Love fashion? You'll love Denmark

Photo: Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner

Copenhagen Fashion Week takes place in February and August each year. But you can visit the fashion capital of Copenhagen at any time of the year - just follow our handy guide for a stylish stay!

Fashion-forward things to do

værnedamsvej flower sellter
Photo: Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner / Copenhagen Media Center
The shopping street Strøget
Photo: Ty Stange - Copenhagen Media Center

Start your fashion-focused trip in the old town of Copenhagen. Street style locations you might have seen in Copenhagen Fashion Week coverage include Amagertorv, which is probably the most iconic place to see and be seen in Copenhagen.

Once you’ve been to these key spots, head down to the harbour and take a GoBoat tour of the city. This self-drive boat trip takes you past numerous cityscapes, including the ultra modern Opera building, made for the backdrop of a perfect selfie. Bonus points here: GoBoat is a sustainable, solar-powered operation, which chimes very nearly with Copenhagen Fashion Week’s focus on sustainability.

If you’re staying in Denmark for longer, why not take a day trip to Odense to see the Hans Christian Andersen museum – his stories continue to inspire the creative scene in Denmark today – or take a seaplane up to Aarhus to explore Denmark’s second city?

copenhagen harbour goboat

Photo:Daniel Rasmussen - Copenhagen Media Center

Fashion-forward places to shop

Of course you’ll be looking up the key Danish fashion houses, including Cecilie Bahnsen, Ganni, Baum und Pferdgarten and Stine Goya. Their showrooms are an absolute must. If you’re interested in exploring more of the shopping scene in the city, there are a few key streets to explore too, including Jægersborggade, Pilestræde and Elmegade. You can also get even more into the sustainable vibe by trawling Copenhagen’s many vintage clothes stores, including Time’s UpMagnolia’s Luxus and Second Wardrobe by Martine, where you’ll find excellent quality high end brands on their second turn around.

Hotel Skt. Petri
Photo: Hotel Skt. Petri
The courtyard and atrium at the hotel Villa Copenhagen
Photo: Stine Christiansen

Fashion-forward places to stay

Copenhagen is not short on design hotels. Hotel Skt Petri is the official hotel of Copenhagen Fashion Week, so it could be a good bet – but it’s not the only hotel to consider! Take a look at our list of places to stay with model good looks and a true sense of Danish style right here: 5 drop dead gorgeous design hotels in Copenhagen.

A bartender mixing drinks at the cocktail bar Lidkoeb in Copenhagen, Denmark

Photo:Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner, Copenhagen Media Center

Fashion-forward bars and restaurants

Among the city’s many gorgeous restaurants, Cofoco’s chain, including Høst, Spuntino and Les Trois Cochons, are officially linked with fashion week. Other places that have a fashion vibe include the cocktail bars Duck and Cover, Lidkoeb, and The Jane.

See more on where to eat in Copenhagen here.

Photo:Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner

Insider tips for fashion fans

Things you need to know before you hit Copenhagen’s catwalk-like streets:

1. Wear sneakers, not heels. Well, it is of course up to you what you wear, but you should know that the city’s cobbled streets and cycling culture are much better suited to flat shoes overall.

2. There’s a saying that goes – if it ain’t black, put it back. You could apply that to Danish fashion most of the year, outside the spring/summer season.

3. There are ways to buy Danish fashion for a little less – because yes, the prices aren’t always pocked money sized over here. Take a look at Wood Wood Museum and Ganni Postmodern for Scandi fashion at more favourable prices.

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