I have travelled to Copenhagen numerous times on the SCIL Vision Tour. The Danish focus on design is evident everywhere – schools, libraries and even hotels.

Stay: Hotel Alexandra October 2015

This hotel is located in the downtown area, between Strøget the pedestrian shopping street and Copenhagen’s Central Station. The best feature of the hotel is the retro 1950s and 1960s design. This is evident from the moment we walk in, including the design of the staff uniforms. The rooms are small and comfortable, the service and atmosphere are fantastic.


There are many great places, but if you want something easy and affordable in a quirky location, I usually head to Paludan Bog and Cafe near the university when I am in Copenhagen. From Stroget, head down Yorkes Passage (I always feel like I’m in a Narnia book), then past Copenhagen Cathedral. The university is on the left and the “Bog and Cafe” is on the right. “Bog” refers to book. Paludan started as a combined bookstore and publisher that provided the students with books at reasonable prices

Drink (coffee): Coffee Collective

There are a few of these located around the city, one in their own roastery. I visited the one inside the shopping marketplace at Torvehallerne. The coffee was well made, with a buzzy, friendly atmosphere. As a side bonus, I love walking around the markets in Europe. In this small local on the food and flowers are captivating, they are places for the community.


Copenhagen Airport is my favourite shopping airport. After security, walk through regular alcohol and cosmetics and you will find a wonderful sampler of the Scandinavian design stores that you can find in the city.

As cheesy as it is, the canal tour from Nyhavn is one of the best ways to see the city and get your bearings. There are a few options on Visit Copenhagen. It’s an easier way to see the Little Mermaid, than walking all the way there and being somewhat underwhelmed by her (small) size.