Holiday On Holiday

Holiday On Holiday

For your next weekend in Denmark, set aside the guidebooks and maps. To show us the city at its best, Mira Mira asked the stars from Mario’s takeover of Holiday magazine to list their secret spots, date locales, and restaurant recommendations. Here is Copenhagen, as it should be seen.

Frederikke Sofie (Select Model Management)

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Where do you go on a first date in Copenhagen?

A first date could be either a bike ride or a stroll around the city, followed by a movie in one of the charming old movie theatres (Grand Teatret or Dagmar are my personal favourites). You could also take a small trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It’s about 45 minutes away from the centre of Copenhagen, but all worth it and perfect for a first date. It’s right by the ocean and is open until 10pm on weekdays.

What restaurant offers you the most authentic Danish food?

One of the most authentic Danish dishes must be “smørrebrød”, which is a slice of rye bread with a rich meat or fish topping. A nice place to try that could be Restaurant Palaegade. Copenhagen also offers a lot of modern versions on food which are really good. Admiralgade 26, which is both the name and the address of my absolute favourite place to go out for dinner. It’s like being in a really cosy apartment with the most beautiful Danish furniture. The menu is more experimental but so good. Overall amazing vibe! La Banchina on Refhaleøen is an almost-untouched little boathouse by the harbour made into a restaurant and they serve daily fresh Danish dishes and good wine and beer. It’s also where you can enjoy the sunset till the last moment.

What is your favourite bar in the city?

We still have a few bars left where you can smoke inside and as a smoker I tend to love those few places. There’s also a big tradition of playing games like backgammon, dice and billiards. Floss, Bo-Bi Bar, and Eiffel Bar are the classics I love going to. If you’re more into classy cocktails Ruby’s is an amazing place for that!

How do you spend time outdoors in Copenhagen?

Obviously biking is the big number one. Also having a small picnic or beers in one of the central parks – The King’s Garden or Ørstedsparken. You can also rent small boats or take the canal tour around the canals – so nice on a sunny day.

Where should I stay for the weekend?

I’ve always wanted to stay at the Central Hotel & Café at Tullinsgade if I was a foreigner coming to Copenhagen. It’s a tiny building with only one hotel room upstairs and the cutest Café on the ground floor. Should be an amazing experience! If that’s fully booked I would rent an Airbnb with a cool Danish vibe.

What’s your favourite store in the city?

Beau Marché is a combined interior store and restaurant with so many beautiful things both big and small. It has a really good simple, French menu and the best coffee and OJ!

Which parts of the city inspire you the most?

Anywhere, when the sun shines – then the city blooms in such a special way. The beautiful center with the old buildings and canals, Christiania with the hippie vibe, and the area Nørrebro with vintage shops and foreign food.

What’s your secret spot in Copenhagen?

Behind private doors in my own apartment where I’ve created my own personal paradise.

What’s your ideal holiday?

Somewhere sunny with good company, salt water and beautiful nature.

Peter Alexander (right, Bananas Models)

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Where would you go on a first date in Copenhagen?

On a first date, I would go to The Botanical Garden, especially if the weather is great. But the weather is not always trustworthy, so on a cold day I would take my date to Bastard Café.

What restaurant offers you the most authentic Danish food?

The most authentic Danish food must be a hotdog from the local hotdog wagon. A hotdog never disappoints you!

What is your favorite bar in the city?

There are a lot of great bars in Copenhagen, but if I have to choose one I would choose Tjili Pop. It is a very cozy place with a nice and relaxing atmosphere, where you can get great beers.

How do you spend time outdoors in Copenhagen?

I really like to bike because it is the easiest transport, and with a bike you can explore Copenhagen and its many great places. I like to bike to Amager Fælled which is a very large area with nature and a nice beach.

Where should I stay for the weekend?

I would use Couchsurfing, where you live with a local. By that way, you can experience Copenhagen in a different way.

What’s your favourite store in the city?

My favourite store is Jagtvej 199 which is a vintage shop where you can get great clothes.

Which parts of the city inspire you the most?

Nørrebro inspires me because there is a lot of different people across different ethnicities, income and age.

What’s your secret spot in Copenhagen?

La Banchina is a very nice, hidden place that you just don’t come across otherwise. It is near the sea and you can enjoy their great seafood with a very beautiful view on a sunny day.

