With its signature matte covers, a palette of washed-out earth tones, and an emphasis on craftsmanship, Kinfolk magazine has had an oversized impact on culture over the past decade, from the look of Instagram to the popularity of slow fashion. Now that the world is opening up again and travelers are preparing to make their way en masse, the Copenhagen publisher wants to put its stamp on the travel guide genre with its new book “Kinfolk Travel: Slower Ways to See the World” 16. November).
“Travel has always been in the Kinfolk wheelhouse, but publishing quarterly and without a digital editorial presence always felt a bit limited in what we could do,” said John Burns, Kinfolk editor-in-chief. “We’d talked about making a number of city guides many times, but they get out of date so quickly and we’re about longevity and intent, so we wanted to do something that was a little greener and more inspiring.”
Rather than listing hotels, restaurants, shops, and attractions for each destination, Kinfolk Travel takes a more eclectic approach, offering guided tours to funky destinations (think Albania, Idaho, and the Faroe Islands) by stylish locals. From the best Baltimore shopping to the fashion boutiques of Dakar to the bars of downtown Santiago, each chapter offers an introduction to a place through an unexpected cultural lens.
“It’s about getting to know the place on your own terms rather than following some kind of itinerary,” says Burns. âWe want you to just pursue your own interests and see things at your own pace. Just explore, basically. “
Most of all, Burns’ adopted home of Copenhagen is not featured on Kinfok Travel, so he gave us an introduction to the best places to eat, drink and explore in and around the Danish capital.
For a comfortable stay: Hotel Hornbaekhus (Skovvej 7, Hornbaek)
This boutique hotel by the sea is located in a historic wooden house just a short drive from Copenhagen (and easily accessible by public transport) and offers a charming retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The rooms were furnished in a Scandinavian style by the Danish design studio EEN and, in the spirit of Danish hygge, dinner is served together with cozy blankets and a crackling fire. âYou end up talking to the other guests, which I think is rare,â says Burns. “What’s more, it’s just beautifully decorated and the town has this windy beach that is really spectacular.”
For the versatile vegetable kitchen: Baka d’Busk (Rantzausgade 44, Copenhagen)
This newcomer to Copenhagen’s vibrant restaurant scene pursues a different approach to modern Nordic cuisine with its constantly changing menu with plant-based dishes and a colorfully decorated dining room. “There are a lot of good restaurants in Copenhagen, but Baka d’Busk feels like a contrast to many of them,” says Burns. âIt’s very inventive and the food is beautifully presented, but the atmosphere is really no frills. It feels like something new in town. “
For people-watching and unusual wines: Pompette (MÃ¸llegade 3, Copenhagen)
“It’s a bit of a scene, but it’s unpretentious,” says Burns of this natural wine bar and bottle shop in NÃ¸rrebro, one of the hippest neighborhoods in Copenhagen. Pop in for cheap glasses of wine and snacks, and stay to take style notes from fashionable Danes who have gathered at the bar.
For first-class pastries: Bakery Lille (Refshalevej 213B, Copenhagen)
âThere are bakeries on every corner in Copenhagen, but this is one of the best,â says Burns of this cafÃ©, bakery and bistro in the former industrial district of RefshaleÃ¸en. Grab a coffee and a Kanalnegle (Denmark’s version of the cinnamon bun) then look for the sideboard of your dreams at the nearby Danish furniture store for antique and modern furniture.
For colorful Scandinavian fashion: Henrik Vibskov (Gammel MÃ¸nt 14, Copenhagen)
Along with Lego bricks and Carlsberg beer, Henrik Vibskov’s colorful and oddly proportioned creations, found in his quirky boutique in Central Copenhagen, are one of Denmark’s most famous exports. “I like it because I think when you think of Scandinavian style it’s very clean, minimal and conservative, and I think it’s just a fantastic antidote to all of that,” says Burns.
For artistic inspiration: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Gl Strandvej 13, Humlebaek)
“I know it’s a classic, but everyone here loves it, and it’s just such a beautiful place,” says Burns of Denmark’s most famous art gallery, which is in a former private home north of the city. Burns enjoys strolling through the sculpture gardens in summer, but whatever the weather, he always makes time to visit the Giacometti Gallery in the North Wing, which houses one of the most important collections of sculptures by mid-century Swiss expressionists.
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