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It’s no secret that the Danes have an eye for design (and a love affair with chairs); it’s practically in their genes. More recently, Nordic cuisine and forest foraging has put the spotlight on Denmark again. Amazingly, Copenhagen boasts 14 restaurants with those coveted Michelin stars. Here, Rolf Hay, co-founder and creative director of Hay, a newer-but-already-beloved interior design store and label, shares his picks of the Danish capital, which include plenty of eating.


Louisiana Beautifully situated by Øresund, Louisiana is an international art destination. You get these amazing panoramic views of the sea between Denmark and Sweden. We love to wander around the sculpture park and playground with our kids; their permanent Giacometti exhibition always captivates me too. On the drive there, along the coast of Zealand, be sure to stop in the neighborhood of Bellevue, which has everything from a theater and gas station to a sea bath and several residential buildings by Arne Jacobsen. Gl. Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, 011-45-4919-0719; louisiana.dk

Normann Copenhagen This design store at Østerbro is built in an old movie theater. From the street, it looks like a small shop, but you go through a narrow aisle and a big store reveals itself. They always have the most interesting displays in the front. They deal in democratic design of exceptional quality. Østerbrogade 70, 2100 København, 011-45-35-55-44-59; normann-copenhagen.com

Storm This beautiful concept store in central Copenhagen moves between fashion, art, and design. The owner, Rasmus Storm, is very gifted, with an incredible sense of aesthetics. Our Loop Stand tables were originally designed for Storm when it opened 10 years ago. Store Regnegade 1, 1110 København, 011-45-17-49-04-86; stormfashion.dk
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Radio This Nørrebro restaurant is run by Claus Meyer, part owner of Noma. It’s almost like a neighborhood spot. I love that you are having this fine dining experience, but yet it feels so down-to-earth. Julius Thomsens Gade 12, DK-1632 København V, 011-45-25-10-27-33; restaurantradio.dk

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Noma It’s as much a laboratory as a restaurant. They obviously have a long waiting list, but it has really had an enormous influence on Danish cuisine. Our way of eating has changed so dramatically in just the past five to six years. They have made our local ingredients prestigious. When you’re from a small country with five million people and there’s something to be proud about, you are extremely proud of it. It’s amazing what they have done. Strandgade 93, 1401 København K, 011-45-32-96-32-97; noma.dk

Finn Juhl’s house The home of Danish designer Finn Juhl, just north of Copenhagen, is such an inspiration. He was one of the greatest designers of his time, and he had such an extraordinary sense of proportion and aesthetics. You notice it in every room, with every sofa and chair he created. In the U.S., Juhl is probably best known for his work at the UN building, where he did the interior design for one of the council chambers. Vilvordevej 110, 2920 Charlottenlund, 011-45-39-64-11-83; ordrupgaard.dk

Torvehallerne Originally outdoors, this market was transformed into an indoor food hall a year ago, and the caliber was raised remarkably. They have succeeded in attracting the best bakeries, take away, restaurants, and quality-conscious food suppliers under one roof, including Coffee Collective and microbrewery Gourmet Bryggeriet. Also, a great place to have a piece of cake with the family when the sun is shining. Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, 011-45-70-10-60-70; torvehallernekbh.dk

Grundtvigs Church In one of the more diverse — some would say dodgy — areas of Copenhagen, Nørrebro, Grundtvigs Kirke is a monumental brick church. The light here is so breathtaking and instantly puts you into a spiritual frame of mind. På Bjerget 14B, 2400 København NV, 011-45-35-81-54-42; grundtvigskirke.dk