City of style: a day in Copenhagen

A day in the north, a city filled with hidden treasures, and a route perfect for trying out the latest in electric mobility: welcome to Copenhagen. A day trip for spur-of-the-moment travelers and style enthusiasts.

Søren Jepsen (The Standard)

9 am

The perfect way to start the day: breakfast at Granola, a café located in Vesterbro, Copenhagen’s artsy neighborhood (get there early – it’s always busy and reservations can only be made after 5 pm). The decor is a mix of French bistro and colonial-style bar. Try the fresh-squeezed fruit juices.

Granola ~ Værnedamsvej 5,

10 am

Country outing: located 20 kilometers farther south, right on the sea, is the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. The spectacular building is situated on an artificial island and designed to look like a ship that has run aground. It houses works from the greats, including Olafur Eliasson, Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei.

ARKEN ~ Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj,

1 pm

Head back downtown for lunch. Just a stone’s throw away from Amalienborg Palace – the Danish Queen’s official residence – is the Sankt Annæ restaurant. It serves top-notch traditional Danish dishes, such as smørrebrød and biksemad.

Sankt Annæ ~ Sankt Annæ Plads 12,

2 pm

A quick lesson in Scandinavian furniture design: housed in a magnificent rococo building surrounded by a park, the Design Museum is home to all the classics from the world of Scandinavian furniture, as well as major recent developments.

Designmuseum Danmark ~ Bredgade 68,

3 pm

Treasure hunt: Bredgade boasts an array of vintage design stores – such as Klassik Copenhagen, where you can find originals from the likes of Arne Jacobsen or Royal Kopenhagen.

Klassik Copenhagen ~ Bredgade 16,

4 pm

The Danes drink more coffee than virtually any other nation (10 kg [22 lbs] per person annually – twice the amount Americans drink on average). For really good coffee, Café Det Vide Hus (the White House) is the place to go. Their homemade ice cream makes the trip all the more worthwhile – the locals say it’s the best in the city.

Café Det Vide Hus ~ Gothersgade 113,

A whistle-stop tour of the city of Copenhagen for an entire day suffused with elegant style, outstanding quality and exquisite taste.

5 pm

Ever wondered why Scandinavians are so well dressed? Perhaps it’s simply because the fashion boutiques here are every bit as good as those in Paris. Kassandra, with its outstanding selection ranging from Dior to Margiela and J.W. Anderson, is just one example.

Kassandra ~ Grønnegade 27–29,

Distance: some 40 kilometers (25 miles) in the BMW 330e iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.1–1.9 l/100 km [62 miles], CO2 emissions: 49–44 g/km). Virtually the entire route can be covered on electric power alone; conveniently located charging stations: Ishøj Bycenter (within walking distance of the ARKEN Museum) and Rådhusplads (in downtown Copenhagen).

© Icons: iStock; Photos: Arken: Lars Skaaning; The Standard: Sarah Coghill/ Visit Copenhagen; Soren Jepsen; Designmuseum: Kim Wyon/ Visit Denmark; Café Det Vide Hus: Amelia Hallsworth

7 pm

Evening out: The Standard is a turquoise art deco building with three restaurants located on the harbor. Thanks to its Michelin-star standard cooking, Studio is the ideal place to round off the day. Claus Meyer, founder of the world-famous Noma restaurant, masterminds the direction of the menu.

The Standard ~ Havnegade 44,

Model facts

BMW 330e iPerformance

Displacement cc


in kW

185 (252)

Torque Nm


Fuel consumption (EU)
l/60 mi


CO2 emissions