Sunday, 11 November 2012

Copenhagen - StreetStyle and Packing

Show at Copenhagen Fashion Week
Where? Copenhagen, Denmark
Exactly? The Kong Arthur Hotel and Skt Petri Hotel
When? AW 2012
Why? Copenhagen Fashion Week
Companions? The Fashion Posse - Hayley Betts, Will Woodhams, Theo, Georgie, Jodie & Eric. (Sounds like an Enid Blyton cast!)

What I packed?

Clockwise from left to right: Silk shirt - Zara, Black vest - T by Alexander Wang, I-pad - Apple, I-pad case - Clare Vivier, Phone - BlackBerry, Wool skirt - Zara, Boots - Acne, Sunglasses - Kurt Geiger, Marble ring - Bulgari, Bracelet - Swarovski

Me in Copenhagen - Photo taken by the lovely Stephanie Sian Smith

What to Wear When You're There - Copenhagen
This totally depends on the time of year that you visit. Being a Scandinavian country, the winters are bitterly cold and the summers can be pleasant and sunny. Copenhagen is a beautiful city filled with stylish, healthy looking, well groomed people! (Sweeping statement I know, but go and check it out if you don't believe me!) The Danes really are quite fashion conscious, the main thing I noticed in and around the city was that so many people embrace fashion and adhere to Nordic school of style which is dressed down, edgy and chic. (I did visit during fashion though!!)

 An oversized trench perfects the androgynous look
Styling tip - wear a jacket loosely slung over the shoulders to update your look
turned up trousers and brogues
Hayley wears a cobalt blue French Connection blazer in Norrebro
Fashion director of Danish Elle looks elegant with a Celine bag
casual denim look
Theo in black suit and loafers, very smart!
Beautiful designer Stine Goya in a self designed outfit
CEO of Malene Birger accessorises an all black outfit with a colourful scarf
Androgynous style again - a daytime tux
Theo and Georgie go sight seeing - on yer bike!

Copenhagen - Eating, Drinking and After Dark

Getting Slaughtered in Meat Packing
If you want to party with Copenhagen's hipster crowd, head to Meat Packing aka Vesterbro in the South West of the city. Once the city's red light district, don't think of Meat Packing in the upmarket New York sort of way, Copenhagen's version is much edgier. 

Best time to arrive is around 10pm, pitch your spot amongst the throngs of cool kids posing and drinking in the streets. This is THE place to find trendy art galleries housed in disused spaces, elusive pop up restaurants and bars and Copenhagen's underground arts scene. 

Stay out till the early hours and you'll see fresh meat deliveries being unloaded into surrounding warehouses which are still in use. The area is industrial and rough around the edges, as are the make shift bars and clubs. 

The best bars to hang out in are:

Actually more on the outskirts than in the hub of Meat Packing, this achingly hip bar restaurant is a good place to start the night with a light bite to eat and an aperitif. 

Remember the key to looking cool here is to look like you've made no effort at all...even if it did take you 2 hours to get ready and your  'bed-head' hair was carefully washed and blow dried!

Inappropriate head gear is essential to enter Pate Pate!

These former refrigeration units and warehouses have been converted (in a grunge sort of way) into the coolest hang outs in Meat Packing.

Expect a painfully hip crowd, bottled beer and indoor smoking, this is rebellion, Danish style. If you want to get down and party with the cool kids, you'll love it here.

In Jolene the declaration 'This is not a fucking cocktail bar' is scrawled across the top of the bar. 
What to wear? Something you don't mind getting beer spilled on! The music? An eclectic tongue in cheek mix of anything from electro to country & western...after all the place is named after a Dolly Parton song!

Owned by siblings, one an expert in the art world, the other a restauranteur, Carriere is part art gallery, part bar and restaurant. Expect a slightly artier crowd.

Hipsters with their single speed bikes congregate outside 19 bar and club in Meat Packing
Central Copenhagen

Eccentric decor at Ruby
If you're looking for cocktails in an upmarket setting with an upscale crowd, Ruby is the place for you. Over looking the canal, situated in a pretty townhouse, Ruby feels like going for cocktails and dinner at an eccentric, rich old ladies house. Prices are mid to expensive. The atmosphere? Grown up, sophisticated fun. 

