WITH KATHRINE HOUE MARIC
OF LITTLE KIN JOURNAL
There are multiple reasons why the Danes are known to be some of the happiest people on earth, and one of them is its beautiful capital, Copenhagen.
Bustling with city life, culture and beautiful architecture, Copenhagen is the ideal place to vacation with your family. So for this city guide, we thought why not ask regular contributor to Life + Style, Kathrine Houe Maric.
Kathrine now lives in New York with her husband and three girls; Eleanor, Alma and Evelyn, to where they relocated after having lived her whole life in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before moving halfway across the world, she had worked in the fashion industry for more than 10 years, holding positions like Fashion Director and Editor in Chief at some of Denmark’s most prestigious fashion magazines. She now spends her time writing, blogging on Little Kin Journal, doing consultant work for smaller kids brands, working on a number of personal projects and of course taking care of her baby. Though having moved halfway across the world, Kathrine and her daughters still spend all their summers in Denmark, enjoying the slow life and the kid-friendly environment.
Take a tour around Copenhagen with her City Guide below.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT COPENHAGEN?
Copenhagen is where I spent my youth and entered motherhood, and even though I no longer live here, it will always be one of my favourite cities in the world. Every year, I enjoy spending my summer here with my three daughters. The bright evenings, the sea which is always close by, the easy living. Copenhagen is the perfect place if you want to enjoy a city vacation and all it has to offer while still keeping things easy and slow.
WHEN DO YOU THINK COPENHAGEN IS MOST MAGICAL?
I’ll definitely say during summer. It’s never too hot and while we Danes can seem a bit introvert during autumn and winter, we all ease up during summer and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN SUMMER AND WINTER?
Copenhagen in the summertime is amazing. We love visiting some of the beaches, take the taxi boat to Refshaleøen for lunch, walk around in our favourite neighbourhoods like Vesterbro and Frederiksberg, visit Tivoli and the zoo and hang out in the many parks like the Botanical Gardens.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO HANG OUT WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES?
We have a lot, but we always like visiting Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the zoo, the National Museum and all the amazing playgrounds in the city. Every summer we take a boat ride on the canals and visit some of the smaller museums like Charlottenborg.
ANY SPECIAL EVENTS THAT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?
WHAT RESTAURANT WOULD YOU GO TO AND SPLURGE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION?
Copenhagen is full of amazing restaurants and naming one seems impossible. I love going to Kødbyen which has a lot to offer when it comes to good food. Torvehallerne has over 60 stands that sell everything from fresh fish to meat and spices, it’s amazing and you can either visit one of the many restaurants or go and buy the freshest produce to take back to your service apartment or rental to cook yourself. Refhaleøen also has a lot to offer when it comes to delicious, interesting food.
SIGHTSEEING PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED?
I’m really not a big fan of sightseeing but I love Rundetårn, a 17th-century tower built as an astronomical observatory. I really do think that visiting Copenhagen is much more about experiencing the vibe of the city, the relaxed atmosphere, the beautiful old buildings and the narrow streets. It’s a city that invites you to go wander and get lost.
DISCOVER THE HIDDEN GEMS
Visit local neighbourhoods like Vesterbro and Frederiksberg. Take a stroll on my favourite street; Værnedamsvej and enjoy a quiet break in Ny Carlsberg Glyptotekets’ amazing garden.
I really do think that visiting Copenhagen is much more about experiencing the vibe of the city, the relaxed atmosphere, the beautiful old buildings and the narrow streets. It’s a city that invites you to go wander and get lost.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING TO DO DURING WEEKENDS?
In general, Copenhagen wakes up really late during the weekends, but since my kids still aren’t big enough to really enjoy the privilege of sleeping in on a Saturday morning, we often head out early and enjoy having the city to ourselves. The city is full of great bakeries and we often have breakfast on the go.
ANY TIPS FOR PEOPLE VISITING FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Depending on how much time you have, spend a day sightseeing and the rest of your time getting into the Danish way of living. Wander around, stop for coffee and an ice cream and see where the city takes you. Make sure to leave Copenhagen K and visit some of the other great areas in the city.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes, Copenhagen is so small that you can walk most places.
With thanks to Kathrine X