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The designer behind Scandinavian it-label Ganni shares her Copenhagen hidden gems

20 August 2019

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

Having redefined Scandi-cool for a new generation of it-girls, Ganni’s designer Ditte Reffstrup is part of the zeitgeist. She shares her must-visit spots in Denmark’s vibrant capital.

“Copenhagen is where my heart is,” says Ditte. “I always find inspiration from the cool girls in the streets and I love people watching here. I love being able to ride my bike around.”

With her husband a business partner Nicolaj, she has been peddling a new kind of Scandi-style through her fun and effortless approach to design at Ganni.

Likewise, the local spots Ditte recommends for a visit to her hometown all emulate a sense of laid-back, design-loving joy – with a sense of community to boot.

Read on to find Ditte’s top five hidden gems in the creative capital of Copenhagen:


Apollo Bar

Owned by our dear friend Frederik Bille Brahe, Apollo Bar is located in the courtyard of historical Danish institution, Kunsthal Charlottenborg – the best place in town to see contemporary art. Go for great food, atmosphere and people watching, while dining in the company of statues.

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David’s Collection

One of our first presentations took place in The David Collection – a gallery that exhibits a large collection of art from the Middle East. We recently revisited and shot our Pre-Fall campaign there. Only a few know about it so it’s definitely an insider tip.

 

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Louisiana Museum

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one of my all-time favourite museums. The architecture is pure beauty, so light and natural in how it blends in with the waterside surroundings by the coast north of Copenhagen, the glass-walled cafeteria gives amazing views. And the art is of course also in a league of its own. I always come home inspired.

 

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The Royal Garden Restaurant

We used to always celebrate my birthday at The Royal Garden, with a bunch of friends and a table full of food. It’s no newcomer to the Copenhagen food scene, but it’s the best dim sum in town.


Den Vandrette

Den Vandrette has a tasty selection of biodynamic, organic and natural wines and there’s always a good vibe there. In the summer it’s the perfect spot to catch the last rays of sun after work, as it’s right on the waterfront.

 

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