Crazy for Copenhagen

Our Scandi allies take us for a week-long excursion


Whether it’s a kickass city guide or some top tips from a local in the know, there really is nothing like viewing a new city through an insider’s eyes. Which is why we’ve enlisted the help of Nordic experts Scandinavia Standard for a week-long Instagram jaunt through dreamy Copenhagen. From brunch to biking to botanical gardens, the #Scanditakeover has us itching to hop on a two-wheeler and go for some fika. Ahead of the takeover, we’ve picked Scandinavia Standard Editorial Director Rebecca Thandi Norman’s brain about the place she calls home.

How would you describe Copenhagen to someone who’s never been?

Copenhagen is a small, accessible (bikeable!) city that has everything you’d want from a large city; charming, distinct neighbourhoods, great cultural offerings and food, and a very sharp aesthetic sense.

CPH can get a little expensive for those not used to Danish prices. What are your favorite ways to enjoy the city, on the cheap?

This is so true! Sticker shock in Copenhagen is so real. First of all: bike! It’s the cheapest and easiest way to get around, regardless of the season. Luckily, there are more high-quality cheap eats than ever before. I recommend going a bit outside of the city centre into Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Amager to find local and less expensive places.

What’s your favourite time of year in town?

It’s cliche but: summer (!!!!). There is truly nothing like Danish summer – the sun is so warm and bright, the seasonal produce is so sweet, and everyone is in a great mood. I always say that if the weather in Denmark was like it is in summer all year round, everyone in the world would try to move to Denmark.

Which place do you never tire of photographing?

Oh boy, I tire of photographing very little in Copenhagen. There’s always a new pretty corner or a ray of light to capture. I would say the interior of the Round Tower is particularly Danish; simple, whitewashed and filled with light. I’m also partial to Nørrebro and Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise’s Bridge) because it’s a bit more diverse and is constantly evolving.

Starting today, catch the insider’s tour through the town at @lostincityguides. Then follow @scandinaviastandard for more local’s wisdom on Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

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