Matthew Spade’s Insider Guide to Copenhagen

Matthew Spade’s Insider Guide to Copenhagen

Matthew Spade is a digital content creator, writer and travel photojournalist, known for his popular fashion, design and lifestyle blog, Buckets and Spades.

In partnership withHorizn Studios

on the road working with international brands on content
creation, photography, styling and digital strategy, Mat is no
stranger to arriving in new destinations and quickly seeking out
the hottest spots.

His favourite places include Lisbon,
and New
, but given his stylish credentials we thought it only
right to get his lowdown on the Scandinavian capital of cool,


Here, Mat shows us around town, with mandatory pit stops to pick
up as much Scandi style as we can cram into our sleek Horizn

Why do you like Copenhagen?

I have a strong fondness for their approach to design, style of
hospitality and willingness to engage on a pretty normal level.

What’s the city’s dress code?

Oversized coats, loose-fitting trousers and comfortable, almost
gym-worthy, sneakers seem like the thing across all ages. It’s
practical but considered – there’s a lot more denim than I would
have thought, too. No one appears to be trying too hard; it’s
effortlessly stylish.

What should we pack in our Horizn

A pen and notepad from Caran
, an Arket washbag, Converse 70 sand a Canon EOS 6D camera.

What’s the one Horizn Studios product you can’t live without
when travelling?

It’s a close call between the battery charger and the front
pocket for my laptop, but the charger is invaluable for my job. I’m
on my phone a lot while travelling for work, mapping out my trips
and keeping up to date with social media, so the few hours extra
boost is a real lifesaver.

What about lunch?

The very sweet Apollo Bar just inside the Charlottenborg Slot palace.
This one was recommended to me by a local and is a unique little
place painted lemon yellow, red and blue with incredibly high,
ornate ceilings, playing jazz in the evening. It just works so

What about a dinner date?

How about a beer at To Øl’s Brus bar followed by pizza at Bæst? It’s a winner any
day of the week; really lovely interiors, relaxed vibes and a wide
selection of food and drinks.

Where’s next on your eating and drinking hitlist?

I’ve heard that TorvehallerneKBH Market is the place to be at the
weekend, packed with stalls selling all sorts of food and drinks. I
also want to try the cocktail bar Lidkoeb – apparently they have a great
courtyard which is very popular in summer.

Best way to spend a Sunday?

Go for an early-morning jog down by the river followed by hearty
porridge portions at Grød. Afternoons should be spent kicking back with
waterfront beers.

Where’s best to pick up some Scandi style?

and Arhoj
for ceramics; Arket for simple utilitarian menswear,
pottery and bathroom accessories; the Han Kjøbenhavn
store for its impressive interiors and Frama Studio Store for

One thing we shouldn’t miss while we’re in town?

The oldest bakery in the city, St Peders Bageri, which
apparently shifts 4,000 cinnamon rolls each Wednesday.

Tell us about a place that only locals know about…

Keeping things very traditional, the open sandwiches at Aamanns Deli are
unreal. Order for the table and share everything so you can sample
a range of toppings.

One souvenir we should stuff into our Horizn
cabin bag?

Definitely ceramics – pack them carefully though!

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