Content creator Helen Driscoll is no stranger to the streets of Copenhagen. A fashion week regular, her knowledge of the city – and all the unmissable moments, restaurants, hotels and experiences along the way – has been curated over years of travel and exploration. It's fair to say, her recommendations come with experience.
A lover of art, fashion, excellent hospitality and of course and luxury comfort (much needed after hours peddling around the city), we knew Driscoll's advice would be sage for those with plans to visit Copenhagen – or for us still dreaming of it! Below, she shares her Copenhagen postcards from a trip earlier this year.
Each time I visit, I like to stay in different hotels. This trip, I stayed at Hotel Kong Arthur which is nestled in a cobble stone nook alongside the historic lake. The rooms are tastefully designed with wooden features. But my favourite design feature was the heated floor in the bathroom. Perfect for a cold January Copenhagen Fashion Week.
For previous summer seasons, I have also stayed at Hotel Danmark and SP34. Both under the Brochner hotel group, but characteristically quite different. For my next CPHFW season, I’d like to book Villa Copenhagen. It’s a little more boujee with a heated outdoor pool.
Copenhagen is a very different city in winter and summer. I didn’t think I could brave the bike this winter, but I broke the typical stereotype ‘only citizens north of Denmark typically do it’. So whether it’s summer or winter I highly recommend it. Just don’t have too many wines and forget where you parked it. (May or may not have happened at the Ganni afterparty August 2022!)
The Saks Potts show was held in The Tivoli Concert Hall, which we entered via the long winding amusement park. The interior is breathtaking, so I’d highly recommend seeing a performance whilst in the city.
For the aesthetic girlies (and matcha lovers) definitely pay a visit to Louise Roe Gallery. It's a concept store stocking plenty of locally sourced products, with a perfectly curated cafe.
And lastly, in the summer months make a trip out to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The plush green surroundings are so calming, and it’s a wonderful for a spot of lunch over Alexander Calder's majestic sculptures.
Could be an unpopular opinion amongst Aussies, but I’m a filter coffee girl through and through. And it's the coffee of choice in the Danish capital.
Breakfast: Apotek 57. There’s a reason I return season on season. Second servings of cinnamon and cardamom rolls which are so sticky. In winter, it’s so cosy with the candles burning and fogged up windows, but in summer the windows and doors are wide open with fruit and plants in every corner. Concept store FRAMA is attached to the cafe and worth a browse.
Lunch: Apollo Bar. The sourdough bread…. that is all. Owned by chef Frederik Bille Brahe, the husband of model Caroline Bille Brahe.
Dinner: Iluka Restaurant. Sustainable seafood, and the service is second to none.
Comfortable yet chic footwear. For the winter months, definitely pack a great pair of boots. My favourite are the Toteme knee high riding boot. They are so chic, and will keep your legs warm on the bike. For the summer season I lived in my Hermès Chypre sandles and New Balance 570’s. And don’t forget your AirPods. Without them, your phone will be bouncing around in your bike basket with loudspeaker cringe maps navigating you. Pop your phone in your handbag and navigate through the streets of CPH like a local.