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Known for her sophisticated style and modern grace, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece has converted her regal reputation into one of fashion royalty. Often seen front row at most fashion weeks alongside the likes of Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Talita Von Fürstenberg and Derek Blasberg, the princess has proven her birth status to be simply a supplement to her keen eye and exquisite taste.
On a break from walking down runways and celebrating graduating from university, the princess lets us in on the best spots in her favourite city – Copenhagen. From the palatial hotels to boutiques hidden down cobbled streets, these are the places where the Greek princess spends time in the Danish capital.
The best time to plan a trip to Copenhagen is…
Copenhagen in August is so much fun. The weather is incredible – you can sit outside cafés by the canal, have a drink and get some sun. It’s the best.
The best hotel to wake up in…
I love Nimb Hotel. It looks like a palace from the outside and has a strange fairy-tale vibe, but inside is very Scandi.
What’s the best way to explore the city?
By bike! It’s crazy; there seems to be more people riding bikes than driving.
What is the city’s dress code?
Copenhagen is super trendy and very comfortable. You’ll see a lot of girly dresses paired with a chunky trainer. Honestly, no one is afraid to experiment with a new look. I get so much inspiration every time I visit.
The best spots for shopping…
Copenhagen offers a huge number of stores and boutiques that you can’t find just anywhere. Wander down the side streets of Copenhagen to find little gems hidden around corners. They’re all very easy to get to by foot – Elemegade is a great street on which to shop at cute boutiques before stopping by great bars and cafés. My favourite shops are Holly Golightly, Storm and Lot#29. Illum is the oldest department store in the city and is great for browsing, while Carmen and Paloma are both great for vintage shopping.
Favourite Danish designers?
Saks Potts is my favourite Danish brand. The designers Barbara Potts and Catherine Saks are just so talented and I absolutely adore them. Its style is so fun and exciting – it probably has the best winter coats out there, perfect for when it’s chilly. I also love Ganni; I’ve bought such great pieces in its Copenhagen stores.
Where’s good for lunch?
My absolute favourite place to go for breakfast or lunch is the TorvehallerneKBH Market. It has absolutely everything you’d want: great coffee stands, incredible Danish pastries and the best tacos I’ve ever had.
And for dinner?
If you’re in the mood for the best burger of your life, I’d highly recommend Gasoline Grill. It’s in the center of Copenhagen on an old, retro-looking gas station.
Other food spots to try?
A great place to sit outside and have an Aperol spritz or a bloody mary is Fishmarket – expect delicious food, a great location and an amazing vibe.
Where should we go for an evening tipple?
Another favourite spot of mine is Apollo Bar & Kantine; you can sit outside in the courtyard when the weather is nice – the atmosphere is great because it shares the courtyard with the Charlottenborg Art Gallery. During the week it’s mostly a bar with wine, beer, bar snacks and small dishes. Between Thursday and Sunday however, it’s turns into more of a restaurant serving dishes made of simple ingredients with unexpected twists.
Best art galleries and museums in the city?
If you go to the Apollo Bar & Kantine, pop into the Charlottenborg Art Gallery, or try the Glyptoteket museum which has a beautiful winter garden. You can’t leave Copenhagen without visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – it’s located on the shore and it is beautiful inside and out. It’s so lovely just to wander around the property and explore.
And finally, what’s in your SUITCASE?
Hot or cold, I can never leave without my combat boots, Levi 501 jeans and my Beverly Hills pink pyjama set.
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