Copenhagen is making a name for itself as one of the hippest off-the-beaten-path cities in Europe. Copenhagen Fashion Week draws curious interest from fashion-followers and street style photographers alike, and fairs like Copenhagen Contemporary set a new standard in dynamic contemporary art spaces.
Sure enough, Copenhagen boasts many (side) streets and stylish spots worth visiting, but one of them beats the others, in terms of the sheer quantity (and quality!) of places where you can feast your eyes: Bredgade.
This street, which runs parallel to a part of Nyhavn canal, offers a mixture of design (the Danish design museum as well as great shops), art galleries, and coffee places.
After enjoying your breakfast at their long table or in the courtyard garden, just walk north on Tordenskjoldsgade, pass the great green King’s New Square (Kongens Nytorv), and make your way down this lovely lane.
Our first pit-stop of design candy is at Montana (Bredgade 24) to start your culture trip. This furniture store offers quality design from Scandinavian names to for your home, from sofas to rugs; from Danish and Italian names to their own house brand. More Danish classics can be found at Carl Hansen’s shop (Bredgade 23) on the other side of the street and at Klassik (Bredgade 3), a wonderful shop with original modern vintage furniture.
A few steps down, Buehøjgård (Bredgade 28) opens up the spectrum with an offering that ranges from antiques to modern. Fittingly, the Odd Fellow Palæet (Bredgade 28) is not far from here. This historical Rococo town mansion now houses a concert hall that is open to the public.
Stroll further to find Erik Jørgensen (Bredgade 76) here too, a furniture manufacturer founded in 1954. His archetypical, classic designs remain modern, some for their purity of shape, others for their modular innovation.
The Italian furniture giant Boffi (Bredgade 32) is just nearby. For coffee lovers yearning for a fix after this design-heavy walk, there are two options nearby. Depending on your inclination, choose Original Coffee (Bredgade 36) or Mormors (Bredgade 45), geared toward hipsters and traditionalists, respectively.
If you’re into multi-tasking, grab a drink at Henrik Følsgaard’s hair salon, Frisør Feel Good (Bredgade 22) instead. He’ll pamper you with a beverage alongside your fresh cut. Below the salon, there’s an art gallery worth popping into: Borchs Butik (Bredgade 22). Founded in 1979 by Niels Borch Jensen, the gallery is now one of the world’s leading producers and publishers of graphic art.
A vintage HAY store (Østergade 61) is just a few steps from here, but make sure to turn right just a bit further, onto Frederiksgade.
If you continue on – past the royal palaces such as Amalienborg where the Danish royal family currently lives – and on to Amaliehaven, the waterfront park offers stunning views of the singular new opera house. Designed by Hennning Larsen, it’s one of the most modern opera houses in the world.
Find your way back to Bredgade to continue your design journey upwards – on to the Design Museum and even further, to the pentagram-shaped citadel Kastellet. Nearby, there’s the famous statue by Edvard Eriksen, of the Little Mermaid.
Still on Bredgade, pass by Gallery Christoffer Egelund (Bredgade 75) for cutting-edge contemporary art from Scandinavia and beyond, Else Schneider (Bredgade 73) for vintage brooches and earrings, LARMgalleri (Bredgade 73) for conceptual contemporary art from outside as well as inside Europe, and Bredgade Kunsthandel – Copenhagen’s oldest art dealer.
The fact that this street is a treasure trove becomes clearer and clearer as one passes down this street.
But don’t leave the small jewellery shop by Rebekka Notkin (Bredgade 25), just next door, by the wayside: she won ELLE’s best jewellery award in 2017 with her exclusive bespoke pieces that have natural curves as their trademark. Just another reason to explore every inch of Bredgade.