Retro styling at Kalaset
If you're a foodie there's no need for me for me to tell you that Noma, officially voted the best restaurant in the world in the annual Restaurant Awards, is in Copenhagen. So it comes as no surprise that the Danish capital is filled with culinary destinations of all shapes and sizes, mainly of the experimental sort. Unfortunately Noma was closed for experimentation during my visit so I didn't get the chance to try their menu, hopefully next time.

Cafe culture in norrebro
Jaegersborggade is the main culinary street to head to. Its filled with restaurants offering anything from fine dining to experimental restaurants to non pretentious cafe style brasseries.

Chef Christian F Puglisi worked for Noma and El Bulli before setting up on his own, Manfred's is a no frills fine dining experience in the trendy Norrebro area. Across the road you will also find Relae, described as 'Manfred's older brother' it's slightly more experimental, or 'one step further on the gastronomic ladder' as its owner says. 

The Nimb Louise at Tivoli Gardens
The city of Copenhagen has a theme park right in the middle of it called Tivoli Gardens. And of course, being Danish its the chicest theme park imaginable, housing a host of highly acclaimed restaurants within its walls. The Nimb family opened several eateries within the park in the early 19th century, so you can pick from fine dining establishments through to brasseries and take aways. Eat Al fresco in the elegant, modern-art filled Nimb Terrasse, or have dinner and drinks overlooking the beautiful gardens from the elegant Nimb Louise.

The pretty Nimb Terrasse

The menu is simple, steak or lobster (not ideal for vegetarians I know!) and totally mouth watering. The interior is minimal, white table cloths and distressed mirrors. The atmosphere is chilled, the food is hearty and not experimental at all! which comes as quite a relief if you've been sampling the best restaurants Copenhagen has to offer! Best of all it's good value.

    Just outside the city centre is trendy Kalaset, a great lunch time pitstop or breakfast spot. Prices are affordable, it serves healthy nordic and european food and portions are well sized too. The decor is quirky and retro. Try the shared charcuterie platter, yum!

    Copenhagen - Shopping, Sightseeing and Sleeping

    Copenhagen - Shopping
    There are two main shopping areas in Copenhagen, the main city centre, filled with high street and designer stores, which is easy enough to find and navigate yourself. And to the North East of the city is the up and coming area of Norrebro, similar to London's Shoreditch. This area has recently under gone gentrification and with the additions of the Acne Archive store and trendy shoe shop Goggle, I would definitely recommend you pay this area a visit. The main street to head to is called Elmgade. You'll know you're in the right place when you see all the hipsters hanging out at the coffee shops.
    Spectrum of colour at the Acne Archive store
    Head to Goggle on Elmgade for Copenhagen's edgiest accessories
    Cafe culture in Norrebro
    To the west of the city are the quaint boutique shops around Vaernedamsvej. Filled with niche design stores, trendy boutiques and pretty florists, head to Granola Cafe for breakfast and have an early morning mooch around the area.

    design boutiques
    Granola Cafe serves what it says on the tin...and more, obviously!
    Beautiful florists in Vaernedamsvej
    Vestergade - The Town Centre
    Housing most of the well known European high street and designer stores, it's really quite easy to find your way around the area. Key stores of note are - Weekday, the Scandanavian urban clothes store, Companys department store which houses many Nordic labels such as Closed, Tiger of Sweden, Designers Remix and By Malene Birger. On Krystalgade you'll also find Times Up Vintage store and the Wood Wood boutique.

    The 'Closed' concession at Companys
    Companys department store
    Also check out Time's Up Vintage on Krystalgade for some great clothing and accessory finds.
    Copenhagen - Hotels

    Scandinavian design Restaurant at the Skt Petri
    For the ultimate Scandi design hotel experience check into to Skt Petri, officially the hotel of Copenhagen Fashion Week. The interior comprises of large clean spaces, architectural structured lines but in seductive dark tones which give it a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It's location is right in the centre of the city, perfect for shopping tourists. In the evening head to the bar for cocktails, be warned though, if you're staying in a room which over looks the foyer during fashion week expect no sleep! either that or just join the party! 

    The cosy jazz cafe at Skt Petri

    Norre Sogade 11
    For the exact opposite experience to the lively Skt Petri Hotel, if you need a little down time, head to The Kong Arthur. Set in a serene spot over looking the canal, surounded by picturesque jogging routes and leafy views, the Kong Arthur is a peaceful boutique hotel. Complete with spa, roaring fires and delicious healthy breakfasts served in the pretty conservatory restaurant. It's blissful!

    View from my room at The Kong Arthur

    Copenhagen - Map

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