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My Copenhagen: ‘Living here makes me feel free’

Ganni’s global PR and communications director, Alexandra Bernardini, shares the highlights of her hometown, from what to eat to the must-see culture spots

Copenhagen has a reputation as the capital of cool, and it's not hard to see why. As famous for its laid-back lifestyle, green spaces and architectural beauty as it is for its buzzy cafe culture and nightlife, the Danish capital has it all.

The city is also home to a slew of creative talent, from fashion to art to film, including Alexandra Bernardini, head of global PR and communications at local fashion brand, Ganni. She lives in the Østerbro neighbourhood with her partner and their one-year-old daughter - who better to ask for insider advice on how to navigate the compact capital, Danish-style?

What’s your favourite thing about living in Copenhagen?

'Living here makes me feel free, which is a pretty amazing feeling. It's such a convenient city; you can jump on a bike and get anywhere within 15 minutes. I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place; I also love that it's full of greenery, and we're surrounded by water and good architecture.'

Favourite way to explore the city?

'Most people would probably say the best way is by bike, but there's something special about just wandering through the streets and actually taking the time to look up.'

What are you looking forward to about having a new Soho House in the city?

'It will definitely add an extra layer of international community to Copenhagen, which is great. I love that it's located at the beautiful old Customs House on the city's harbourfront. It's such a fantastic area with an amazing view.'

Tell us a place only locals know…

'Royal Garden is where you will get Copenhagen's best dumplings. A totally underrated spot.'

Best restaurants right now?

'There are so many good places, but a few of my favourites are:

Mangia - an Italian classic that never disappoints. The food is always amazing and the atmosphere is good, too.

Maison - this is grand French food. Start off with oysters and a Kir Royal, and you're bound to have a good evening. They also have a great collection of natural wines.

Esmée - this is a fairly fancy new kid on the block for the city's culinary scene, but the food is great and the crowd is always entertaining if you like people watching.

Baka d'Busk - the guys behind this little gem have pioneered what it means to eat a plant-based meal in Copenhagen. The menu is all vegetarian, the wine is all natural, and the mood is chaotic and cheeky - perfect for a Friday night.'

The ideal evening itinerary?

'Start with a pint at Palæ Bar for a post-work get-together. Make your way to Nørrebro for a glass of wine at Pompette. Then, make sure you've booked dinner at Silberbauers Bistro, which serves classic French food (go for the seafood). And end your night at Autopoul for a nightcap in good company.'

Long, lazy alfresco lunch spots?

'I adore a good smørrebrød - the open-faced sandwich that Danes take national pride in - for lunch. Schønnemann or Sankt Annæ do it best and will serve you alfresco all through the summer.'

Favourite spot within walking distance of the House?

'I'm not a major royalist or anything, but our Royal Palace Amalienborg, which is just five minutes from Soho House, is such a special place. You can see the Royal Opera House from there and The Marble Church, too - the three sites sit on a magical axis that's quite iconic to Copenhagen.'

Favourite spot for partying?

'Apollo Bar situated in the Royal Danish Academy of Art is usually always fun on a Friday night.'

Most romantic place to visit?

'The Botanical Garden is a pretty dreamy spot and the greenhouse is quite something.'

An independent store everyone has to visit?

'Jerome Vintage has amazing luxury vintage pieces, and Holly Golightly has the best selection of contemporary and luxury clothing. If you're looking for interiors, The Apartment is a must-see.'

Three places to go for breakfast?

'Studio X Kitchen - a small cafe next to a brilliant interiors store. The folded eggs are out of this world. Soho House for good coffee, food, and amazing harbour views of Nyhavn. Finally, if you just want a great espresso and panini, head to Italo Caffé, which also happens to be on one of Copenhagen's cutest streets. Try the Polpo panini - it's addictive.'

Essentials to pack for a Copenhagen city break?

'Firstly, you need a swimsuit because everyone goes swimming in the harbour - our water is some of the world's cleanest. Flat shoes are also a must, so you can cycle around the city. Also, make sure you have extra luggage room, then you can bring home treasures from the city's many flea markets.'

Do not leave Copenhagen without...

'Going to the Designmuseum Danmark. It has recently reopened after several years of refurbishment and, in my opinion, it's one of Copenhagen's most idyllic places.'

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