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An Insider Guide To Copenhagen With Stine Goya

Stine Goya, Founder of her eponymous contemporary fashion label, shares her insider guide to Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is quickly becoming a fashion powerhouse, with a cohort of emerging labels. Goya tells us, “I usually find inspiration in all corners of Copenhagen. The city is ever-evolving and I always get inspired by the change of hues each season. It is all about how new colour palettes are created each time by how the light hits the houses, the water, the skies, and nature.”

Spotlighting the best places for pastries and for parties, Stine Goya shows us around her town.

Essential items to pack?

Nuori sunscreen; a Stine Goya bikini; a Tekla towel.

The best time to visit Copenhagen is…

Summer, without a doubt! In summer, Copenhagen evolves into a very lively hotspot. As soon as the first rays of sun hit, you’ll see people sunbathing and swimming all around the city and all terraces are fully packed, which results in this incredibly vibrant atmosphere.

In winter, Copenhagen is one of the cosiest cities I’ve ever been to and you can feel the Danish concept of “Hygge” everywhere around. A must-do in winter is to visit one of the delicious bakeries such as Meyers or Andersen & Maillard for the best pastries.

Our first pitstop should be…

Ofelia Plads, to discover the city by the water.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

I love to stay at Soho House, so I’m hoping that the brand new Soho House in Copenhagen will open up some hotel rooms soon as well.

For an early morning workout head to…

I love to go for a walk or run in Østerbro park.

Where should we go for breakfast?

Juno the bakery is one of my favourite breakfast spots in town.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

My go-to spot is Bottega Barlie, any time of day really.

And for dinner with friends?

Apollo Bar for the best terrace in Copenhagen and the sharing-style menu.


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A must-try spot for date night?

Seaside Toldboden: it’s an indoor food market with a terrace just next to the water, with the best views and delicious food.

Where should we head post-dinner?

You can always find the best parties in Kødbyen (the meatpacking district) if you fancy a dance.

The drink to order at the bar…

In summer I would always go for a refreshing Aperol spritz or a classy negroni.

The best place to treat yourself is… 

The Aire Ancient baths in the ancient Carlsberg Factory. It’s the best place to relax.

Your favourite neighbourhood(s)…

I’ll always be a big fan of Østerbro, the neighbourhood where we live. It’s so close to the Inner City,  yet so calm and cosy with a lot of nice little restaurants and shops.

The best spot for people watching is…

Definitely on Louise Bridge; it’s the bridge connecting the Inner City to Norrebrø.

The cultural spot to rave about?

I love going to Etage Projects, an art and design gallery where you can always discover new and interesting artists.

For great shopping head to…

The best shopping streets in the city are around Gothersgade and Gammel Mønt, where our first ever flagship store is located.


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The one place only locals know about… 

Lille Bla, an amazing wine bar with the best selection of natural wines and mesmerising blue walls.

For the best views head to…

The views over the city from the 360 terrace of the opera house are simply breathtaking.

For a change of pace try…

La Banchina, it is a restaurant just next to the water that offers some docks where you can eat and take a jump in the water during summer.

Great day trips include…

I would recommend visiting the Louisiana Museum to anyone visiting Copenhagen. It is one of the most unique museums with dazzling views over the sea.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

I would end the trip with a day on Refshaløen. It gives you a different and less polished view of Copenhagen. You could start off with breakfast at Lille Bakery – probably the most authentic bakery and café in Copenhagen – and then continue with a visit to the Copenhagen Contemporary Museum.

What’s your Copenhagen secret?

The wonderful parks we have. There are so many beautiful parks dotted around in the city that lend themselves perfectly for amazing picnics and long summer nights with friends. It feels like being out of the city whilst being in the middle of it.

In a word, Copenhagen is…


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