What’s your ideal holiday?

My ideal holiday must be spending time with my family and friends in the countryside in our cottage on a hot summer day.

Favourite moment during your shoot with Mario?

My favourite moment during the shoot with Mario must be when we all had a laugh when we took five Disney balloons into the shoot in the background!

Aske Hyldborg (Premier Model Management)

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Where would you go on a first date in Copenhagen?

A great starting point for a good date is always to ask your date out for a dinner. It doesn’t necessarily need to be something fancy, Copenhagen has so many great food spots where you can buy takeaways, or food from the food trucks.

What restaurant offers you the most authentic Danish food?

Probably some bodegas, they might have some good old rugbrød!

What is your favourite bar in the city?

I don’t really have a favourite bar in Copenhagen, but mainly the areas Nørrebro and Vesterbro are filled with great bars and have a very local vibe.

How do you spend time outdoors in Copenhagen?

Skating or just chilling with some friends in the streets.

Where should I stay for the weekend?

Airbnb always offers some cool apartments that are located around the inner city – this makes you feel like a true native and gives you a real experience of the city.

What’s your favourite store in the city?

We have so many cool Scandinavian brands such as Henrik Vibskov, Wood Wood, etc., and they all have great flagships stores in the city. Also I like vintage shopping, where you often find uniques pieces for affordable prices.

Which parts of the city inspire you the most?

Nørrebro and Vesterbro. Mainly because that’s where my friends live!

What’s your secret spot in Copenhagen?

There’s this big tree in Assistens Kirkegård, that’s probably my secret spot. It’s an old cemetery, so there are some cool old tombstones as well.

What’s your ideal holiday?

I would love to go to southern Europe for a week or two – and then come back home to a sunny Copenhagen!

Favourite moment during your shoot with Mario?

Probably entering Tivoli in robes and slippers – that was pretty weird and fun!

Laura Hagested (left, Scoop Models)

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Where would you go on a first date in Copenhagen?

Well, to be honest, dates are not a phenomenon that I’m particularly familiar with, but hypothetically speaking I would choose a bar in Pisserenden called Floss – the down to earth atmosphere makes conversations flow, and you always end up talking to somebody you didn’t know before in this sticker-covered, smoke-filled little place.

What restaurant offers you the most authentic Danish food?

Since I’m not that fond of traditional Danish food myself, I’d recommend the bakeries for bread and pastries – you can’t find anything as heavenly anywhere else in the world. I prefer Meyer’s bakeries, from which my favourites are ‘tebirkes’ – a pastry filled with marzipan and drizzled with poppy seeds, the cinnamon buns, and the bread rolls with cheese and butter.

What is your favourite bar in the city?

First date, or not (preferably not), Floss stays on top of the list. Bo-Bi bar not far from there is also a great place.

How do you spend time outdoors in Copenhagen?

My apartment is right by Valby Parken, a park a bit outside the city centre that no one ever goes to which is why I enjoy having it completely to myself. It is enormous and right by the water – perfect for long walks listening to podcasts.

Where should I stay for the weekend?

Since I have always lived in Copenhagen I am not that familiar with our offers in terms of hotels but Danes have a flair for decorating even the tiniest flats for a warm and homely atmosphere so renting an Airbnb is a safe choice, I’d say.

What’s your favourite store in the city?

Holly Golightly for a greatly curated selection of things I cannot afford, Nørgaard På Strøget for the softest t-shirts and Comme Des Garçons.

Which parts of the city inspire you the most?

Said walks in my own neighbourhood, Sydhavn, listening to a podcast is my way of letting the thoughts flow.

What’s your secret spot in Copenhagen?

I love watching the trains passing by below me from the bridge between Vestre Kirkegård and Carlsberg in Valby; in a small and flat city like Copenhagen, bridges are good when in need of space.

What’s your ideal holiday?

These days I’m dreaming of wine and cheese in the south of France but instead I’m spending my summer in Tokyo – not a bad destination either.

Favourite moment during your shoot with Mario?

Riding the oldest rollercoaster in Tivoli having to look serious and relaxed!

Featured Image: Laura-Hagested and Clara Thorndahl; Photographs © Mario Testino for Holiday ; Stylist: Alex Harrington and Elin Svahn; Hair Stylist: Marc Lopez; Make Up Artist: Val Garland; Location: Copenhagen, 2017