Cover Designed by Norm Architects, Hotel The Audo showcases the chic Scandinavian design style that the country is known for

Here are the places to know and go to the next time you visit the Danish capital

Copenhagen holds many interesting surprises—all you need to do is put on your walking shoes or hop on a bicycle as the locals do to discover beautiful buildings in the old town, restaurants in hidden locations, as well as exciting new boutiques.

Now that Singapore has established a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with Denmark, you can explore and enjoy a quarantine-free trip to the city. Here is Tatler’s shortlist of the places you shouldn’t miss.

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1. Hotel The Audo

If you want a home for the night where you’re surrounded by the most iconic Scandinavian design pieces, then the Audo Hotel is for you. Housed in a heritage building, it was designed by Norm Architects in their signature cool, minimalist style but with an extra cosy touch. During the day, the living area is a meeting point for creative types; it is also often used as a backdrop to photo shoots. Even if you’re not staying, pop by the shop on the mezzanine floor to get your design fix.

Århusgade 130, 2150 Copenhagen | + 45 31 26 30 80 |

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The hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque Nyhavn canal, the old port area of the city, which has always been a refuge for sailors and writers including Hans Christian Andersen. It’s also close to the square where members of the royal family live, so it’s no surprise that Hotel Skt. Annæ is a quiet, relaxing and elegant respite. Since 2013, the hotel has been under the charge of Claus Hildebrandt who says, “the idea behind our hotel is deeply rooted in the search and desire for authenticity when travelling”. Take note: their breakfast offering has recently garnered an Organic Silver Certification.

Sankt Annæ Pl. 18, 1250 Copenhagen | + 45 33 96 20 00 |

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2. Alouette

“Sustainability is an easy choice when it tastes good,” says chef Nick Curtin of the Alouette restaurant, which boasts one Michelin Star for its high-quality cooking, as well as the Michelin Green Star for using sustainably sourced ingredients. The chef works closely with local farmers, and the menu is built around a contemporary cuisine with an immense respect for nature and seasonality. Its hidden location is also a draw: Alouette is housed inside a former pencil factory, accessed via a graffiti-covered lift, which makes it stand out from the usual mould of an award-winning Nordic restaurant.

Sturlasgade 14P, 2300 Copenhagen | +45 31 67 66 06 |

3. Geranium

With a breath-taking view over the Fælledparken park, iconic Danish design furnishings and an impressive collection of culinary awards, there’s no shortage of reasons for wanting to visit Geranium restaurant. Founded by Rasmus Kofoed and Soren Ledet, their mission is to create meals that involve all senses and to provide guests with an unforgettable experience that restores, challenges, and enriches them. It has held three Michelin Stars since 2016 and placed second on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2021.

Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8. Sal, 2100 Copenhagen | +45 69 96 00 20 |

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4. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

You might find the name Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek familiar because of the well-known beer brand. It is no coincidence: the museum was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen, the master brewer who founded the Carlsberg empire. Marvellously sculpted marble statues, masterpieces of Danish art, Egyptian mummies, collections of Gauguin's paintings and sculptures by Degas—they are just some of the wonders that you can admire during your visit to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Art at its maximum splendour here in this peaceful corner away from Copenhagen’s hustle and bustle.

Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen | +45 33 41 81 41 |

5. A. C. Perch's Tea Room

Tea and dessert connoisseurs must carve out time to visit A. C. Perch's Tea Room. Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, it is easy to spot as it has an old wooden sign decorated with a crown and the year of its establishment, 1835. Inside its cosy room, one can enjoy a satisfying brunch at 10am or and a grand tea-time offering at 5pm, where you can choose from 150 varieties of high-quality teas. They also have a shop next door, where you can purchase not only tea but all the necessary accessories to prepare it according to ancient traditions.

Kronprinsesgade 5, 1114 Copenhagen | +45 33 15 35 62 |

6. Hay

Inside an ornate 18th century building lies Hay’s new shop and headquarters. The ultra-successful Danish design company was already in this location before, but it has now taken over the entire building. Co-founders Mette and Rolf Hay designed the interiors themselves, together with Hay's in-house design team, adding artworks by contemporary artists. Atop the New Order shelving systems by Stefan Diez are all of Hay’s collections, including the recently launched handmade origami dolls by Clara von Zweigberk.

Østergade 61, 2, 1100 Copenhagen | +45 42 82 08 20 |

7. Stilleben

Ditte Reckweg met Jelena Schou Nordentoft when they were both students at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen. Sharing a strong passion for good craftsmanship and beautiful objects, they opened their shop Stilleben in 2002 offering a curated mix of handmade ceramics and glassware, one of a kind-products, textiles, furniture and more. Behind this huge selection of products, Stilleben also features its own designs, which include tableware, linen, accessories and a print collection.

Frederiksborggade 22, 1360 Copenhagen | +45 22 89 90 97 |

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