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Work and Play – Copenhagen

World-leading chef and Copenhagen convert, Matt Orlando, reveals his secret hot spots of the Danish capital.

Matt Orlando began his career, aged 15, on the salad bar in a seafood chain restaurant in Cardiff, California, near where he grew up. He moved on to kitchens at three-Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City (Le Bernadin, Per Se) and England (The Fat Duck), then Noma in Copenhagen, during which time it was voted the best restaurant in the world. In 2013, he opened Amass, about half an hour’s stroll from Noma, to much acclaim. This is his guide to the best of Copenhagen.

What to do with a free day…
A walk around the Nørrebro district, finishing with a beer and a swim in the canals. Then a dinner at Relæ, currently 40th on the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

For a Friday night dinner with friends…
Bæst. They serve some of the best pizzas in Europe. Their sourdough crust just keeps on getting better and better every time I go. Plus, the toppings are unconventional, and extremely seasonal.

Best business lunch…
Open-face sandwiches at Lumskebugten: the best in the city. Any of their classics are amazing, but keep an eye out for the specials, which change every day.

A spot of retail therapy…
Flavour clothing. They really have their finger on the pulse. Most of the streetwear and urbanwear they have is from Danish brands, which is great.

Balderdash serves the most creative cocktails, and after 1am there’s usually someone causing a little chaos, which I like

To kill three hours before a flight…
Fried chicken in the garden at Amass. But if you only have 30 minutes, I would suggest a glass of wine at Ved Stranden 10.

A hotel for business…
It has to be D’Angleterre: very sophisticated and centrally located. Otherwise, for pleasure, there’s 71 Nyhavn, which is right on the water and overlooks the entire harbour.

The gallery or museum not part of ‘tourist bingo’…
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. I’ll be going again next week, in fact.

Where to get a drink late on…
I like going to Balderdash. They serve probably the most creative and interesting cocktails in town. And besides that, after 1am there is usually someone running around causing a little chaos, which I like.

Somewhere peaceful to think…
I go to the lake in Christiania. It feels like you have completely left the city, but in fact you are still right in the middle of it. The whole area is interesting. It was a military base taken over by hippies in the 1960s. The government has let them stay ever since. It really feels like you are stepping into a completely different country.

The one thing everyone visiting Copenhagen should do…
Sit on the back of a canal tour boat with a bottle of wine and enjoy the sights for an hour or so. I do it every summer.

Samuel Muston is Deputy Editor at MR PORTER’s The Journal.