An Ode to Kjaer Weis' Copenhagen Heritage
I met brand founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis a few years back in New York. Kirsten was incredibly down to earth and welcoming, making it feel like a catch up with a friend rather than a business engagement. It was in that meeting that I fell in love with her, her brand and the amazing foundation I’ve used daily ever since.
So, when I decided to take a trip to Copenhagen, I figured I should spend my weekend living it as Kirsten would if she were back in her Danish hometown.
Let the adventure begin!
BRUNCH COPENHAGEN STYLE
· Union Kitchen is the perfect café for a weekend brunch. Their menu covers all the bases. So, if you’re feeling indulgent or healthy there’s an option for you. Kirsten recommends sharing an avocado toast with the table and I suggest also ordering one of their delicious cocktails.
· Granola café is situated on one of Kirsten’s (and now my) favorite streets in Frederiksberg, Værnedamsvej. This charming, local spot is always packed for breakfast, but well worth the wait. I encourage ordering the pancakes or breakfast platter if you’re as indecisive as I am.
A flattering flush for brunch: Cream blush in Precious
· There’s no shortage of great coffee in Copenhagen, as they do rank among the top ten coffee drinking nations, but one of Kirsten’s favorites is Atelier September. It’s a great place to get some work done, read a book or take a break from sightseeing.
The perfect Kjaer Weis shadow to go with your morning brew: Eye shadow in Grace
DINNER FIT FOR A WINNER
· Pate Pate, located in the Meatpacking District, lived up to every review and was at the top of Kirsten’s list. The food is exceptional, the wine list is stellar and you’d almost never notice you were eating in a former warehouse!
· 108 is the sister to Noma, which is one of the world’s best restaurants. Having never been to Noma, 108 didn’t have as big of shoes to fill. The tasting and a la carte menu were short but complex in ingredients and construction. Expect foraged greens and flavors you’d never expect from things you might never eat.
· On the same street as Granola is an amazing wine bar and small bites restaurant called Falernum. Frequented by Kirsten when she’s in town, its cozy, no-fuss atmosphere makes it easy to settle in and enjoy a great glass of wine while people watching or enjoying good company.
· If you’re looking to liven it up after dinner or post Falernum, Kirsten would send you to Lidkoeb. It’s easy to pass by this bar because it’s set back from the main street, but once you make it you’ll understand the appeal. Despite having three levels and outdoor seating, the space fills up quickly. Be prepared to wait a bit to indulge in one of their delicious cocktails. Hot tip: the top floor is exclusively a whiskey bar!
For the Kjaer Weis glow you need at dinner: Highlighter in Ravishing.
SHOPPING NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE
· Illum is a must-see department store with an exceptional beauty department on the first floor. Every brand you can think of is here including Kjaer Weis. The Kjaer Weis eye-catching installation is in line with its clean, modern and minimalistic products. You might find yourself spending more time in this store than you’d like to admit.
A must-have beauty accessory for shopping time: Lipstick Brilliant.
CULTURE LIKE NO OTHER
· The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, situated outside of Copenhagen, is one of the best contemporary museums I have ever visited. And not just because of the collection, but the picturesque backdrop and sculpture gardens make for a great place to relax afterwards. I’m sure Kirsten, like many other artists, comes here for inspiration and to reflect on all the beautiful exhibits the museum has to offer.
· Situated within the Christianshavn neighborhood is a progressive, hippie town called Christiania. In this former military base, just about anything goes, including free cannabis trade. If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s plenty of other things to do to keep you occupied!
Explore culture with this Kjaer Weis best-seller: Mascara Black
When you think of inspiring cities, Copenhagen may not come to mind. But spend five days in this magical city and you will most certainly see its appeal. It is no surprise that Kjaer Weis’ products live up to its birthplace-progressive, clean, design-focused and high quality. I am envious that Kirsten gets to call this amazing city home and I look forward to my next trip, making sure it’s as hygge as can be.