cultural diversity. The bridge connects the city center with Nørrebro, the northern area of Copenhagen."


2. Andersen & Maillard

Nørrebrogade 62, 2200 Copenhagen

"On your tour around the lakes, take a turn down to Nørrebrogade and eat breakfast at Andersen & Maillard. Andersen & Maillard is a roastery and bakery combined where you can get some of the best coffee and croissants in town. While you are in the area take a walk down to Møllegade which is the area to find great bookstores. 


3. Istid

Jærgerborgsgade 13, 2200 Copenhagen

"Continue on your bike to Jægerborggade, a street known for its vibrant atmosphere, cafés and shops. Here you can buy an organic ice cream made with liquid nitrogen at Istid (Ice Age in Danish) or just chill or observe the crowd at one of the coffeeshops."


4. Les Voyageurs

Holdbergsgade 9, 1057 Copenhagen

"Bike back to the center. I prefer my lunch at Les Vovageurs. They have the best slices of bread with salmon and avocado. Enjoy it with a glass of white wine. This is definitely my new favorite place to be. It's an authentic French café located behind the Royal Theatre with a charming atmosphere."


5. Hotel Sanders

Tordenskjoldsgade 15, 1055 Copenhagen

"If you're thirsty for a drink or coffee, bike to Hotel Sanders. They have a rooftop bar where they serve drinks and cocktails. A must see. Alternatively, you can eat your lunch in their courtyard instead – and most importantly: Let the waiter decide your order. Sanders is located in the historic quarter of Copenhagen, which the hotel has reflected in their interior designs." 


6. La Banchina

Refshalevej 141A, 1432 Copenhagen

"Haven’t had enough great views or prefer a swim during sunset? Bike to the blossoming former industrial area of Refshaleøen. There are great exhibition halls, a Michelin restaurant and nice vibes. My favorite place to go here is La Banchina. La Banchina opened in 2017 and serves all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on organic and biodynamic foods. Not feeling hungry? Then try one of their drinks or wines and take a little swim since it's right next to the sea."


7. Hos Fischer

Victor Borges Pl. 12, 2100 Copenhagen

"After your swim, bike to Fischer on the eastern side of the city. Fischer serves delicious Italian courses in a rustic setting." 



Store Kongensgade 50, 1264 Copenhagen

Founded by Danish florist Julius Værnes Iversen and designed by Copenhagen-based architect David Thulstrup, Tableau resembles something like an art gallery. Instead of art on display though, there are dreamy floral arrangements displayed on individual pedestals scattered throughout the store. 


Jeppe Hein \ IN IS THE ONLY WAY OUT @ Cisternerne

Søndermarken, 2000 Frederiksberg

Hein's installation sprawls over the entire 4320 m2 of Cisternerne, inviting the visitor on an underground journey from the darkness into the light, on the way experiencing both challenges, surprises and disorientation. 


Danh Vo \ Take My Breath Away @ SMK

National Gallery of Denmark
Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 Copenhagen K

Straight from the Guggenheim in New York, Danh Vo's major retrospective  is the most comprehensive overview of one of the most well-known contemporary artists on Danish soil so far.


Lille Bakery

Refshalevej 213A, Copenhagen K

Opened by a former chef at NOMA, Jesper Gøtz, this relative newcomer to the Danish cafe scene is churning out high-quality baked goods and simple meals, racking up a nice fan base along the way.


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