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Amanda Hearst's Foolproof Guide to Copenhagen
The Maison de Mode co-founder gave BAZAAR.com her tips to traveling through her favorite Danish hotspot.
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World renowned cuisine and one-of-a-kind shopping paired with jaw-dropping architecture and natural landscapes have made Copenhagen a must-visit destination for the fashion elite (case in point, the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit attended by the likes of Miroslava Duma, Vanessa Friedman, Livia Firth, Amber Valletta and Prabal Gurung, just to name a few). Amanda Hearst, co-founder of ethical fashion e-commerce destination, Maison de Mode, took to the Danish hotspot to give BAZAAR.com her tips to traveling around one of her (and our) all-time favorite European cities.


WHAT TO PACK

Comfy Veja sneakers, Westward Leaning sunglasses, comfy denim, a versatile bag (like Khokho’s) and a great camera along with some go-to accessories and your go-to beauty products

From left: Bottletop bag, $195, Amur blazer, $417, Sydney Brown slides, $255, Where Mountains Meet jeans, $370, Westward Leaning sunglasses, $225, Anndra Neen choker, $455, all available at maison-de-mode.com; REN Skincare eyecream, $42, renskincare.com; Tata Harper face cream, $105, tataharper.com.


THE HIT LIST

Where to Stay: Hotel D'Angleterre

Where to Eat: 108, AOC and Manfreds

Where to Shop: Storm, Wood Wood & Holly Golightly

What to See: Sculpture garden at Louisiana Museum and the Kodbyen Gallery District for more and more art.

What to Do: A bike ride through town, Tivoli or the botanical Gardens, shopping and organic ice cream at Isti on Jægersborggade Rd.


WALK–OR BIKE!–EVERYWHERE

Copenhagen is one of the greatest walking (and biking!) cities in Europe. When Hassan, my partner in Maison de Mode, and I visit, we usually spend the first day just wandering around and discovering the city.


LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Louisiana is an absolute must if you visit Copenhagen. Not only do they have a stellar permanent collection (case in point, the Joseph Albers seen in this shot), but they have a stunning sculpture garden that looks off into the ocean. Here, you can admire the Calders or just read on a grassy knoll, with an amazing view of the sea as your backdrop.


LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

While one side of Louisiana looks off onto the ocean, the other side has an equally special view of a charming bucolic countryside, complete with overgrown trees surrounding a lake. The art inside Louisiana is as beautiful as the nature that surrounds the museum, no matter what time of year you visit.

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LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

The Giamocetti in Louisiana is taller than I am!

Amanda in an M. Patmos coat, a vintage Levi's top, and Rag & Bone denim.


GREEN CITY

Copenhagen is literally and figuratively one of the greenest cities in the world. The city is surrounded by parks and countryside, so I would encourage you to take a drive and discover beautiful views like this charming, tree-lined road I stumbled upon. Also, Copenhagen has committed to being carbon-neutral by 2025, and so not only is it stunning in terms of its landscapes, but the city as a whole is committed to caring and maintaining them as well.


CAFE VICTOR

Cafe Victor is considered a lunch hotspot by locals. Notable Danes like to frequent the restaurant for delicious Euro-fusion bites like classic pickled dishes and raw seafood options, as well as decadent menu items like ricotta lemon ravioli or langoustines in herb butter.


DO IT FOR THE 'GRAM

You're not a proper tourist if you don't snap a shot of the Nyhavn canal. The colorful architecture and charming boats make for the perfect post.


WHERE TO SHOP

There are tons of fashionable boutiques in Copenhagen, but there are a few more well-known shops that are a shopping must. WOOD WOOD has a nice sampling of local designers, making it a great spot to familiarize yourself with Danish fashion.


HIDDEN GEMS

Kaktus Kobenhavn is great for...really cool cacti arrangements! Perhaps a bit random, but given that it's situated on one of the best shopping streets in CPH (Jaegersborggade), it's definitely not out-of-the-way.


CRAFT SISTERS

Craft Sisters is another great shop on the streets of Jaegersborggade that featured wares by local artisans–a practice we support fully at Maison-de-Mode.


CRAFT SISTERS

More great pieces from Craft Sisters. Don’t know how I'm going to fit anything more in my suitcase!


THE LITTLE MERMAID

Believe it or not, The Little Mermaid is a Copenhagen icon–given that the fairy tale was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The statue is relatively modest in comparison to its fame, so grab a morning coffee at Atelier September and then take a bike over before starting your day.


RENT A BIKE

Copenhagen is a relatively small city, and that is why most people prefer to bike everywhere. In fact, driving can sometimes take longer due to the traffic and the small, European streets. When in doubt, walk or rent a bike while in town.

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ROYAL WATCH

The Danish royals still reside right in the center of Copenhagen. Take a walk to the palace area and make sure to take a shot of the changing of the guards (at noon, daily).


THE PALACES

There are many palaces in and around Copenhagen, and it's definitely worth making the short trip to visit one of them. I have a close family friend who lives near Ledreborg, so we went to visit him and then had a picnic on the property.


PRE-DINNER DRINKS

If you're looking for a spot for drinks before dinner, Ruby's is your best bet. Situated along a canal in the oldest part of the city, it's my favorite place to enjoy a cocktail. Expert tip: Despite this cocktail bar being dubbed a hotspot, you most likely won't need a reservation.


SHAMBALLA JEWELS

My good friend Mads Kornerup has a stunning boutique right in the heart of the best shopping district (and incidentally next door to Stella McCartney). The jewelry here is a mix of Easter philosophy and Nordic design, and it is one of the most popular and famous brands in the city.


VANISHING POINT

Vanishing Point is an awesome shop that specializes in locally handcrafted goods. Most products are made with natural materials and everything is fair trade, supporting local communities. You are sure to snag a one-of-a-kind piece perfect for your home at this hidden gem.


SOME JEWELS

After my second trip to Copenhagen and lot's of time wandering the city, I've noticed that handmade jewelry is a popular craft in town. Walk into almost any jewelry store here and you will meet the designer–and probably see them hard at work on their next piece. Some Jewels is one of my favorites, especially because the artist is so creative with her designs. The last time I was there, she was adding jewelry art to a pair of Manolo's!

From: Harper's BAZAAR

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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