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Sustainable City Guide: Copenhagen by Nana Hagel

Danish travel and food writer, Nana Hagel, takes us on a sustainable tour of her home town



As in many other hip and happening capitals, Copenhagen is all about the green, local and sustainable these days. Whether it’s the city’s best restaurants, its beautiful shops or lush and green public spaces, the Danish capital shines a spotlight on all things conscious.


In the following, I will guide you to some of my favourite spots in the city. If you’re quick, you can make it to all of them within one day, and here’s something for everyone: the foodies, those that like to shop and those that need a relaxing break in a beautiful place. And don’t forget to rent a bike while you’re visiting – not only eco-friendly, but also by far the best way to get around town!


- Nana






Botanical Garden

One of my favourite places in Copenhagen is the Botanical Garden close to the city centre. In these beautiful greenhouses from the 19th century you will find a live museum holding the largest collection of living plants in the country. The garden is part of the University of Copenhagen and is used for scientific research and teaching. During winter, I like to come here with a cup of coffee, sit on the little bench for a while and enjoy the warmth of the greenhouses. During summer, the huge garden is a perfect place for a picnic or a walk by the small lakes.






Restaurant Höst

If you’re looking to get a taste of the New Nordic cuisine at affordable prices whilst in Copenhagen, Höst is the place to opt for. This beautiful restaurant has been awarded the best designed restaurant in the world, and with an abundance of smaller trees and plants, specially designed ceramics from Danish Menu and beautiful vintage windows used as room dividers, the interior design really is stunning. Luckily, the food is great too.






Moshi Moshi Mind

In this beautiful airy shop located on Østerbro, shopping is not about overconsumption or being a slave to the latest trends. Moshi Moshi Mind sells comfortable yet beautifully designed clothes made from conscious materials such as bamboo fibres. All pieces of clothes are produced in Portugal and the shop also holds a well curated collection of yoga mats, teas and body oils – all ecological and biodynamic.






Coffee Collective

Coffee Collective do not only serve the best coffee in town – they also do it in a way that creates better living conditions to coffee farmers across the globe. They work with a Direct Trade Model, which means that all producers have a set of criteria they must live up to in order to constantly ensure high quality products and transparency throughout the process. You will find several Coffee Collective coffee shops in Copenhagen, and the combined roastery/café at Godthåbsvej on Frederiksberg is a wonderful place to start the day in Copenhagen.







Værnedamsvej is well worth a visit when in Copenhagen. The street has many cool cafés and restaurants as well as one of the most charming shops in town: Blomsterskuret. Owned by flower designer and potter Martin Reinicke, this tiny flower shop offers starter plants and fresh-cut flowers in season. Even if you’re not looking to buy plants to take home, Blomsterskuret’s beautiful décor and flower arrangements is an inspiring place to visit. And if you’re lucky, you can find a vintage candle holder or pot to take home.






A haven for foodies, these two covered markets offer everything you could wish for within the culinary world. A lot of the fresh produce and ready-to-eat food is organic, and some of Copenhagen’s finest in salads, sandwiches, coffee and delicious pastries are found here. The place fills up on Friday afternoon and during weekends, and in the summertime, people enjoy a glass of wine with their choice of lunch in the outside courtyard.